Having experienced a government shutdown first-hand, I just wanted to share some impressions I had:
- When the President says go back to work immediately, he means it.
- The banks were very quick to offer deferments for payments due on loans.
- I was very busy during the shutdown, working a 2nd job, as well as catching up on projects and errands that I did not have time for previously. I saw how much time and effort I devote to my government job, as opposed to my personal life. Quite frankly, things are out of balance for me, personally.
- I am grateful to my wife for all the she does.
- I told everyone that we’d be back to work by October 17th, and I was right.
- It’s amazing how the Republicans refused to vote for a clean Continuing Resolution on September 30th, and essentially voted for the same deal on October 17th. I guess that will be put in the Memory Hole, so to speak.
- It’s also amazing how clear the talking points were, depending on the Media outlet. Rush Limbaugh conservatives believe Ted Cruz will benefit from this shutdown. Laura Ingraham conservatives believe that if you’re going to shutdown the government, you better have an endgame that benefits Republicans, and that Ted Cruz failed to provide that endgame: nothing was gained, and much was lost. MSNBC liberals admitted that both parties were unpopular due to the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, but focused on how the Republicans were more unpopular.
- At the very nadir of this crisis, when it seemed like neither side could get along, the polling data proved there are more people on Team Democrat than on Team Republican in the United States.
- We now know for a fact that Boehner never had the votes to prevent a clean CR from passing. One has to wonder what the point of this exercise was. How do the Republicans benefit from this? I wonder if the whole point of this was to make Tea Party Republicans look bad, so they could be purged from office during the 2014 election cycle.
- Democrats come off as innocent bystanders in all this.
- I’m grateful we are receiving back pay.
- The Government Shutdown, to me, felt very unprofessional. Much is expected from Federal employees, and the politicians in Washington did not match that level of expectation.
So, if you were to choose a role model, and your choices were Rush Limbaugh or Adam Curry, who would you choose? Well, let’s review the options.
Rush Limbaugh: here’s a guy who loves to brag about how he is a self-made man. He pursued his dream and made it. Now he is a multi-millionaire, living in Palm Beach, using the latest technology to fix his hearing after his abuse of prescription of drugs, married (again), blathering on 3 hours a day about politics, and enjoying his cats.
He claims that anyone can make it like he did. He is wrong.
Very few people win life’s lottery and achieve the massive success that he has. His message of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps simply does not apply to the vast majority of people. Many people are struggling to survive, and reaching out for assistance from charities and government. That is reality, not living in a mansion on the surf in Palm Beach, where his biggest problem is having to turn off his lights in March due to the sea turtle hatchlings. Following Rush Limbaugh’s advice is the path to suffering.
Adam Curry: also a self-made man who made it big on radio in the Netherlands, and later an icon of heavy metal music as a VeeJay on MTV. He then pivoted and became a tech entrepreneur, earning the nickname, “The Podfather.” He currently is co-host of the No Agenda Show, which is 100% listener-supported.
He was wealthy once, and now lives a Middle Class, Mac-and-Cheese lifestyle. He relates to us common folks who are living the new American Dream of just getting by. He is happily married. He travels. He has friends. He makes a living doing what he enjoys.
Adam Curry has won life’s lotto in the past, spent it, and is now living well, with the experiences he’s had to guide him. He’s trying to help us cope with this Great Depression II we’re living through with humor and knowledge, because knowing is better than not knowing.
For me, Adam offers a more realistic picture of what life can be like if you work hard, pursuing what you enjoy doing. He is a true example to follow, and the role model I would recommend, if your choices were him or Rush.
What do you think? Rush or Adam? Leave a comment below.
Here are the notes for Episode 8 of No Agenda Florida:
How is it that Michael Dorn does not get any work? Can we please get a Star Trek Klingon TV show?
The Florida Department of Health has a YouTube video that talks about this year’s flu season. Doctor John Armstrong, the head of the department, is clearly not use to speaking in front of the camera. Tony says he is known a lot of people who have gotten the flu this year at work, at church, and in his house. Is anecdotal, but it seems like there’s more of the flu going around this year than in previous years.
People who believe in vaccinations conspiracies are pretty much considered ignorance online. The flu vaccine will not prevent you from getting sick, but it might help you get over the flu quicker if you catch it.
