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Almost two years after moving from Tampa, here’s my take on Gasparilla festival in south TampaFla. 

We no longer live in south TampaFla, land of January and February mardi gra pirates and the local Gasparilla festival.  

Even growing up I saw it as city gimmick numbers one and two. And after living there for 16 years, my impression was that it was nice but it got old and was the same thing every year but the year was different and the “boring of it delivered ” like clockwork. 

Seminole is cool, mostly. It is more laid back. Our parish is different and smaller. There are more old people here. There’s a polarizing of rich and poor in this county next to TampaFla.  The old people seem clueless about regular  working life and may think folks have all day when something comes up or you have to or get to do something.  

Ok other places have their downsides and upsides. 

But I don’t don’t ever miss Gasparilla in TampaFla.  It is too much hype for too many rednecks.  An old next door neighbor said it best “TampaFla Gasparilla is a red neck New Orleans …”   

I am a bridge crossing now where the Gulf of Mexico is and I am going to enjoy my side and stay here. 

It is now time for Sunday beach after a Publix supermarket fresh made sandwich.  That’s when we watch sunsets here. 

No hype there!!! 

Got that? 


I have lived here in the Tampa Bay area for over 40 years. I am a native of New York. The purpose of this blog is to show what it is like to live here. This is Florida’s Daily life. Paradise has “moments” too. This blog attempts to reflect my Catholic Christian faith with balance and sunshine and a crack at holy humor. I have a real sense of humor. It is hot here. I sweat.