February 2019

Scenes from a house hunt, part 1

by Joey deVilla on February 18, 2019

Me: So what’s this view that the description goes on and on about? Let me step out to the back patio and…whoa!

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Me: That…is…stunning. The Hillsborough River. That’s lovely. Is that a manatee? It looks like a manatee!

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Me: It is a manatee! Oh, I could throw some nice parties on this patio. Great view, nice newly-built seawall, good pavers…

By the bye, it just occurred to me. We looked through the house and didn’t see a laundry room. Did we miss it? Oh, it’s here? Where?

OH HELL NO.

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Still on clearance!

by Joey deVilla on February 17, 2019

You probably aren’t surprised that this bargain at my local Publix — which I wrote about in a post dated January 22ndstill hasn’t sold.

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Florida of the day

by Joey deVilla on February 14, 2019

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This happened on Tuesday at Boca Royale in Englewood. Both the optimist and Floridian in me are saying “Oh, cool! You get to make a bank shot!

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Randeep Katari, another fixture from the Toronto scene who now lives in the U.S., made today’s Google doodle for Canada, which commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Quebec Winter Carnival. It’s a big party that always takes place in the dead of winter prior to Lent, and it’s the Quebec variant of Mardi Gras.

Randeep’s illustrations have been making a splash on the internet for some time now. You may remember his DrawNYC series, which mixed his illustrations with photographs of scenes around his neck of New York City.

You might even remember him from this blog entry from eight years ago: Five Evenings Out, from a slightly more tumultuous period in my life…

From left to right: Sean, Angus, Randeep, me, two fans.

From left to right: Angus, Randeep, Lee and Sean.

Congratulations on doing today’s Google doodle, Randeep! Go check out his work at RandeepK.com.

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Confused and aroused

by Joey deVilla on February 6, 2019

I’m going to borrow a quote from my friend Greg: “I will bet anyone a cup of coffee those Sam Oosterhoff-like guys on the right are Republicans. No, that’s definitely not a compliment.

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Earlier today at my regular grocery store.
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…is that a lot of people are going to get fatter because of it.

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We live in an age of wonders

by Joey deVilla on February 1, 2019

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