I grew up there and could not wait to leave. Each decade I spent there got progressively worse with the scummy craziness, and remember, more than half the crap that happens there doesn't even make the local news, let alone national. Everyone thinks their part of the country is crazy but Florida is very, very special. » 4/17/14 12:38pm Thursday 12:38pm

Honors classes in high school and then college took care of the "important" stuff. Here is what I come back to, over and over again: Watership Down and Maia by Richard Adams, the Dune books by Frank Herbert, Creation by Gore Vidal, Good Omens and American Gods by Neil Gaiman, most Stephen King anything, the Hunger Games… » 4/04/14 6:28pm 4/04/14 6:28pm

Considering that he works in an apartment complex for the elderly, where folks dying is NOT that unusual, blew off checking more closely when he first saw the body, and still didn't figure things out after handling the body, no, that is not who I'd want to be in any employed position where my elderly relative with… » 4/03/14 12:21pm 4/03/14 12:21pm

Dunno, you are totally discounting how adept people are at not hearing what they don't want to hear. The above advice is very good; it is extremely difficult for anyone hearing "I'm not interested in you romantically" to turn it into a 'maybe' in their heads. Which is what a lot of people do, of both sexes, when… » 4/01/14 12:01pm 4/01/14 12:01pm

Oh my, yes- same thing has happened quite a few times in my home town; someone's dad (or brother or uncle or whatever) is caught cruising or putting an ad somewhere looking for fun gay sex and gets found out, and then as the info goes around it becomes VERY AWKWARD to interact with that person's family members who seem … » 3/31/14 12:27pm 3/31/14 12:27pm

There's a woman in the area I live who everyone calls the "mud pie" lady; she lives roaming around outdoors in this four-block area, has two shopping carts chock full of god knows what, and spends most of her time making these pattycake things out of what everyone thought was mud. I see her just about every day on my way … » 3/29/14 8:04am 3/29/14 8:04am

I am curious- we all know what we are *supposed* to do, should a large, unexpected, unexplained amount of money appear in our bank account (morally-report it); but what are the legal ramifications should this happen? The kid spent money that appeared in his account, is he really legally obliged to pay it back, or is it … » 3/27/14 12:08pm 3/27/14 12:08pm