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Sunday, December 14, 2008

How the Fashion Industry is dealing with the Recession

This season for fashion has never been like any other in recent decades, because of such hard economic times upon us. As the models walked down the runways showing this fall season collections all waited with baited breaths on how it would be received. Reported by The Fashion Spot, a website that reports on the fashion industry and how it affects us, buyers were not applauding this season. The general consensus was that the designs were”Safe but a general lack of zing”. They were looking for a “perfect balance between normal and special”. What is even more nerve racking in the design world is the limiting of new labels buyers are picking up due to recession, which is not good news for all up and coming designers. Designers and retailers alike are dealing with the change in pocket money for women of the working world. It seems that those retailers that target the young women or teenagers are not feeling the pinch. Some, like the retailer Topshot, which also target teens and young adults, are actually reporting a gain in profit. Children are always the last to feel the tightening of belts. Even the stock market is down for all major retailers such as J.C. Penny’s, Kohl’s, Macy’s and the Limited. Total sales are down 1.2% between August and September. This is down 1% from a year ago. These kinds of retailers are bracing for the lowest recorded sales to be reported for the holiday season since the early 1980’s. On the other hand discount retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Costco are experiencing an increase in stock value. You are most likely going to be finding some good sales this winter season. So kill two birds with one stone by taking advantage of opportunities for some great gifts and helping out the fashion industry in these hard economic times.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Fashion that gets your Heart Racing!

Sorry I haven't been around lately, apparently this year midterms last from labor day till Thanksgiving. Have some really fun fashion news. This coming week Nov. 2-8 is Florida State's annual Fall Fashion Week. The first event is this Sunday, November 2, and is a 5k run (or walk). Sign up is at one pm at the Sandels Building on campus. The fee is $15 and goes to the Tallahassee Refuge House. The race officially begins at 1:30 and ends back at Sandels. There is even Free food and Prizes! This event is supported by a organization I belong to called Fashion Inc. and also Collegiate Merchandising Association. So put on your running shoes and run, jog, or walk your heart out for a good cause and fashion!!! If you need any directions feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Anyone Else Disturbed by Florida Turtles Shipped to China for Food?

Last week I read in the St. Petersburg Times this article, "China Gobbling Up Florida Turtles" and it made me sick. Basically, people are illegally harvesting Florida's freshwater turtles then shipping them overseas to be eaten. China appears to be a big market, but looking at this bulletin: Florida Fish & Wildlife March 2008 Intelligence Bulletin on the Commercialization of Florida's Freshwater Turtles, Japan is a big consumer of Florida's freshwater turtles.
If you find this disturbing, contact Florida Governor Crist to put a stop to this and save Florida's turtles! You can drop him a line at:

Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Friday, September 26, 2008

What's on Your Playlist?

I know this isn’t fashion related but I thought I would report on it since it was something that happened in Tallahassee. There are some definite benefits to being a college student. One of the best ones at FSU is seeing movies for free at the on campus movie theater. Just so you know, it is really cheap ($5) for non students to see a movie there. That is a huge price decrease compared to a normal theater, other than the dollar theater in town. The snacks are cheaper too. They show various film festivals, such as currently coming up is a Middle Eastern film fest, your favorite classics, as well as recently released. One of the biggest perks of the movie theater is the pre-showings of movies.

This week I saw the pre-screening for the movie “Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist.” I would give it two thumbs up!! One of my biggest pet peeves about movie trailers is that they show all the funny points in the movie and when you actually see it you are disappointed that they spoiled it. With this film they just continue to deliver. I have never heard an audience react so much to a film such as this. We laughed, we cried; ok so no one cried, it wasn't a tear jerker, but it was probably the first film I have gone to that people openly yell at the screen. Things such as "OMG, please don't do that" or a resounding "EUUU" was heard a couple times. There were a lot of comments about a word rhyming with witch towards a certain character in the film. People even applauded during the movie and were cheering when characters stood up for themselves. I have never seen an audience more drawn into and feel completely apart of a movie before. It was entertaining enough to watch the people around my seat.

Another bonus about the movie, it didn’t drag on. It was approximately an hour and half. It brought you through the story and you still felt it was complete at the end. So here is to “Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist”, simply a good movie.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Not Just for Bunny Huggers: National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 27

This Saturday is National Public Lands Day, a day devoted to cleaning up and sprucing up sometimes under appreciated parks, preserves and forests. There are some events happing around the Tallahassee area so check out the Public Lands site for a project near you and here's my editorial on the subject.

I'm curious, anyone know who Iron Eyes Cody is?

Friday, September 19, 2008

The "I Do's" and Don'ts

I was recently invited to a wedding in which my boyfriend was in the wedding party, but I had only met the bride and groom once. It was really nice to be included in an event that celebrates two lives joining together. Luckily for me I already had a staple dress to wear. However I know that weddings can only send shivers down others spines when the dreaded question comes to mind, what will I wear?!?

There a few faux pas to avoid. For traditional weddings no one would dare to wear black (except maybe the groomsmen and groom himself) under any circumstances. Why you ask? Well because in a lot of cultures such as ours, black is seen as a mourning color. It doesn’t look too well when one of the mothers shows up all in black. Some people think it sends out a signal of ill wishes on the couple. More recently however, the color choice of black is becoming more acceptable. One trend (that I personally don’t understand) you will see is even sometimes bridesmaids are wearing black. The reason it is becoming less of a faux pas probably stems from the fact that black is also used as a way to express formality. Think of how many times society stresses that “little black dress”. Personally, I would still suggest staying away from black, why look all gloomy when you can add life with color.

Fashion at weddings doesn’t have to be restricting but there are a few lines you should never cross. Men, please tuck in your shirts. There is almost nothing worse than a sloppy wrinkled shirt tail hanging out (cringe). Show some respect for the couple and tuck it in. It won’t hurt you for one day to wear a belt. Also gentlemen, please no Hawaiian print shirts. Huge flowers or surf boards (and I don’t care if you got it from Tommy Bahama) do not really say I care to be here, the message you send is I’d rather be on a beach in Mexico. Along the lines of beach attire, please no flip flops. This goes for ladies as well. I’m sure you have a pair of more polished sandals you could wear. Though sometimes a casual wedding like a wedding on the beach might be flexible on a few of these rules, they are still good rules to follow.

