Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 29, 2009

Of course I stimulated the economy today, how about you? And this is how I did it:
  • Breakfast @ Chick-fil-A (tomorrow breakfast is free!)
  • Late Night Snack @ McDonald's (I realize the 2 hours of derby practice has been negated!)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Yesterday & Today: April 27 & 28, 2009

Did I carry out my patriotic duties of stimulating the economy the past couple of days? Of course! But the big news is job security. Looks like things are secure which means I'll be able to keep on stimulating the economy, whoo-hoo! And, I'm progressing with getting my new travel blog up and running, primarily writing content and getting it uploaded. It'll get there. Grab a sneak peek here:
  • Lunches @ McDonald's & Taco Bell (2 separate days)
  • Cleanser from CVS
So what did you do to stimulate the economy today?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy this Weekend: April 25 & 26, 2009

My personal spending the past couple of days was minimal:
  • Internet Access
Hope to be blogging more substantial posts in the upcoming week. Life is still moving 100 mph. I was hoping to launch my new travel blog, on Friday, my 39th birthday, but we'll just call it a soft launch. I have an outline of brilliant content to post and just need the time to do so. Although I was free at 3:30 this afternoon, I spent it decompressing and getting ready for another week.

Tomorrow is the County budget hearing for our department and at this point, I've provided all the justification I can think of for my job and just want it to be over with. Have no idea what's going to transpire, hopefully all will be good. Let's think positive.

Friday, April 24, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 24, 2009

What did I personally do to stimulate the economy today? Nothing, unless the County kicks back some expenses! Check out this post by travel blogger David McRee who visited the area last week. Very nice post. Be sure to check out the rest of his blog ( about his visit to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. This is why I love bloggers. Not because I'm a blogger but because their posts are so immediate.


Oh! What did you do to stimulate the economy?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 23, 2009

So it's only day 12 of work without a day off. In my younger, national park days this was nothing and I think the longest I went was 2 weeks. But lack of sleep and down time is taking its toll on my body these days. Must be a combination of age and knowing there is life outside of work. I'm holding out for May 9, my first chance for a full day off.

Had blood drawn this morning along with other vitals for a health risk assessment test and I'm running a low grade fever. Doctor said I should get some rest, ha! When? And I'm having to justify my job?

But I as a good citizen (and bad on my body) and stimulated the economy with:
  • Breakfast @ Chick-fil-A
  • Lunch @ McDonald's
Did anyone else carry out their patriotic duty?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 22, 2009

Things were chugging along well today and looked as though I was going to be able to leave work at a reasonable time to make derby practice but at 4:45 p.m., the electricity went out. The battery backup provided enough time to close up my files, I read some trade publications and left just after 5 o'clock.

In the lobby were a pair of firefighters trying to get a woman out of the elevator. According to the firefighters they did not have an elevator key and were calling around the county to find one. I offered to help them make one (I don't know, can't you make one out of a coat hanger?) and after my volunteer services were declined, I headed down the five flights of stairs led by the light of my iPhone. The emergency lights did not come on in the stairwells.

I find this disturbing and I also find it disturbing how nonchalant everyone seems when the power went out for no visible reason especially since a bank owns the building and has a branch downstairs. And although I usually exit through the stairwell each night, doing so in the dark reminds me of Sept. 11.

It's about 5:15 now and figured plenty of time to go home, change and head to practice but I heard an odd clunking sound. "NO!!!!"

I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot to find a flat tire. *sigh*

Long story short, this is how I unintentionally stimulated the economy today:
  • One Tire ($100!!!!), Roasted Chicken and Snicker's Candy Bar @ Wal-Mart
I got home at 8 p.m. Needless to say, next derby practice I can attend will be next Wednesday, hope I don't forget how to skate by then!

If you have two cents to stimulate the economy, check out yesterday's post about choosing a roller derby name. I'll gladly take your two cents for you to share your opinion :)

Name that Derby Girl. Help! I Need a Super Cool Name

I need a super cool roller derby name and can’t decide on the perfect one. I asked for feedback on a name tying "fearless" and "traveling." Check out some of the suggestions I've received and feel free to leave your suggestion. Life has been moving 100 mph lately (not on skates but in my career) and don't feel I can make such an important decision without some feedback.

