Seminole Heights Tweetp #2

Tomorrow is the Seminole Heights Tweetup!
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t live in the Sheights. :)
Everyone is welcomed!
We’ll be meeting up at 8pm for beer & conversation.
I’ll be bringing nametags. (So dorky)
Feel free to e-mail/tweet me if you have any questions!

Ps. Please feel free to being your pups as The Independent is dog friendly!


Meet Garbage!


Meet Garbage! Gregg & I were volunteering for Coastal Cleanup Saturday morning-afternoon. We didn’t clean a beach though (tricked!), we walked down about three miles of road with our team picking up trash that drivers have thrown out their window. It was pretty sad how much people threw out their cars… lots of beer bottles, fast food cups, plastic bags… Early in the day, I found a dollar bill… I thought that would be the best “find” of the day…

After an hour or two, I pointed to a kitten about to cross the road. Gregg saw traffic coming and stopped it so he could rescue the kitten. Little did he know that she’d run into his arms! (Not exaggerating) I immediately yelled out, “OURS!!” and did a happy dance on the other side of the road.

Back story: I have been BEGGING for a pet (dog/cat/etc/whatever…) for over 6 months now. The deal Gregg and I made was when an animal found him, that would be our pet. Why couldn’t it find me? – I can’t be trusted, I’d “find” a puppy every day! We’ve even joked about me getting my friends to put a kitten in a basket and leave in on our porch…!

Our entire crew was excited. We made plans for me and another girl to take the kitten to the vet immediately to make sure she wasn’t mirco-chipped or had feline AIDS/Leukemia and get her baby shots. While we were waiting for the organizers to pick us up and take us to the car, we all started tossing around names. Someone “checked” and found out she was a girl. Cici (Coastal Cleanup) was suggested, then Gregg said… “GARBAGE!”, it stuck.

At the vet we found out she didn’t like dogs or water. She was perfectly healthy for a stray. A few fleas, no worms or diseases. She’s 11-12 weeks old and tabby/calico mix. She kneads (makes biscuits) constantly. (Even her food while she eats, lol!)

She’s not a very hyper kitten, but we suspect she’s resting and eating from being famished. She likes fake mice toys, doesn’t like balls with bells, feathers or laser pointers. We bought her a little kitty house with a scratching post, a bed, and a litter box. (Once she gets the hang of that, I plan on teaching her how to use the toilet! I detest litter!)

We’ve made up some silly stories about her origin. She likes to pounce on her toys a lot, so we’ve joked about her killing all her brothers and sisters to survive. We kid about her being half bobcat.

The vet also said she’ll probably stay pretty little, she has teeny tiny paws. That’s why we got this awesome reflective collar with a bell, we’d probably loose her in our 1 bedroom apartment!

I think her favorite thing to do for now is circle Gregg’s neck and forehead bump him. It’s pretty cute, I’m glad we saved her life, and I hope everyone excuses me for the slew of kitten/cat pictures/videos from this point onward.

I’d also suggest volunteering to pick up trash, you find money and kittens. INSTANT KARMA!


Tampa Bay Businesses Encourage Customers To Check In On APRIL 16, 2010

[March 31, 2010] – Tampa, FL – April 16, 2010 – Foursquare Officially announced that April 16 will be known world-wide as Foursquare Day. Tampa Bay Businesses are encouraging the community to “Check In” using the location-based social network, Foursquare throughout the day for local specials and swag. Restaurants and coffee shops will be among the many different businesses throughout Tampa Bay participating in bringing the community together.
There are multiple ways that local businesses can benefit from the use of Foursquare and the participation in Foursquare Day. Contests and discounts through location-based social networks will help businesses make use of the Social Web as a promotional tool and will allow for their customers to engage more with the brand locally. Foursquare users earn points as they visit new places or return to familiar establishments in hopes of becoming the “Mayor” of that location. Getting involved is easy so head on over to Foursquare and get your account so you can participate in all of the Foursquare Day festivities.

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The Foursquare Day story is a story about ideas, community, Tampa Bay, social media, and crazy deadlines. Foursquare Day started as whimsical thought by Nate Bonilla-Warford. An optometrist by training, he has been a dabbler in social media for years. Nate is amused by simple number relationships, like squares and primes and he makes a big deal about Pi Day each year. The thought struck him that since four-squared equals 16, it would be great to check into foursquare on the 4th, 16th of the year.

Although many people were interested and helped immensely, a small group of people made up the core of the Foursquare Day team including, Jessica Barnett, Antony Fancis, Amber Osborn, Care Colgan, Bill Cason, Kim Randall, and Allison Barkely. What started as an idea quickly spun into a global phenomenon with groups in all over the world including London and Prague getting together to get their communities involved and excited.