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Tuesday, November 29, 2021

When your most noteworthy municipal characteristic is as a strip club mecca, it’s a constant challenge to top yourself.

I’m happy to see that Tampa is up to the challenge: A motorhome strip-club-to-go offered lap dances and booze near Raymond James Stadium on Buccaneers gameday this past Sunday, before the cops busted it down.

“We determined this was the fourth game this season where they had done this,” [Tampa police Sgt. Bill] Todd said. “I don’t understand what justification they think they had, bringing this to a family environment like a Bucs game.”

A Bucs game as a family environment? Yeah, right — stands filled with obnoxious louts getting drunk, scantily-clad cheerleaders, violent action on the field… Perfect place to mold young minds. Stripping action would fit right into this environment. (And yes, I am a football fan.)

In addition: It took the Tampa PD four games to figure out this was going on? Crack detective work there.

All that said, it was particularly stupid of the operators to think they would be able to pull this off. Established clubs operate under fairly constant threat of crackdowns, even when they’re following all the laws; a stunt like this had no chance of being allowed a free pass.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/29/2005 11:42:54 PM
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A recent article in the Miami Herald about the dying of the light among Ybor City’s traditional immigrant classes has stirred some pots, helping spur yet another clean-up effort for the Tampa neighborhood.

I’ve idly wondered just how South Florida’s Cuban community view Ybor — assuming they give a district some 300 miles away any consideration at all. But historically, Tampa and Ybor have a longer track record with Cubans and Cuba than Miami does; Jose Marti targeted Ybor during the Cuban War of Independence, and got plenty of money and support there. Obviously, the more recent history of the exodus following Castro’s revolution caused Miami to eclipse Tampa as the epicenter for the Cuban community in the U.S.

I think a clue to the present-day ignorance of Miami Cubans toward the Tampa connection can be seen in the opening lines of the Herald article:

One is the Ybor (pronounced EE-bor) of today, a still-beautiful cluster of grand buildings…

That the paper felt the need to provide a phonetic spelling of a Spanish name speaks volumes regarding a lack of familiarity.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/29/2005 10:45:17 PM
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Oh, sometimes it’s just too easyMedical researchers have discovered that people with more fat in their cabooses require longer needles to ensure that their injections actually get into the bloodstream.

Hey, if you’re going to have a whale-like ass, you should expect to be harpooned every so often. And not in a fun way.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/29/2005 10:09:35 PM
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Following up on my speculation about a possible traffic spike here as a side effect of Cyber Monday, I can report that I have gotten a slightly higher-than-average amount of visitors yesterday and today.

However, I don’t see any evidence that it’s due to online shoppers stumbling this way.

I was expecting to see visits that came about because someone was looking for, say, something about iPods (one of my semi-frequent posting topics). But that’s not the case. I don’t see patterns that are much different from the everyday stuff that I get; there’s simply a bit more of it. That could be indicative of more people online thanks to the holiday season, but it’s a long guess.

For whatever reason, I’ll take the traffic. Bing-bing bong-bong, y’know.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/29/2005 09:28:28 PM
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it's on
Astute visitors here may notice a new little linky-link in the Google AdSense boxes on this page called “Advertise on this site”. It’s a new initiative from Google called Onsite Advertiser, obviously designed to let advertisers buy space on specific sites rather than the normal run-of-AdSense network.

I did very little to implement Onsite, because I didn’t have to: Google auto-opts-in everyone, and while it’s easy enough to opt out, I imagine most publishers decided to ride with it. I customized the landing page for Population Statistic by uploading a logo and dashing off a little bit of cocky copy. Otherwise, it’s pretty passive from my end.

I’ll be curious to see if anyone actually bites on this for me. Larger sites in the network are sure to attract dedicated ads, as will those with more of a singular topic focus. But this site? Plenty of traffic, but it’s diffused among several categories. Still, you never know.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/29/2005 09:14:46 PM
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