Now are you ladies searching in that closet for a nice dress to wear? Best rule of thumb, dress conservative. Remember this isn’t your day, so don’t choose a dress that looks like you belong on the red carpet (you wouldn’t believe how many mothers of the bride and groom I see try to pull that one) or the one that shows so much skin. Good rule of thumb, nothing above the knee. Remember nice slacks are completely appropriate too.

The “I Do's” for weddings: Dress like you care about the event and the couple. Think conservative. Remember this is the bride’s and groom’s day to stand out. Best advice if you really aren’t sure about what to wear ask the bride, groom, or their families on what they believe is acceptable.




Monday, September 15, 2008

$5.50 Per Gallon? Are You Kidding Me?

You poor people up in Florida's Capital City. I heard the news today that fuel is $5.50 per gallon in Tallahassee. I didn't think it was true until I spoke to someone up there this morning. The worst I've seen it here in Port Charlotte is around $4.39 or so.

How is this impacting everyone? Have the prices dropped? I want to know what you think of all this.

I read over at TallyCast's blog about two new sushi places in Tallahassee. Can't wait to try them when I'm back in the area. Yum!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Pedicure Fit for a Mermaid: Find it in Sarasota

Planning a trip to Sarasota, Florida, soon? You'll have to check out this quirky experience, a spa offering "live fish pedicures." Yes, that's what I said. Pictured below is my right foot acting as lunch for some toothless fish. Read about the experience over at Suite101.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fall is Here and So Am I!

Hey everyone! I just want to thank you for the great introduction and let you know how excited I am to be contributing to this Tallahassee blog. I am sorry I haven't come on sooner, but moving back to school for the new year and getting my classes figured out took some time, but now I am here and raring to go!

It is said great writers write about what they know. So as a girl with a passion for fashion, I hope to bring you the styles and trends seen in Tallahassee. Also if there are anything else that comes my way from around Tallahassee, I will be sure to let you you know. So lets' jump right in :) !

Fall is here now with Labor Day weekend, even though it doesn't feel like it here in the sunshine state. Now is the time to do some updating to your closet, this doesn't mean an overhaul but it never hurts to get a few signature pieces. So here are some of the trends you are going to see around town and in the stores.

Think Purple! Yes those royal deep purple hues will be taking over the runways and the street corners. They are a beautiful deep tones for anyone to wear, yes even for you men. You are going to see lots of deep purples in shirts, argyle vests and sweaters, and even socks for you guys. Trust me women love a man who has confidence enough to sport some purple. I am going to bring more of men fashion in an upcoming post, so be looking for that soon.

Other great trends you are going to see are a bright bold floral and some geometric prints. This is not the season to blend into the back ground, it is all about standing out. Another print you are going to see a lot is plaid. A lot of this is going to be skirts and coats, even leggings.

Remember trends and styles aren't meant for you to overhaul your closet to get the latest items. There are easy ways to incorporate new trends and colors into your own sense of style. If you have any questions about fashion, or fashion related topics, feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you :).


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Free Chick-n-Strips at Chick-fil-A this Labor Day

I've previously blogged about how much I love Chick-fil-A and here I go again. This Monday - Labor Day - receive a free three-count new Chick-n-Strips when you wear your favorite football team's logo or attire. This includes professional, collegiate, high school, middle school or recreational. I think all I have is a pair of Gator earrings from the University of Florida (sorry folks, I no longer live in Tallahassee).

So if Chick-fil-A is near you, be sure to visit on Labor Day between 10:30 a.m. to close for the Chick-n-Strips Giveaway. (And be sure to wear your Noles' logo.)

Monday, August 25, 2008

New Florida Travel Guidebook Highlights Monuments, Memorials and Statues

Hey Tallahassee! Wonder what those obelisks are in the lawn of the Old Capital? Or the story behind the Edward Ball Monument at Wakulla Springs State Park? Wonder no more, a new book called A Brief Guide to Florida's Monuments and Memorials by Roberta Sandler will be hitting bookshelves soon. Want a sneak peek? Read my review of the new Florida guidebook.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tallahassee, How Do I Miss Thee?

It's been about four months since I left Tallahassee and I admit to missing Florida's Capital City. What exactly do I miss? Check out my latest article, "My 10 Favorite Things to Do in Tallahassee" to find out my 10 favorite things to do in Tallahassee and what I miss.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Space Aliens to Take Over Tallahassee: Aug. 30 - Jan. 8, 2009

Okay, not real space aliens, but I ask, do you believe in UFOs? Green men? Extra terrestrials? Life beyond Earth? Then the upcoming exhibit at The Brogan Museum is for you. (If you're a skeptic, this is for you, too.) Launching August 30 is The Roswell Exhibit, dedicated to UFOs and the like, highlighting the alleged 1947 UFO crash and subsequent government cover up in Roswell, New Mexico.

This exhibit is exactly the quirky stuff I'm into and really wish I was living in Tallahassee to see this. If someone attends, can you tell me if it's out of this world?

Oh! Be sure to check out the blog and share your thoughts/experiences about UFOs.

Here are the details:

What: The Roswell Exhibit
Where: The Brogan Museum, Tallahassee
When: Aug. 30 - Jan. 8, 2009
Check the Museum Web site for times and admission.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Knock 'Em Sock 'Em Action with the Tallahassee Rollergirls: 2008 Last Home Bout This Saturday

As I'm settling into my new digs in Florida's oldest county (age-wise), I'm realize I'm missing Tallahassee's youthfulness, especially that of the Tallahassee RollerGirls.

But you, my dear Tallahassee residents, can experience the rush and thrill of knock 'em sock 'em rollergirl action this Saturday, Aug. 16 when Capital Punishment (the Tally girls) takes on The Texas Hustlers at the North Florida Fairgrounds in what's called, "Scar Wars Episode I."

Forget southern pleasantries, methinks the Tally gals will be knockin' these Texas roses off their @$$e$.

Here's the scoop:
What: Rollergirl Action: Scar Wars Episode I - Capital Punishment vs. The Texas Hustlers
When: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008; Doors Open @ 6 p.m., Bout Begins @ 7 p.m. (arrive early)
How: Get Your Tickets NOW, I'm told they're moving quickly.
Find them at: for $12
Play it Again Sports (3183 Capital Circle NE) for $11
Comics and Games of Tallahassee (1857 West Tennessee Street) for $11

Bring a chair and some cash to pick up a sweet t-shirt, etc. For more info, check out the Tallahassee RollerGirls site and after the bout, tell me how it was.

