Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jorts! says, "Have a great summer, and Go Gators!"

Photo Credit
Finals week, EVERYONE is completely freaking out.  Tempers flare, anxiety is almost tactile; the library smells of sweat and desperation. It's great to be alive in the Gator Nation!  Haha, just kidding, it's actually really awful because everyone's so stressed out and it rains at completely inconvenient times, usually when you don't have your umbrella with you!  Plus, let's not forget how unbearably hot it gets in Hogtown during the summer months, which pretty much ends in November, weather-wise.

Okay peeples, I have not updated this blog for a long time and there's a reason for that - this is a one of my many side blogs I've created, more as facets of my heart than actual, working, profit-generating endeavors.  But I've decided that Gainesville seriously lacks a local resource for arts, entertainment and news.  Oh, what?  You mean, we already have the Gainesville Sun so why should we replicate it?  Let me ask you this; when is the last time you didn't have a major problem navigating the oh-so-cumbersome Gainesville Sun website?  Or, felt visceral hatred for the Gainesville Sun because of their paywall and the fact that it's really not worth what they charge a month for a digital-only subscription?  Such is the lament - we need a local newspaper, but the one we have is inadequate.

A blog that is Hogtown-centric is not the answer to this, but it is a first-step in making local newspapers like the Gainesville Sun more accountable to its subscribers. The Gainesville Sun (what is it, Hearst?  I can't remember) pretty much has a monopoly on local publications (other than the freebies you find on campus that are more generally related to college life anywhere) and the Independent Alligator has been the only alternative voice.  But, it's inconsistent and, let's face it, "kids today" don't seem to have the same ideological disparities with older adults as they used to.  I'm over 30, and I'm here to tell you kids, trusting anyone over 30 is still as much of a mistake as it was when I was young gadabout in the Gainesville scene.

But that's for another day.  We need way more competition as Gainesville continues to grow and more people see that living here is a great thing.  Why not lay the groundwork for thinking about larger city-wide issues like homelessness and affordable housing now?

I'm throwing this out there into the blogosphere because it's something I've been considering for a long time - we have lots of great resources in the form of blogs in Gainesville.  There is the Ken Eats Gainesville Blog, for instance.  My belief is that, since news magazines like Moon Magazine left town, there has been no unified voice of the arts and entertainment scene in town.  Maybe I'm not looking in the right places, but I sense this disconnect among resources.  We need to change that.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Alligators exist at the University of Florida

Much to our surprise, we've been seeing more alligators around campus. Our son has become fixated on checking Graham pond, outside Graham Hall, regularly to see if there are gators.  Pretty much every time we've checked recently there is at least one gator of varying size, such as this fellow, which we saw today:


This is the first time I've seen one somewhere on campus other than Lake Alice, and just recently they've started to appear there, as well - here's a baby gator we saw:


Very strange - for awhile, it seemed the campus was making an effort to keep gators away from the shores of Lake Alice open to the public and anywhere else on campus - at least, that's what the conspiracy theorist in me believed.  Now the campus seems to be lousy with its mascot, these days.

Or perhaps its a portent of good tides for a Gator victory against evil rivals, FSU!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Craigslist ad to find the baddest ride in Gainesville

Here's an ad I just posted on Craigslist, under "Items Wanted":


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CAR???1 (corner of NW 39th avenue and 6th street)

Looking for evidence of super-cool ride I saw this morning, turning east on NW 39th Avenue, at the corner of 6th Street across from Stephen Foster Elementary. Car has tasteful orange and blue metallic paint job with flames going towards the back and Gator logo on at least one side. Only saw car briefly on my way to farmers market (Saturday), and could not stop to get a photo.

If you see this car please take a photo and send it to me! I will put it on my blog about Gainesville and the Gators and give you full credit!

Thank you and have a nice day!

  • Location: corner of NW 39th avenue and 6th street
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
PostingID: 1860687973

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Urban Dictionary Jorts Definitions Relating to UF

I have to do some more research into the origin of the word "jorts" to describe life in Gainesville, Florida, but I thought I'd start by sharing some of Urban Dictionary's definitions for "jorts" as they pertain to the Florida Gators.  I do not endorse or agree with any of the definitions, just passing the info along; I will perhaps create my own definition on UD when I am able to express the emotion of "jorts" properly in prose.

3. jorts
jean shorts, such as those worn by male Florida Gator fans at the Georgia-Florida football game.

"Don't talk to him; he's obviously a Florida fan with those jorts he's wearing."

jorks, georgia bulldogs, florida gators, shorts, jeans

by godawgs Mar 23, 2006

6. jorts
Slang for jean shorts. These are most often worn by the fashion illiterate and the fan base of the University of Florida.

Note: This is the correct spelling; see also jhorts.

Hoff: Nice jorts, Snappanutz.
Snapper: Thanks, Hoffa. I was just too hot in my jeans, so I cut them off. I find the look flattering.

jean shorts, denim, gators, steve spurrier, douchebag, lemon party 
by SnookSniper Jun 13, 2008

Orange and BLUUUUUUUE!

Just wanted to show y'all my Gator spirit with these spiffy thumb-drive fobs I made with Gator colors!  See, even the drives are Gator colors!  Thank you, Office Despot, for making these cheap thumb drives in Gator colors -- WOOOHOOO!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World's Oldest Budweiser Can Found in Ichetucknee

My friend, Dave, took his lady to the Ichetucknee River while she was in town recently; while swimming, he came across this remarkably well-preserved specimen of a Budweiser pull-top can.  Used to be, you could float down the Ichetucknee with a cooler of ice-cold beers but the Park Service put the kaibosh on that activity.  Now, all we have are stark reminders of our former glory.  I present to you evidence of a bygone era of high Jortsitude.