It’s December 23, and as Seinfeld fans everywhere know, today is Festivus! That means airing of grievances, feats of strength, setting up a metal pole, and even Festivus miracles…Festivus is all too real!
For the uninitiated, here’s a short summary of the holiday:
Yes, people everywhere pour into the streets and bars to perform heroic acts of strength, to loudly complain, and to jubilantly celebrate the day! Even Orlando-based AirTran got into the mood by offering their “Don’t be distracted by Tinsel, Celebrate Festivus with AirTran.” (Unfortunately, their celebration ran from December 1-12, missing the actual holiday by quite a bit, but they still get kudos for effort.)
Fortunately for the rest of us, Festivus is alive and well in the rest of Orlando with a few observances around town (Or you can have your own!):
- Head to the Festivus for the Rest of Us festival at Orlando Tastings Wine Bar
- Try the Festivus Holiday Party at Graffiti Junktion, Thornton Park
- Demand that Ben & Jerry bring back their Festivus flavored ice cream (an ice cream for the rest of us) at your favorite stores around town
- Order this special Festivus pin
- Perform a feat of strength (don’t get hurt, though)
- Gripe and complain to air your grievances
- Dance around a metal pole (Hmmm… that sounds a bit risqué!)
- Hope for a Festivus miracle
So, friends, happy Festivus for the Rest of Us! Enjoy the day!
Today Governor Charlie Crist led a successful effort to clear legendary frontman Jim Morrison (of The Doors) of indecent exposure here in Florida, posthumously, of course. Morrison was born in Melbourne, FL and briefly attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Crist’s alma mater. Gov. Crist – who took the unusual step of speaking on Morrison’s behalf during the hearing – said there remained doubts as to whether the singer exposed himself or not at a Miami concert back in 1969.
While the board’s vote to clear Morrison was unanimous, Attorney General Bill McCollum said he was “disturbed” by all the attention paid to a dead celebrity… we tend to agree. It seems like there are better ways to be spending the government’s time! I mean, this guy died nearly 40 years ago!
While we love The Doors music, we’re NOT listing this as a Top 5 event.
On a side note, there was an avid Doors fan named Michael Zidanic in attendance for the hearing. “It’s a real relief for Doors fan all over the world,’’ said Zidanic. He later called the granting of the pardon a “historic moment” and a “moving experience.” (Well, it’s still not going down as a Top 5 event!)
If you are a Twilight fan–and, yes, there are millions out there!–some of the stars of the movies will be featured at the Official Twilight Convention right here in Orlando, December 10-12 at the Disney Hilton.
Here’s some of the stars you can see (photos from the official website):
Peter Facinelli - Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Chaske Spencer - Sam, the Werewolf
Charlie Bewley - The Volturi Tracker Demetri
So, be sure to check out the convention and all the fun happenings including:
- The Saturday Night Volturi Vampire Ball
- Vampire makeovers
- Sunday brunch and charity auction
- Fantasy faces and body art
Sounds like a blast to us…just watch your neck with all these vampires in town!
Yep, it's real snow!
Snowman cold! This was taken in Winter Park at 4 pm today… tell me it isn’t cold outside!
The Orlando Polar Bear Club (Yes, there is such a group!) braved the 9 degree weather inside the Gaylord Palms. Sans parkas and opting for bikinis and swim trunks instead, the group of slightly extreme thrill-seekers made their way through the ICE! exhibit.
Photo from the Gaylord Palms.
So, why did these polar bears take a “plunge” down ice slides today? A portion of the ticket sales benefits the Children’s Miracle Network, so we think this is pretty cool! <— Yeah, you know you liked our pun!
Okay, so Thanksgiving break has me running a day late, but here’s this week’s round up of videos from Central Florida:
Old Town Classic Car Parade in Kissimmee:
Native American Gathering, Central Florida Fairgrounds:
Central Florida Sasquatch Search… does anybody know if this is for real?:
Golden Dragon Awards 2010:
Old Spice Classic college basketball tournament… a dance off!
Did you know 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer? That number is alarming, but fortunately this cancer can usually be detected and treated early. However, I love the idea of an awesome annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer: Movember! (Changing the Face of Those with Prostate Cancer…literally!)
The idea? Grow a mustache – don’t shave for the month of November. Don’t laugh, it is a major world-wide fundraiser and partners with the LIVESTRONG foundation.
So, why am I posting this? (Besides it being just a totally awesome fundraiser!) Because I am supporting a Central Florida native Mikhael Ser in his last few days of mustachedom:
Mikhael is part of the Military Mo’s Network, which supports military men who have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. They have raised $29,185 to date, and I’d love to boost them to $30,000 before Movember is over. Might you be a part of this awesomeness? And perhaps next year, other Central Floridians may be sporting a mustache of their own for a great cause!