Boozing it up with the great one
The Bahi Hut, Sarasota, Florida
© Brian David Braun
One hour from where I grew up, favorite place alert
My alma mater. This is why I kinda enjoyed high school: because I went to high school in the freaking jungle.
Anytime you talk about Sarasota radio or WKXY someone always brings up the Bahi Hut jingle. In fact, you know someone is not from Sarasota if they don’t…
ALSO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
Ye who enter, abandon all hope …
The Bahi Hut, Sarasota Florida
BAHI HUT FOREVER.
Uuuuuugh. As a former Floridian who still deeply loves the state, stories like this are my worst nightmare. Basically, the ecological horror stories are coming true: we have broken the state completely, or at the very least, we’ve started to.
Meet me at Gasparilla bridge, 1972.
(Alvin Lederer Collection)
Ugh, now I’m tired, cranky, AND homesick. THANKS A LOT INTERNET
Yessss I love it when people notice the crazy shit in my hometown. The pies from Yoder’s, the Mennonite restaurant near Pinecraft, are un-fuckwithable. (My friend Ashley is having them at her wedding this fall instead of a cake.)
Would I be a crazy person if I spent this much money to hug and kiss a dolphin and/or sea lion? I am serious.
Real talk: dolphins are amazing. As a brat from Florida I have had dozens of actual wildlife encounters with dolphins, but have also done one of these resort-style things as well, in Hawaii. There’s a level of guilt involved — dolphins are smart as fuuuuuuck and keeping them for our amusement seems barbaric — but at the same time, dolphins are smart as fuuuuuuuck, and they seem to actively enjoy interacting with an animal as smart as they are (that would be humans), so that mitigates the guilt a bit.
I say do it, why not.
I GET SO HOMESICK YOU GUYS
These shrimp without eyes were caught off the Gulf Coast in late 2011.
BP Hauls in $7.7 Billion in Profits, Gulf Fishermen Haul in Shrimp with No Eyes
Oil giant BP, the company behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, reported profits of $7.7 billion for the last quarter of 2011. Company executives and industry analysts sounded bullish about the company’s future in a recent New York Times article, saying they had set aside enough money to compensate victims of the Gulf spill and had plans to expand drilling operations in the Gulf.
BP seems to be recovering nicely after the disaster, which killed 11 people and pumped 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But stories from the Gulf suggest that the region is anything but healed.
The Gulf has been plagued with a suite of unexplained afflictions. Gulf fishermen say this is the worst season they can remember, with catches down 80 percent or more. Shrimp boats come home nearly empty, hauling in deformed, discolored shrimp, even shrimp without eyes. Tar balls and dead dolphins still wash up on beaches. Scientists report huge tar mats below the sand, “like vanilla swirl ice cream.” Read more in NRDC’s Switchboard blog.
For anyone who thought the largest oil spill in history just “went away.”
Well, I’m really regretting not being in Sarasota over Christmas break now.