Monthly Archives: August 2007

Sheriff raids DMX’ home, seizes dogs – omg! news on Yahoo!

Sheriff raids DMX’ home, seizes dogs – omg! news on Yahoo!

Associated Press

PHOENIX – Sheriff’s deputies raided the home of rapper DMX on Friday, seizing several pit bulls and finding the remains of three other dogs but making no arrests.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received a tip more than a week ago about dogs being kept in inhumane conditions at the Phoenix-area home, said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Detectives visited the home and then called one of the rapper’s lawyers and told him that the conditions for the animals at the property needed to be improved or deputies would take action, Arpaio said. The dogs were not being fed or given water.

Authorities returned to the home Friday.

The 36-year-old musician and actor, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was not at home during the raid.

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Wal Mart Wars

August 19, 2007

Wal-Mart Wars

As more Wal-Mart Supercenters dot the local landcape, we look at the facts behind the worries
Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH — Two pieces of land border residential neighborhoods. They are lush with vegetation, a few miles apart on Nova Road.

If Wal-Mart has its way, both will host Supercenters within the next couple of years.

And after they’re built, anyone driving south on Nova Road from Madison Avenue in Daytona Beach, then into Port Orange and west on Dunlawton Avenue, will pass four Supercenters in eight miles.

Emotions are running high in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, where the new stores are planned. Some people welcome them with open arms, saying Wal-Mart will provide convenient shopping and inexpensive pharmaceutical drugs.

But opponents say the vegetation will be history, as will the quiet, dark nights, the light traffic, the relatively low amount of crime and many of the small businesses nearby.

The battle has played itself out time and again across the nation, even across the globe.

But what is the truth behind the emotion?

There have been numerous studies, by both sides and by groups who claim no bias.

The answers lie somewhere in between the fear and support, the studies suggest. Some new Wal-Marts have brought major economic problems. Others have led to economic booms that even staunch opponents conceded helped their communities.

It’s all about location, the studies say. Businesses in smaller towns of less than 20,000 tend to be affected more negatively by new Wal-Marts than businesses in larger cities.

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Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season

Sara with an H got me thinking about hurricane season…and that caused me to think about the day I went from being a guy from Missouri that happens to enjoy some Buffett to being a full fledged Parrothead.

It was the summer of 1994 and I was visiting my parents here in good ole’ Flagler Beach. SR-100 was a one lane highway (with a drawbridge!), Fisherman’s Net was called Peppers, Turtle Shack was known as Parrothead Cafe (serendipity?), the empty lot at South 6th and A1A was a bar called Actions. The spot where Shark House burned was called Crabby Joes. There was just empty space under the bridge where the Bridgetender Restaurant used to be (kinda like now OOOOOOOO I had to say it!!!!!). Dollar General was known as the Seaside Market ( I think. Anyhow it was a little grocery store), the Pier Restaurant was the home of a great bar crowd (Thanks to Vicki & Serena, two kick ass bartenders. For the record, I use Vicki’s recipe for the Rum Runners that everyone likes so well), and one of the best busboys in history (yours truly). Oh yeah, my favorite hang out? The Golden Lion, of course. I used to get off work at three, drink a Cuba Libre or two, and walk up A1A to the Golden Lion for some beers. Life was good.

Jen (one of the servers) & me sitting in the Pier Restaurant; Summer 1994

Golden Lion in the Summer of 1994. That’s my Mom & Dad in the picture

So anyway it was on one of those strolls up (or down) A1A that I knew I was a Parrothead. I had just bought a new Jimmy Buffett cassette (yes that’s right kids…a cassette!) called A1A and popped it in my cassette Walkman (lord I sound old! LOL). Along came this song, Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season. It was an epiphanous moment, in which I realized there was more to Buffett than Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville.

North A1A about 7th Street; Flagler Beach

Now I live in Flagler Beach with a wonderful woman, work at my favorite hangout, and haunt my favorite stretch of highway pretty much daily. Life is still good.

Without further ado, I give you “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season”. I have included a link to listen to the song. I admit, Buffett’s steel guitar heavy style in 1975 is not my favorite period of his music. Fellow parrotheads have probably heard him do this live in recent years with his backup singers…a much better version in my opinion.

Click To Listen

Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season by Jimmy Buffett
Album: A1A
Released: 1975

Squalls out on the gulf stream,
Big storms coming soon.
I passed out in my hammock,
God, I slept way past noon.
Stood up and tried to focus,
I hoped I wouldn’t have to look far.
I knew I could use a Bloody Mary,
So I stumbled next door to the bar.