Oh! And did you see how the ladies were in USA Today? Pretty sweet.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tallahassee Date Night at Carrabba's Italian Grill

Hey Tallahassee! Have you checked out Carrabba's lately? I've come to realize it'd make a great date night restaurant or place for girls' night out. You have to save room for dessert, they are the cutest, tastiest delights I've ever seen! I recently visited the Carrabba's in my new neighborhood (in Port Charlotte, Fla.) and you can read the review here.
Go check out the Tallahassee Carrabba's, I'm sure you'll have a great experience like I did.

Carrabba's Italian Grill
2752 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Tel: (850) 297-1100

Open Sundays: 3 to 10 p.m.
Mondays through Thursdays: 4 to 10 p.m.
Fridays: 4 to 11 p.m.
Saturdays: 3 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Say "Hello" to Kristin! New Contributor to QKG's Tallahassee Blog

Moving away from Tallahassee was bittersweet. It meant I would no longer be in the hub of Capital City action and activity. Sure, there's email and that's how I've been making some posts but something VERY good has happen.

Meet Kristin. Hailing from Orlando, she's entering her third year at Florida State studying Fashion Merchandising (I should take her shopping so she can show me what I should wear, I am fashionably challenged...), a fab blogger and vlogger (that's video and blogging). I'm sure we'll be reading Kristin's work in one of the major fashion publications someday.

Kristin's very familiar with Tallahassee and she's going to be bringing a youthful, vibrant perspective to what's happening in and around the Capital City. With an interest in fashion, I'm sure she's going to be introducing you to steals, deals and life beyond the college strip.

So stay tuned and read what Kristin has to say!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Don't Miss Railroad Square's 7th Annual Bizarre Bazaar

Unfortunately I'll be missing what promises to be a funky and quirky community-wide garage sale at Railroad Square this Saturday (July 25, 2008). Mother Nature rained out the originally scheduled sale in April but I'm sure lots of folks will be doing anti-rain dances Friday night to keep the rain away.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., shoppers can browse the bizarre bargains for must-have nic nacs, treasures, furniture, art and who knows what else. But I'm sure there's SOMETHING you can't live without waiting for you. While at Railroad Square, be sure to browse the galleries and shops.

Need more info? Check out the Railroad Square Web site or call (850) 224-6666.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Now at the Brogan: Where There are No Words, Healing Through Art Therapy

Have to admit, the email I received from the Brogan about the following event freaked me out a bit. It wasn't the first paragraph telling me about the 17-piece exhibit featuring art from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Behavioral Health Center's Art Therapy program. I actually think that's very cool and think it's brave of the artists, even though the art exhibited anonymously. The exhibit runs now through August 17, 2008.

The second paragraph freaked me out. Right there was MY NAME inviting me to the "Art of Healing from Depression" community meeting about depression and the benefits of art therapy. Dr. Larry Kubiak is leading the discussion.

While I realize personalizing the email is a marketing ploy (I hope I'm the only one who received the email with MY NAME in it), it makes me a bit paranoid. Do they think I'm still depressed?

I'll ponder that thought, in the meantime, here are the specifics about the "Art of Healing from Depression" meeting:

When: July 24 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bottom level of The Brogan Museum in Room 111
How: RSVP to Jessica Zeigler at (850) 431-5675 by July 22

Did I mention the event is FREE?

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: July 11 - 13, 2008

Sounds as though the Mockingbird Cafe will be having a "Special Musical Friday" event (July 11) this week. Enjoy a dinner and a show, seatings at 6 and 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 12, is open seating.

Highlights for the weekend menu include: Start with Miniature Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duxelles and Premium Greens, $10; Main Course: Grilled Mahi-mahi with Orange-Ginger Beurre Blanc, Steamed Couscous and Balsamic Reduction, $22

Friday entertainment: Lis & Lon Williamson with Dick Kraft & Bill McGuire
(Acoustic Folk)

Saturday entertainment: Doug & Lisa Jernigan (Acoustic Folk)

Sunday, July 13: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SUnday Entertainment: All musicians welcome to join in the Second Sunday Acoustic Jam Session - rock on!

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla., closed Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Say It's Not So, Word Traffic Books is Closing

Although I don't live in Tallahassee anymore, I still want the community to grow, especially the little guys. I was sad to receive an email from Word Traffic Books stating the independent book store will be closing at the end of July.

Very sad.

It has a great vibe for customers and big supporter of local authors by promoting their works and hosting readings, book signings and workshops.

There is a glimmer of hope Word Traffic Books will relocate to a new location in a couple of months. Keep the fingers crossed that happens.

But for you book hounds, head over to Word Traffic for discounted books. According to the email, as the month progresses, the deeper the discounts.

Good luck to Chelsea, Van, Sebastian and Reese.

Carrabba's Announces Wine Wednesdays in Florida

Yum! Wait 'til you hear about this. Carrabba's Italian Grill kicked off Wine Wednesdays yesterday. What's this mean? On Wednesday nights, take $10 off a bottle of ANY wine from the Carrabba's menu to pair with anything on the menu. Mmm, I can just taste it now, a nice bottle of a bold red with lasagna or grilled salmon. Where's the nearest Carrabba's? For you Tallahassee folks, it's at 2752 Capital Circle NE, tel: (850) 297-1100.

There's one catch, this special is only valid in the Sunshine State!

OK, non-Floridians can still be part of Carrabba's wine action this summer by participating in a wine naming contest. (Floridians, everyone knows great brainstorming happens when adult beverages are involved, so head over to the restaurant on a Wednesday to let the creative juices flow.)

Here's the deal:

  • Carrabba's is debuting an exclusive, limited-edition baby Super Tuscan wine later this fall.
  • Winemaker Ruffino is blending the wine.
  • Foodies and Carrabba's fans are encouraged to name the wine based on four aspects, uniqueness of the name, appropriateness for the wine blend, match with the Carrabba's personality and description of the wine inspiration.
  • Entries must be submitted by July 31, 2008, visit for more info and to submit a wine name.
So what does the winner receive? A fabu $1,500 epicurean prize package with:
  • A case of the exclusive Ruffino wine.
  • A catered 2008 holiday celebration for 12.
  • A year’s worth of Carrabba’s dinners in 2009.
  • Can't forget bragging rights!
What are you waiting for? With rising prices EVERYWHERE, it's nice to know some places remain affordable and Carrabba's is it. Meals are already affordable, 10 bucks off a bottle of wine is a nice bonus. Why not turn Wine Wednesdays into date night?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Imagine Life Workshop Series: June 24 a Healthier You

Event planner extraordinaire Kenya Washington, of Imagine Wedding & Event Planning, has another fab workshop planned, "Say I DO to a Healthier You" on June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will focus on effective communication and maintaining good mental health. Interpersonal communication in all types of relationships along with conflict resolution will be discussed.