FAU professor James Tracy decided to stir things up on his blog. Damian read his blog, and diagnosed him as an Enneagram type 5. Tony and Damian are finishing up a book called Enneagram Pop. This book should be an interesting read about personality types. Bruce Banner is a good example of a Type 5. Withdrawn and cerebral. Everything is in the mind. Can be incredibly verbose and detailed on their blog posts. Damian read the entire blog post, and concluded that this professor is writing stuff that people like Alex Jones want to believe. And it doesn’t help that parents were going onstage to talk to the media the day after their children were killed. This makes it look like they were performing. Did the local police chief pressure these parents into doing a press conference?
Damian was turned off by the media coverage. He felt it diminished the tragedy.
It’s also clear that the professor had a motive in doing this blog post.
Tony has noticed that the media, in there drive to be first on a story, will rush in and say things that are disproved a day later. For example, there always seems to be witnesses early on who say there were multiple shooters at these mass killing events. Conspiracy theorists latch onto these early reports even after the media announces there was only 1 shooter. This is a classic example of haste makes waste.
It might be a leap, but it is possible that the professor constructed this conspiracy in order to encourage critical thinking. However, since he is a Type 5, it is possible that he is enjoying the attention and the ego stroking.
Tony and Damian agree that the professor should have the freedom to believe whatever he wants to believe on his blog, and he should not lose his job. Unfortunately, freedom of speech is not real because you could be shouted down by the masses. FAU and the professor will probably come to a mutual agreement, where the professor leaves with a nice severance package.
What is the logical argument for firing this professor? The only 1 Tony could come up with was a financial 1, where is the University has to fire the professor because students are dropping out of school in protest.
Of course, students like professors that come up with crazy theories that entertaining challenge them.
If this professor is doing a parody, he has fooled a lot of people. After all, this guy is a Democrat who is defending the gun rights like he is a conservative.
On the NPR show Marketplace, a man named Robbie Reed hitch hiked from Florida to North Dakota in order to look for work. A dishwashing job in North Dakota pays better than a low wage job in Florida.
According to an Education Week study, Florida is 6 in the nation in overall test scores and grades. However, Florida falls short on the chance for success rating. Florida is below the national average in that category. Basically, 3 out of 4 students will succeed in Florida. To put that into perspective, Maryland, which has a bad reputation with the city of Baltimore, is 6 on that list. Washington DC, which also has a bad reputation for their education system, is middle of the pack with the score of 79.0, which is higher than Florida’s score of 74.2. The state with the lowest chance for success is Nevada. As far as the overall ranking, South Dakota has the lowest score in the nation.
Tony thinks that’s the reason Florida has a low score for chance to succeed is because of location. There are more jobs available for people in places like the nation’s capital, or in places like New York which is third on that list, than in the sunshine state. However, if you end up in an honors program or Magnet school, your odds of success undoubtedly increase. Regular classes feel kind of like baby-sitting, compared to the advanced programs.
The stats are undoubtedly skewed towards the gifted.
The death of Chappy Adams discussed. Famous realtor in Palm Beach. Troubled. Had a little girl. Drove off I-95 and flew into a tree. Was not wearing a seat belt. What was he doing on I-95 at 4am?
Professor Gibbons: put on your seatbelt.
Chappy Adams: a great example of an average Enneagram Type 3, bored with his achievements. His dad, Bud, looks like a Type 8. So arrogant he drives without a seatbelt.
The nation love Type 3s who succeed, and will ignore there foibles for a long time.
Chappy must have been flying down the highway, to get his car airborne and into a tree.
Chappy was known to party. Was caught by TSA once for carrying cocaine. 48 years old and does not know how to slow down.
Here are the notes for Episode 7, as dictated into my Android phone (possible dictation errors included for laughs):
Python purge! This is another example of a reptile being brought over from another country, let loose into the wild, reproducing, and then being labeled as an invasive species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In this specific case, the FWC is offering up to 1500 dollars for people to go out to the Everglades and capture Burmese pythons. Capture means kill. The event will last for 1 month.
When will the FWC go after the irresponsible pet owners? Like it’s the Pythons fault that it wants to breed! The FWC is treating these animals like life forms that are not worth saving.
The Burmese python can grow to a length of 18 feet.
Once the FWC puts you on the invasive species list, it’s basically a death sentence. Your tax dollars are going to wipe out animals.
Electronic Arts, which develops it’s EA sports games in Maitland Florida, has been helping the Florida Legislature write laws that give tax breaks to entertainment companies. That includes entertainment companies like Electronic Arts. The tax break is supposed to encourage job creation, but Electronic Arts is actually employing fewer people than they did 5 years ago. Sports games like Madden football and Tiger Woods golf are developed in Florida.