And now I must confess,
I could use some rest.
I can’t run at this pace very long.
Yes, it’s quite insane,
I think it hurts my brain.
But it cleans me out and then I can go on.

There’s something about this Sunday
It’s a most peculiar gray
Strolling down the avenue
That’s known as A1A
I was feeling tired, then I got inspired.
And I knew that it wouldn’t last long
So all alone I walked back home, sat on my beach
And then I made up this song.

And now I must confess,
I could use some rest.
I can’t run at this pace very long.
Yes, it’s quite insane,
I think it hurts my brain.
But it cleans me out and then I can go on.

Well, the wind is blowin’ harder now
Fifty knots of there abouts,
There’s white caps on the ocean.
And I’m watching for water spouts
It’s time to close the shutters
It’s time to go inside.
In a week I’ll be in gay Paris;
That’s a mighty long airplane ride.

And now I must confess,
I could use some rest.
I can’t run at this pace very long.
Yes, it’s quite insane,
I think it hurts my brain.
But it cleans me out and then I can go on.

Yes, It cleans me out and then I can go on

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A Little Bit About Agavero ®

“El Original Licor de Tequila”

Agavero is an ultra-premium spirit that is created from a blend of 100% blue agave añejo and reposado tequilas hand blended with the essence of Damiana flower for unparalleled smoothness and taste.

Agavero is produced at los Camichines Distillery in the Jalisco region of Mexico where the blue agave plant is grown. This officially designated region includes the state of Jalisco, parts of adjoining states and the town of tequila for which the spirit is named.

The master distiller selects the highest quality 100% blue agave añejo and reposado tequilas that have been separately aged in specially charred, French Limousin oak barrels. The añejo tequila is aged up to eighteen months and the reposado tequila is rested for nearly a year. The tequilas are combined and then hand blended with the essence of Damiana, a flower indigenous to the hot mountains of Jalisco that has been rumored for centuries to stir up the emotions among individuals.

At 64 proof, Agavero can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks or in a number of cocktails.

Agavero is made exclusively from blue agave plants that are a minimum of 10 years old when harvested. The production process begins with the delicate baking of the piña, or heart of the blue agave. The heart of the blue agave is then crushed to obtain the aguamiel (honey water). The aguamiel is put through natural fermentation and then subjected to two slow distillations to produce tequila. Before bottling, the tequila is aged in new, French limousine oak barrels. The añejo tequila is aged eighteen months and the reposado tequila is rested up to one year. The long maturation allows for the full benefits of the slightly charred, limousin oak casks to be blended into the liquid. Then the secret ingredient, the essence of the damiana flower, is hand blended to the tequila blend for unparalleled smoothness and taste.


Mexican Cosmo
1 oz vodka
1 oz Agavero ®
splash of cranberry
dash of lime juice

In a shaker combine all ingredients with ice. Shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Passion Potion
1 oz Agavero ®
1 oz 1800 Anejo ®
1 maraschino cherry

Serve in a short glass over ice.

Have a great Saturday!


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Today’s Drink Recipe: Tight Snatch

Tight Snatch

1/2 oz Bacardi
1/2 oz Malibu
1/2 oz peach schnapps
Splash of cranberry
Splash of pineapple

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks or cocktail glass.

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Today’s Drink Recipe: Suntanned Surfer Girl

But first a little background. Wow back when I first started to be known as “TikiTender”, I met PC Rob. Rob was the first person EVER to walk up to me and ask “Aren’t you that TikiTender guy?”. Turns out I knew his Aunt also, etc…and we hit it off. Admittedly, we don’t hang out often..but I am always glad to see him.

So last night at the Golden Lion he busted another cherry of mine. He was the first person to say “I want one of those drinks on your website.” He described it and it was the “Suntanned Surfer Girl”.

I was thinking two things. One was “How effing cool! People are actually looking at my page!” Second was “Thank God I remember the recipe!”. So I made it for him and he says it was yummy, so here is today’s drink recipe.

Suntanned Surfer Girl

1 1/2 oz Malibu coconut rum
pineapple juice
splash of Coca-Cola

In an ice-filled higball glass, combine ingredients and slowly stir. The drink whould be a brownish color….jsut like that blonde you were checking out at the beach the other day. 🙂

This drink and more (and more everyday) can be found at

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Tips For Living In Jacksonville

Not sure how true they are, but they were amusing.


