Posted tagged ‘travel’

Blog Views from Other Countries

November 26, 2012

As of February 25, WordPress has displayed  blog view visits by country.

Just for fun, I decided to list the top ten countries viewing my blogs.

10. Turkey

9. Mexico

8. Indonesia

7. Australia

6. France

5. Germany

4. India

3. Canada

2. United Kingdom

1. United States


Of course I get more blog visits from Americans.  America is my home.  Still, I enjoyed traveling to the other countries :).

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WPRK Live and Strolling Down Mills Ave.

October 23, 2012

Last Friday, after my Happy Hour DJ gig at The Peacock Room, WPRK Live happened.  WPRK radio station exists on the Rollins College campus, located in Winter Park, Florida.

First, let’s take a trip outside.

These are your door greeters.

 

There wasn’t a cover charge.  Yet, donations were encouraged,

The guy in black possessed one of those black light pens.

See the dollar bill on the far left?

 

With Photoshop Elements, I’ll add some contrast.

Yep, that spot above the letter E is  human “fluid”.

 

Joey Mo as the Gangnam Style Guy, Chris Mendez as Martin Luther Bling and Casey Van Buren as Tree.

 

Kris Kokopelli, a cool guy.  One night, he invited me over to him and his girlfriend’s  crib.  As he spun music, I drunk rum and coke.

 

Dude with the headphones is Dennis Mero AKA ThinkDifferent.  Before I stared DJing, Dennis worked three events for me.

I didn’t get the DJ’s name.  My bad.

 

Later I walked Mills Ave. to Lil Indies.  I was expecting to hear 90s soul music.  Yet, found out I came on the wrong night.

Jeff Johnson, Hao Do and Joshua Nye.  Jeff plays bass.  Hao and Joshua are known by their DJ names as Chairman Hao and Sleepy Hippie.

Some folks wanted photos with me.

After a brew at Lil Indies, I walked to Wally’s.

After another brew here, I called it a night.

A Central Florida Fall Festival

October 9, 2012

Last Sunday afternoon, I attended the Maitland Rotary Art Festival.

Maitland exists next to North Orlando.  On the way to my Peacock Room Happy Hour gig, I drive though here and pass by Lake Lily, the spot where the festival takes place every year.

There’s a fall festival and and a spring festival in Maitand.  Surprisingly, someone recognized me as DJ Stone Crazy during a spring festival.

As for the art, I didn’t get many photos. Besides, some artists give non-friendly looks towards people photographing their work.

Because I rarely carry much money on me, I avoided buying food.

Usually, I head for the booze.

After viewing the festival, I walked to Maitland Library’s book sale.

For a dollar, I bought these two literary gems.

That’s right, two great books for a dollar.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, the freaky Swedish mystery.

Smack by Melvin Burgess, known as Junk in other countries.

As I read these books, I know just the music to listen to, especially since Smack takes place in Bristol, England.

Tricky, the king of trip-hop from Bristol.

Like I mentioned earlier, Maitland hosts  a fall festival and a spring festival.  A book sale happens during the spring festival also.  I’m looking forward to the spring.

Lucky Buddha Night

October 5, 2012

The following pics are from a DJ gig at Little Fish – Huge Pond, located in Sanford, Florida.

This was my first time seeing Lucky Buddha beer.

I jumped into the fun too.

Outside, an argument happened across the street.

A cop showed.

Nobody got arrested. Soon, things went back to normal.

Orlando At Night (No Flash)

October 2, 2012

When it comes to night photography, I sometimes avoid using flash.  These photos contains pics of Downtown Orlando.

Back in ancient times, I first used 3200 film.

A Downtown Orlando parking garage.

Another parking garage.

In a car, me and a sexy redhead  engaged in sensual seduction.  This spot no longer exists.  A hotel and bank rests here now.

An advertisement for my favorite musical.  I saw Cabaret back in 2001.

For the next two photos, I used 800 film.  This was a performance in the Downtown Orlando band shell.  I never knew the production’s name.

The last six are digital.  On my Canon Rebel, I set the ISO at 1600.  Some photos I converted to black and white.

Others I left alone.

I rarely do these kinds of shots. Yet, now that I have a blog to post them on, I might do more.

Happy Hour: Luce and Drew

September 30, 2012

Just like last Friday, it rained on the way to my Happy Hour DJ gig, located at The Peacock Room.

Yet, further down the road, it didn’t rain at all.

I was told this was uniquely Central Florida weather, one side of the city rains as the other side remains dry.  Hell, I wouldn’t know.  Except for some months in Upstate New York, I lived in Central Florida most of my life.

This night, Happy Hour hosted two performers.

First, Luce Sky.

Then, Drew Yardis. That’s him on the right.

Enjoy the rest of the pics.

Yab Yum, Inc.

September 28, 2012

Yab Yum Inc., owned by William Waldren and Bairrie Freeman, catered to Orlando’s bohemian crowd.

I’ll be honest.  When I first read poetry here back in 1992, I hated the place.  I was not a fan of people talking as I read poetry.

Two years later, a woman I was dating talked me into meeting her here.  She knew I hated the place.   Still, I showed up and began reading poetry again.

One night in 1995, the open-mic readings had no host.

Jen asked me did I want to host.

I agreed.

After three weeks of sub-hosting, I asked to become the permanent host.  I was granted that wish.

Gregory Patrick: A performance artist who used to go by the name Steele.

 

Eugene Snowden: He used to read other people’s poetry as he played the African drum.  Currently, Eugene is now lead singer for the Legendary JCs.

Jefferson: I don’t know what the hell ever became of this guy.

Yab Yum owned a billiards joint named Kit Kat Club, located right next to it.

Mark Chastain and Clay Cooperider usually worked the door.

Doug.

In 1996, Yab Yum closed and reopened as Harold and Maude’s in 1997.

The open-mics and other entertainment moved next door to Go Lounge, another spot Yab Yum owned.

Jose Fuentes.

Years later, Go Lounge turned into The Globe, a restaurant that stayed open late into the night.

Joey.

Yab Yum Inc. closed around 2001 or 2002.  I forgot.the exact year.

Nowadays, some folks tell me they remember me.

“I used to go that place when I was fifteen years old. I remember you.”

“When you were host, I used to sell acid in front of that place.”

Some even quote  poetry I read back then.

Even though Yab Yum Inc. is gone, many locals never forgot it.

 

A recent photo of Baerrie Freeman and me.