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Tinker Field

There are so many things to love about living here in paradise but unfortunately history is not on that list much. Historic Tinker field, a minor baseball park that dates back 100 years has welcomed some of baseball’s greats (and not so greats) as well as famous celebrities and leaders over the years. It was even the scene of Martin Luther King’s only Orlando appearance. But in recent years the park has fallen into disrepair and is rarely used, mostly for its field space. Now the city is ready to tear it down to make way for parking for the newly renovated Citrus Bowl stadium right next door. This is being done in spite of an ongoing public outcry.
Orlando’s Mike Cantone has stepped up for the cause. Mike is an advocate, a leader and a blogger whose passion for politics stems from a yearning to create a better community. Mike wants to empower and inspire his community and those around him.
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Orlando’s Mike Cantone has stepped up for the cause. Mike is an advocate, a leader and a blogger whose passion for politics stems from a yearning to create a better community. Mike wants to empower and inspire his community and those around him.
Please check out his recent post below and follow his blog, I Like Mike at:

TINKERFIELDBuddy Dyer Says City Will Demolish Historic Tinker Field

Tinker Demolition Moves ForwardHistoric Tinker Field is still in big trouble.

Earlier tonight, WFTV Channel 9 News aired an interview where Mayor Dyer admitted the Tinker Field demolition will move forward as planned. Dyer said the demolition was just delayed, not prevented.

Tinker Field has been a part of Orlando history for 100 years – and this was year was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech from the pitcher’s mound at Tinker Field. In August, Tinker Field survived an attempt by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Community Venues to destroy and redevelop the site when the City Council deferred action.

“At some point, we’ll do something to honor the history and heritage there,” Dyer told WFTV this evening. “I don’t think we are going to save that structure though. It’s of no use and would cost millions and millions of dollars to do anything with.”

Dyer’s claims of a possible $10 million price tag are not only disingenuous, they are clearly being fabricated. Several other cities are investing in preservation and renovation of local baseball fields while launching Urban Youth programs and other community efforts – all for much less money than Dyer is talking for grandstand repairs. There are also factors that show Dyer’s plan to “move” Tinker Field across the street is problematic. Not to mention, Dyer has already spent more than a billion dollars on other Community Venues in recent years through the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Orlando and Orange County.

None of this has to happen. Former Orlando Monarchs General Manager Mark Popkin testified to the Orange County Commission that baseball still had a future at Tinker Field despite the recent Citrus Bowl construction. County Commissioner Pete Clarke has been the most vocal in previously supporting action to save Tinker Field. At the beginning of the year, Commissioner Clarke urged a County role in preserving the historic field.

Many residents have spoken out on the issue to both the Orange County Commission as well as the Orlando City Council.  But Mayor Dyer and City Commissioner Robert Stuart want a VIP parking lot for the new Citrus Bowl, and that means historic Tinker Field has to go.

The history and culture of Tinker Field is worth preserving. So will anyone stop Buddy Dyer’s wrecking ball?

The Haircut

The Haircut.

The Haircut

Another little gem from my buddy, Hector!
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.  After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cant accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’  The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there
was a
thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from
you , I’m
doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and
left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a
you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to
pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you.
I’m doing community service this week.’

The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were
a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference
between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.




Gotta Watch Em Like A Hawk!

cheap_gas1.jpgIt took awhile but we are finally catching a break on gas prices.

So I heard about this gas station here in paradise that had regular for $2.95.  I know gas is going down but that’s a damn good price for Central Florida!  Being curious and cheap I dropped by to check it out this past Thursday after work. I figured there had to be a catch since no other nearby stations had anything cheaper than $3.09 a gallon.  Maybe it was cash price only but there had to be a catch.