Why do film companies need an incentive to film in Florida anyway? It’s cheaper here than California, even without incentives.
Hulk Hogan has opened a new restaurant in Tampa. He claims it’s like Hooters restaurant times 10. It’s called Hogan’s Beach.
Commercial real estate prices are bouncing along the bottom. Developers are not building. It is still a tenant’s market. Months rent free is a great gimmick, but they get you on the back end of the lease. After year, the landlord will raise the rent. The tenant then have to decide if they want to deal with the hassle of moving, or just staying and paying the higher rent.
Residential real estate recovery ahead in 2019. This confirms a series tony has heard over the years about a 15 year boom / bust cycle in Florida. Prices are currently increasing at 1 percent a month, since October of 2012. At that pace, we would reach the previous real estate highs by 2019.
The programs that were passed into law to help homeowners came after many people had already lost their homes. In addition, the programs were designed to only help a certain small segment of the population. The criteria was stringent.
All these programs have strings attached to them. There also consequences, like taking a hit to your credit score or owning taxes to the government. Applying for mortgage assistance is like applying for a new loan. So, be prepared to fill out tons of paperwork, and fill out the same paperwork 10 *.
What generation will pass, people will forget, and there will be another real estate boom in Florida.
How do people in South Florida afford outrageous rent prices while working menial office jobs? Craigslist and food pantries? Everyone in the household is probably working. Let’s not forget that most of these people have kids, and kids are expensive. Going to do when your kids want to go to Disney and the prices have doubled over the past decade?
New Florida driver laws that went into effect January first. Flashing your headlights to warn other drivers about police is now legal in Florida. Did you know that it is considered common courtesy to flash your headlights to warn drivers about police? And how do police officers know that your flashing your brights to warn other drivers about a speed trap? Only drivers coming from the other direction benefit from this flashing light courtesy.
Another new law affecting drivers is PIPA insurance being capped at 2500 dollars, unless a doctor says that you need more coverage, in which case you would get the full 10,000 dollars. Prior to 2013, you always got the full 10,000 dollars, regardless of your injuries. Insurance companies are saving money. You have to see the doctor within 14 days of the accident, or you don’t qualify for the 10,000 dollars.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi releases her annual Medicaid fraud report. For every 1 dollar spent to recover funds, 6 dollars were actually recovered.
New College in Sarasota Florida is like the Starfleet Academy of liberal arts programs.
For those of you wondering when automatic defibrillators were originally mandated, it was in 2000. Representative Cliff Stearns listed a bill that he sponsored and that Bill Clinton signed into law putting automatic defibrillators in Federal buildings as one of the accomplishments he was proud of. Representative Stearns is leaving Congress after 24 years; he lost an August primary election race in Central Florida. Below is the link to page 3 of the article. The defibrillator bill is mentioned in the second paragraph from the end: http://www.ocala.com/article/20130101/ARTICLES/130109997?p=3&tc=pg
Raise your hands if you thought you would survive until 2013.
A report from a DailySkew correspondent in Asia: a transformer blew, and people started running thinking it was the end of the world. No theory to explain why nothing happened, no aliens, nothing.
Fact: UFO’s caught on camera are actually experimental flying aircraft.
The biggest complaint that Floridians have is unwanted violations of the Do Not Call list. 17337 complaints. The second biggest complaint was telemarketing calls. Someone outside of Florida might read that and think that if that’s the biggest problem, sign them up for Florida. Damian did some telemarketing back when he was a teenager, and he can testify to the fact that telemarketing is a terrible job. The Florida Do Not Call list was passed and signed into law in 2012. Will Broward County do a local version of the law?
FPL rate hike follow-up: the hikes have nothing to do with the nuclear power plants. The official FPL press release claims the rate hike happened after a thorough investigation, ignoring that they did not follow the traditional channels. Four more years of low electric rates. 26% below the national average. FPL has chart that proves that rate hike will actually reduce the electric bill for customers. The comparison is based on January 2013; it appears rates will get higher starting in June. FPL got the hike under the radar to get it passed. The rate hike will amount to a dollar a month, or just 3 cents a day.