  • Fearless Flyer
  • Fearless Traveler
  • Frequent Flyer
  • Gutsy Globetrotter
  • Indy Anna Stones and the Dimple of Doom
  • Interstate Express
  • Intrepid Nomad
  • Mile High Missy
  • No Reservations
  • Road Warrior
  • Roaming Huboxer
  • Sky is the Limit/Unlimited
  • Speed Unleashed
  • Speeding Diva
  • Zippy Mcfearless
What I've Thought Of
  • Quirky Kix Girl (play off of my blog)
  • Auntie Social Mean-ya (anti-social media – since I'm a Twitter addict)
  • Echinus Glory (Echinus is my favorite Yellowstone geyser)
  • Celtic Thorn (Irish-heritage)
  • Yankee Ago-go (Buffalo & travel)
As for practice, the last time I attended was a week ago Thursday. It started with gearing up with my own equipment (Yay! I have everything I need) and partaking in conversations starting with, "My boss hates that I do this," or "My mother was afraid when I started," along with, "Those are cool socks!" Yes, I’m definitely in my glory with roller derby and being able to wear fun knee-high socks and best of all, funky tights! There are no fashion rules here, thank goodness! And just for clarification purposes, those are not quotes out of my mouth.

On the rink practice was okay. The girls were preparing for a bout (last Sunday) so the other Betty and I skated in circles making ourselves ill and had some time with Coach. If I don't attend tonight (Wednesday), I won't be able to attend 'til next Wednesday or Thursday (due to work). I'm itching to get back on the rink. I love my new skates and can skate so much better in them. Think I only fell once last week and that's when I was practicing a stop turn after the circle skating exercise. At least I didn't puke.

Again, let me know your thoughts and for inspiration, checkout the official register of roller derby names here.

Next thing I'll need are cool stickers to place on my helmet but that's another time.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 21, 2009

Yes, I did it. I stimulated the economy today and did it more than anticipated with:
  • Haircut
  • Gift for Administrative Assistant's Day
  • Dinner @ Chick-fil-A
And how about you? Anyone out there stimulating the economy?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Trendsetter or Sucker with

Non-Twitter believers were aflutter last Friday when Oprah posted her first tweet. God bless her, no one had versed her on email or Twitter etiquette - typing in all caps is the equivalent of shouting. Lucky for her, the Twitter community is a forgiving one and tweets from then on were in non-caps. To date, the media queen has more than 410,000 followers and growing.

With a single keystroke, all those non-Twitter believers who thought all we Twitterers posted were tweets documenting our bathroom usage, became believers when Oprah carried the micro-blogging site into mainstream society.

What about me? And what about the more than four (or is it six?) million Twitterers who were cool PTO (Pre-Twitter Oprah)?

A site recently popped up called and was created by @oliyoung and @radiostarelle with assistance from @sinatra and Passenger. The site claims users can enter a Twitter handle to determine if that user was hip PTO (maybe geek is appropriate). Of course I ran my name to verify the system knew I was cool before Oprah.

*phew* What a relief and see the above screen shot. The results ask if you'd like to tweet this PTO claim which adds the hashtag "#herebeforeoprah." I opted not tweet it but check out the search query to see all who have been staking their claim about as quickly as Oprah's gaining followers.

I was expecting more than just an option to post the tweet. I was hoping for a date indicating my sign up date (Nov. 2007). Being a little suspect, I entered a Twitter handle which had its first tweet on Friday, April 17, Oprah's Twitter launch. Same thing popped up on the screen "@so-and-so was here before Oprah." [Note: @so-and-so does not exist, I changed the name of the Twitter handle to a fictional one.]

Hmm. Maybe they registered PTO but didn't tweet 'til April 17. Needing more proof HereBeforeOprah was actually crawling Twitter stats to determine if a user was PTO or not, I created a Twitter account tonight for my new site and guess what "@solotravelgirl was here before Oprah." (See screen shots of new Twitter account and HereBeforeOprah.) Um. Not true!

