Tuesday, April 29, 2008

You Know You're a Floridian If...

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You’re younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

You’ve driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn’t worth waking up for.

You dread love bug season.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren’t Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

You know what a snowbird is and when they’ll leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

‘Down South’ means Key West ..

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

You’ve hosted a hurricane party.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee and Micanopy.

You understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn’t swim.

You’ve worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

You recognize Miami-Dade as ‘Northern Cuba .

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chamblin's Downtown Opens!!!

While your out enjoying Earthday at the Jax Landing this Saturday. Stop by and check out the new Chamblin's Location Downtown.

Chamblin opens new book store downtown
By David Bauerlein, The Times-Union

Big box stores make money by selling in volume.

Chamblin Books does it by selling volumes - books, that is - in volume.

Already the biggest used-book dealer in Northeast Florida, Chamblin has opened a second store in downtown Jacksonville. Owner Ron Chamblin calls it a "soft opening" because he's still stocking shelves in the two-story building at 215 N. Laura St., half a block from Hemming Plaza.
Chamblin's expansion will test both the overall book market and downtown's retail scene.

Borders, a worldwide chain with a mega-store on Jacksonville's Southside, announced last month it will be studying financial options including a sale of the company. On the used-book front, three Jacksonville-area stores have closed in the past year - The Old Book Shop in St. Nicholas, All Booked Up in Arlington and Backwater Books in Orange Park.

Chamblin said he's using the same business model at his downtown store, called Chamblin Uptown, that as he uses at Chamblin BookMine off Roosevelt Boulevard in Ortega. Both stores are loaded with books, rivaling the number at a Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. Chamblin BookMine generates about $1.4 million a year in sales.

"It looks to me like there's so much competition out there and so many opportunities to buy books, so really, the advantage we have is we have so much square footage," Chamblin said. "If you have the square footage, that allows you to have the variety. That's where the draw is."
Another similarity between Chamblin BookMine and Chamblin Uptown is Chamblin owns the buildings where each store is located. Chamblin said by being the owner, he doesn't have to worry a landlord will boost leasing rates and put a financial squeeze on the bottom line.

Chamblin's new store will boost Laura Street's retail activity between Hemming Plaza and The Jacksonville Landing, said Terry Lorince, executive director of Downtown Vision, an organization representing downtown property-owners.

She said Chamblin is already well-known so the store should bring people into downtown with the bookstore as their destination. She said Chamblin Uptown will attract customers, too, from people visiting the nearby main library and Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, plus downtown workers on their lunch breaks.

Chamblin said he considered a suburban location closer to the Southside and The Beaches where many of his existing customers live.

That spot would have given Chamblin better geographic balance with stores on both sides of Jacksonville. But he said he thinks downtown is on an upswing and the atmosphere appealed to him.

"I just think it's more fun down here, getting in on the growth," he said. "It's more interesting to me and more challenging to me."

The current hours of Chamblin Uptown are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Chamblin said he expects to expand the hours after the store is fully stocked and its cafe is up and running.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Outer Box

With all the pissing, moaning and general insanity going on over at JaxCAL. It was only a matter of time before things started imploding. As a result Brian Grey has started a new blog for the art scene in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.

Brian's description of The Outer Box:
"The idea of The Outer Box is to show the world the awesome work of us southern artists. I am focusing on Jacksonville Florida artists first and foremost. Our town has a lot of local talent and The Outer Box will be here to show the world and the community who we are. This blog is here to display the work of those who think outside the box. I will be displaying interviews with both local Jacksonville artists and folks from outside Jacksonville as well. If you have an upcoming show please feel free to send me the info and I will gladly post it up for you. Browse through the site. Ill have information on local art galleries, gallery shows, and upcoming group shows here in Jacksonville. I want this to be a central location on the web where the outsider artist,urban art, graffiti, tagging, bombing, and illustrative artist can share there work with the public and inform/educate the masses about what we do."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lawyer Hans G. Tanzler III is one of two appointees to the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board.

I don't know about you. To me something about these current appointees to the St. Johns Water Management District stinks.
The article from from the Times-Union is short and to the point. But if you read it a little closer it speaks volumes.

"Jacksonville lawyer Hans G. Tanzler III and a citrus industry executive are the newest appointees to the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board.

Tanzler, 56, president of Marion Equities, succeeds Duane Ottenstroer, a Jacksonville investor. Tanzler is the son of a former Jacksonville's mayor of the same name.

Douglas C. Bournique, 56, of Vero Beach succeeds William W. Kerr of Melbourne Beach, who is an environmental consultant. Bournique has been the executive vice president of the Indian River Citrus League for nearly 30 years and previously worked for the Florida Sugar Cane League, according to his application.

The board has been wrestling with the task of planning for water demands for the district, which stretches from south of Orlando to Nassau County.

The district is considering allowing some Central Florida utilities to siphon water from the St. Johns River, which has met with growing opposition in downstream communities to the north.

Gov. Charlie Crist announced the four-year appointments Tuesday. They require state Senate confirmation

Lets see if we can break this down a little bit. You have Tanzler, President of an equities company. Yep, highly qualified in the field of environmental management. Who is replacing a "private investor" that was appointed not once, but twice.

The second appointee Bournique, has spent 30 years working for a Central Florida citrus grower. And before that work in the Sugar Cane Industry. I don't know how knowledgeable you are about agriculture in Florida. If not, big sugar is one of most thuggish, bullying political powers not only in our state but also nationally. Not to mention one of, if not the biggest industrial polluters to Florida waters.

Bournique is replacing William W. Kerr. An ecologist, Kerr was the only person on the board with any type environmental background and degree.

So let us see what the make up of the new Water Management Board consist of.

The Chairman of a Holdings Company.
Chief human resources officer for JEA.
A civic activist.
A forestry consultant.
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.
A guy that has no job listed but was an original member of the Friends of the St. Johns River.
Manager of Jones Turf Grass Farm.
Plus the 2 named in the story.

I ask you, other than the forester and the guy with no job and an extensive resume sitting on boards. Why are these guys deciding the fate of our water management? None of them have any type background for this type of service. Does anyone really think that the manager of a central Florida Turf Grass company or a 30 year veteran of a Central Florida Citrus grower have North Florida's best interest in mind? And the rest I'm guessing are on the board just to rub their noses in rectal areas of those with political powers.

These latest appointments still have to be confirmed by state Senate. And they will be. Unless of course you take few minute and call or email your state Senator and demand qualified individuals with backgrounds and degrees in environmental sciences.

And Support The St. Johns Riverkeeper.

UPDATE: Read St. Johns Riverkeeper's Take on Appointees.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

How To Be The Life Of The Party

This being the Sunshine State. I thought I would pass on this tip on how to impress your friends. And the people you're not going to be having sex with after performing this little bit of citrus magic.