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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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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:

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Sticker of the day: “Orange is sus, vote him out”

Photo: Sticker of the Orange “Among Us” character with Donald Trump-like hair and the caption “Orange is sus, vote him out”.

Today is the first day of early voting in Florida, and there are also drop boxes for mail-in ballots. If you can, vote — and remember that Orange is sus!

Update: You can buy it online at this site!

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Florida woman plays along with crazy boss’ stupid game, wins stupid prize


By now, you’re probably aware of the news that White House press secretary and Tampa Bay’s own Kayleigh McEnany (a.k.a. “Kayleigh Mendacity”) tested positive for COVID-19, making her the 13th person (so far) in Trump’s circle to do so.

Now might be a good time to recall this appearance on Trish Regan’s show on the Fox Business channel, back in February (which feels like years ago):

Like other members of Team Trump, McEnany didn’t follow public health guidelines about masks, largely as a symbolic gesture.

Even now, there are still people who are flouting common sense rules as an act of defiance. You’d think that most adults would’ve gotten past the phase where they rebel against their parents, but apparently that’s not always the case:

Tap to view the original moronic Tweet.