My conclusion: Unless the creators aren't finished tweaking whatever needs to be tweaked to pull data to determine registration dates, HereBeforeOprah is fun for those of us who want to prove to the world we were cool PTO. But, it's not a source to determine whether a Twitter user was hip before Oprah. At least not at this point.

Even if it doesn't determine if a Twitter user was PTO, HereBeforeOprah is brilliant marketing. It's a bit of fun but also an exercise in how easy it is to manipulate masses of people who don't question but follow.

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 20, 2009

Ugh. Today was a bad day on the checkbook but great one for the local community as I carried out my patriotic duty of:
  • Breakfast @ Chick-fil-A (which means I get the exact same breakfast FREE between now and April 30 by bringing in my receipt)
  • Lunch @ Joe Cracker's
  • Dinner @ Outback
Tomorrow I'm bringing my lunch!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 19, 2009

Oy! I had something brilliant to say but am too sleepy to remember so here's a quick run down of how I stimulated the economy today:
  • Green Tea on Gasparilla Island
  • Admission to Gasparilla Island State Park (photo)
  • Paid a Utility Bill
And what did you do to stimulate the economy?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Are AOL Phishing Scammers Giving Massages?

Good news! If you fall for the recent AOL phishing scam, get a massage! At least that's how I'm reading this email MESSAGE I received this evening (screen shot above). Do the content writers for these email scams make intentional errors as a way to give readers a warning?

I've never had a massage and guarantee you I won't be having my first one from a scammer so I'm passing on this opportunity.

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 18, 2009

I've decided one of my justifications to the County for keeping me employed are my patriotic efforts to stimulate the economy, especially my local economy. I know, weak, but hey, times are different and there is no logic and reason in reductions so the same logic should apply to keeping it.

Anyway, this is how I stimulated the economy today:
  • Breakfast @ McDonald's (I know, I'm a loser and need to find time to plan my meals)
  • Sushi Lunch @ Sakura Buffet
  • Fuel
  • Cat Litter @ Wal-Mart
And how did you stimulate the economy?

Friday, April 17, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 17, 2009

Feel like TGI Friday's gave me the bait and switch today for lunch, luring me and friend in to take advantage of the new discounted menu only to be seated next to a screaming child who couldn't have been more than 8 months old (mind you, there were several empty tables and booths we could have been seated) and handed a menu where salads started at $9+. In my book, that's not affordable dining. So, we sipped our sodas, dropped five bucks on the table and left. I really don't think the $5 covered 2 sodas, the busser we inquired to about the price said she thought they were $2.49.

The manager ran after us asking if we were leaving because of the baby and my friend told her the reason - the menu selection, price and a lot going on in the restaurant. She replied that there were 2 special sandwiches at $5 and the new discounted menu will be coming out next month.

I feel deceived. Feel as though Friday's used television commercials to promote one product and upon arrival was being pitched something more expensive. Has this happened to you? A bait and switch? Lured into a business because of an advertised price but when ordering the cost is higher?

Anyway, I did stimulate the economy with:
  • Green Tea Frapp @ Starbucks
  • Soda @ TGI Friday's
  • Lunch @ Taco Bell
  • Balance of Web site Design (stay tuned!)
Anyone else carryout their patriotic duty to stimulate the economy?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 16, 2009

I really can't stand stupid people. I ran through the McDonald's drive-thru on the way back from derby practice tonight and the order rang up to $3.19. I thought I handed the cashier a $5 and 20 cents (I'm pretty sure I did). She hands me back a $1 bill and 92 cents.

"I'm sorry, I thought it was $3.19," I said.

"It was, you gave me 11 cents," was her reply.

I realize she was probably thinking, "I can't stand stupid people," but why didn't she just say, "Miss, you gave me $XX?" vs. counting out all that change? Geesh!

Keeping true to my dedication to get this country back on its feet, I stimulated the economy with:
  • Lunch @ the Food Court
  • Weekly Derby Dues
  • McDonald's for Late Night Dinner
Anyone else stimulate the economy today?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 15, 2009

Get your taxes done? Feels as though it's been eons since I paid mine this year. Beside the point, I carried out my patriotic duty in stimulating the economy with:
  • Fuel
  • Veggie Farm Share
  • Run through Chick-fil-A (chicken salad sandwich, nothing fried!)
Anyone else out there stimulate the economy today?

