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Monday, May 09, 2021

A strategically-placed scrawl in a Crate & Barrell catalogue photo has led Marc Horowitz to want to dine with you, in the name of art.

So give him a call (510-872-7326), or drop him an email/comment via his National Dinner Tour site, and eat your way toward artistic expression.

I think I’ll give this a try. How often do you get to participate in a kooky meta-installation like this?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/09/2021 10:51:05 PM
Category: Creative
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It’s not quite like hockey in Florida, but seeing that grand Northeastern shin-whacking game of lacrosse starting to take root in the Sunshine State’s high schools and colleges seems a bit foreign.

Locally, there are teams in Citrus Park, Clearwater, Freedom High School, Lakewood Ranch, FishHawk Ranch, at Plant High School, Tampa Jesuit and Tampa Catholic.

Saint Leo University will field its first intercollegiate team next year, and two Wesley Chapel players plan to be on that inaugural team. Saint Leo president Arthur F. Kirk Jr. is a lacrosse player himself.

“Colleges in the northeast have been playing for years,” Kirk said. “Now you’re seeing it catch on in California, and you’re going to see it in Florida. We’re trying to get a little ahead of the curve.”

The Wesley Chapel teams have been around four years - longer than most in this area. They are among the best in the state. The high school-level team won its conference this year, losing only two regular season games. The middle school-level team was undefeated.

My limited exposure to the sport convinced me that you need a healthy streak of masochism to really get into it — and this is a hockey fan/player talking. It’s like a constant high-sticking marathon, with the odds of getting your teeth knocked out very high. All in all, I’ll take the ice, thanks.

Can lacrosse make it here? Hey, who ever figured the Stanley Cup would wind up in Florida? Or for that matter, the Bucs ever winning a Super Bowl? Anything’s possible.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/09/2021 10:07:56 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Other Sports
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Even the most benign, child-approved toy community is bound to have a rotten apple in it. From Fisher-Price’s Little People brood comes Extremely Mean Boy.

As you can see, he lives up to his permanently-scowled visage by doing dastardly deeds like knocking over his grandma’s rocking chair — with Grandma in it! He also has it in for his sister and other family members.

If you think you can reform him by giving him a good home, start your bidding. As of this writing, it’ll cost you upwards of 60 bucks.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/09/2021 09:42:17 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet
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At some point over the past couple of weeks, I came across the company name “Zerorez”. I had no idea what the company did, but I liked the cool palindromic name, and so jotted it down, intending to do a little research on it.

I was prepared to find a cool business model to match the name. Imagine my letdown when I found out it was something as mundane as a carpet-cleaning operation. Apparently, “Zerorez” is shorthand for “zero residue”.

Oh well. They can’t all be whiz-bang tech enterprises. Whatever pays the bills, I suppose.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/09/2021 11:22:51 AM
Category: Business
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