Audio from Bloomberg: Real consumption in 2013, according to Citi analyst. American consumer spending is 70% of GDP. In other OED countries, it is 55%. If you remove healthcare spending, consumer spending goes down to 55%. Healthcare is the reason why consumer spending has gone up for the past 30 years in America. Shocking. The economic engine of growth has been powered by ever-increasing healthcare costs. The Citi analyst claims that we’ll see real spending powering GDP, not healthcare.
This reminds Damian of ten years ago, when Bush said it was our patriotic duty to spend. Ten years later, look where we are. There is no incentive to save money, with interest rates so low.
People use their credit cards these days as if it’s some kind of negative savings account to draw from. The government sets an example of spending like crazy, and the populace follows.
Consumer spending, in theory, sounds great but what are you actually spending? Especially with the coming tax hikes in 2013.
Of course, if you live in Wilton Manors, you’ve got plenty of money to spend, according to an article in the newspaper. Wilton Manors is east of 95 on Oakland Park Boulevard. Damian and Tony have never been on Wilton Drive. Wilton Manors is number 2 in the country for most gay couples per 1000. Provincetown, Massachusetts, is number 1.
About 20 years ago, Wilton Manors was a bad neighborhood. Since 1997, real estate prices have skyrocketed. In 2011, homes in Wilton Manors are still more expensive than in neighboring a neighborhoods. It’s an alternative to more expensive gay communities like Fort Lauderdale for South Beach. Wilton Manors is supposed to be a family friendly gay community.
Wilton Drive has a bunch of clubs and bars on it. It’s really hopping.
Have you been to Gay Mart?
Wilton Manors strives to be family friendly, but there are still Craigslist ads, just like anywhere else.
The charts shows that Miami Broward, Palm Beach, Naples, Tampa, Orlando, and the Panhandle have a higher percentage of gay couples than the rest of Florida.
Tate’s comics is a local institution, located on University Drive, north of North West 44th Street. They have comics, memorabilia, toys, and anime videos. They also hold local events.
Tony and Damian deconstruct the answers of the December 2012 customer of the month. Feel free to criticize us in the comments section below.
The Florida Senate and House of Representatives opens for business on March fifth.
The day before the Mayan calendar ends. A panhandler with a Santa Claus beard, sitting in a wheelchair. Was he holding a “The end is near” sign? No. It said, “Why lie? I need a beer.” Earth 0.
Godzilla Christmas songs.
Talking about the SunPass, a transponder used to pay tolls on Florida highways. Newer ones do not even require a battery. You can get a SunPass sticker for your car for 4 dollars and 99 cents. 1 percent of SunPass owners are experiencing glitches. This can lead to the fines and threatening letters from state of Florida. A lot of the people having problems with the old SunPass units that require batteries. They need to change the batteries.
Another problem is if your debit card expires and you forget to update it on the SunPass system, because they auto replenish the account. The tollbooth will warn you with the sign that says low balance.
What if your car gets totaled, and you leave your old transponder in the car? The old car gets fixed, the transponder is still there on the windshield, and next thing you know, you’re paying tolls on 2 vehicles. You are supposed to go on the SunPass website and deactivate the sticker transponder, if you’re no longer using that vehicle, unless you forget your transponder number and password, in which case now you have to call SunPass and provide evidence.
So sometimes it’s a mix of user error, and other times, if your transponder get stolen, it’s fraud.
The SunPass pseudo-paradox: If someone is in another part of the state, driving a different model car then the one associate it to your SunPass account, running up tolls on your account, the police or SunPass will not look at photos to determine whether or not it was you that went through the toll. You’ll have to hire lawyer.
If you forgot to put your transponder in your car and have a SunPass account, the tollbooth will take a picture of your license plates and bill you for the toll.
It’s really easy to get buried in tolls and have a suspended license when you have a SunPass glitch.
One lady named Jackie said she has $13,500 in fines, got arrested, and “now has to pray that the judge will have a heart.”
Another poster said he keeps getting fines in the mail even though he is not a SunPass user! He has a license plate number that is very similar to the one actually committing the violations.
The traffic light cameras are very similar, in the sense that it’s very difficult to dispute. And the first notice is not actually a ticket. You have to wait until it becomes a ticket before you can fight it in court. And that’s just not worth it, even if it looks like everyone ran the red light with you, which makes no sense.
The PSC approved an FPL rate hike of $350,000,000 without going through the proper channels. State House Representative Dwight Dudley, Democrat from Saint Petersburg, was outraged by this. It turns out that some people in Florida do not have FPL, like representative Dudley. Where were the State House Republicans on this issue? What if you or I tried to do something without going through the proper channels? Ain’t gonna happen.
