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The end for SaintPetersBlog

Ever since I acquired the rights to the perfect domain for my efforts — FloridaPolitics.com — I knew that one day, this website would have to be put out to pasture.

Well, after more than 51,000 posts, this is the final one.

Going forward, I am devoting my full energies to the Florida Politics brand, whether it be the website, email programs like “Sunburn” and “Last Call,” or our gorgeous, award-winning INFLUENCE Magazine. Keep Reading

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Museum of Natural History puts me to sleep

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My tour of NYC’s museums continued today with a visit to the Museum of Natural History. Honestly, it was a little underwhelming. I guess the museum is directed more for children, what with all the stuffed animals and dinosaur exhibitions. Of course, there were several interesting new expos, such as the one on The Horse. Even if the museum was a tad disappointing, the rest of the day was not. I couldn’t stop listening to Coldplay’s new CD, especially the…

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Rocking the Schorsch Shot

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I’ve been writing about some of the amazing people I’ve met since moving to New York and at the top of that list has to be my colleagues Rob and Alan. It was Alan who really led me to Toast because on my first visit there he was my waiter. I aksed him how he liked working there, to which he replied that it was the “best job he ever had.” People in the restaurant business just don’t say that…

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Toast wins Best of Long Island

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I haven’t run a winning campaign in a couple of years, so it feels especially good to find out that our restaurant has won the award for Best of Long Island. Here’s what they wrote: Port Jefferson is a progressive little town, more like its New England counterparts just a ferry ride away. Toast embodies that small town feeling: It’s the sort of breakfast-and-lunch coffee shop where they remember your name. This hip little spot also features local artwork for…

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My new apartment

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As seen from the ferry in Port Jefferson Harbour, my apartment is an adorable, two-story, one bedroom in the heart of PJ Village. It’s a block away from Toas and a block away from Ruvo (and Kim and Talia). The view is amazing, even if the rent is atmospheric. The best feature is the built-in bookcase that just about swallowed up my entire collection. I’ve finally made a home in New York.

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Yo Joey G!

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How’d I meet this guy? I take his brother’s job. He’s pretty much the exact opposite of me, he with the rock hard abs and all and, yet, this guy, Joey G, has become one of my good friends up here in New York. He plays tennis. He plays cards. He knows pretty much every girl in the village, especially the fun ones. And he’s a hell of a bartender. Of course, he’s a full-blown wop, so we know he’s…

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MoMA today

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If I see nothing else on this journey to New York, I would be satisfied because today I saw Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie. From MoMA: Escaping to New York after the start of World War II, Mondrian delighted in the city’s architecture, and, an adept dancer, was fascinated by American jazz, particularly boogie–woogie. He saw the syncopated beat, irreverent approach to melody, and improvisational aesthetic of boogie–woogie as akin to his own “destruction of natural appearance; and construction through…

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Sailing to Byzantium

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Some of you have asked for the full version of “Sailing to Byzantium” the William Butler Yeats poem from which the line ‘no country for old men’ originates. I am more than happy to oblige: I That is no country for old men. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees —Those dying generations—at their song, The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long Whatever is begotten, born, and dies. Caught in that…

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