Friday, February 29, 2008


Aquatica Opens This Weekend

There have been some soft openings, but now it's official. Aquatica opens this weekend.

First new park in Orlando in eight years! Where does the time go?

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Awww. CFZ Has A New Baby

(Photo courtesy of WESH-TV.)

The Central Florida Zoo has a new baby in the family. It's a "lesser spot-nose guenon," which is zoo-speak for cute little monkey critter.

WESH has put up a great slideshow and is having a survey to name the little darlin'.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Last Chance At Some Baseball History

Dodgertown, the Brooklyn L.A. Dodgers' Spring Training camp, in Vero Beach is closing after this March season. The soulless hacks at the LA Times couldn't be happier.
No, seriously. I don't care.

I'll happily quaff the shells and caramel corn all the way to Glendale, Ariz., where the Dodgers are moving at the end of spring, for good, forever, amen.

Other Californians showed at least some sense of history while still managing to say "good riddance."
Dodgertown is a converted World War II Naval air station.

The conversion was not rushed. As late as the 1960s, players and staff, as well as reporters, resided in weathered barracks used by the Navy and earlier waves of Dodgers. It was not exactly living in luxury.

Not unless creaking floors, paper-thin walls and leaky roofs are your idea of luxury.

And don't forget the bugs.

Moeller, a pitcher, remembers rooming with Dick Nen, an infielder from San Pedro High, and hoards of uninvited cockroaches.

But true baseball fans know that the move to Glendale ends a glorious chapter and obliterates a cherished piece of Americana.

Dem bums!

Read Alan Byrd's vivid description of Dodgertown. Then plan your visit.

One last time.


Orlando Has a Heavenly (But Brief) New Attraction

Mission:SPACE getting boring? How about a total lunar eclipse?

It's tonight, Wednesday, February 20.
The total eclipse will be viewable from 10:01 p.m. to 10:51 p.m., according to NASA's Web site. A partial eclipse will be viewable from 8:43 p.m. to 12:09 a.m.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon's path enters into the shadow of the Earth. A partial eclipse occurs when some of the sun's light is blocked by the Earth, and a total eclipse occurs when all of the sun's light is blocked by the Earth.


The last total lunar eclipse that was viewable from central Florida occurred on Aug. 28, 2007. The next total lunar eclipse viewable from central Florida will occur on Dec. 21, 2010.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Orlando's Biggest Yard Sale, April 12

I've noticed that the section of The Other Orlando that gets the most visits is the Orlando shopping section.

So I was intrigued when I was tipped to a new Orlando site (new to me, at least) called Avalon Yard Sale. It's a free classified ads site that covers Orlando as well as the Avalon Park area.

Avalon Park is an up and coming 4,000-family planned community on Orlando's East side, well away from the usual tourist haunts, but on the way to the Atlantic coast if you're headed that way. It has some of the same attention to design and community experience that characterizes Celebration, so it might be worth a visit if this sort of thing interests you.

But shoppers will be most intrigued by an upcoming event billed as Orlando's Biggest Yard Sale. It takes place Saturday, April 12 and every household in Avalon Park is eligible to participate. It should be a great way to get to know the neighborhood and perhpas do a little house hunting. (Apparently, a signigicant percentage of people holding a yard sale are thinking of moving in the near future!)

You can sign up on the Avalon Yard Sale site to receive a reminder as the date draws near.

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Monday, February 04, 2008


Exotic Car Gallery Opens

According to the Sentinel, there's a new attraction at the Millenia Mall.

It's the Exotic Car Gallery, with a hefty admission of $20 for adults and $10 for kinds. But that's a lot less than you'd pay for the Bugatti Veyron on display there. The new attraction replaces the Millenia Art Gallery.

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