What: Imagine Life Workshop Series: Say I DO to a Healthier You

When: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Where: Soup Swift, 2510 Miccosukee Road

How: Event is FREE, email Kenya Washington at

Why: Because mental health does a body good!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: June 19 - 22, 2008

So have you taken my advice yet and headed out to the Mockingbird Cafe in Havana? I'm not going to scold anyone if you haven't because it's your loss. This is what's happening this weekend:

Thursday, June 19: Seating 6 - 8 p.m., Grilled Summer Vegetable Lasagna with tomato basil sauce, $10

Entertainment: Thursday Night Jam Session - Check out the local talent and rock on!

Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21: Candlelight dinners, 6 'til 9 p.m. Highlights include: Crab Meat Stuffed Baby Eggplant, $8 (doesn't that sound delish?), Sauteed Gulf Grouper with baby bok choy, coconut rice and ponzu sauce, $23 and Pan Seared Tenderloin of Angus Beef with grilled veggies, jicama slaw and roasted pepper aioli, $23. Reservations strongly recommended (850- 539-2212).

Friday entertainment: Wrecken' So (Acoustic Folk)

Saturday entertainment: Doug Jernigan (Acoustic Folk)

Sunday, June 22: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Afternoon entertainment: Bill McGuire (Acoustic Folk)

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla., closed Monday and Tuesday.

Save the Date: Women in Business Expo 2008

The 2nd Annual Women in Business Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tallahassee Community College. The expo allows participants to mix, mingle and do business with women-owned businesses. I met some great business leaders last year and I'm sure this year's event will be equally as good. Educational sessions are inspiring, too.

So save the date for the 2nd Annual Women in Business Expo, Aug. 16.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Knott House Museum is Looking for Teen Poets

Are you a teen poet looking to work on your craft? The Knott House Museum is hosting a summer poetry workshop this July to help you enhance your writing skills. Being a writer myself, I know it's intimidating sharing your work with others, but the feedback received is invaluable. These workshops are in a friendly, relaxed setting.

On July 19, participants will be able to read their poetry along with their peers and published poets. Contact the Knott House at (850) 922-2459 to register or learn more about the program.

Here are the details:

Summer Poetry to Last a Lifetime
Session 1 for Grades 6 to 8
July 7-11, 2008 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The deadline to apply is June 14.
The cost is $50 per student.

Summer Poetry to Last a Lifetime
Session 2 for Grades 9 to 12
July 14-18, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The deadline to apply is June 28.
The cost is $50 per student.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Times Tough for Everyone? Even for Realtor Ken Foster?

When I was meeting a friend for dinner at Paulina's Pizzeria (yummy pizza, BTW) a couple weeks back, I saw whom I thought was another panhandler on the Tallahassee roadside.

As I looked closer and saw the man was holding his sign, "Will Work for Food," and pointing to the billboard above, I realized what was happening, a bit.

Realtor Ken Foster is working for food, but not for him (but I don't know, aren't realtors having a tough time right now?) for the Second Harvest Food Bank. According to Foster's Web site, 5% from every commission is donated.

That's pretty cool.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

On Hiatus 'til Who Knows When

I'm in the middle of unpacking in my new Port Charlotte digs. It's been a whirlwind past few weeks and am looking forward to life getting back to normal. Until I'm "settled" will I start posting about happenings in Tallahassee again, I think. I mean, these won't be first-hand accounts, as mentioned in this post, but I'll post what I can when I know what's happening.

I am bummed I'll be missing the Tallahassee Film Festival this weekend. If anyone goes (I imagine Downtown Guy over at Tally Hassle will be going, maybe?) tell me all about it.

Going to unpack some (more) boxes now...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sorry Tallahassee, I'm Breaking Up With You

It's bittersweet that I write this. All joking and sarcasm aside, the Tallahassee community has grown on me. But, it's time for me to move on professionally and personally. To that extent, I'm leaving the community in May to head back to southwest Florida.

As for this blog, I plan to maintain it and keep it updated when possible.

If you're looking for first-hand accounts of life in Tallahassee, be sure to bookmark some of my Tallahassee blogger friends:

Once I'm settled into my new community (Charlotte County), I hope to begin another blog. My primary blog ( will continue to be maintained regularly.

Thanks for the memories. It's been one wild ride!

[Photos: Office Halloween contest, 2005, I was the "Pez Princess;" Aladdin's Sheesha Cafe, summer 2007; Self portrait, kayaking the Wakulla River, fall 2007]

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Imagine Life Workshop Series: April 29 Look Sensational this Summer with a

In addition to being navigationally challenged, I'm fashionably challenged so this upcoming workshop is something I should probably attend. It's called "Say I DO to Sensational Summer Style," part of the Imagine Life Workshop Series.

It's happening at Cole Couture Boutique, 2086 Thomasville Rd # B on Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m.

What's it about? The workshop will:
Help women achieve the right summer style for this season.
Highlight this season's current trends in party wear.
Provide guidance in selecting the right clothing based on body type.
Show ladies how to shop for style on any budget.

Best of all, this fashionable shindig is FREE.

Want to learn more? Contact event planner extraoirdinaire Kenya Washington with Imagine at ( 850) 591-3010 or through her Web site.

I wonder if my shiny pink shoes are considered fashionable. Hmm...

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: April 24 - 27, 2008

I'm back with what's happening at Havana's Mockingbird Cafe. As usual, entrees and entertainment sound yummy!

Thursday, April 24: Southern Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Biscuits & White Gravy, $11.

Entertainment: Thursday Night Jam Session - Check out the local talent and rock on!

Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26: Candlelight dinners, 6 'til 9 p.m. Highlights include: Chicken, Shrimp and Crawfish Gumbo, $8 (having just returned from New Orleans, this sounds right up my alley), Grilled Gulf Grouper with Blue Crab Guacamole and Mango-Jalapeno Sauce, $23 and Barbecued Double Cut Pork Chop with Stewed Collards, Fried Green Tomatoes and Black Eyed Pea Timbale, $18. Reservations strongly recommended (850- 539-2212).