Worden Farm: Week 20, 2009 Farm Share: Final Veggies Box

All good things come to an end and today I picked up my last organic veggie share from Worden Farm in Punta Gorda, Fla. It's been a delicious 20 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables and occasional fruits. It was like Christmas each week when opening my box, unsure what yummy goodness was waiting for me.I'm disappointed in myself that I didn't utilize the contents as much as I should have, I had originally planned to eat three meals a day, all week with the contents, but I let time control me and ate out too much (especially at fast food joints) over the past few months due to convenience. *sigh* Perhaps next year I'll be better at that.

I also ordered an extra 10 pounds of beets with hopes of pickling and canning them but not sure when I'm going to have time to that in the next two weeks but suppose I'll just have to find the time. And look at the size of one of them! It's a feast in itself.

Now that the season is over, I'll have to return to thinking about what to purchase and where. Interested in getting your own veggie share next year? Worden Farm membership opens on June 1 for new members and with the organic, natural food movement, jump on the bandwagon early if interested. Don't live in Punta Gorda? Neither do I so Worden Farm offers several drop off points if you can't go to the farm. Pick up locations are located in Sarasota, Nokomis, Venice, Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel and Bonita Springs.


Figuring Out this Online Trading Stuff with Firstrade

In 2008 I promised myself I’d take more control in my financial future by educating myself in stock trading and figuring out how online trading works. But, the procrastinator in me waited until Dec. 31 to open an account and by the time I determined which mutual funds I wanted to invest, the password timed out on me.

Grrr. I was frustrated but logged back into the online broker site and to re-enter information but again it took too long and the site timed out. Third time’s a charm, right? I logged back in, went to the online trading section and the stupid site timed out again! Needless to say, I successfully opened an account but didn’t get into stock trading of any kind.

I’ve been sitting on the money I’m ready to invest, waiting for the best time to jump into the market and I know now is the time. My friends at Firstrade, the source for online stock trading, seems to have a pretty thorough, yet simplified site. It's down and dirty in explaining fees and investing.

Admitting I’m a novice with online trading, Forbes gave Firstrade a decent review especially for cheap trades. An endorsement from Forbes is pretty sweet. As usual, my caveat is I’m not a financial adviser so do your research when looking to invest.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 14, 2009

Yup, did it again, carried out my patriotic duty and stimulated the economy today with:
  • Stuff to Sooth My Stomach @ CVS (they have such loooooong receipts when buying one or two things, ever notice that?)
  • Lunch @ Chilis (and I was bad, had the Southwest Egg Rolls)
And what did you do to stimulate the economy?

Monday, April 13, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 13, 2009

It's not even 10 p.m. and I'm very sleepy already. Probably from the sugar-high of today. Nearly 11 hours in the office, 4 (or 5?) peanut butter cups, M&Ms, and two Diet Dr. Peppers kept me content during my stress-eating binge. I really need to get that under control. My two days at the gym and roller skating out the window. *sigh* Next week I'm having a health risk assessment, new program with the County. Have to fast until 10 a.m one day (!!!!) for blood work. Others have to fast until 2 p.m. - glad it's not me. Maybe I can get some happy pills out of the deal. Not sure if I can handle this until May 9 (my foreseeable next full day off).

But thanks to my lack of stress control, I stimulated the economy today with:
  • Candy Run to Wal-Mart - was hoping for discounted Easter candy, like peanut butter eggs, but no luck, but others beat me to it. The Easter aisle looked as though we were getting ready for a hurricane, they were picked over with bare shelves.
  • Lost 50 cents in the Vending Machine - if it would've given me ONE Snicker's maybe I wouldn't have run to Wal-Mart.
And what did you do to stimulate the economy today?

Oh, I did start building content for my new travel site and ZeldaMae wants to hold a launch party. Was aiming for my 39th birthday for that but seeing I have to work that day and weekend, need to pick another date. Stay tuned...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fight or Flight Hasn't Kicked In

Haven't been in the mood for blogging over the past couple of days so this post is going to a mish-mash of all sorts of things that have happened this week, most notably the reality I'll be out of a job come fall. Ironically, I won't have a full day off probably until May 8 due to the next few weekends being consumed with work.

