Jeb, You Owe Her
Re your comment "Sure, the partisan leadership of Jeb Bush made intra-party cooperation close to impossible, but Democrats were blinded by such hatred of Bush's policies that they lost sight of how to snag a seat at the table." ("The Democrats' Crist," Political Whore, by Wayne Garcia, May 23-29). Oh, come on. ... If the Democrats did ANYTHING to help Jeb Bush, the favor likely wouldn't have been repaid. Bush and his family have a hard-wired sense of entitlement. For her actions during the 2000 election, the Bushes owed Katherine Harris — a Republican, like them — big time. Yet, during her U.S. Senate campaign, they hung her out to dry.
Doobie, Via blurbex.com
Feel The Energy
Very cool story (Cover Story, "The Ghost Whisperer," by Justin Richards, May 23-29). I'm sure there's more out there. In fact, I have experiences of my own. Love does transcend ANYTHING, even death. The law of energy disallows for energy to dissipate completely, as you may know, it just takes another form.
Family members close to me also have a perception for 'otherness' so I pay very close attention to them when they notice things that others are not aware of. They're very sensitive to weather and to other people. At the VERY LEAST we must stop joshing at these people and instead embrace and explore the difference. That would help get rid of the charlatans, as well.
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My second job is as a barmaid at Elmer's ("Car Bomb Backfire," Bar Tab, by Wade Tatangelo, May 16-22), and two things:
A) I know how to make a Car Bomb, but they don't work too well at Elmer's since we only have plastic shot cups.
B) Those blue collar types put it away like it's going out of style. ... and you just barely missed the more sophisticated Friday happy hour crowd who are ordering Red Snappers and martinis — they would look at a car bomb as an amateur's drink.
Christen, Via blurbex.com
Funny article. If you want a true car bomb, go to The Dirty Shame in Ybor, Richard Boom's (former owner of The Irish Pub) new pub. The proper car bomb has the Jameson in the Guinness and the Baileys in a shot glass. See the accompanying photo: The occasion was Richard Boom's 56th birthday. He lined up 56 car bombs on the bar, and 56 people lined up and downed them together.
Eric Swanson, Creative Director, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Via e-mail
Don't Encourage Him
Wade, I love reading your columns every week, and now that I see how HOT you are ("Big Easy Squeeze," Bar Tab, by Wade Tatangelo, May 9-16), I'll enjoy them even more! Keep up the great work!
Lisa, Via blurbex.com
Our food critic, Brian Ries, recently won second place in Criticism in the Sunshine State Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, South Florida chapter. (Palm Beach Post book reviewer Michael Browning and Miami Herald film critic Rene Rodriguez took first and third places, respectively.)
This is what the judges had to say about Brian:
"It's difficult to think what more a diner could want from Ries. His writing displays all the characteristics of superb criticism: to-the-point description, interpretation of why his observations should matter, and wise restraint from making a review too personal. Even when he rips a subject, he gives a full, fair overview, allowing the inquiring reader to make the ultimate decision himself. Now that's service worthy of a big tip."
We couldn't agree more. That's one reason why, this week, Brian moves from freelance status at Creative Loafing to full-timer, as staff writer/food editor for Tampa and Sarasota. (The other reason: He promised he'd start cooking for us in the office.) Brian will continue to write restaurant reviews, while also making our Food & Drink sections in print and on the Web the best, most comprehensive they can be.