Friday entertainment: Larry Walker and Ric Edmiston (Acoustic Folk)

Saturday entertainment: Doug Jernigan (Acoustic Folk)

Sunday, April 27: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Afternoon entertainment: Wreckin' So: Glen & Sandy Hopkins playing guitar and bass with Bo Lawrence on the fiddle (Acoustic Folk)

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla.

Elton John Rocks Tallahassee

Elton John rocked a near full house at the Leon County Civic Center tonight (or do I say last night?). For close to two and a half hours, Sir Elton performed number one hits like "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues," "Bennie and the Jets" and "Crocodile Rock."

Other tunes included "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," Candle in the Wind" and "Philadelphia Freedom." The man certainly has stamina and practically played continuously with short breaks to sip water and acknowledge the crowd.

Elton John is an excellent performer and appreciates his fans. Towards the end of the evening, after leaving the stage, Sir Elton returned to the stage and signed autographs for fans near the stage, including concert programs, a sequined silver jacket and a green purse. I saw a few fans hold up shoes for him to autograph but he quite didn't make it to sign the shoes.

He then performed a few other hits before calling it a night.

Acoustics at the Civic Center were fabulous and my seats were awesome, too. Seventeen rows back from the stage. Lucked out in securing those gems!

Elton John rocked Florida's Capital City. And who said there isn't anything to do in Tallahassee?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

May 8: One Night, Two Writers, Who to Choose?

Thursday, May 8 is going to be a tough decision for Tallahassee book-lovers. But, clever planners will probably find a way to attend both of these events:

Giddy up!

Tallahassee author Anne Haw Holt, who writes as A.H. Holt, will be giving writing and publishing tips at the Ft. Braden Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Holt, who's president of the Tallahassee Writers Association (TWA), just released her fifth novel, a Western called "Blood Redemption." The library's address: 16327 Blountstown Hwy.

At 7 p.m. that same night (we're talking about May 8, remember?) over at Word Traffic Books, adventure travel writer Bucky McMahon will be reading from his collection of essays called "Night Diver," being released on May 1 (my birthday!). Word Traffic's address: 1227 E. Lafayette Street, between Lindy's Chicken and Wooly Bully and behind New Leaf Market.

Don't forget this week Abraham Bolden, the first African-American to serve in the Secret Service White House, will be in Tallahassee, April 24 at FAMU and April 25 at Border's.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

First African American on White House Secret Service Detail Coming to Tallahassee for Book Signing April 25, 2008

The "Jackie Robinson of the Secret Service" (according to JFK) will be in Tallahassee at Border's Bookstore on Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. for a book signing. Abraham Bolden was the first African American assigned to the U.S. Presidential Secret Service. Bolden overcame discrimination and a whole lot more.

Following JFK's assassination, Bolden found evidence about Kennedy's death being withheld from the Warren Commission. He took action but was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to sell a secret government file. Another Kennedy assassination conspiracy?

Can't wait to hear what Bolden has to say about it. The book is called, The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK.

See you at Border's on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
1302 Apalachee Parkway
Tel: (850) 402-9863

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pretty Flowers and Partying Like a Green Rock Star

I'm heading out to New Orleans this weekend to participate in the Tourism Cares cleanup program at Louis Armstrong Park. Although Tallahassee temperatures will be dropping into the 30s this week, spring is in the air.

For all you those who love flowers but not quite sure what to do with them, check out the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science's "The Art of Flower Arranging" workshop this Thursday, April 17. Class begins at 6 p.m. and will run until about 8 p.m. Workshop fee is $10 for Brogan members, $15 for non-members, kids are free and the evening includes some tasty nibbles. Call (850) 513-0700, ext. 232 or email to reserve a spot.

Wear your best eco-party wear for a Saturday night party to benefit the Green Living Center. Let's face it, green is the new black and it's cool to practice sustainable living. The Green Living Center is Tallahassee's source for all things green, like education, green building guidance and products.

Head over to the Shed (457 Virginia Avenue) on April 19 to jam out to Tallahassee bands Lipona, Lucky Scars, Powder Blue and The Stalemates. Best of all, this little shindig is five bucks. Check out the this site to order tickets.

While I'm in a flowery, leafy mood, be sure to save the date for the 87th Annual Thomasville Rose Show & Festival April 24 -26, 2008. Wonder if the roses will be just as pretty as the ones I saw in Portland last year? (pictured)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Oh, My! Is that a Horseshoe Crab in My Eye?

I learned something new today. The horseshoe crab’s shell (called chitin) is used in the manufacturing of contact lenses. Huh. It’s also used in skin creams and hair sprays.

Why am I sharing this?

I received a request today from one of the Green Guide Instructors. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) biologists are seeking a lil’ bit o help from the beach going public.

If you’re out and about and see horseshoe crabs spawning on any of Florida’s fabulous beaches, report the following to the FWC:

  • Time of the sighting
  • Date
  • Location
  • Number of horseshoe crabs seen
  • If the horseshoe crabs are spawning (you can observe discretely so not to embarrass the crabs)
This can be reported via the agency’s Web site (just click here).

Or, email the findings to

For those who are old school (and if you’re reading this blog, I find it hard to believe you’re old school), call the FWC at 1-866-252-9326.

Horseshoe crabs are pretty cool. While living in the Everglades, I would see hundreds of them mating each year, something wild to see. Really. They’d pile on top of each other, storming the shore. My dog was always freaked out by them and couldn’t stand the horseshoe crab shells.

Be a good observer, report your crab findings!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Florida Black Bear Festival in Umatilla, Fla. April 12, 2008

When I lived in South Florida, I received notices about film festivals, wine festivals and arts festivals. Living up here in North Florida, I'm learning about the Worm Grunting Festival, Florida Hiking Festival and now the Florida Black Bear Festival in Umatilla, Fla. (I didn't know where it was either, but thanks to Google, it's in Lake County.) I love it!

Hope the Florida Black Bear Festival isn't like the Rattlesnake Roundup in Wingham, Ga. I mean, I like browsing all the vendors and learning but I don't want to taste a black bear, although, watching someone wrestle one would be entertaining and my bet is always on the bear.

