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Monday, November 28, 2021

If I may borrow a few lines from Messrs. Jagger and Richards:

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change

Today I resigned from my position at Florida Trend Magazine. Which means it is, indeed, time for a change, after spending a decade of my professional life in St. Petersburg.

The details for me leaving will have to wait, if I reveal them here at all. Suffice to say that the desire to dissolve the relationship was mutual, and while it’s not an acrimonious split, it’s also not completely harmonious. Simply put, I wasn’t satisfied, wasn’t anticipating any improvement, and, after several days of cogitation, felt this was as good a time as any to shift gears. And I can say that — at the moment, anyway — I’ve got no regrets over the move, and in fact feel a good dose of relief from resolving the situation.

So, while I’m still ostensibly hitched with Trend for the next two weeks (last official day is pegged at Friday, December 9th), I am in effect a free agent. I’ve got nothing lined up at the moment, and am fortunately in a position where I can take a bit of a breather before finding a new gig.

As for where that next gig might be… It says something about the regard I hold for Trend, and parent company Times Publishing, when I can comfortably say that I don’t think I can find another job in publishing — or media in general — in the this area (or, probably, in Florida) that would match what I’ve had there. This has been the top of the heap in a lot of ways, and it doesn’t make much sense to look for a professional downgrade just for the sake of staying in Tampa Bay.

So, you can guess where this is going…

My plans — which are far from solid, but are likely — are to relocate to New York, probably by mid-January. My days of being “stuck around St. Petersburg” are coming to a close. (And that “New Yorkin’” category on this blog is about to get a lot fatter.)

Not to dump on the Bay area, but after 15 years of living here, I’m well past due for a change of scenery — even if that change is a return to familiar territory (having grown up in New York).

So. I think that’s enough of a change-up for one night. Further details as warranted.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/28/2005 11:07:22 PM
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I’m proud to be an American, and am all for the Founding Fathers’ dedication to life, liberty and the rest.

Still, sometimes I sort of wish the Spirit of ‘76 had never happened. Because had it not, everything north of the Rio Grande might consist of a greater Dominion of Canada, and we’d all be experiencing the rough-and-tumble parliamentary politics that just led to a no-confidence tumbling of Paul Martin’s Liberal Party government in Ottawa.

You think the Red State vs. Blue State head-butting is nasty business? It’s tiddlywinks compared to what’s been brewing north of the border:

Already, the Liberals have threatened to sue Conservative members of Parliament for “false smears” that linked the party to organized crime, while Liberals slung mud themselves.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper called the Liberals “a party named in a judicial inquiry” and “found guilty of breaking every conceivable law in the province of Quebec with the help of organized crime.”

Liberal House Leader Tony Valeri shot back, calling the Conservatives “narrow, angry people” who offered “half truths and innuendo” and would reverse decades of progress in Canada “in the name of some right-wing ideology.”

Both sides predicted worse to come.

Valeri also blasted the Conservatives for collaborating with the separatist Bloc Quebecois to bring down the government while others peddled insults such as “sleazebag” and “anti-immigrant” to describe their opponents.

I don’t know why, but of any NAFTA member, I’d more expect this sort of mudslinging in Mexico…

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/28/2005 09:55:06 PM
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Today I found a Coca-Cola machine that was hi-tech enough to be subject to the keypad-hacking trick I discovered at Transit Tech.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to trick the thing out. I had a printout of the instructions with me (they’re way too long for me to memorize), but after typing in the 4-2-3-1 to launch the menu, I was lost. I just started mashing the numbers and managed to get some sort of gobbledy-gook to display, then cut out after that novelty quickly wore off.

So no free can of Coke. Couldn’t even knock the price down to a nickel or anything. (Maybe next time I should load the instructions into my iPod, for more convenient portability.)

I felt unbelievably juvenile even attempting this trick. There was no one else around, so I didn’t have to be inconspicuous; but still.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/28/2005 09:38:32 PM
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