If I do lose my job perhaps it's a sign to focus my energies elsewhere, such as on the new travel blog I'm getting ready to launch.

In the meantime, this is what's been happening with me this week:Farm Share: Weeks 16, 17, 18 & 19 - Hadn't realized it's been so long since I posted about the delish, organic veggies I've been receiving each week. Above is a photo of kohlrobi included in the share a couple of weeks ago. This week will be the last week and I'm not sure what I'm going to do about my produce. Suppose it's back to the grocery store and planning. It's been nice being surprised with the weekly produce. I ordered an extra 10 pounds of beets with the intention of pickling and canning them but have no clue when I'll have the time to do that.Date with the Ripken Brothers: April 9 - The Charlotte Stone Crabs, the High-A Affiliate to the Tampa Bay Rays (and co-owned by the Rays and Ripken Baseball) swung into their inaugural season Thursday night at the Charlotte Sports Park and I was given VIP access to Cal and Bill Ripken during a meet and greet prior to the first pitch. I didn't expect to get THIS close to Cal Ripken Jr. (see the above photo which is Cal Ripken Jr.; Joe Hart, Stone Crabs GM; and Bill Ripken), I was so close I could see a scar on this chin. Following I headed up to Bradenton for derby practice.

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy This Weekend: April 10 - 12, 2009 -

Friday was guided by stress including:
  • Cheesesteak and Fries for Lunch
  • Happy Hour @ Outback Steakhouse

Saturday -
  • Coconut Craze Day in Punta Gorda and I indulged in coconut fried shrimp, fries, pina colada and coconut cream pie to die for. The day included coconut races, singing of the coconut anthem (which I missed), vendors and People's Choice for Favorite Coconut. (Note: The morning was spent at the gym followed by two hours of roller skating.)
  • Picked up a pair of roller skates and helmet for derby.
  • Skating without falling (and I'm not sore!)
  • Trip to Publix for dry goods.
  • Paid various utility bills.
Sunday -
I didn't carry out my patriotic duty in stimulating the economy but think Uncle Sam understands considering my situation. I did work on some office projects so suppose that means I stimulated by paycheck. I also made hot pepper jelly and re-set the strawberry jam I made last month.

When time permits over the next few weeks I'll be writing content for my new travel blog and keeping an eye and ear open for opportunities.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Forgot I Had Muscles There

Back from my second full roller derby practice and just when the pain had subsided in my right leg, I did a split on the rink and OUCH! Forgot I had a muscle there and think I pulled something in the process. No worries, I kept on going nursing it when possible. Since Sunday is a holiday, I have a full week's rest.

My new knee pads were fully broken in tonight as we practiced more falling followed by t-stops and spin stopping - is that the correct terminology? Also watched one gal take her skills test and she passed. I still have a lot to learn and practice but I'm getting there.

Let's see how I'll feel in the morning. Grabbing some Aleve and catching some zzzz's.

Good night.

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 9, 2009

The American economy is a little stronger today because of my mission to stimulate it. Remember, my philosophy is every little bit helps so this is how I carried out my patriotic duty today:
  • Sushi Lunch
  • Fuel
And how did you stimulate the economy today?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 8, 2009

I wasn't gonna do it but I ended spending money today so here's a rundown of how I stimulated the economy on this fine Wednesday:
  • Lunch @ Chick-fil-A (used a coupon for a free salad + I was stress eating)
  • Canning Supplies
  • Veggie Farm Share from Worden Farm (next week is the last week, what will I do without my fresh veggies?)
Did anyone else carry out their patriotic duty today?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 7, 2009

I did not disappoint Uncle Sam today, I continued my economic stimulus plan with:
  • Breakfast & Lunch @ Chick-fil-A (Breakfast was only $2+ change, I had a coupon)
And is anyone else out there stimulating the economy?