What visitors can expect are educational sessions, field trips, music and fun for the whole family! For more info, visit the Web site or call: (352) 669-9600 Wish I were in town this weekend.

If anyone goes, tell me all about it!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Words, Whales, Worms and a Whole Lot More Happening in and around Tallahassee, April 2008

April is full of all sorts of activities in and around Tallahassee. Here’s what’s piqued my curiosity:

Wakulla Wildlife Festival, April 3 - 5: Tonight kicked off the annual event which seems to be growing each year. The main festivities happen at Wakulla Springs State Park with educational seminars from birds to reptiles and flowers and caves. Get a little culture during Art on the Terrace Friday and Saturday evenings.

Various field trips are being offered but chances are, they’re sold out. Still, it doesn’t hurt to check and see what’s open. Field trips travel to various parts of the Wakulla area and include an evening “Owl Prowl” at Wakulla Springs, a photography session at St. Marks Refuge and the Sinks of Wakulla. Tours run from sun up to sundown. Check out the event Web site for more info.

Whale of a Sale, April 4 & 5: Kick off the ultimate garage sale with food, music and fun at the North Florida Fairgrounds on Friday. The Junior League of Tallahassee presents the 33rd Annual Whale of a Sale. If you’re in the need of “stuff,” stuff you know you need and stuff you’re not sure you need yet, this is the place to be. I scored a box full of books last year for less than five bucks. Friday night, admission is $25 for the party and early bird shopping, Saturday it’s $1. Check out the site for more info.

2008 Florida Wine Festival, April 10 – 12: I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the turn out to last year’s Wine Festival but hey, it meant I didn’t have to wait in line to taste the Florida wines. The festival, with a Viva Las Vegas theme, is three days of food, wine and music at Kleman Plaza. What could be better? Sorry I’m going to miss this year’s event. The celebrity grape stomping is a must-see. Check out the site for more info.

Worm Gruntin’ Festival, April 12: This is an event I’ve missed for the past three year’s I’ve lived here. One day, even if I move away, I will get down on my knees in Sopchoppy to summon the worms with a bit of worm gruntin’. As it’s been explained to me, worm gruntin’ has something to do with a wood stake, some metal and rubbing the two together so the earth vibrates which causes the worms to rise out of the earth. I liken it to a snake charmer.

Plantation Ball, April 19: Are saddle shoes and poodle skirts appropriate for this ball at the Pebble Hill Plantation? The theme is “Relive those Maltshop Memories” and Charlie Brown’s Coasters (You know, “Yakity Yak (Don't Talk Back)” ) are the featured performers with Nightfire opening. Tickets are $85 each and includes buffet dinner, valet parking and open bar (cheaper than the prom, right? Plus, I know several folks who could drink $85 worth). Wish I was in town to rock around this clock! Check out Pebble Hill Plantation’s site for more info.

Word Traffic Books always has something going on each month. Here’s a highlight for April:

High School Writers' Guild Saturday, April 12 2-4p.m. This is an opportunity for young writers to share their work and support each other.

Local Author Norma Sundberg will read from her children’s book An Odd Fable on Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Carabelle, Fla. author R.G. Hilton will read from and discuss her new book, The Legacy of Gale Ann Ralston on Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. Hot beans and cold beer will be provided (I’m not sure what hot beans are and if they’re tied to the story or if it’s a Tallahassee thing).

Word Traffic Books is located at 1227 E. Lafayette Street, Tallahassee between Lindy's Chicken and Wooly Bully and behind New Leaf Market.

And who says there isn’t anything to do in Tallahassee?

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: April 4 - 6, 2008

Here's the can't miss menu for this weekend at Lori's Mockingbird Cafe in Havana:

Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5: Candlelight dinners, 6 'til 9 p.m. Highlights include: Chilled Cucumber Soup with Avocado and Tomatoes (sounds refreshing!), $7, Crispy Blue Crab Cakes with Dill-Fennel Slaw and Spicy Tartar Sauce, $21 and Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Ricotta, Button Mushrooms, Baby Spinach and Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce, $16. Reservations strongly recommended (850- 539-2212).

Sunday, April 6: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday entertainment: Ric Edmiston (Acoustic Folk)
Saturday entertainment: Bill McGuire (Acoustic Folk)
Sunday afternoon entertainment: Charlie Kirbo (Acoustic Folk)

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla.

Read my other posts about things to do in Tallahassee.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Springtime Was Fabulous...How Was it for You?

I moseyed downtown this afternoon to get a taste of Springtime Tallahassee. This meant I missed the parade and weaved my way in and around the other festivities until I found a place to park. First matter of business was to find some fried food.

Ended up at the Crab Trap for a giant crab fritter thing and fried grouper (for $14, which I think is a bit pricey, but whatever). Chatted with some ladies who just moved up from Tampa. They seem to be feeling the Tallahassee love as much as I have. (Yes, that's sarcasm.)

The next matter of business was to browse through all the vendors and do a little shopping. Found some great jewelry for myself and as gifts.

Was happy to see all the recycling bins at the event. Go Green, Tallahassee!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Although a bit warm, it felt good and I got a bit of color. Springtime is definitely here.

And the rest of my day?

Did a little shopping. I felt like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," well, I'm not a prostitute, but had money to spend but no one to help.


Oh well. Suppose I'll just have to read fashion mags to help me get over my disability of being fashionably-challenged.

At the Tallahassee Mall, saw a sign in Barnes & Noble stating Florida author Randy Wayne White will be signing books tomorrow (Sunday, March 30) at 2 p.m. Pretty cool. Too bad I won't be in town, heading to the North Carolina mountains of Asheville.

Have an o'dark-thirty wake up call so I'm calling it a night. But tell me, did you enjoy Springtime?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pollen's In the Air, Which Means it's Springtime in Tallahassee!

Don't know about you but there's about an inch of yellow pollen on my car and my allergies are killin' me, which means it's springtime!

Although I'm heading out of town on Sunday and should really stay home to get ready for my trip, I'm heading downtown for the Springtime Tallahassee festivities. The parade's OK but I like the seafood festival and walking around to see all the different arts and crafts vendors. I'm especially excited my favorite Tallahassee jewelry artist, Page Rozelle, will be downtown Saturday, March 29 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Check out the Springtime Tallahassee Web site for the schedule of festivities and see ya there!