TNA Impact in Florida tonight. Millions of dollars for Hogan and Sean Hardy. The other performers get paid peanuts.
State Attorney General Pam Bondi signs in order to ban 22 synthetic drugs, including bath salts. Zombies drugs. These particular drugs have been around for awhile. This is becoming an underground business where chemists invent new compounds and stay ahead of the law. Apparently, you can buy the synthetic drugs at your local convenience store. Should we the people care about the war on drugs? The scientists producing these drugs are probably shady entrepreneurs. 92 synthetic drugs were banned in 2012, obviously in response to the Miami zombie attack. Who on earth is buying synthetic marijuana at a gas station?
A list from a listener in Connecticut: The top 16 reasons why Florida sucks.
1. Hot weather. Listen to last week podcast for more details about how unbearably hot it is for 6 months out of the year in Florida.
2. Hurricanes. Not only are the storms bad, but the paranoia before the storm hits if a storm is projected to hit your area is really bad.
3. Bugs. Listen to last week podcast for more details.
4. Poisonous snakes. Tony saw a 2 foot long black snake on his lawn just the other day. Tony recommends that you research any campsites you go to, to find out what kind of poisonous snakes are in the area. Don’t be like that idiot biologist in the movie Prometheus, trying to pet some crazy snake.
5. Gators. Tony once saw a gator on the front lawn of the house, sunning itself. Gators spotted near the workplace, by a canal. Whatever you do, do not walk your dog next to a canal because gators will eat dogs.
6. High property taxes. Tony agreed, especially when it comes to retirees or living with fixed incomes.
7. Too many elderly drivers on the road. Tony and Damian do not necessarily agree with this item. When Tony first move to Florida over 20 years ago, it did seem like there were a lot of retirees on the road, driving oversized Cadillacs. Tony believes that this has diminished over the years in Broward County. You do see the stereotype play out in other places in Florida to this day. This includes being behind an elderly person who is driving very slow. Tony and Damian believe people should have the right to drive, but also believe there should be some mild testing when you hit a certain age. Something fair. A test maybe every 2 years, or a diagnostic exam when the person goes to see their doctor for their annual physical.
8. Too many tourists on the road. Tony says it depends on where you’re at. For example, if you’re in Orlando or Miami, you’ll see tourists driving slow, looking at their maps, etcetera. In general, in highly populated areas in Florida, you get a mix of drivers with different driving styles. This can create a lot of problems on the road.
9. Congestion and traffic. Jacksonville has bad traffic. Orlando and Tampa have bad traffic within their cities, and on theI-4 corridor. You are guaranteed to come to a complete halt in the morning on I-95 going to or from Miami. Damian’s pet peeve are all the traffic lights in the suburbs, making it hard to get from point A to point B quickly. Another issue is that South Florida is flat, which can sometimes make it difficult to judge whether you have time to pass through an intersection with the lights turning yellow. The flat road can hypnotize you. The difference suburbs in Broward County may look like they’re close to each other on a map, but they are actually very far apart.
10. Lightning. Don’t go golfing during a lightning storm. A great Phil Hendrie bit would be the caller saying, “I love watching lightning. It’s a beautiful force of nature. I know it’s killing people, but I really enjoy watching lightning from a distance.”
11. Crime. This will be the subject of a future podcast. There’s been a lot of burglaries in South Florida after the Great Recession hit. The burglars watch when you leave the house. They know your schedule, and they know when to break in. There are fewer muggings and killings in Florida than in New York, but the burglaries, theft, and fraud are rampant in the Sunshine State. There are also more gangs in Florida than New York.
Here’s a tip. If your rent is cheap, you’re probably in a bad neighborhood.
Just search for Florida apartment reviews, and you can read reviews from actual residences at the different apartment complexes.
12. Fire ants. They can be found on local property and parks. Tony once stepped in a fire ant mound by accident outside a friend’s house. It was like that scene from the last Indiana Jones movie.
13. Sinkholes. Seems like the ground is hollow.
14. Skin cancer. Tony had a benign growth on the side of his neck due to sun exposure while driving. You have to use sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors for a certain amount of time. Don’t be afraid of using an umbrella in the sun, if necessary. Of course, we do need some sunlight for vitamin D. Damian says no more than 20 minutes of sun.
