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It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

We enjoyed Hasan Minhaj’s new comedy show, The King’s Jester

Anitra and I caught Hasan Minhaj’s new show, The King’s Jester, last night at the Straz Center. Long story short: He’s still on top of his funny story-telling game, and still able to weave the hilarious, harrowing, and heartbreaking into a single, beautiful thread.

There were two shows in Tampa last night: one at 7:00 (the one we caught) and a second at 10:00. These were the second and third shows of the tour — the first one was on Friday in Miami — and it had all the energy of a brand new venture. There are still tickets for this afternoon’s show in Orlando at 5:30.

It may help if you know a little bit about the story  where he spoke at the Time 100 gala in 2019 about how he called out Jared Kushner to speak to his buddy Prince Mohammed bin Salman “MBS” Al Saud (the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, with whom Kushner chats via WhatsApp) to free Loujain al-Hathloul, an activist imprison for championing women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia:

If you want to find out how one joke got him into comedy — and how another almost got him out of it — you should catch this show. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you’re a fan of his Netflix show, Patriot Act, you’ll learn its secret origin in its show.

If you’re concerned about these shows being possible superspreader events, you may be pleased to know that:

  • You need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to be admitted.
  • You need to wear a mask to attend the show (and no food or drink is allowed inside the auditorium.
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Current situation (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.)

My office. Tap to view at full size.

Well, that’s enough coding for now. Got to go get ready to go out for dinner and see Hasan Minhaj’s show at the Straz.

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Under the watchful eye of “El Pulpo”!

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I’m sprucing up my home office, starting with a little wall decor, as you can see in the photo above. I’m now working under the watchful eye — and arms — of “El Pulpo” (Spanish for “the octopus”).

Here’s a closer look at El Pulpo:

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El Pulpo is a creation of a local artist, Maykel Medina, who creates gorgeous ocean- and seaside-themed art, all of which you can find at his gallery, Maykel Fine Art, in St. Pete:

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If you like beach themes and artwork you’re not going to find anywhere else, contact Maykel (the gallery is by appointment only)!

He’s got a lot of gorgeous stuff, and he was very friendly and helpful, making sure that El Pulpo was safely wrapped up for us to take it home. I’m sure that El Pulpo won’t be our last purchase there.

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The story of my life

I’m fine with that. After all, Doug Henning was…

For those of you who weren’t following Canadian politics in 1992, when Doug had that ill-advised stint in politics with the Canadian branch of the Natural Law Party, you may want to check out this campaign video, and especially his bit at the 3:01 mark:

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It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

Anitra and I read “Where the WIld Things Are” on “Storytime with Daniel Tiger”

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As I mentioned a few weeks back, Anitra and I spent part of one Sunday morning at the Glazer Children’s Museum (where Anitra is on the board) recording a reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are to Daniel Tiger of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame, who now has his own show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

The video’s ready now, and you can either watch it on the Storytime with Daniel Tiger section of the museum’s site, or check it out below. Enjoy!

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Food It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

Great Moroccan food at Le Casa Bistro

Frites, chicken tagine, bread, and lamb tagine.
Our meal at Le Casa Bistro, minus the appetizer. Tap to view at full size.

Last Friday, before going to the Tampa Theatre to see the film about Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner, Anitra and I decided to do what Bourdain encouraged: We went to a newly-opened restaurant to try some food that we normally don’t get to eat. We went to Le Casa Bistro, located half a block away from the theatre at the corner of Franklin and Polk streets.

Chicken tagine
Chicken tagine. Tap to view at full size.

Le Casa’s specialty is Moroccan cuisine, and they have a very nice selection of tagines (pronounced “ta-ZHEEN”), which are slow-cooked stews that get their name from the traditional ceramic or clay dish in which they’re cooked. You typically serve them from the tagine they’re cooked in.

We started with zalouk, a cooked eggplant and tomato salad served with points of pita, which was an excellent appetizer. For our mains, we shared the chicken tagine, which is garnished with preserved lemons and olives, and the lamb tagine, whose garnish was hard-boiled eggs and prunes. These are rich, saucy dishes, and we scooped up the sauce with the frites and bread that they provided along with our dishes.

Lamb tagine
Lamb tagine. Tap to view at full size.

The service was incredibly friendly and helpful — one of the owners even came out to chat with us. We’re definitely coming back then next time we catch a film at the Tampa Theatre, a show at the Straz, or an event at one of the nearby museums.

We need to check it out on a Thursday, when they’ve got a live DJ and belly dancing, which should be pretty interesting.

Le Casa Bistro is located in the Element Tampa building at 802 N. Franklin St., at the corner of Franklin and Polk. Go check it out before everyone else “discovers” it!


In case you’re wondering: The folks at Le Casa Bistro have no idea who I am and most certainly didn’t pay for an endorsement. I’m just a fan who wants to see them stick around.

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Florida of the Day It Happened to Me

License plate of the day

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I saw this today while getting my car serviced and had to take a photo — you can even see me taking it!

I also think that we should adopt “B HOTMES” as Florida’s unofficial state motto.