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Wednesday, August 31, 2021

homestyle
Part Three in my highlighting of features from September’s Florida Trend:

Which Costs More? pairs up dwellings in various Florida cities with comparable housing markets across the U.S., and shows the tale of the financial tape. For instance:

Naples, Fla. vs. Santa Barbara, Calif.

Naples: Wedgewood/The Vineyards area, 4BR/3.5B, 4,197sf, 7yo
Listing price: $1,295,000; Property taxes: $7,810

Santa Barbara: Mission Canyon area, 4BR/4.5B, 4,000sf, 2yo
Listing price: $1,549,000; Property taxes: $14,312

Of course, the Sunshine State doesn’t come out on top dolar-wise every time:

Tampa, Fla. vs. Raleigh, N.C.

Tampa: Tampa Palms area, 4BR/4B, 4,010sf, 4yo
Listing price: $1.1 million; Property taxes: $12,400

Raleigh: Cross Gate area, 4BR/3.5B, 4,065sf, 5yo
Listing price: $468,900; Property taxes: $3,172

All just gazing material until that bubble pops…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/31/2005 10:44pm
Category: Business, Florida Livin', Publishing
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smurflicious
The show ended 15 years ago, and the CGI revival movies aren’t coming until 2008. So to pay the rent, Smurfette is apparently working at Burger King.

She won’t be working there long, if she keeps giving out ten bucks’ worth of change for a five-dollar order. Math education must be a shortcoming in the Smurf Village Greater School District.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/31/2005 09:59pm
Category: Comedy, Pop Culture
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desperately measuredSo when I heard about the knockout Shay Todd dress/swimsuit worn by my most favorite of “Housewives”, Eva Longoria, at the MTV Music Video Awards, I knew I had to get a gander myself.

Now that I’ve seen it, I’m wondering what all the fuss was about.

I mean, sure, it’s skimpy, and would raise eyebrows if it were worn to the Oscars. But essentially, it’s a bathing suit. She definitely looks great in it, but it’s not like she’s naked. I’m thinking MTV stoked a lot of the noise itself, because I really don’t see why this was considered so scandalous.

Still, I’m looking. It is Eva, after all.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/31/2005 09:36pm
Category: Celebrity, Fashion, Pop Culture
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ain'ts
With all the damage Hurricane Katrina has done, its impact on the sporting world is — and should be — very much a minimal concern.

Still, insofar as major pro franchises serve as mental identifiers for their home regions, you can look at the predicament of the Saints, in the wake of damage to the Superdome and to New Orleans in general, becoming a team with no home for the upcoming NFL season as one facet (albiet minor) of the damage inflicted.

Right now, options for “home” games include San Antonio (the Alamodome), LSU, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Houston (in the Texans’ Reliant Stadium), and even such far-flung locales as Los Angeles and Orlando. As bleak as any of those choices may be, at least there won’t be any serious whispers of permanent franchise relocation to go with it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/31/2005 09:08pm
Category: Football, Weather
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Apparently, today is Blog Day — or, if you prefer, Blogosphere Day.

So, uh… All of you, go out and read a blog! Oh wait, you’re already doing that…

Whatever it’s supposed to signify, I’m just spreading the Blog Day word. I would postulate about the current state of blogging, but the mood’s not striking me. Feel free to peruse the archives.

And remember: Here at PopStat, every day is blog day.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/31/2005 08:16pm
Category: Bloggin'
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