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Super Size Me

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It only took 7 years but I finally saw Super Size Me.
The central question asked by the film: If McDonald’s truly has no share of the blame in the obesity epidemic, then what happens if you eat only their food for a month?
Morgan Spurlock takes on a task that everyone expects won’t have good results. But not even the three doctors he goes to to help him with the experiment expect what actually ends up happening (hint: it’s not good).
I really enjoyed the old-school science approach he took here (“No-one willing to do the experiment? Do it to yourself”). It would have been nice to have heard from McDonald’s, but Spurlock can’t be blamed for lack of trying. After numerous attempts to contact them, the golden arches wouldn’t agree to an interview. Adding to the dramatic tension is the fact that Spurlock’s girlfriend is a vegan chef.
4.5/5 stars.
Bonus: McDonald’s song by 4CHIN500!
Let Me Stuff My Face

What happens in Vegas…

…stays in Vegas. Mostly 🙂 Clicky! A big hello to Mayur, Tarne, Chong, Hiren, Sachin and of course Florida locals Steve, Kim and Nkosi.. I had a great time, time to plan another trip!
Reflections on Vegas: fun city if you like to gamble; don’t bring your kids; beer pong and flippy cup at O’Sheas pub/casino (on the strip) is awesome. I’m not really a gambler so I played slots the majority of the time; ended up +$17 on 200! Ha. I did end up getting a lesson on Craps while I was there, and thank god… it’s one of the noisiest, confusing games I’ve ever seen. Heh. But it turns out not being so bad.. just a game of statistics mostly. Didn’t get up the nerve to place any bets on it though.. next time. The buffets are alluring, but if you’re there more than few days it’s easy to tire of them… and given you’re stuffed after eating at most of them, you’ll want to skip them anyway in favor of something smaller. That was pretty easy at Planet Hollywood (where we stayed), thanks to the multitudes of connected shops. If you ARE looking to eat at a buffet, you only need to consider “The Buffet” at the Bellagio; it was by far the best I ate at during my six-day stay ($30). In terms of non-slots gambling, I’d also like to relay a tip from Steve and Kim: if you can find one, play the 1-cent 100-hand video poker machine. Even if you’re really bad, $10 will last you at least an hour and if you’re lucky, quite a bit longer; meanwhile the whole time you’re getting free drinks. Not a bad way to kill some time and you could potentially win quite a bit! Anyway, I gotta say despite some initial skepticism, I had fun. Guess you really never can judge a book by its cover (which, in this case, was a whole lot of flashing lights and fake monuments).

US Thanksgiving

This past Thursday was US Thanksgiving. Last year I spent it with my good friend Dani in Cornell, NY; this year I spent it with John, Ivee and co.
There’s something of a tradition brewing here, I think: just like in 2003, John, Helen and I started the morning off with a round of disc golf at Maximo Park in St. Pete. We were playing for beer: that is, if I won a hole (by taking the fewest throws), John and Helen would then owe me a beer. If we tied on a hole, then the hole is said to be “pushed”, that is, the win for the hole carries over to the next round. Final scores: John 9, Helen 8, me 1. It was actually a lot closer than it sounds, as we “pushed” many holes, I just didn’t end up winning. *shakes fist*
Helen and I headed over to John and Ivee’s around 2:30 and we hung out on their brand new “Augusta Block” brick patio and took in the sights and smells of a lazy Thanksgiving afternoon. One of the neighbours was deep-frying a turkey, wow did that ever smell good. About an hour later Steve and Brenda arrived and we made our way to the backyard, where we were joined by Ivee’s mom Josie and enjoyed Albertos (a special champagne, mint and vodka concoction), prosciutto-wrapped-blue-cheese-stuffed figs, candied nuts and fresh starfruit right from the tree.
Aussie Ben arrived just in time for dinner. Dinner was fantastic (as usual) — my compliments to Ivee and John for preparing such great food. Have I mentioned I love their stuffing? Also compliments to Ben for his warm pumpkin salad, what a tasty and original treat. So good. Later, we were joined by Ben’s friends Nicole (from the UK) and Kaylene (also from Australia) and discussed all manner of what it’s like to suddenly realize you have an accent.
Here’s a bunch of pictures from the day — click on any of them for le big. 🙂
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Downtown waterfront, sunset

So I guess those photos I took Wednesday night turned out after all:

About 3 minutes to sunset.

I’m pretty sure this guy was no longer living. So sad. Foot provided for scale.

I sat on this ledge to take the sunset shot.

Not sure if it’s always like this, but I found the amount of media coverage on the new Pope kind of overwhelming.

Graffiti.

I think the the G.WIZ Science Center is here, too.

An old friend.
That’s it for the Wednesday night shots. Here’s one I took today. I’m sure glad I can recycle these somewhere (Publix takes them). This is just from the past three months:

On Football

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Well, if there’s anything I know for sure about myself, it’s that I’m social by nature. Given this is Florida, that means I need to know something about football. Given two cars selected at random from this city, at least one will have Tampa Bay Bucaneers merchandise attached to it.
Get this: I have nearly doubled my knowledge about football in the past two weeks. Granted, I still know close to nothing about it, but when was the last time you doubled your knowledge? I do know there’s a quarterback, fullback, halfback, guard, offensive tackle, running back, wide receiver, tight end, and a few other positions, though I could only tell you for sure if half of those are offense or defense.
So when it came to playing Football Bingo with Eric and Boe at the Siesta Key Oyster Bar on Monday night, it worked something like this: Eric and Boe called out the plays while I blotted the board, called out “Bingo”, and collected.
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Now, granted, I’ll probably never wear the shirt — it’s much too large for me. But the Bucs keychain is kinda nice. And if you look closely, to the left of the keychain is a little triangular piece of white leather. Eric assures me it’s great for kicking imaginary field goals with. Whee!!!