I pulled up to the pump and it was cash/credit same price so I used a credit card, pushed what I thought was the regular button and filled it up.  But when I looked at the total it was obviously much more than $2.95.  I always get a receipt so I took it into the cashier and he checked his machine and laughed and told me I had selected premium at $3.58!!  Sure enough my receipt confirmed premium but folks, that is not the kind of mistake I would ever make!  I know what button I pushed and though I couldn’t prove it, I smelled a skunk.

So I went back the following day after work loaded for bear.  This time I would take a video of the transaction.

But guess what? Their price had jumped back to $3.09!!

Probably just a coincidence but what do you think?!


#CheapGas #ISmellASkunk

Never Forget


On the 911 anniversary, my brother will spend the day in the nation’s capital.  He is part of a group sponsoring World War 2 veterans on an Honor Flight from Phoenix to Washington DC to see the war memorials.  What a great opportunity!  Not only is Honor Flight a tribute to the vets of the Greatest Generation who sacrificed to make the world a better place, but its also an inspirational, life changing experience for everybody involved. And the fact that this Honor Flight will be in the nation’s capital on the 911 anniversary makes it a once in a lifetime event.  I’ll be honest, I’m a little concerned about a family member being in potential harms way on the anniversary of one of our nation’s darkest moments.  I mean, if they’re gonna hit us again, this would be a good time.  Recent developments have made this years remembrance even more troubling but we must be vigilant. 

My brother is committed and that’s enough for me

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Our dad served in World War 2 and he would be proud.

As for the 911 anniversary, once again tomorrow morning I’ll do what I always do on that day—I will watch in disbelief the replay of the news coverage of that terrible day.  And I will hang my head and pray.

In 2001 I saw the events unfold as they happened with my older son as he prepared for classes at Conway Middle School.  Again this year I will share my thoughts with my younger son as we watch and look back on where we were when those towers came down.
Those awful memories will be forever imbedded in America’s psyche.  It reminds us of the fragility of humanity, of how the world is more intertwined and more complicated than ever. It speaks volumes about how critical it is for all of us to communicate with each other, to understand each other and to look past all the propaganda and misguided agendas.  We need the courage to seek the real truth—not the clouded vision of political and religious rhetoric.
It’s important not to dwell on the past, but look to the future.  What can we do, in memory of those who gave their lives, to move forward?  Better yet, what can we do to Pay It Forward?
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, we came together as a country to show that we are there for each other.  Service can be a healing experience, and it’s an honor that so many Americans are dedicating this day through service with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the USO, the Red Cross, Pledge4Patriots and many more. Through volunteering, we can make a difference in the lives of families and transform communities, not just on the National Day of Service and Remembrance but every day.
So my friends, what can you do today to Pay It Forward?  There is so much good work we can do so in the famous words of Flight 93 hijack victim, Todd Beamer, “LET’S ROLL”!!!
And God bless the United States of America!!!!!
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Keep An Open Mind, There Is Always Another Way To Look At Things

Open Mind Color

It has been awhile since I’ve posted due to all the usual suspects—my real job, my volunteer work, a much needed garage sale, a bunch of family and friends birthdays—blah, blah, blah.  But a buddy of mine ran across this little ditty and he shared it with me and so I’m passing it on to you.  The beauty of this is its simplicity.  It takes a commonly held belief and turns it around so you see the other side of the story—you see things from another angle.  And maybe you change your mind or maybe you come away with a different mind set.

I would think this concept can be applied in many other situations—but only if you keep an open mind!!


Open Mind-pi openmind

A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.
The cardiologist was there waiting for the
service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the
mechanic shouted across the Garage, ‘Hey Doc,
want to take a look at this?’ The cardiologist, a bit
surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on
the motorcycle.

The mechanic then asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open
its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them
back in, and when I finish, it works just like new.
So how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the
really big bucks ($1,695,759) when you and I are doing basically
the same work?”

The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic,

“Try doing it with the engine running.”


Open Mind Carl Sagan(Thanks to my pal, Hector Segui for this bit of brilliance)

Tinker Field Lives On…For Now

Tinker Field Lives On…For Now.


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