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: March 28 - 30, 2008

Here's the can't miss menu for this weekend at Lori's Mockingbird Cafe in Havana:

Friday & Saturday, March 27& 28: Candlelight dinners, 6 'til 9 p.m. Highlights include: Tempura Fried Oysters (sounds heavenly!), $8, Sesame Crusted Mahi-mahi with Ginger Soy Butter Sauce and Shiitake Snow Pea Stir-fry, $22 and Crab Meat Stuffed Chicken Supreme with Mushroom Risotto and Garlic-Thyme Sauce, $18. Reservations strongly recommended (850- 539-2212).

Sunday, March 29: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday entertainment: Charlie Kirbo (Acoustic Folk)
Saturday entertainment: Bill McGuire & Mark Leadon (Acoustic Folk)
Sunday afternoon entertainment: Pat Jones and David Bowlin (Eclectic Acoustic)

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nothing Profound to Say

Just checking in to say although my life flipped upside down six weeks ago, things have strangely worked out. Suppose I need to put more faith in the universe. I want to, I'm just a control freak and want to make things happen.

Last night was the final night I'll be attending the Wakulla Ecotourism Institute/Green Guide Class until next semester (yes, I'm on the three-semester plan). I haven't spent much time with the class but was excited to learn some of the businesses these folks want to start. I'm not going to spill the beans on their plans, you'll just have to stay tuned.

[Note: The above image is from the weekend's road trip to South Florida.]

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: March 20 - 23, 2008

Yum! Lori's Mockingbird Cafe in Havana is serving up some fab food and music this weekend, sorry I'm not going to be in town:

Thursday, March 20: Featuring Roasted Garlic and Basil Lasagna with Marinara Sauce (OK, this sounds tastier than last week's BBQ Shrimp & Cheese Grits), $10.95 Seating is 6 'til 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, March 21 & 22: Candlelight dinners, 6 'til 9 p.m. Highlights include Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions and Andouille Sausage, $16 and Seared Ribeye of Organic Angus Beef Au Poivre with Rosemary Beurre Rouge and Duchess Potatoes, $21. Reservations strongly recommended (850- 539-2212).

Easter Sunday, March 23: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday entertainment: Wreckin' So (Acoustic Folk)
Saturday entertainment: Doug Jernigan (Acoustic Folk)
Sunday afternoon entertainment: Charlie Kirbo (Acoustic Folk)

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Saturday Afternoon with a Prince

Can't believe it's taken me this long to do this but it's one more thing I can tick off the Tallahassee things to do list. I finally went to see the final resting place of Prince Achille Murat (nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) and his wife Catherine (great-grandniece to George Washington) at the St. John's Episcopal Cemetery at Call Street and Martin Luther King Avenue.

That's right. Tallahassee's Prince Murat Motel is named after true royalty.

Before heading out for my little adventure, I put on the kitsch and groovy new jewelry I received this week from Sunshine City Lassie (See! I'm wearing it off to the left). You can read the full description about the goodies on my primary blog and if you love it as much as I do, buy something from her!

OK, back to my Saturday afternoon jaunt to the cemetery.

I headed downtown and drove down Call Street. I admit to being navigationally challenged and found my self at the Old City Cemetery, established in 1829 and is the city's oldest public cemetery.

Even better, there was a big map with walking guides available, compliments of the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board and the City of Tallahassee. I grabbed one and wandered through half the cemetery, walking through years of Tallahassee history.

There are even sections where Confederate and Union soldiers are buried. The Union soldiers are believed to be killed at the Battle of Natural Bridge. The Confederate soldiers were killed at the Battle of Natural Bridge and the Battle of Olustee. Some died at nearby hospitals and camps. Interestingly, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans hold services here on Confederate Memorial Day, which is April 26. I may have to check that out. I had no idea there was a Confederate Memorial Day. They just don't teach that up North.

Next stop was the St. John's Episcopal Cemetery, which is basically right across the street, still on MLK.

This cemetery is much smaller and it was fairly easy to find the Murat headstones (pictured on the right). But, I was taken in by the blooming flowers and all the photo opportunities. It was also very peaceful and not creepy at all.

The Murat headstones are worn from the weather and they seem like simple markers for royalty. Maybe that's why there's a motel named after the prince.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mind Your Table Manners: Imagine Life Workshop Series

Love entertaining? Planning a big event and need a creative kick-start? Then mark March 18 in your calendar and plan on attending the Imagine Life Workshop called "Say I DO to Flawless Entertaining."

Hosted by Blossoms Flowers, this FREE event focuses on setting the perfect table with the hottest trends in centerpieces and table setting (yes, there are trends). The folks from Blossoms Flowers and Silver Lining Linens will be on hand to answer questions.

What a perfect event to attend and get ready for the spring and summer entertainment season.

What: "Say I DO to Flawless Entertaining"
When: Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blossoms Flowers, 1200 N. Monroe, Tallahassee

(Don't forget, the event is FREE)

I'm sure Blossoms Flowers and Silver Lining Linens will share design tips to create something as groovy as the design above. That was a table setting for an event I attended last year in Atlanta.

Imagine is a Tallahassee-based wedding planning and design firm.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mockingbird Cafe Happenings: March 13 - 15, 2008

Lori's Mockingbird Cafe in Havana is serving up some great eats and tunes this weekend:

Thursday, March 13: BBQ Shrimp & Cheese Grits, $14 (can you think of anything more divine?). Acoustic folk artists Double Shot with Rick Neal & Bob Tannehill will perform. Seating is 6 'til 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, March 14 & 15: Candlelight dinners, 6 'til 9 p.m. Highlights include Grilled Gulf Pompano with Shrimp Gumbo Sauce, Scallion Butter and Steamed Rice, $22 and Paella Valencia with Smoked Chicken, Chorizo and Local Shellfish, $19. Reservations strongly recommended (850- 539-2212).

Sunday, March 16: Champagne Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday entertainment: The Slackers (Acoustic Folk)
Saturday entertainment: The Bothy Gals (Celtic Acoustic)
Sunday afternoon entertainment: Quanta (Smooth Jazz)

Mockingbird Cafe, 211 NW 1st Street, Havana, Fla.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Teas Around the World and Travel Show Coming Up at Relaxations Health and Wellness Spa

I'm marking March 20 down in my calendar to head over to Relaxations Health & Wellness at 2790 West Tennessee, Tallahassee. Why? They have an event called Teas from Around the World & Travel Show beginning at 6 p.m. that day. The evening will include samplings of tea, chair massage demos, Relaxation class demos and a speaker from the YTB Travel Network to talk about summer travel options. It's never to early to plan for a vacation!

