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Weekend ritual: Spaddy’s Coffee

Spaddy’s Coffee in Seminole Heights, earlier this morning. That’s my bike in the foreground. Tap to view at full size.

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorI try to do a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) bike ride every day, but once a weekend, I take a mid-ride break at Spaddy’s Coffee, a coffee truck in my neighborhood of Seminole Heights with an outdoor seating area.

I’m enough of a regular that they can often remember my usual order: a “Heights Cold Brew,” which is their excellent cold brew mixed with condensed milk, in the style of Vietnamese coffee.

After all this time, I just noticed that they have something on their menu called “Espresso Lemonade,” which is what it sounds like: lemonade with a shot of espresso. I’ll have to try it the next time I go there.

 

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Playing accordion at the Glazer Children’s Museum Birthday Bash (September 25, 2021)

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This was a fun one: The Glazer Children’s Museum celebrated its 11th birthday with a big party at Curtis Hixon Park, located right by their front door in downtown Tampa. We’d already planned to attend when they suggested that I play some accordion numbers between acts on the big stage. I was honored by the request and was only too happy to play for a good party and a great cause!

Ever better, Captain Fear, mascot for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joined me onstage! We had a grand old time.

I played:

  • Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
  • What Do You Do with a Football Pirate
  • Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? (The Clash)
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Scenes from this morning

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I manage to start most days with a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) bike ride, and I usually snap a picture or two at some point during the ride. This morning, I snapped a couple of our corner just before heading out.

I love the view from our yard. Now that the weather’s cooling off (cool for Florida, that is) and becoming less humid (again, less humid by Florida standards), I can set up my office on our screened-in front porch again.

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I should’ve made the connection sooner

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An underappreciated thing about working from home is…

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…unlike the office, you can microwave fish with absolute impunity at home! Today’s lunch was a salad topped with leftover grilled tuna steaks from a previous dinner.

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Music

It’s “Hug a Bassist” Day!

Today, October 12th, is Hug a Bassist Day! Celebrate by hugging a bass player and watching this classic Kids in the Hall skit, The Bass Player:

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It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

Anitra takes the giant hamster wheel for a spin

Here’s a video from a couple of Saturdays ago, featuring Anitra running on a giant hamster wheel that uses human power to create sno-cones:

The sno-cone-making hamster wheel is the creation of Joe Donoghue, whose company, Be the Hamster, was providing its services to the Glazer Children’s Museum’s 11th birthday bash.

 

If you’d like to try out the giant hamster wheel for yourself, you can always attend the Glazer Children’s Museum’s Evening of Play this Friday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m.. It’s a chance for us grown-ups to explore the Museum without the kids, and take part in games and fun activities, including making sno-cones (with optional alcohol!).