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Florida Vaccine Update

In case you haven’t heard, here’s the latest news on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Florida:

  • If you’re 50 or older, you’re eligible to get the vaccine right now!
  • If you’re between the ages of 40 and 50, you have to wait only a couple of days — starting this coming Monday, March 29th, the minimum age for eligibility drops to 40.
  • If you’re between the ages of 18 and 40, you’ve got just over a week to wait. Two Mondays from now, on Monday, April 5th, any adult will be able to get the vaccine.
Want to find out where you can get vaccinated? The Florida Department of Health has an online vaccine site locator.
Florida The Current Situation

Warmer weather is coming, which means…

Poster: You’ll pry my JORTS from my cold, dead BUTTCHEEKS!

…that it’s time to post the unofficial Florida state motto (pictured above).

Florida The Current Situation

It’s a warm day in Florida (and nowhere else in the U.S.)

Weather map of the United Stated dated February 15, 2021, showing near-freezing, freezing, or sub-freezing temperatures for most of the country, except Florida, with temperatures ranging from 79°F to 84°F (26°C to 29°C).
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Yes, we can be “America’s drainpipe for weirdos” sometimes, but we’re also a blessed tropical paradise.

While the rest of the country’s enduring near-freezing, freezing, or sub-freezing temperatures, the temperatures here have been ranging from 79°F (26°C) here in the Tampa Bay area to 84°F (29°C) along the east coast.

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Every year, my conversations with my neighbors become more “Florida”

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorLast year, we had a problem with a household who in addition to keeping chickens in their yard, also kept a rooster. I have no problems with neighbors keeping chickens, but the rooster was a big problem at the crack of dawn, for reasons that should be obvious if you’ve ever been to a farm or rural town. That problem was solved by identifying the household and going through the appropriate City of Tampa code enforcement channels. Urban chickens are legal, but a roosters aren’t.

Over the past few days, we’ve been woken by a rooster again, and this time, we think it’s a free roamer, which isn’t uncommon here in the Sunshine State, and part of the scene in Ybor City, just a couple of miles south of our neighborhood.

Anyhow, all this had led to the most “Florida” conversation I’ve ever had on Facebook chat with my neighbor Jennifer, as pictured above.

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In Florida, this is “business casual”…

Thanks to Mike Tancsa for the find!

…especially if you swap out the boots for flip-flops and stick a Salt Life sticker on the vehicle.

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Taiwan vs. Florida: A tale of two very different pandemic responses

At the time of writing:

Taiwan Florida
COVID-19 cases 716 1,058,074
Deaths 7 19,177
Recovered 574 672,375

Here’s the source for the Taiwan data, and here’s the source for Florida’s.

Recommended reading

Why are Florida’s numbers so bad compared to those of Taiwan, despite their having a similar population (and much greater density)? One of the big reasons is pictured below:

Some recent articles on the Governor’s deliberately ignorant response:

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Florida dog

The right mindset allows us to surpass what we perceive to be our limits. It’s just that in Florida, the “right mindset” often means “drunk”.

The meme above reminds me of this Florida Man story from 2018, where this happened:

We later found out more details: