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Florida Stranger than Fiction Tampa Bay

When you move into Florida, a little bit of Florida moves into you

Tom Brady wearing a black suit, black hat, white shirt, polka dotted black tie, and pocket handkerchief. Caption reads “Tom Brady is dressed like he’d going to kill Roger Rabbit and the rest of Toontown”.
Thanks to Jeannie Cool for the find! Tap to view at full size.

But go ahead, Tom, you’ve earned it.

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Tampa Bay

Seminole Heights sights you might have missed: The 24-hour “Ice ATM”

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorIf you’ve ever driven south on Florida Avenue past Trip’s Diner, you may have seen the structure pictured below on the south end of Trip’s parking lot:

The automated ice dispensing station on Florida Avenue, as seen from the sidewalk through some palm trees.
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It’s the local “Twice the Ice” ice vending machine, run by Ice House America, which boasts a network of more than 3,500 ice vending machines around this world. It’s automated, open 24 hours, and a convenience that I’ve overlooked until recently.

This one is Seminole Heights’ very own, where you can buy filtered water for 25 cents per gallon (3.8 liters) or  dispenser, a five gallon (about 19 liters) bag of ice for a dollar, or fill your cooler with 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of ice for $1.75.

A closer look at the automated ice dispensing station on Florida Avenue, as seen from the sidewalk.
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I moved to the neighborhood two years ago, and on the rare occasions that I’ve had to purchase ice, I’ve been paying way too much for too little at the gas station like a chump. Later this year, when it’s time to have guests over for cocktails, I’m going to have make use of this machine’s services.

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funny Tampa Bay

This sounds waaay more interesting than a mere “friend with benefits”

Seen in Tampa on Hillsborough Ave., just west of 275. Tap to view at full size.
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It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

It’s a rainy day in the neighborhood

It looks like twilight out there, but I took this photo from our front porch at about noon today. Tampa Bay’s under a severe thunderstorm watch until 4:00 this afternoon. Today’s a good day to stay in and get started on your spring cleaning.

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Tampa Bay The Current Situation

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Tampa this week

Pop-up sites all over Tampa

Here’s a list of this week’s COVID-19 pop-up vaccine sites in Tampa:

Poster showing COVID-19 vaccine pop-up sites for Tuesday, April 6, 2021 through Sunday, April 11, 2021
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You don’t need to pre-register or schedule an appointment; just bring your ID and wear a mask.


Raymond James Stadium

The football field at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Creative Commons photo by Bernard Gagnon. Tap to see the source.

You can also get the COVID-19 vaccine at Raymond James Stadium, located at 4201 N Himes Ave.

You don’t need to pre-register or schedule an appointment; just bring your ID and wear a mask.


The old greyhound track

There’s also the FEMA-run site at Tampa Greyhound Track (which now goes by the name TGT Poker), located at 755 East Waters Ave.

You don’t need to pre-register or schedule an appointment; just bring your ID and wear a mask.

There’s a bonus for going to this site — there’s a chance you’ll be greeted by Maggie:


The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

You can also go to the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, located at 1002 E Palm.

You don’t need to pre-register or schedule an appointment; just bring your ID and wear a mask.

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It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

The best grocery store sign ever

Joey deVilla, at Tampa’s Philippine Grocery, posing beside a sign that read “KEEP CALM: WE GOT RICE!”.
Seen at Philippine Grocery in Tampa. Tap to view at full size.

Well, it’s the best grocery store sign ever in my opinion, anyway.

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It Happened to Me Tampa Bay The Current Situation

Half-time was the best time to go plague shopping

Trader Joe’s Tampa last night at 8:24 p.m.. Tap to view at full size.

My hunch that Trader Joe’s Tampa would be a ghost town last night during Super Bowl LV’s half-time paid off. It was the perfect time to make a quick but important grocery run, as you can see from the photo I took while at the cashier (see above).

This run was important because there are better-than-even odds that we’ll experience a COVID-19 spike, thanks to Super Bowl superspreader gatherings like the one in the picture below, taken in Ybor City on Saturday night…

…and covered in the following articles:

My advice: Be particularly careful over the next couple of weeks, because a lot of people were careless over the past couple of days.