March 2017

Two years ago today…

by Joey deVilla on March 7, 2017

Anitra Pavka and Joey deVilla facing the guests as newly-married wife and husband at their wedding on St. Pete Beach.

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Has it already been two years? Happy anniversary, sweetie!

I’ll let the pictures, both still and moving, tell the story…

Anitra Pavka and Joey deVilla walk down the plam tree-lined “aisle” of their beach wedding.

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Anitra, Joey and wedding party.

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Anitra Pavka and Joey deVilla at the bridal table at their wedding.

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Anitra in her wedding dress and bridal “Mouse Ears”, laughing.

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Close-up of Anitra’s and Joey’s wedding rings.

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Anitra, Joey, and guests at Bongo’s Beach Bar, at the post-wedding gathering.

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Anitra, Joey, and guests at Bongo’s Beach Bar, at the post-wedding gathering.

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Anitra and Joey’s wedding guests at Bongo’s Beach Bar, after sunset.

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I’ll close this one with my favorite photo: the one I call the “Elvis movie poster”:

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Bonus material

Anitra blows bubbles on the beach after the wedding ceremony

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Here’s a writeup of our wedding by our wedding photographer.

I like the opening: “As Anitra walked down the beach to her husband to be, it was clear as day what was going through Joey’s head,” which brings to mind this scene from The Simpsons:

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Florida drummer Lee Koenig, who also goes by the stage name “MR. WOOKY”.
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How low will you stoop to get free musical gear? Well, Lee Howard Koenig is a Florida Man, so he stooped low enough not just to order $25,000 worth of drum equipment and microphones using any old fake name, but under the name of Dan Adair, drummer for…Nickelback.

“Must…look…intense!” Nickelback’s photo on the front page of their site.

As my musician friend Jeff Kahl puts it, “Even the real drummer for Nickelback doesn’t openly admit it.”

That’s probably why when Koenig placed the order with an vendor in Vienna, Austria, as Nickelback’s drummer, they became suspicious, especially since the delivery address was in Port St. Lucie, Florida. I mean, c’mon we may be Florida, but we can at least proudly say that no one from Nickelback lives here.

Someone at the vendor contacted Nickelback’s representatives, who did some investigating of their own, and on Tuesday, the police executed a search warrant on Koenig’s house.

This isn’t Koenig’s first fraud. He pretended to collect money on behalf of the Indian Riverkeeper advocacy group, from which he managed to net $78,000 from well-meaning, unsuspecting donors.

I’ll close with some videos about why people feel the way they do about Nickelback:

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This was tweeted yesterday by @polNewsNetwork1:

The twitter account’s name is a reference to /pol/, the “politically incorrect” section of 4chan, the message board for miscreants, and source of a lot of what’s poisoning internet culture, from GamerGate to alt-right memes to the current state of politics. The account pretty much is an echo of what you’ll find on /pol/, or any other place where you’ll find angry, disenfranchised, poorly-socialized (and mostly white) men who feel cheated out of a birthright they were promised by the dominant culture.

This reaction reminds me of a quip that I use to tease certain people:

Conservatism is the dread fear that somewhere, somehow, someone you think is your inferior is being treated as your equal.

In the photo, @polNewsNetwork1 sees the destruction of American society, but what I see is its ideal: people doing their own thing, in their own way, and somehow not trying to trample the other for being different.

I’m not the only one who interpreted the photo that way:

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Picture of seagulls in flight with text: “Florida Tourist Hack #26: Bring french fries with you to the beach and throw them around the edges of your blanket. It is a natural seagull repellent.”

It’s a trick the locals use, and it really works.

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