Happy National Wear the First Two Socks You Pull Out of Your Sock Drawer Day!

Here at Specktator HQ we love a kooky holiday (National Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket is particular favorite … and yes, I have done it).

Instead of being limited to existing kooky holidays, I’ve decided that I’m making up my own.

That said, I hereby proclaim today, April 22, National Wear the First Two Socks You Pull Out of Your Sock Drawer Day (assuming you have a sock drawer, that is … and two feet, for that matter).

I apologize I did not announce this momentous occasion to the world sooner, but I just thought it up—despite having worn these very socks all day.

Future holidays will be announced in advance to allow others the joy of participating. And if you have any suggestions, post them in the comment section below.

In case you run into Paul McCartney …

Paul McCartney mopey faceLast week, it was announced that Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the Veterans Memorial Arena June 22, 2014.

It’s not likely that you’ll have the opportunity to meet the music legend in person when he’s here. In the event that you do, you may be so nervous that you might blurt out a stupid question like: What’s your favorite Beatles song? Do you keep in touch with Ringo? Or how does it feel to be on the list of “priciest celebrity divorces”?

To prevent you from looking like a local yokel, I have prepared some talking points for you specifically related to Jacksonville in the event that you do run into him.

slim whitman1. McCartney learned to play on guitar right-handed but found it difficult. It wasn’t until he saw a poster of southpaw Slim Whitman (a long-time resident of Orange Park) that he realized he, too, could reverse the order of the strings and play left-handed.

2. He’s the only member of The Beatles who doesn’t have a Jacksonville road named after him, to wit: Lennon Street, Starr Street and Harrison Street, Avenue and Court.

3. A member of Jacksonville’s own Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Wilkeson took up the bass guitar because McCartney was his favorite member of The Beatles.

sgt. pepper cover4. Comic actor Oliver Hardy, who moved to Jacksonville in 1913 to work for the Lubin Film Company, appears on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

5. McCartney’s duet partner in “The Girl Is Mine” and “Say Say Say,” Michael Jackson donated his elephant Ali to the Jacksonville Zoo. FUN FACT: Jacko’s sister Latoya makes a cameo in both videos, including playing his love interest. Ew.

If by this point, you and Macca have become right mates, I would suggest inviting him for a pint at one of Northeast Florida’s craft breweries as he’s rumored to brew his own at home.

Mayor Brown photo of the day: The good old days

Selfie-gate will live in infamy. That said, here is today’s Mayor Brown photo of the day. I call this one “Wrong Turn at Colonial Williamsburg.”

Mayor Brown & his colonial friends

Photo source: City of Jacksonville flickr

For more photos of things Mayor Alvin Brown would rather do than take a selfie with me, visit my Tumblr blog: “Things Mayor Alvin Brown would rather do than … take a selfie with me.” Updated daily! And now with FUN FACTS!


Mayor Brown photo of the day: Where’s his tuxedo?

Selfie-gate will live in infamy. That said, here is today’s Mayor Brown photo of the day. I call this one “Happy Feet.”

penguin flickr


Photo source: City of Jacksonville flickr

For more photos of things Mayor Alvin Brown would rather do than take a selfie with me, visit my Tumblr blog: “Things Mayor Alvin Brown would rather do than … take a selfie with me.” Updated daily! And now with FUN FACTS!


Mayor Brown photo of the day: Next level altitude

Selfie-gate will live in infamy. That said, here is today’s Mayor Brown photo of the day. I call this one “I Believe I Can Fly..”

http-::jaxairnews. play co pilotPhoto source: Jax Air News

For more photos of things Mayor Alvin Brown would rather do than take a selfie with me, visit my Tumblr blog: “Things Mayor Alvin Brown would rather do than … take a selfie with me.” Updated daily!


Events mentioned (or not) on 4/17/2014 edition of First Coast Connect

fcc_logo_stack_02In case you missed my ramblings on WJCT’s First Coast Connect this morning—or you’re still recovering from One Spark and couldn’t listen—here are some of the events coming up this weekend.

Please note: event times, dates and locations are subject to change, so call before you haul (call the venue, that is, not me).