And what else is happening at Relaxations?

March - 50-minute Swedish massages for $49 AND the Healthy Body Healthy Weight program will begin. This is an interactive program to get ya feeling good on the inside and slimming down on the outside.
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April - Classes will be added and MAY include aerobics, exercise ball, weights, ballet workout (that sounds like fun) or Jazzercise. Drop the folks at Relaxations a line to let 'em know what you're interested in. (Relxations already offer yoga and Pilate's and a menu of spa services.)

Wouldn't a gift card to this spa make a nice addition to an Easter basket? Or, it's not too early to start thinking about Mom for Mother's Day.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Are Tallahassee Panhandlers Becoming More Aggressive?

Are Tallahassee panhandlers becoming more aggressive? Are there more of them around town?

I went to WalMart today and was asked for a donation for a softball team. At first I was really excited when the little girl approached me. I thought she was a Girl Scout and I wanted to stock up on more Thin Mints but it's probably best she was a softball player. I dropped a buck in her pink helmet.

Heading to the car, two young kids, probably 12 or 13 approached me saying they were collecting money for their church. Granted it was light out but I felt a little threatened and cornered but gave them a dollar. I'd like to think they were really collecting for their church but who knows. It was almost like the kids in Afghanistan begging for money. Not only were the kids begging but they were aggressive about it.

Anyway... I saw someone else come my way, not sure if they were heading to their car or to panhandle me but I quickly got in and left. Pulling out, I passed another panhandler at the usual stop sign. It was a different beggar from what I've seen before but I've noticed beggars tend to change locations.

Heading back home, I noticed a what appeared to be a homeless man tidying up his camp by Mission San Luis and the closer I drove to Monroe from Tennessee, the more homeless people I noticed. I was even panhandled when I went to FedEx-Kinkos on Tennessee earlier this month.

Is this a reflection of the times or have I just not noticed as many people begging in Tallahassee?

So, It Was a Little Windy Friday

My work day begins at 7:45 a.m. so when driving into the office on Friday morning, things seemed a little strange. The sky had a hint of green and there wasn't much traffic. As I turned down Apalachee Parkway, things seemed a bit more odd.

As I got closer to the office, the more tree debris littered the road. Business signs were ripped off and the traffic light at Apalachee and Paul Russel Road was out (BTW - people, when a traffic light is out, treat it as a four-way stop). A palm tree by Staples had the top snapped off, piece of the Village Inn's front awning was on the ground and tree in the office parking lot was down.

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought a tropical storm ripped through the area.

Once in the office, it was as if I missed the memo about the office being closed. Slowly, my co-workers trickled in and at about 8:30 a.m., the power on our floor went out for two hours. Generators kept the bottom floor business going and we had electricity in our multi-purpose room.
At lunch, I snapped a couple of photos of some local businesses. At top is the McDonald's on Apalachee Parkway near Capital Circle, above is the LaQuinta on Apalachee Parkway.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

What's Shaking in Tallahassee this Weekend? March 7 - 9, 2008

I just have to say I'm truly enjoying these cooler Tallahassee temps. The mornings have been a bit chilly but evenings are crisp and light, perfect walking weather.

Pop some popcorn! Here's a follow up to the Tallahassee visit from the FreshBooks folks, complete with video.

And what cool stuff is on tap for the weekend? As usual, lots of things happening in and around Tallahassee. These events piqued my curiosity:

For a low-key dinner, head north to Havana for Candlelight Dining at the Mockingbird Cafe on Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8, 6 - 9 p.m. (hope the weather holds!). Dine by twinkling candlelight while enjoying acoustic folk music. Sounds peaceful.

Military buffs will want to head over to Carrabelle for Camp Gordon Johnston Days, March 7 - 9. This is an opportunity to learn about Franklin County during WWII and meet veterans from past wars and modern-day heroes. The weekend includes swing dancing, a parade and lots of eating. Call the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum at (850) 697-8575 or

Over at Word Traffic Books Saturday is the High School Writers' Guild 2 - 4 p.m. This is an opportunity for high schoolers to share their work. At 4 p.m. it's a launch PARTY for the book of poetry called The Moving Waters by author Mary Jane Ryals. The local award-winning author will read her poetry and sign copies of the book.

For more cool Tallahassee events, be sure to check out

Remember to save the date for:
Springtime Tallahassee, March 28 - 30, 2008
The Wakulla Wildlife Festival, April 3 - 5, 2008
87th Annual Thomasville Rose Festival & Show, April 24 - 26, 2008
Tallahassee Film Festival, May 15 - 17, 2008

Oh! And before I forget, be sure to check out TallyCast. The site includes podcasts and is a nice potpourri of what's happening in and around Tallahassee and Florida. Enjoy!

Monday, March 03, 2008

FreshBooks RoadBurn 2008 Stops in Tallahassee

The guys from FreshBooks stopped in Tallahassee today on their way from Miami to Austin for SXSW. The Toronto-based company is an online invoicing and time tracking service. Basically, they can handle the back end of your business so you can be more involved in the front end.

Anyway, this post isn't about what they do, you can find that on the FreshBooks site to learn more. This is about RoadBurn 2008, their wondrous road trip (follow the blog) and their stop to see ME!

Their office had contacted me about two weeks ago asking if I'd be available to spend 20 minutes with the crew. Timing was right, I needed a distraction with everything else going on and with limited time, decided on a bit of geocaching at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

Long story short, they arrived, I showed and explained a bit about geocaching, had some fun and went on our way. I'm thankful it was a gorgeous day. The guys are heading to New Orleans tonight.

I gotta thrill seeing Saul and Sunir opening the cache. There was a really creepy (and dirty) baby in there. No, not a real baby, a little plastic one. I really think the baby should be sitting on the crew's RV dashboard making the rest of the road trip, but someone who shall remain nameless was not comfortable with the baby. The FreshBooks crew left some groovy swag in the box and if you're a lucky geocacher, maybe you'll find it.

Stay tuned to RoadBurn 2008 blog for updates and get their side of the story :)

Pictured in the group photo are: Sunir, Mike, Eamonn (did I get that right?), Saul and Me.

Happy travels and thanks for stopping in Tally!