the Glassman Gang !

This is one of those ugly politics stories  …..  Do not eat within two hours of reading !

 

 

…………………  the Story ……….

…. well damn it……  I was almost recognized as this year’s Distinguished Citizen !  …. almost ..

….. You see, the City has a Board made up of former Mayors, Commissioners etc. called the Citizen Recognition Committee, and for the last 40 some years, the committee has met and picked four citizens to be recognized for special notice for their work to make Fort Lauderdale a better place !

…..This year, last October, the committee met as usual and I was picked to be honored as the Distinguished Citizen for 2018 (boy was I proud !)

… But hold on, Commissioner Steve Glassman said…..

….. He mumbled some confusing gobbledygook about holdovers on the committee, “process”, minutes  etc…. then, after changing out some members of the committee who had voted for me, he talked his colleagues into  sending it back to the committee for another look….. another vote … one without my name 🙂

But, to Steve’s dismay, my name came back as the nominee for second time ! ….. Glassman would not be stopped…  (This is where it gets really stupid …)

Glassman had to pull out the big guns, no way could he let Smith get this award! …….so he brought out …..

THE GLASSMAN GANG !

……. Glassman cobbled together a rather sketchy group of people to come to the public hearing and speak against my nomination for the recognition …..

Here’s who he found to do his dirty work!

The Glassman Gang-

Ted Spiliotis – ex-con ….. convicted of sale, delivery, manufacture, possession with intent to sell heroin  …. long list of other charges, ……Yikes !

 

Robert Walsh- another ex-con ….. Grand Theft Felony, False alarms of fire, disorderly intoxication, fugitive from justice… etc. etc. etc.

 

Laura Crocenco – was voted to be removed as President of her neighborhood 29-20…..  Also, banned from the neighborhood social media site NextDoor, allegedly for shaming others…… known to scare otherwise tough persons !

 

Michaela Conca- reportedly removed from the august group, Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club ….. who gets removed from a woman’s club ??

and …..

 

Charlie King- Fort Lauderdale’s most foul ….. he likes to publicly call people demeaning names, calls me Tiny Timmy ….. I think from now on, I will call him Chubby Charlie …. Some members of his own family disown him ….. He once proposed renaming Federal Highway “Confederate Highway” …seriously !

…..So after that charade, the issue went back to the committee for a third time ( you can’t make this stuff up) ….. and this time, Tim Smith would not make it back …

………………………. damn, I was (almost) the 2018 Distinguished Citizen   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless At Church !

My friend, a Pastor at the church called …… She had a BIG problem with a homeless encampment at the church, and couldn’t seem to get it fixed…..Would I help ?  …. Sure !

Apparently, though the County and City solved the entrenched problem at the Library, many of the homeless, particularly those with drug problems, just moved out into the community…..  And they brought their things with them, all of them !

They found an old bus at the church too, and at least a dozen had set up camp inside… One of them was quite tidy ….

Most were not  ….

I got a hold of the right people at the Police Department, and stayed at the church until they came  …… The Cops were true professionals…. They interviewed them, and though only a few had ID’s, and probably gave fake names, most of them said they were runners from local Rehab Centers…… One said he had been sent to a Fort Lauderdale Rehab from Lakeland, where he had a cocaine problem,.. The one on the crutches said she had to be back in by midnight  ….. the cops warned them not to return to the church property…

The bus will be towed out today, the church says…..

 

More Library Trash News !

So, … first I sent this picture to the newspaper last week …..  this trash pile at our main library had been growing for weeks, ….   Geez, it was almost a high rise !!!  The newspaper posted the trashy pic on their twitter feed …

 

I jog through the stinkin mess at the County library often, certain that this time it will all be fixed up, the homeless relocated to some reasonable housing, all the library grounds cleaned up and usable again ….but for the last few years, I am always disappointed…. But after the Mt. Trashmore pic made the papers, this is what happened the next day !!

 

I love when  plan comes together ! ….  I’ll keep watching … Tim

Your Library/ and free tent camping !

Welcome to the Fort Lauderdale Main Downtown Library today… Oct 1, 2018

You can camp for free  …. with cold weather coming up north, you better get in soon before the Inn is filled !

Food is free  …… just throw the trash on the ground  … no sweat ! … the rats have to eat too !

… sit by the wonderful stagnant outdoor fountain, just wear a lot of mosquito repellent !

……..    just picture me sitting here at my computer  – shaking my head   …… sadly, …Tim

 

 

Library …. Danger … Danger

I expect more violence at our Main Downtown Library …….. let me tell you why …

This morning I jogged through the tent city, as I do about once weekly,  to see if we’ve made any progress with this difficult problem, but sadly, there was no sign of any….

….. As I wound my way through the dirty mess,  I was stopped by one of the tent city residents ….

…..”stock photo of danger!”

What you need….what you need…..  he stood in front of me….. I realized what I needed at this point was to keep jogging !  …..  He was insistent…..  what you, police? ….. he pushed me in the back and told me to get out  ….. I jogged on –   “goodness sakes” , I thought aloud, ” this is our Main Downtown Library ?” ….

 

Tent City …. Fort Lauderdale (on a dollar, or less a day)

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale  !

This is the City’s signature downtown Main Library, where you can camp outside in a tent for nothing….. But beware,  there is little upkeep, smells of urine, and has some sketchy characters at camp !