Springfield Pop-Up Cash Mob, 5:30-8 p.m., Sweet Pete’s
Jaxson’s Night Market, 6:30-9:30 p.m., corner of Adams and Main streets

Annual Strides for Pride 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Memorial Park
Local Authors Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Arts Market
Easter Keg Hunt, 10:30 a.m., Nipper’s Beach Grille
Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championship, noon-5 p.m., EverBank Field
SpringFest, 2-10 p.m., 5 Points
Jacksonville Breeze, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena
A Local Affair to Benefit “La Caroline,” 8 p.m., ABET (Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre), Atlantic Beach

“Hilda’s Yard,” through April 26, times vary, Theatre Jacksonville

In other weekend news:

  • Jesse plans to do yard work, watch a Shirley Temple flick and maybe enjoy an IPA.
  • Tarla is playing Uno with a group of friends.
  • Beth Anne has to do homework.
  • Amy is putting away her winter clothes.
  • Suzi will be doing yoga.
  • Chris says there’s BOGO vodka at the Publix Liquor Store.
  • Jennifer wants you to visit Chamblin’s Uptown.

Yours truly appears on First Coast Connect on WJCT every Thursday at 9:45-ish-ish. If you have an event you would like to be considered for the show or other promotional opportunities, feel free to email me.

Throwback Thursday: Get the ‘F’ Out of Here

Since “Throwback Thursday” is such a hit on Facebook, I’m going to use it as an excuse to be lazy and recycle posts from my former Folio.com blog.

specktatorOriginal post: Nov. 13, 2013

At a recent Duval County School Board meeting, the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition presented 1,600 surveys of which 92 percent of the individuals surveyed were in favor of changing the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. I do not disagree with the idea, considering Forrest’s unspeakable war crimes during the Civil War, including the execution of surrendered soldiers, and his post-war co-founding of the Ku Klux Klan. However, I would like to bring to your attention that Forrest High School isn’t the only place in Jacksonville with a name that might be perceived as offensive.

Burro Bar: “Burro” is a synonym for “ass,” so Burro Bar = Ass Bar.

Broad Street: While I personally don’t have a problem with it, the word “broad” is considered by some to be degrading to women. Some less offensive replacements might be: Lady Street, Gentlewoman Street or Female Street.

felch aveFelch Avenue: If you really want to know why “Felch” is a horrible name for a street, check out its definition on Urban DictionaryConsider yourself warned. Seriously.

Jaxx Sports Sports Bar: Besides the fact that adding a second “X” to “Jax” serves no real purpose, Tristan Jaxx is the name of a gay porn star. He has an, ahem, lengthy filmography with titles including “Fleet Week,” “Best Men,” “Endless Crush” and others not appropriate to repeat here.

Nero’s: Nero was a Roman emperor. He also seduced married women and young boys, killed innocent people for no reason, castrated slaves … oh, and murdered his mother. He’s also believed to have started The Great Fire of Rome. Enjoy your spaghetti.

pk noodlesPho King (now PK Noodles): Diners who knew the proper pronunciation of the Vietnamese word “pho” often got a chuckle of suggesting Pho King (aka “Fuh King”) to friends. Apparently, someone alerted the owners the faux (pho?) pas, and the restaurant’s name was changed to PK Noodle, though Pho King is still on the sign.

5 things San Fran might not know about Blaine Gabbert

I just read “Five Facts about 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert.” (Don’t ask me why since he doesn’t even play for the Jaguars any more. Perhaps I thought there would be a mention of some deep-seated issues that cause him to block good, kind-hearted people on Twitter—for no apparent reason.)

blocked by blaine

After reading the article, I’m no closer to learning why I’m #blockedbyblaine … or  anything else for that matter since the article is pretty lame.

As a service to the good people of San Francisco—and to show Gabs I harbor no ill will toward him—I’ve gathered some facts about the QB that are actually interesting.

1. He’s really good at ironing.*

2. He loves watching movies and offering succinct reviews.

  • Hangover 2 was epic.”*
  • Billy Madison cracks me up.”*
  • Ironman 2 is legit.”*

3. He calls burgers “burgs.”*

gabbert shirtless4. He has one of the best quarterback bodies.”** (Can Tim Tebow at least get honorable mention?)