13. Cost of living. The big cities in Florida are pretty expensive, and you get paid less than up north. No union wages. Salaries are probably half of what you make in New York. A nurse could be making $100k in New York, and be lucky to make half that amount in Florida. A pharmacist making $100k up north will probably make $40k in Florida. The only way to break out of that is to be an entrepreneur. That takes a lot of time and investment. It’s not 9 to 5.
14. High water table. When you dig 8 feet, the water comes up. This is why they never built a subway here.
15. Droughts. How do you have droughts in a rainy place like Florida? Pseudo-paradox. Population growth is a part of it. Part of it is South Florida Water Management. They release water when there’s too much, and then there’s too little when the rain doesn’t come. Tampering with the Everglades doesn’t help. North Florida has water issues as well, as they are sharing water sources with Alabama and Georgia. There is a reason why T. Boone Pickens and the Bush family own reservoirs: water will be an expensive resource in the future.
16. Sandy soil. The soil can be really bad in Florida. You have to import dirt to plant a garden. Growing tomatoes in plywood boxes. Even the grass is laid out in strips, with new dirt. The native plants are not what people want. Florida is one big beach. You’ll even find sand out in the orange groves. In general, it’s hard to grow stuff.
If anyone else has suggestions or ideas for the podcast, send us a tweet to @vahl, or leave a comment here!
TNA Impact: Hulk Hogan reduced to letting his daughter make out with some dude on television as he drives off. That is Earth 2012. That is how far we’ve fallen. 12/21 earth.
Side-note: the critics of the Wii U are saying that the original Wii came out in a world without iPhones and Social Networks. It’s only been a six year gap, and it’s a whole different world. For some reason, it feels like the iPhone has always been with us.
The DailySkew has coined the 10-year time line. A sliding time line where people remember the last 10 years, and that’s it. This technological leap is actually compressing things even more. Media and Social Networks are making it harder for people to remember news stories.
It doesn’t help that everything has sequels.
Technology is not built to last.
Great example: a new Superman origin movie six years after Supeman Returns? What’s up with a new Spiderman origin story, after a successful trilogy? The movie was good, but come on! Vahl and Damian were both offended by the Hulk reboot after such a short time. Insulting to the intelligence.
Greetings, human resources. ITM. Here are the notes for Episode 4 of No Agenda Florida:
Here come the Jihad brothers. They’ve decided to plead not guilty. They are actually brothers in real life, separated by 10 years. They are facing 15 years to life. The federal prosecutors have not reveal the evidence yet to the defendants. The Feds said it was not a sting operation. Apparently, they used the FISA law. The feds stress this is not like the Bangladesh kid in New York City. Let’s see if these two end up dead someday. These 2 are having a trial, which was the big fear about the NDAA, that there would be no trial.
Villages in the Philippines nearly out of food in the wake of Typhoon Bopha. The number of deaths continue to climb. Damian personally knows people that are missing. Workers that were on shipping boats. Over 400,000 people have lost their homes or farms. 900 people still missing. There is no comparison between the tragedy in the Philippines and a few people without power on Long Island. Why were they on the boat? Basically, when it’s not a holiday, you are working. In addition, they don’t shut down there because of a storm, like here in Florida.
Weather in Florida: Tony and Damian, having lived in Florida for 3 decades, have seen their share of Florida weather patterns. According to a climate zone map, Northern and Central Florida are considered humid subtropical. From Jupiter to Miami, it’s considered an equatorial monsoon zone. You have to wonder if the first people that moved to South Florida area were too embarrassed to leave, after being suckered into moving there. So they stayed, and tricked others into joining them.
If you are from New York, you have no idea what South Florida is really like, weather-wise. Everyone just assumes it’s a lot of sunshine. You don’t hear about the rain, the humidity, being close to Cuba, sharks, jellyfish, etcetera.
Palm beach and Broward County are the unofficial 6th borough of New York City.
On future podcasts, Tony and Damian will explore the history of New Yorkers moving to South Florida. Con artists selling swamp land to people. The cycle of Real Estate boom and busts.
Side note: South Florida should probably be a separate state from the rest of Florida, because it’s so different culturally.
Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade is predominantly Democrat; the rest of the state, pretty much, is Republican.
Fort Myers and Naples: even though it’s only two hours from Broward, it’s about 3-5 degrees cooler, on average, and feels slightly less humid. It’s listed as part equatorial savannah, part humid subtropical.
Before you buy a house or a piece of land without looking, come down to Florida during the summer and feel the heat.
Did you know that Florida is prone to African dust outbreaks? The dust comes from the Sahara.