….tenting options abound, here is one that gives you that “I’m camping on the edge of a cliff” feeling….

…. free clothing, and meals  suddenly appear free of charge – daily

a transportation Pod is conveniently located in the front !

…  I went in looking to talk with someone, trying to make sense of the fiasco, but no one seemed too eager to talk …except for….

True ( that’s his name) ……    he lives here with his girlfriend, he’s from prison, drug charges,  she’s from New Jersey …..  he says the conditions suck, but that after Sorenson has taken an interest, things are a bit better ….and he says that he might make a movie of the whole stinking mess ….. she says she can’t believe there aren’t more services for folks like them …..

He says anytime someone wants to talk about Fort Lauderdale Tent City, just come round and ask for the Truth ! (that’s what he said !)

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Rocky Mountain High !!

I think I found the WEST !  …..   and I’m diggin it !

….. that is actually Pikes Peak behind me …..  In Colorado springs, an hour from Denver  …..  a magical place !

…. look closely at this picture  …. that’s actually two little tiny people on top that mountain  ! …. Cray Cray !

….. I couldn’t get enough of this State…   here’s another pic I just have to share …

I think this rock is about to fall over ….anyhow, they call this wild land Rocky Mountain high   ….

Now I get it ……

I should’ve bought the t-shirt too 🙂

……. and if you go there ever, you MUST see the Red Rock amphitheater –

just the coolest place- th Beatles played there in 1964 !!!

 

…………  until next time – Tim

Timisstillgoing!

My Great American Road Trip has passed the 2000 mile mark, and the further west I go, the more fun I’m having ( probably the thin air 🙂

My last post had me at the gateway to the west, and the first stop had to be Kansas City…. You see, my famous rock and roll band -Sunday’s at Five- plays the song Kansas City and in the second verse it talks about “standing at the corner of 12th Street an Vine ….

Turns out, there IS  NO 12th Street and Vine ! ….damn songwriters !  …. but there is a 18th Street and Vine, so I got out the trusty Martin, stood in front of  “The Museum At 12th Street and Vine” and song a few bars to no one in particular…

Then came the long boring slog across Kansas…..  But imagine my joy when I finally came across the “El Paso County County Fair !

Cows,pigs,sheep, dinosaurs …Oh My

*the dinosaur was just at the gas station 🙂

……more fun later ….. Tim

 

Tim’s GreatAmericanRoadTrip !

… America is so BIG ! … I’m into this road trip about 1000 miles so far, and I’m having a blast (and  am exhausted 🙂    …. I left St Louis, Missouri a few days ago, ( headed west young man) – and I need to give  those of you that have joined me – virtually, an update …

Before  I forget,  before St. Louis I stopped in Paducah Kentucky on the way to St Louis  …… Sad place ….but in the 1950’s, it produced Uranium or some such thing. and they are still proud of it !…. (see pic above)

…….   but St. Louis, Missouri…. big great City …..   but … yes, also a mess ….

Downtown is nice, but this is what you see just outside ..

Here I am stopping to look at a leasing option ….  I hear you can buy some of these for one dollar…. I passed …

I decided not to camp in St. Louis and got a room at a nice Days Inn about a mile outside downtown….. the desk clerk suggested I take my scooter ( that’s what I take to get around the cities) in the room….. seriously

…. But to give the City their due credit, their downtown is quite nice –

Of course the Gateway Arch is spectacular, and as big as the Washington monument !  … this is where Lewis and Clark started their trek to find a way west to the Pacific Ocean –

immortalized on the river !

…. and the City takes their art seriously   …..  it is everywhere –

a man without a head –

a head…..

…even Pinnochio on rollers!

…..  but the most interesting thing about St. Louis –

… they stole the Pier 66 !

….  OK, I’ll be in Denver in a few hours….I’ll check back in then …. Tim

 

Tim’s tour ( can you join me?)

So I’m wandering across America on an exciting road trip …. that’s what Tim is up to now-a-days !

This is our yellow RV   ….  I think I’m calling it the Banana …..it may be a bit bright, but it is all outfitted with everything you need … bed , bath, kitchen, TV, A/C etc….. and it gets 20 m.p.g…… !

The road trip started from our cabin in Ga…..

This is our backyard there  …..YEOWWW !

Anyhow,  after leaving Ga., I cruised into

I set up camp just outside Birmingham, and found a typical southern joint and met some friends ….

…let’s just say they were a hoot 🙂

……. the next morning, it was off to Nashville …..  and what a town … first, I went to see the American Pickers store (it  looked a lot like my son’s store Oddballs Nifty Thrift on NE 13th Street )

I bought a couple of gifts, and then I went down into town to Broadway, where the honky- tonks are absolutely everywhere…. food drink music …. rinse lather repeat !..

I wandered into one club and the music was calling…. I found myself up on the stage singing “Pretty Woman” ! …… the crowd yelled ” do you know how to sing far far away? “….. I didn’t know that one so I stopped with one  ….

So, I was already having more fun that is probably legal … before I saw the mirage ….. a whisky tour  …… with samples !!

They certainly had plenty barrels , but of course I was only there for the educational aspect – the process of fermenting, aging , the casks that are charred etc…..  and I swear I only tasted the different products as instructed !

I did buy a nice bottle for later 🙂

 

….. I’ll report back in later  – next stop, the St. Louis arch !