Parks & Rec: No, not the TV show

Well, at least it's not the 80's.
Parks & Rec, 2020
I'm going to start this blog with a disclaimer: I did not like this place, at all. "But Mark," I hear you shouting, "Then why should I even bother reading this?" Because I feel like there is a market for it. And a dude in his 30's who enjoys craft beer and more intimate spaces most definitely is not their target audience. 
Coins, 2020
Branching off of the popular Downtown St. Pete bar of the same name, Parks & Rec Tampa opened in (as far as I can see) 2019. The bar covers an outdoor area, mainly used for giant beer pong and Jenga, an indoor area with a handful of arcade games and a DJ, complete with TV's showing ESPN (because, of course you would), and an upstairs second story with pool tables, air hockey, and a few more games. I counted no less than four different bars, which was impressive for the size of the space used. The entrance to the bar is adorned with security who seem to be st…

Street Preachers: A Warning

Groups of people spreading the good word? Gangs using their free speech? Not quite.

Street Preachers, 2017

Fair warning, this post will upset me all over again. However, it's important that somebody exposes these people, and that's what I'm going to do. To those of you who have been living under a rock, there are groups of "religious" individuals who come out to highly populated areas to "spread the good word." Well, that's what they'll tell you. It's not hard to find irresponsible newspaper articles that paint them as people who are being targeted. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Today, I'm going to expose exactly how they work and share a personal experience with them. Allow me to start.

Me with a random Powerade drinking pirate, 2017

The month was January and I was dressed in my finest pirate attire. I was out, having fun, drinking, minding my own business, and taking the occasional picture with whoever wanted one. As I was walking through the crowds, a huge opening had formed. Finally free from the confines, I take a moment to breathe before heading back into the crowds. It was in this split second that one of these... People... Decided to run up to me, shove me, and yell something about "hit me again!" with a few choice words thrown in at the end. I turn towards this... Man... Just in time to see another member of their group turn their crappy $100 Best Buy camera they got on Black Friday towards me to "catch me" hitting this deadbeat. It was then that I turned and walked away. However, it got me thinking. Clearly these people don't have real jobs. They can't. They're out until the wee hours of the morning informing everyone that they're going to hell. Everyone. Why is everyone going to hell? That's the easy part: They hope to upset enough people that somebody turns to throw a punch at them so that they can capture said attack on their $100 camera and take it to court using the free speech defense. They do this for a living.  This is a practice that was popularized by the Westboro Baptist Church. It's not new and they're not clever for doing it themselves. So, how does one fight back?

Counter protest, 2017

Not like this. The more attention these groups get, the more publicity they receive, the more people they can then rile up. The best way to get them to leave is to ignore them. Don't stop and listen to what they have to say. Don't stand there with a sign. Don't engage. Simply walk past them. They don't exist. Don't hit them. That's what they want. Don't argue their views with them. They don't actually believe anything they're saying anyway. Their signs are only there to upset you. Don't give it. Don't let them win. If everybody were to walk past and ignore them, they'd then be forced to get a real job. They'd then be forced to get off the streets. They'd have no form of income. Lets see that happen. 

Have you had the misfortune of dealing with these individuals also? Can you think of another way to make them leave? Leave a comment below. If you'd like more information on Tampa, check out my YouTube Channel and if you'd like to support my efforts, don't hesitate to buy a shirt from our Spreadshirt. Also, don't be afraid to click subscribe and you'll instantly be notified whenever a new entry is posted. If you'd like to meet other people who love Tampa, consider joining our Facebook Group. Thank you all and I will see you next time!

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