Hobble, Hobble

I'm not letting pain prevent me from roller derby practice. But good lord, I was in serious pain this afternoon after sitting stagnant at the desk. Sharp bouts of pain shot up my right thigh when I got up for lunch. With each step I silently cursed myself for being old as I hobbled over to the mall for lunch. I later hobbled to the gym this evening and avoided leg exercises (and I should've avoided the scale, too). Returning home, it was more of a walk than a hobble and it feels much better. Guess I just needed to keep it mobile. Thursday night is practice.

Monday, April 06, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 6, 2009

Ow! If you read yesterday's post about my first day of roller derby practice you understand the pain I'm feeling today. I slept pretty good last night but when I had the urge to move (as I move about quite a bit when sleeping) my legs just didn't want to budge due to the pain. My legs ached more as the day progressed and was limping towards the end of the day.


I'm not a wimp and I'm not giving up and imagine unless I break something, this will be the worst of it. Staying on topic, how did I stimulate the economy today? Read on...
  • Aleve @ Walgreens (although I was hoping to pick up a Chia Obama - see below- but understand Walgreens pulled them off the shelf, I don't know why. But remember, my birthday's around the corner and for the girl who has everything, a Chia Obama is perfect! Side note: I prefer "determined Obama" vs. "happy Obama." Gift cards for travel are nice gifts, too...)
  • Quick Wal-Mart Stop for Essentials
So what did you do to stimulate the economy today?

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Making of a Roller Derby Girl: What Am I Going to Feel Like in the Morning?

Today was the first official roller derby practice. Admittedly, I'm in pain. And this is unusual because I usually don't feel pain when exercising until the next day so can't imagine what I'll be feeling in the morning. My ankles, calves, thighs and shoulders ache. What's left?

The only contact I encountered today was with the floor. Being my first practice, we (three other Bettys and I - newbies are called Betty's) learned and practiced the skater's skate, stopping (not with the toe) and falling and getting up. Falling was practiced on one knee, two knees, and two knees with hands. We're learning the basic skills and need to remember things as falling small, keeping hips loose, staying low, etc. Once a skills test is passed, I'll be able to practice with the other girls which will involve body contact.

How did I do? Okay. I'm glad I hit the skating rink yesterday to ensure I could still skate and find my balance. The skills are primarily physical but also part mental. I suspect when my body finds its roller derby groove, perhaps I won't have to think as much and it'll become second nature. It's a bit like belly dancing in aspect, keeping the body limber yet controlled.

The team's next practice is Wednesday but I won't be attending. It's outdoors and I don't have my own skates yet so I'll be back in the rink on Thursday night. Stay tuned!

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy this Weekend: April 4 & 5

Yesterday was a long day and the weekend in Sarasota was full economic stimulus. More than I would've liked and here's a rundown:
  • Breakfast @ Sierra Station
  • Film "The Human Experience" @ the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival
  • Lunch @ the Waffle Stop (Elvis ate here in the day)
  • Trip to the Mall for Derby Attire
  • Film "Old Partner" @ the Sarasota Film Festival (Cherry Coke & Popcorn, too)
  • Breakfast @ Cafe du Monde
  • Roller Derby Dues
  • Lunch @ Cinco De Mayo
  • Protective Roller Derby Gear
And what did you do to stimulate the economy?

Photo: Fish tacos at Cinco De Mayo. My fave!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Chasing Stars at the Sarasota Film Festival

I was out and about chasing stars tonight during the Sarasota Film Festival's 'Night of 1,000 Stars.' I caught Bill Paxton before he bit into his pierogis. Catch some images of Jon Voight, Steve Buscemi and others over on my Flickr account.

Check out this Bay News 9 article mentioning the live tweeting efforts for the film festival. Cool.

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Yesterday: April 3, 2009

Another late night, folks. I've just returned from the 'Night of 1,000 Stars' Sarasota Film Festival event at Michael's on East. Good opportunities for "star gazing" and I'm working on posting some photos.

In the meantime, I did my patriotic duty in keeping our economy going yesterday, here's the brief rundown:
  • Fuel
  • Caffeine run into Starbucks
And what did you do to stimulate the economy today?