5. The letters in “Blaine Gabbert” can be rearranged as “blabbing eater” or “tan gerbil babe.”***



* Source: @blainegabbert Twitter
** BuzzFeed
***Internet Anagram Server


Bush Was on Fire at Guns N’ Hoses

Guns N' HosesJacksonville Guns N’ Hoses was quite the bash (get it … boxing? … bash? … like someone’s face in?) on Saturday. The annual event attracted nearly 6,200 attendees and raised more than $100,000 for PAL (Police Athletic League), MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) and Wounded Warrior Village.

In the end, the “Hoses” took the title winning the final bout in a split decision over the “Guns.” Final score: Guns, 7; Hoses, 8. (For the record, I was a judge and disagree with the results of the final bout. Plus, I just wanted to mention that I was a judge at Guns N’ Hoses.)

In addition to being a judge (did I mention that I was a judge?), I had the opportunity to stalk many celebs including Jacksonville Jaguars players Johnathan Cyprien, Sen’Derrick Marks (who has the coolest hair ever, by the way), Paul Pozluszny and Josh Scobee, former Jag Donovin Darius, Leon Washington of the Tennessee Titans, Capt. Sorensen of Firehouse Subs fame, David Lamm of 1010XL, Mayor Alvin Brown and special guest judge actor R. Lee Armey (let me save you the trouble: he played Gny. Sgt. Hartman and did the voice of Sarge in Toy Story and both sequels).

But the main event was the appearance of George W. Bush who took center ring and performed “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Bush impersonator John C. Morgan sure does appear to be the former president, doesn’t he?

I Speak for Myselfie

Last weekend at One Spark opening ceremonies, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown denied me a selfie. Aside from the humiliation I suffered in front of his constituents and my own friends and business associates, the experience left me quite confused.

For starters, it is a well-known fact that Mayor Brown loves having his picture taken. Why  would deny me, someone who actually voted for him?

Second, in an email sent to me by the mayor (click image to enlarge), he wrote, “I personally invite you and your family to attend this great event and enjoy Downtown Jacksonville at its best.” (And, yes, I do have an AOL account—along with seven others—what of it?) Why would he invite me to attend and then not allow me to take a souvenir selfie?

mayor one spark email

And finally, many celebrities, including a stand-up comedian and actor, NFL players, an internationally-ranked professional gurgitator and style correspondent for a national TV show, have been only too happy to take a selfie with me: exhibits A, B, C and D.

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Clockwise from top left: Jon Bello, ranked 32 in the world in the International Federation of Competitive Eating, and George Shea, IFOCE president; Doug Benson, comic/actor/ winner of “Stoner of the Year for 2006″; Chip Southworth (aka Keith Haring’s Ghost), artist/alleged criminal mischief maker; and Calvin Peete, retired pro golfer with 12 wins on the PGA Tour

selfie 1

Clockwise from top left: Karen Feagins, director, programming and news, WJCT; Cole Pepper, radio play-by-play and fill-in TV sports anchor at WJXT Channel 4 and barbecue aficianado; A Blue Man of Blue Man Group; and Al Letson, TV host/producer, “State Of The Re:Union” and “Freestyle: A Mixtape With Al Letson”


selfie 3

Clockwise from top left: Al Emerick, emcee/TV pitchman/”creativity guru,”; a Stormtrooper, soldier from a galaxy far, far away; Julie Watkins, meteorologist, WTEV 47 and WAWS 30; Laurent Robinson, former NFL wide receiver

selfies 6

Clockwise from top leftSharon Wilbur, singer/songwriter/hostess with the mostest and style correspondent, Extra; Jeremy Mincey, defensive end, Dallas Cowboys; Lew Turner, meteorologist/reporter/anchor, First Coast News; and Paul Pozluszny, linebacker, Jacksonville Jaguars

I will be contacting the mayor’s office to get an official statement about my public snub. Until then, #jaxmayorselfiegate continues …