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Friday, October 01, 2021

face in the crowd
Above is the cover photo from this week’s edition of tbt*, modified for Web purposes. That full-color girl in the sea of grey? None other than my coworker, Jamie.

As is often the case in publishing, the tbt* folks had a last-minute need for a fill-in model. Since they do most of their work right down the hall from us, they made a late-day call over to Jamie, with whom they’d collaborated before. She was wearing a colorful enough outfit that she was deemed suitable, and the shot was made.

She wasn’t especially happy with the photo; she thinks her facial expression is not what it could be. And the potential exposure has her a bit embarrassed. She kept asking me all day just where the thing was distributed, partly to ask her husband to pick one up for himself, but mainly to wonder just what the odds were on her friends/family seeing it.

I told her she shouldn’t sweat it, and she should enjoy the brief limelight. I even had her autograph my copy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/01/2021 06:17pm
Category: Publishing
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Behold the Indoor Picnic, as offered by Stump’s Supper Club:

INDOOR PICNIC / $52.95
A bucket of Fried Chicken, Stump’s Pulled Pork BBQ, Country Fried Steak and a Full-Stump of BBQ Ribs, family style servings of four Southern Sides and cornbread. Serves four persons.

Feed your table of four for just a shade over fifty bucks. A true gastrointestinal adventure, I’m sure.

My coworker alerted me to this smorgasborg of fried goodness. She’s especially impressed with the whole bucket of fried chicken. It seems that whenever she and her husband go out to Stump’s with another couple, the men insist upon ordering this item. They even joke about ordering two of them.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/01/2021 04:54pm
Category: Food
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This just in: The latest weather reports show that there is no hurricane heading toward Florida this weekend. On this current track, no hurricane will make landfall on the coast of Florida, and there’s expected to be no accompanying rains or storm surges as a result.

To repeat: No hurricanes are threathening Florida this weekend.

(End Transmission)

Those of you reading this outside the state probably think I’ve lost it (and I have, but long ago, and that has nothing to do with this). Floridians reading this also may think I’ve lost it; but at the same time, could have the same odd feeling I’ve got:

For the first time in what seems like forever (but is really only six weeks or so), we’re not nervously waiting for the next big storm to strike somewhere in the state. Instead of having storm preparations on our minds, or at least in the back of our minds, we can actually experience a weekend free of hurricane anxiety.

I’m not sure I remember what that’s like. To know that I can go about my usual errands on Saturday and not get stuck behind some moron dragging a piece of too-big plywood behind his car. To go out and party Saturday night and not worry about being awoken early Sunday by insanely howling winds and pelting raindrops. To stop by the grocery store for a couple of items and not have to navigate around panicky shoppers loading up their carts with enough junk to ride out the Rapture and Armageddon combined (unless their roof gets blown off). It’s quite the novelty.

And yet, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. No one wants the storms and the misery they bring. But we definitely got into a rhythm: Alert watch, emergency supplies, evacuation, power outages, etc. That rhythm, which became routine, is now disrupted, and initially at least, it feels like something crucial is missing.

Am I getting all nostalgic now, after my disgust from the last storm? God, I hope not. And if I am, I’m sure it’ll pass by the middle of tonight.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/01/2021 02:12pm
Category: Florida Livin', Weather
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