Jun 30 2015
Jun 14 2015
Got up early and drove 30 minutes north to Blanchard Park for the Orlando Runners Club 5K. This was a spur of the moment idea when I ran across a blurb for the run online. I haven’t done a full 5K for several years but felt I was in shape enough to do it in 2min/1min run/walk intervals. It went very well! My heart rate maintained the 70%-80% aerobic range and I felt good the entire time.
After the run the club invited everyone to the Mellow Mushroom for free pizza and beer!
⇓ Later in the day I went to Clermont to check out the Caribbean Jerk Festival. Unfortunately it was a disappointment, booths filled with local real estate and other vendors. The music was just OK and the chicken didn’t look that good; a fellow attendee confirmed so I didn’t get any. Still a nice trip, and a beer on the beach is always a good thing. ⇓
Jun 07 2015
⇓ I arrived a bit early and walked the Village Shops where I found the Ossario Cafe. Had a delightful sun-dried tomato and Asiago omelette, served with their own freshly baked french bread. ⇓
⇓ First act, a great one-man band, Matt Rosman. Young but really had a handle on the music. ⇓
⇓ Between acts I wandered around and watched kids cool-down in the fountain. ⇓
⇓ The main act in the afternoon was The Pitbull of Blues Band, an award-winning trio that plays throughout the state. Lead guitar and front-man Josh Rowland is accompanied by his father Deny Rowland on bass guitar and drummer Rich Corricelli. Father and son played off one another in a fun, upbeat way throughout the set. ⇓
⇓ During a fantastic drum session, Rich ‘played’ the guitar. These guys were really good! ⇓
⇓ Next stop was a break to visit Ryan’s Village Pizza and Pub, on the corner adjacent to the festival. The rooftop bar and lounge area picked-up a nice breeze from the water. ⇓
⇓ Second great meal of the day. I skipped all the BBQ because it featured the same pit-masters I’ve sampled at the last few festivals. Instead I opted for a stuffed spinach pizza slice which was great with my Land Shark beer(s). ⇓
Jun 03 2015
Took a walk around the neighborhood and found these two near the recharge basin.
Jun 01 2015
Spent some time at the lake at the Orlando Fairgrounds watching wildlife. The Wood Storks were content to stand nearby and splash in the shallows, but eventually took off for parts unknown.
Below: Splashing in the water
Below: Finally got camera shy and headed for quieter waters I’m sure
Jun 01 2015
May 25 2015
This boss little afternoon finds rockabilly and surf rockers colliding on the Green Lawn of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Featuring the Wildtones, Thee Wilt Chamberlain and Rocket 88, plus a retro bathing suit contest. I found myself at the Stonewall Bar tent adjacent to the music venue, sponsored by a local gay bar/dance club.
May 23 2015
Went to the Central Florida BBQ Blowout at the Oveido Mall parking lot today. At this humongous two-day barbecue competition/celebration, more than 80 teams – both professionals and backyard amateurs – compete hard for the win, and visitors get to taste the luscious spoils of war.
Competition categories include brisket, chicken, pork and pork ribs, and the winner goes on to the World Food Championships in Vegas.
May 23 2015
These guys roam the neighborhood regularly. Took this just before sunset from about a foot away. No Fear.
May 21 2015
Took a walk to the gardens while my car was being serviced this morning. Ran across a bird acting a bit strange. He landed and then fidgeted around a lot.
After watching him a bit and zooming in I discovered that he apparently pushed his beak into some sort of material and is having difficulty getting it off. He rubbed it on the branch numerous time to no avail. Hopefully he will have success shortly.