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  1. CLS
    February 8, 2017

    Judge:

    It is wonderful to know you and I share a common interest in the lunacy coming from Florida, or as I’ve heard it called, “God’s waiting room.”

    And you are really far too kind regarding my bad jokes.

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  2. Catherine Mulcahey
    February 9, 2017

    For your amusement, I suggest checking the topic “Florida” at FARK.com from time to time. People submit links to news stories that could keep Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and Dave Barry writing “truth is stranger” fiction for years. One of today’s links is “Firefighters rescue man trapped in garbage truck in Tampa.”

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    • RICHARD KOPF
      February 9, 2017

      Catherine,

      God(s) bless you! All the best.

      RGK

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      • CLS
        February 9, 2017

        Judge, I can confirm that when I start looking for weirdness, the Florida tab at Fark is usually my first stop.

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      • clonedaddy
        February 10, 2017

        and here I thought you woke up every morning to check Dreamin Demon.

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  3. Wilbur
    February 9, 2017

    I’ve worked as a state prosecutor in Miami for 30+ years. For a long time, I was naturally skeptical that more weird stuff happened here than other places.

    However I’m finally coming around to the belief that this may be a meme with some validity.

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    • RICHARD KOPF
      February 9, 2017

      Wilbur,

      As you say, “naturally.”

      “There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See.” I completely understand. After all, for the longest time, I thought I lived in metropolitan Lincoln in the center of the universe, Nebraska.

      All the best.

      RGK

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    • Anon
      February 14, 2017

      As memes go, it’s true but slightly unfair. It’s the third most populas state, and the second most visited, with everyone crammed into a relative small habitable area. Throw in the perpetual Spring Break character, copious amounts of drugs, and the natural ecology, and every day offers the possibly of one nudist getting chased by another nudist swinging a three-foot alligator. Mostly, though, the Government in the Sunshine Act magnifies everything. Everyone place has weirdos: Florida just doesn’t hide its in the closet.

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  4. Adam Gillette
    February 9, 2017

    One should not forget the late, great Elmore Leonard set some of his best crime novels in Florida, e.g., Rum Punch and Maximum Bob. Although he might have found the story of the pastor too implausible.

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    • RICHARD KOPF
      February 10, 2017

      Adam,

      Indeed! Leonard’s writing reminded me of a flickering neon sign that hung in the diner that drunks (like me?) would find late at night. What a wonderful writer.

      All the best.

      RGK

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  5. David Meyer Lindenberg
    February 10, 2017

    Your Honor,

    I’m ashamed to admit it, but when Scott and I interviewed Mario, I had a moment of doubt about the whole Floriduh thing. But I was able to rationalize it away. AFter all, I told myself, Mario was born in Venezuela, so his formative years were spent in a comparatively civilized place.

    Now I learn you grew up there. This is alarming. I may need to actually reconsider my beliefs.

    All the best,
    David

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    • Richard Kopf
      February 11, 2017

      David,

      There is no other place in the world where a deft writer like Carl could accurately use “sunny but cold as a frog’s balls” to describe the weather and a sense of life that is just as wacky as the weather.

      If you are looking for an empirical explanation, I have none. Truly.

      All the best.

      RGK

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  6. andrews
    February 13, 2017

    Of course we have more unusual events here. People come from other states, and they stay here. [ob. remark about leaving and bi-state improvements omitted.]

    In this case, however, the writer left out the oddest part of the lady shaving story. She could well have been from out of state. So could her ex-husband, who was steering while she shaved, on her way to meet her boy-friend.

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