All the hurricanes tend to start off the coast of Africa, as well.
Anyway, the dust makes the sky turn from blue to white, and makes the air quality bad. Florida hit worse by the dust than any other US state. It’s gotten worse since 1970. No wonder it’s hard to breathe in the summer. And no wonder people suffer from allergies in Florida.
Everyone seems to have allergies in Florida. Everyone is blowing their nose. Constant post-nasal drip. One time, Damian travelled out west to the mountains, and all of a sudden, he could breathe through his nose.
Tony’s allergic reaction was different in Fort Myers. His throat was getting tight due to the different types of plants on the west coast.
So many different plants in Florida. The pollen might affect you.
Small sample-size trick: a week of good weather in Orlando while on vacation, and people might think Florida has great weather all the time.
The best time to be in Florida is December through March or April.
Do not come to Florida during the summer, or September and October (unless you’re thinking of moving here). Why? It’s hurricane season and rainy season. It’s such a bad time to vacation here. You might get rained out or blown away.
It will literally rain every day for a month or more during the summer. Flash thunderstorms. Floods, lightning, wind. LIke you’re in a shower.
Phil Hendrie bit: the best rain in Florida is when there’s a hurricane just off the coast. It’s so light, and the breeze is nice. It’s a great time to be in Florida … until the hurricane moves in.
If you’re in Orlando at Disney or Universal during rainy season, you’re going to be stuck inside, eating $10 burgers, waiting for the storm to pass.
Florida is the lightning capital of the world.
Florida gets more tornadoes, per square mile, than any other state. They tend to be weaker than the tornadoes in the midwest.
There are no basements in Florida, pretty much. So, there’s nowhere to run if a tornado comes.
The sewer system sucks. When it pours, the sewer backs up, the streets flood.
People use the rain as an excuse to call in to work. “Oh, it’s raining.” What does that mean? Are people going to melt?
Canals in Florida: they are everywhere. It’s basically the swamp. There are alligators in them. You would not swim in them. And they do flood during a bad rainstorm. Sometimes, poor people fish in them.
Since it’s so hot and humid during the summer, people dress casually. It really affects society. No socks, sandals, shorts, tank top, and baseball cap. People go to work like that. Slovenly.
Imagine people up north or from the future, seeing how people dress at Sawgrass Mills Mall on an average Florida day. Not to be snobby or anything, but it’s bad.
The women leave nothing to the imagination down here.
People dress like beach bums. Hair under the arms, sandals, Miami Heat tank top, cap.
Downtown Miami is the exception.
Floridians complain that 63 degrees is cold, and start wearing winter coats from the 1970′s.
It did get down to the 30′s a couple of years ago.
Fort Lauderdale defined: it is not a giant city. It’s pretty big, but there are small communities all over Broward County. Coral Springs, Sunrise, Pompano Beach. Suburban towns. Most people end up there. Tamarac, Coconut Creek. The other Hollywood. There are good places in every city.
Future Podcast: places to live in South Florida, and places to avoid.
The west coast of Florida is just a little less humid.
Orlando during the summer is hot and humid. Concrete and parking lots. You will be buying $4 bottles of water with gratitude.
You will sweat in South Florida. You must have A/C in your car. You will plan your day around avoiding the heat if you don’t have A/C.
Every house in Florida has A/C. No breeze. Opening windows does not help. Stagnant air and insects.
Giant Palmetto bugs that can fly. Very poor pilots. They walk fast.
Lizards everywhere. Don’t be squeamish, because they control the ant population.
Little sugar ants everywhere. They like dog food.
Damian tries to sweep out the ants. Lizards get in the house and don’t want to leave.
Friend from New York could not breathe when he stepped off the plane in Fort Lauderdale. Tony arrived and his glasses immediately fogged up.
Fort Lauderdale beaches are overrated. The sand is coarse.
It is a myth that everyone lives near the beach. It is a long drive. Plus, when you live in Florida, you don’t really go to the beach very often.
If you want a real beach, go to Naples or Fort Myers.
South Beach: small and lots of tourists. Clematis street is better. The Art Deco buildings are overrated. No good place to stand. Streets are dirty. Prostitutes. Cross-dressers. Not a family destination.
Typhoon Bopha strikes the Philippines and kills 477. Over 250,000 homeless.
