People say the strangest things to bartenders. Even stranger to bartenders they do not know. Recently there was a cute 30 something guys sitting at the bar by himself. I was making small talk with him. Then out of nowhere he actually says to me… “You know I’m not Gay, BUT I do know what gay sex taste like.” Just what do you say back to that? I just smiled and said” Well Gay or Straight, people come in all different sizes and tastes.”
We were in our bank in Ybor City. The branch manager was helping us with some things at her desk. A homeless guy walks in and tells her that he is more important than us and to help him now. She smiles and says no have a seat. Then goes on to say how the regional manager is there watching and checking up on the branch. Just then a guy and woman come out of the restroom. Right in front of her desk the woman collapses onto the floor and starts to make noise. Without missing a beat, the manager calls 911 and continues to help us. She has 911 on speaker phone as they are asking her questions. The regional manager comes out with a strange look on his face. WHATS GOING ON???? The manager just smiled. About 20 minutes pass and no 911 ambulance. Meanwhile the homeless guys is talking to the lady on the floor. When he asks if she would like some pot. The lady sits right us and is better right away. LOL. The manager then recalls 911 who on the speaker phone says…” If the ambulance is not there in the next 5 minutes call back.” The ambulance guys arrived and the lady and guy now realize they might have pot on them and lock themselves into the restroom. The manager opens the door with a key and the woman is taken away on a stretcher. Just a day in Ybor City LMAO http://www.mcfilm.co/category/you-just-cant-make-this-sht-up/
One New Year’s Eve we spent the night at The Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg. That night it rain so very hard, like we have never seen before. The next day we drove home to Tampa. Our garage is on the back alley. We drove down the alley parked I the garage and went in to the back door of our house. A little while later the phone rang. It was a gay neighbor. He asked if we were OK? A little puzzled we asked why not??? He said guys walk out the front door of your home….. The house next doors had caught on fire the night before. A big portion of the house had collapsed into our front yard!!!! Everybody said that the HUGE RAIN storm had saved our home!
This story is nice and a little strange too….. Back in college we had a close gay friend named John. He decided to travel the world and lived over sea for several years. John would always send us post cards from his travels. Whenever he was in the state of Florida he would always stop by. Then he meet a boyfriend and brought him back to America to live. They lived together for many years in California. Every year we would get a Christmas card from the couple. Then about 10 years ago we received news that John had passed away. We looked up his obituary in his local paper and even signed the guest book on line. That year after his death we received a Christmas card from him, signed John only. This week a Christmas card arrived signed John. We have been receiving a card, every year for the past 10 years? We have wrote back and heard nothing. The cards keep coming just signed John.
There was big news this week will the sale of the Kress Building in Tampa. In the 1990’s the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival rented a ground floor portion for a video cabaret. The volunteers worked very hard to clean it up. When the water was turned on the pipes broke. There had to be toilets for code so portable blue outhouses were brought in. They were set up in the back of the huge room. In the front of the room there was a small vendor festival set up. We had one of these booths. One night in the Tampa Theatre was the showing of “Naked Civil Servant” . The film was based on the life of Quinten Crisp (who was a good friend of ours) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Crisp Quinten was here to do a question and answer after the film. He had a few to many cocktails with us and didn’t make it to the question and answer. TIGLFF was so upset with us! While we were in the booth a guy walked up and asked “Where is the Restroom” we told him. On his way out…….. he was very upset. Walked up to us and said “I tried 4 of those toilet before I could find one that flushed!! I demand to speak with the person in charge!!! ” He was serious so we sent him to the bar next door to complain. LOL Quinten & us laughed for many years to come about this guy. http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/historic-kress-department-store-building-to-get-makeover
A while back, half asleep, I took a pair of jeans out of the dryer. Put the jeans on and walked into the living room. With a big smile I announced it was going to be a GREAT DAY!!! Inside the pocket of the jeans was a $20 bill. Carrie said “I wore those jeans last. That’s my 20 dollar bill.” So I gave him the 20. Then latter, after I woke up, realized that we don’t wear the same size jeans!!! Hum so from work I gave him a call and asked if I could borrow 20 dollars. Carrie said NO!!! How very rude! Fast forward several months. Walking into work there on the floor in the parking garage was a 20 bill. So I called Carrie and once again he said it was his. Humm …… So I took a pen out and wrote on the bill “If Lost return to Carrie”
Back in the early 1980’s we had a friend called Crazy Richard. His name should have said it all. His parents owned an orange grove and was always bragging that he was a “True Southerner.” We invited him to a Thanksgiving Party. Richard said that he would be happy to bring a True Southern Holiday Dish. Proudly Richard walked into the party with a fancy cut crystal dish. In the dish were raisons mixed with pecans. We asked what makes raisins southern? Richard said that this were not just plain raisons but homemade raisons that his grandmother made. Then we got the lecture that the nuts were not pecans but pecons!!! A pecan is something you put under your bed and pee in. Pecon is what you eats. Ever since then we call them pecons and make this dish all the time. Sadly the next year Richard died of AIDS age 24.
Here is a very cool “Did You Know?” story. Back on the 1990’s Ybor City was thinking about decorating for Christmas. Diane & Dean James were very active property & business owners in Ybor City. Dean is a very creative artist. At one time owned and operated a stain glass studio and glass blowing studio in Ybor. Dean is also very talented with metal. At one of the many Ybor meeting, Diane & Dean came up with the idea……. To build light bridges across 7th. Then they wrapped lights on the metal art works. Everybody so loved them that the light bridges were never taken down! Today they are maintained by TECO. Some Holiday decorations are just so FABULOUS that we should enjoy them year round!