Friday, April 03, 2009

Zappos Makes Me Feel Like Dancing (Shoes)

I’m not trading in my roller skates for dance shoes, yet. Dancing with the Stars is so mainstream that my community will be holding its own Dancing with the Stars event tonight. And no, I won’t be one of the stars on the dance floor – I’ll be too busy chasing stars in Sarasota as part of the ‘Night of 1,000 Stars’ event with the Sarasota Film Festival and live tweeting about it (checkout the stream to the right).

I’ll be wearing my prettiest, yet most practical dance shoes so I can easily chase down celebs as Bill Paxton and Jon Voight and pull them onto the dance floor. I heard rumors Felicity Huffman will be in the house, too, but haven’t confirmed if the ‘Desperate Housewife’ will really be in town (she’s attended in the past with Mr. Huffman, aka: William H. Macy).

Speaking of shoes, my friends at Zappos offer a rockin’ selection of footwear for the dance floor, ranging from pretty pink ballet shoes to Latin heels for the sexy salsa. Zappos is pretty groovy and I learned about them before heading to Mexico last fall. A friend of the friend I was visiting asked I bring her a pair of Mexican dance shoes (flip flops). She ordered them online and had them delivered to my apartment without incident. Always nice to work with a company without incident.

Pictured: Footwear of actor Woody Harrelson and his daughter Deni during the film festival’s opening night event. I didn’t stick around to see it but rumor has these black Converse All Stars doubled as Harrelson’s dance shoes that night.

I'm Going to be a Roller Girl! (At Least that's the Plan)

I'm soooo excited, I attended a practice of a 'local' roller derby team tonight to get a better feel of the game. I attended a bout or two while in Tallahassee last year and was inspired to join, but things happened, I moved. Something in the air moved me last night to find a team near me so I did. I strap on wheels Sunday so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 2, 2009

Here's a rundown of my efforts to stimulate the economy today:
  • Graphic for New Website (can't wait to unveil it!)
  • Breakfast @ CVS (I didn't want fast food!)
  • Lunch @ Joe Cracker's
What did you do to carry out your patriotic duty in stimulating the economy today?

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Yesterday: April 1, 2009

It's just after midnight so technically, I have to title this post, "yesterday." I was hoping for another no-spending day but that didn't happen. I made America proud by stimulating the economy with:
  • Fuel
  • Iced tea @ McDonald's (disappointing experience, I asked for sweet tea and didn't realize the error until well down the interstate)
  • Veggie Farm Share (prepaid last fall)
I also noticed a little something extra in my paycheck, an extra $10 a week. Nope, not a raise. Just part of Obama's stimulus package. But really? Will $10 a week really going to make a difference? I like to see a lump sum, that seems to have more impact. Beggars can't be choosers, I'll spend or save it wisely.

And what did you do to stimulate the economy today?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Double Your Film Pleasure in Sarasota this Weekend: Sarasota Film Festival & Sarasota Fringe Film Festival

If the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) followed proper email etiquette, the inaugural Sarasota Fringe Film Festival (April 2 - 5, 2009) would not be happening. On March 2, rejection emails were sent out to hundreds (350) of filmmakers who submitted their work to be considered for the 11th Annual Sarasota Film Festival (March 27 - April 5, 2009). Everyone's email addresses were exposed because the SFF did not use the BCC (blind carbon copy) option.

Since the rejected filmmakers now had each other's emails, they decided to move forward with their own film festival and soon became known as the Sarasota 350. No prizes will be awarded during this film festival, every reject is a winner! The Rustic Grill (400 North Lemon, Sarasota) will be the screening location and party central for the fringe festival.

All is good between the two festivals, in fact, word is they are collaborating with joint festivities Thursday night. I probably can't make it Thursday, but perhaps you can , here are highlights of what's happening:

April 2, 2009
5 - 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception featuring music, a live skit and remarks by the festival director.

"Hardley Bear to Look at You" - Is it reality? Is it cinema? The film intertwines the two in this tangled story of communication and relationships.

"Andy Warhol's Factory People" - Looks at a group around the forefather of reality television, Andy Warhol.

"The Mountain, the River, and the Road"
- Stranded in a small town after a botched road trip, a young man finds love and himself.

Intrigued? Check out the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival website for an entire list of activities and films including discussion panels.