Compare and contrast Bopha with Hurricane Sandy: another benefit being held for Sandy on 12/12/12. Damian gets controversial, and is free to change his mind: is he off-base to compare casualty counts? 77 versus 477? And then is he off-base to compare the Media coverage, where Sandy gets more coverage?
250,000 homeless in the Philippines. How many in New York without homes? Granted, Con Ed being slow to restore power is frustrating, but imagine having your entire town washed away.
How much money have they raised for Sandy victims? How much will be raised for victims in the Philippines?
Typhoon Bopha is a Media footnote here in the USA. It’s like people are disposable in Asia. Skewed coverage.
Sandy getting huge coverage because it struck the news Media capital of the world.
Switching gears: Darden Restaurants decides to keep hiring full-time workers, despite additional Obamacare costs. Darden has 185,000 employees.
Damian has talked with small business, and not-so-business owners who have told him that they will take workers off full-time status because of the costs. Business owners can make that choice. Small business owners showed Damian the numbers, and they have to do this. Darden is a big company, and can afford to eat the cost. Small businesses flying under the radar will do what they have to do.
Should a business be legally obligated to keep the number of employees over 50? Companies downsize. It happens. Florida is work-for-hire. Businesses here can do whatever they want with your hours.
Digital Domain Media, in Port St. Lucie, going out of business. Office items being auctioned. Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Laid off 300 employees. This happens all the time. Company raises money, tries to make it, fails, going out of business.
Obamacare can get very messy. How will the bureaucrats account for companies that downsize or go out of business?
Small businesses make money and spend money. The additional cost will lead to fewer hours and jobs.
The irony: big government passes ACA Healthcare. Small business owners make cuts to hours and number of employees. Who do the public blame? The owners, of course. Somehow, the do-gooder politician gets a free pass.
Damian and Tony do see both sides of this issue. Health insurance coverage is important and necessary.
Another great future topic:
- People hate Congress, and yet they don’t make the connection and blame businesses for their reaction to Congressional laws. Why do people hate Congress and want big government?
Executive Director for Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity resigned, after it was discovered he collected unemployment while travelling in Europe. Mr. Deutsch was earning $140,000/year. Resigned because the story is a distraction. Meanwhile, Rick Scott is in Columbia.
No one ever accounts for people taking advantage of the system.
Founding Fathers did not anticipate such a sprawling bureaucracy. They saw 13 Colonies and an unknown frontier. Ron Paul is the closest to a Founding Father mentality.
The Real George Zimmerman. An actual article written by the Trayvon Martin shooter. “Prolonged attack from Trayvon.” What? “I shot to save [my life]” Insane website. He believes he’s right. Shouting it from the rooftops. A bloody nose = killing someone, according to this guy.
Most lawyers tell you to shut your mouth. Zimmerman is a rare case, talking like crazy.
Another topic: people always say they would proclaim their innocence if accused of something, yet when someone actually does that, we question their claim.
Zimmerman suing NBC over that edited clip. “Intentional distortion of facts.” So, he might go to jail and win some damages from NBC.
When lawyers saw that Zimmerman was able to raise $1,000,000.00, they probably decided to let him go free.
Marco Rubio speech in DC. During the speech, he was talking about his dad, and then segued into a biography he wrote, telling people to go buy his book online. He explained that the book helped him pay off his $150,000 in student loans. Will Rubio mention the Dream Seeker? This is the same NeoCon who co-sponsored the NDAA. DailySkew pegged him as a weak Tea Party guy years ago.
Senate and House members are all working a gimmick, pretty much.
Shoot-to-kill order on a Nile Crocodile in Miami. They grow nearly 20 feet in length. How did this crocodile get here? Did he just swim over here? You can’t get anything through customs, and people manage to smuggle in a Nile crocodile? Exotic pets are a big thing here in Florida. People smuggle in species just for the fun of it.
Florida Wildlife gives people to wipe out invasive species. They have he license to say a whole species can be wiped out, even though humans brought those species here. Kill instead of capturing. Ducks. Iguanas. Damian is tired of it.
Florida Wildlife is just tampering with nature. Bringing in species to kill other species, and then being screwed when the species brought in is dominating. Controlling nature is an illusion.
FBI raiding massage parlors. Human trafficking meme from last week now tied to parlors. Damian points out that most of these parlors are legitimate and licensed. Immigrant community getting picked on? Another point the Media misses: message boards say that athe shady massage parlors actually take advantage of their clients, not the other way around. Overcharging. Is FBI actually trying to protect Johns with connections? Did a John fall in love and call in a favor?