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Florida! (belatedly)

I stuck around St. Petersburg, when I saw it was a time for a change. — Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil

That quote is apt because I am here in St. Petersburg, Russia Fla., and I’m sticking around. Actually, I’ve been here for 16 days. I have just now arrived at a point at which I feel comfortable starting a weblog about my current life circumstances.

Oh, new blog feature. I’m going to try to start each post with a song lyric or quote of some sort. I’ll try to make it relevant to what I’m writing about. No promises, though.

About the second half of the quote. It is indeed a time for a change. But not in the revolutionary way Mick Jagger intended, nor really in the political way Obama intends. For me, it’s a time for a change in several facets of our society and culture.

I guess one of the biggest changes is technological.  Just pretend you heard this in, say, 2006: “I just downloaded a Kindle book from an iPhone app. You’d know because I just tweeted about it.” I reckon it still sounds silly in 2009.

It goes without saying (though I will anyway) that this newfangled technological shift has affected my industry of choice, journalism. In between the Great Recession and not knowing what to do with the Interweb, many traditional news organizations are hurting, bad.

Solutions? I’m interested to see how charging for content works out. I’d be nice if news sites can work out a deal with aggregators such as Google or Huffington Post so they actually pay for content they steal use to make a profit. I guess we can keep cutting our way to prosperity.


So you’ve been in Florida for 16 days, and you’re just now starting a blog about your major life change? What gives?

Good question, I’m glad you asked. Well for one, I put together an Ikea dresser. That should be enough of an answer, but there’s even more. I’ve also done my fair share of unpacking, rearranging, setting up an entertainment center-ing. I’ve been to the beach a few times. Also some networking and job searching.

St. Pete is a curious little town. It’s surrounded by water on three sides and has some of the best beaches around. It’s nice cause many of the beaches face the Gulf of the Mexico (hence the blog title). So we’re still on the East Coast where all the action is, but we also get the kick-ass sunsets.

There’s a good downtown, but most everything shuts down by 10 or 11. I also live within a short drive of an major league team, which is really nice.


April 2021

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