1. You must learn to say the city name correctly. It is referred to as “Jax”.
2. You must be a Jaguar fan, it is required for citizenship.
Also, you are either a Gator or a Nole. If you do not chose one, one will
be chosen for you. There are no other schools.
3. Forget the traffic rules you learned. No one pays attention to them
here. Merging, yielding, and right-of-way are completely foreign terms.
4. To find anything in Jax it is required that you know where the Regency
Mall is. It is the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end.
5. Directions to anywhere may, and usually do, make a reference to “the old
Pic and Save”.
6. The morning rush hour is from 6am to 10am. The evening rush hour is from
3pm to 7pm. Friday’s rush hour starts Thursday morning.
7. If you stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended, cussed out, and
possibly shot. Seriously.
8. East Rd. meets West Rd. on Beach Blvd, but they both run North and
9. Normandy Boulevard , State Road 228, Cecil Field Road , Maxville Road , and
Post Street are all the same road.
10. Hartley Road, Shad Road , and Hood Road are all the same road. Hartley
Road is the western part of the road, and Shad Road is the eastern part of
the road. Now don’t be confused about this Hood Road . This is the West-East
part that is in between Hartley and Shad, not the North-South part that
starts out as Old Kings Road South , changes into Hood Road South , and ends
at Losco Road .
11. Construction is a permanent fixture in Jax.
The barrels are moved around in the middle of the night to make the next day’s
driving a bit more exciting.
12. Watch for road hazards such as deer, skunks, dogs, barrels, cones,
cows, horses, pot holes, cats, pieces of other cars, single shoes, truck tires,
raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, crows or vultures.
13. The minimum acceptable speed on JTB is 75 mph. Anything less is
considered downright sissy. Sorry Grannies.. This is Jacksonville ‘s version
14. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously.
15. If you are in the left lane, and only going 70 in a 55 zone, you are
considered a road hazard and will be “flipped off” accordingly.
16. Ground clearance of at least 12 inches is recommended for city driving.
17. If it’s 100 degrees, Thanksgiving must be next weekend.
18. There are only two seasons: Summer and January.
19. There is a Westside high school that has a confederate flag as its
school flag, an image of a slave plantation owner as its mascot, and Dixie
as its school song. Dont make a fuss, just accept it. (can we say NB Forrest anyone???)
20. Ponte Vedra is to Middleburg as Oceanfront is to Double-wide.
21. If you choose to live in Orange Park , or, God forbid, Middleburg, plan
to leave for work at 4am and return home around 11pm. Otherwise you may get
caught in what can only be described as “the worl d’s longest left-turn
22. Don’t get here late and expect something to eat. After 9pm, your
choices are Famous Amos and Village Inn.
23. You can buy a million-dollar condo downtown on the river, but you have
to drive 10 miles for a loaf of bread, and never after dark.
24. The Landing is an interesting place. Every time you visit, there will
be a whole new set of restaurants, fewer stores, and less parking. Hooters,
however, is a permanent fixture. Hmmm.
25. All city council decisions must be signed off on by First Baptist
26. You can’t drink alcohol and see naked girls at the same time. But, if
you agree to drink Diet Coke, you can see them fully nude.
27. North Philips highway. Don’t go there. Unless you are looking for
motels that charge by the hour.
28. Learn all of the lyrics to every Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
29. If you like southern-style barbecue, there’s a restaurant on every
corner. But they all close at 9pm.
30. Convenience stores are EVERYWHERE, unless you live in a million-dollar
condo downtown.
31. You learn that Sin City is a small town within jax.
32. You can attend school 30 days of the year and still graduate from Terry
Parker High School!
33. The different areas of town function as their own cities, and sometimes
forget the others exist.
34. The intercoastal waterway is called “The Ditch.” “Crossing The Ditch”
is below anyone with a vehicle.
35 . Fighting in a Duval County highschool carries a mandatory 3 day
suspension, arrest, and transfer to an alternative school. Although,
fighting in the parking lot carries no such consequences.
36. Eddie Farah – enough said.
37. You can easily recognize the Keith Pierson’s twin daughters.. however
annoying they may be.
38. This is Duval County . You have a better chance getting shot than
getting your order right at Burger King.
39. There is a Walmart at every street corner. EXCEPT AT THE BEACH!!!!
40. Radio stations have a segment during rush hour called “Road Rage” where
you call and vent… and the phone lines are normally busy.
41. If you order iced tea, it will be served sweet.
42. “Y’all come back now, ya hear

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