Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

Rockin’ it Florida style…

So it dropped to 27 balmy degrees last night here in Florida.  Our poor palm trees have sheets on them.  I left the northeast to get away from this, but alas global warming is playing an April Fool’s joke early and chillin’ the U.S. like a villain.

What does a Floridian do when it’s that cold here and most of their winter clothes were given to Goodwill in Philadelphia?

Improvise – so, to my friends GBU2 and Sideon…here’s the photos you requested.  If you’d like to use them on the cover of one of your next magazines, just call my agent at the Monte Carlo number (123) 456-7890.

Long johns & cargo shorts - it's the look

Long johns & cargo shorts - it's the look

Warm, yet practical for the Florida lifestyle

Warm, yet practical for the Florida lifestyle

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January 22, 2009 Posted by | Funny, Life In General, photos | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Check out – “Margaret and Helen”

I really don’t know how I missed this blog before, Margaret and Helen!

Helen wrote a post about what yesterday meant to her and it is most definitely worth reading: “Yes.  We did.”

I’ve ‘tweeted’ this, now I’ve blogged it and I’m probably going to Facebook it and MySpace it too…but it’s so worth reading and so is the rest of the blog, so check it out.

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Life In General, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

My new favorite sport

Frozen Tampa

Frozen Tampa

Ok…not so much new, definitely not so much favorite, just couldn’t come up with a good title.

So, I’m writing this post from the frozen tundra that is Tampa, Florida.  And I’m considering renaming this blog “Ice Skating on my Pool” instead of “Swimming in my Head”.

I know that the rest of the country feels little to no sympathy for us Floridians when the temperature dips here, but 36 degrees?  C’mon!  What’s worse?  They’ve said that tonight, we’ll be dropping to well below freezing!

I’ve been productive thus far, and my intent is to maintain that productivity, but my heating system is on overtime because wearing long johns underneath my favorite cargo shorts is not cute as a look to emulate for success in 2009.

I’m just sayin’…

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Funny, Life In General | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Snow in Tampa?

Of all the ‘tweet’s’ and news feeds and RSS’s and Diggs and Stumbleupons…sorry, I get carried away with all of the information sometimes.

Anyhew, what I was trying to say before my little tangent was that I received a ‘tweet’ this morning that it may possibly snow in Tampa tomorrow.  Why have the last 7 days felt like the first hour of The Day After Tomorrow in this country?

I’m not sure which will be a bigger headline if it happens – the inauguration or the snow.

BTW, to all my ‘blog buddies’ out there that have left recent comments to which I have not replied as of yet, I promise the replies are coming and thank you guys for being the best ‘blog buddies’ a guy can have.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Life In General, Really? | , , , , | 2 Comments

Why I love social media

This week has been active to say the least.  But in a good way.  I have to admit that I’ve learned so much in the span of 5 days that I don’t even know what to do with all of it.

I made a conscious decision to be more in tune with all of the social media avenues that I participate in and it has actually netted some results that show some promise.

First on my list, blogs of course.  It’s really strange to me how you can honestly forge relationships with people that you’ve never met, save for a daily dose of what’s going on in their world via their blog.  I haven’t been as diligent with this one as I was prior to the holidays and you know what?  My ‘blog buddies’ let me know.  How cool is that?

I even got a blog award from The Good the Bad and the Ugly to which I promptly replied, followed the rules and paid it forward to some other bloggers I truly appreciate (see the post before this one).  So here’s the kicker…I think I’ve figured out what to do for my business blogs to make them interesting.  Didn’t know that was possible until this week.

Second on my list – Facebook.  I have reconnected with some of my old US Airways friends from back in the day when I was a flight attendant for them.  It’s been so fun getting back in touch, finding out what’s going on their worlds and sharing what’s been going on in mine.  To all my ‘blog buddies’ out there.  If we haven’t connected on Facebook, send me a message and I’ll add you as a friend.

Third on my list, and probably the most interesting for me – Twitter.  I’ve always kind of held onto a little thought that as time progresses, we’re getting a little over-connected, but a single event changed that for me yesterday.  I flew for US Airways as a flight attendant for quite awhile and gave it up in 2003.  People that have never worked in the airline industry probably aren’t aware that it never leaves your blood.  I think about it – ALOT.  So, when I got my first ‘tweet’ yesterday and subsequent Facebook status update that US Airways flt 1549 had crashed, I got that instant sinking feeling and set out to find out what I could.

Here’s the cool part about it.  Before I ever got to the television, I had already received 3-4 ‘tweets’ from former flying mates about who was on the crew, that nobody was killed, and that everyone was going to be ok.  That is incredible to me!  I sometimes wonder how we made it through life before without the connection.  People can criticize all they want about it promoting laziness and being cold and whatever other negative connotations they’ve associated, but I went from an immediate feeling of sadness and worry to elation in under 5 minutes and that’s something CNN has never done for me.

So, if you’re interested in ‘tweeting’ with me or connecting on Facebook, send me a message.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Life In General | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments