My 500th Post !!

     OMG !

     This is my 500th blog posting  ...


     I started writing about things that interest me in Fort Lauderdale over 5 years ago, and haven't stopped, yet!

     Just to show you how long that has been, here is a picture of me when I started blogging !


     OK, maybe not that long ago, but let's just say - many words ago!  ... The 500 posts include 258,103 words ( half of War and Peace).

     Readers have visited the site 659,055 times, 6535 have posted comments, and 155 of you now subscribe so you don't miss any news, or fun - (subscribe for free!).

     My very first post in 2008 was speculation about who would replace outgoing Mayor Jim Naugle. It mentioned that leading citizen Romney Rogers was eyeing the post, but featured the only candidate for mayor at the time -

                                                  Cindi Hutchinson

     We know how that turned out. "Hutch" dropped out ( now in government housing), Romney went for Commissioner instead of mayor and won, and Jack Seiler jumped in the Mayors' race and is now in his second term, (with speculation that he may someday be Governor Seiler!)

     Some of the blog posts over the years went sort of viral. A story about a most troubled neighborhood, called ....

         Riot,Rumble,Disturbance ,
had the most reader views and lots of comments - 161) .


     Another viral post was due to a creative picture, photo-shopped by Cal Deal. This post went careening around the internet, and sent people to the blog over 4000 times, (and probably made Rogers' blush!) -


     You seemed to like the more unusual stories.

When my family was awakened at 5am by a naked man, on crack, pacing on our front porch and wanting in, you read it in earnest!

      You got to know homeless "Popeye", who lived for years in the Home Depot elevator.


     You also took keen interest in "Nomad Nancy", a disabled woman who slept in one of our parks and was prostituted in the bushes until we got her some help.

     And then there is Calvin!


Calvin is a sometimes homeless, always schizophrenic, a giant man, who likes to sleep on the beach - for weeks at a time. The Police entice him off the sand with cheeseburgers and the like, and get him back on his medicine. You have taken him shoes (14 Wide), many times!

      But mostly you read for the politics.......

      The Rodstroms, Jack, Bruce, Bobby, Dean,  Jailed Joe, the Chief, City Managers, the Council, the candidates and their campaigns, .... and the controversies -







                      ....So, thanks for reading  ..... read on ..... I'll be back !



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  • 4/8/2013 1:21 PM Dennis Ulmer wrote:
    Tim, I always enjoy reading your blog and posting my opinion on occasion. Time really flies. It doesn't seem like your blog has been around over five years and that this is your 500th blog posting. I don't think that you will ever run out of things to post about! Best wishes, I look forward to your future posts.
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  • 4/8/2013 2:17 PM George Mihaiu wrote:
    Congratulations, Tim!! Hope you keep this going for a long time yet to come! Best! GM
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  • 4/8/2013 10:00 PM Sam wrote:
    Tim- I'd like to start by saying thank you for what I assume have been countless hours invested keeping the blog fresh,and up to date, many times "scooping" the other news outlets!
    Yours is like no other news magazine, paper, or other blogs- you keep us up to date on the political scene, crime and safety issues,issues dealing with the human condition,compassion, comedy,tragedy, and many other points of interest.
    The best part is we all get a chance to voice our opinions on your open forum for comments.
    I too, look forward to reading your future posts!
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  • 4/9/2013 8:47 PM Jim Brady wrote:
    Tim, I add my congratulations for your tenacity (yes, I know it is sustained by the revenues flowing into the blog). I rarely comment on the blog, except, I hope, in a positive way, but your five-year effort has not gone unnoticed - I admire you, in part, for your fortitude, constancy, perceptive spirit and courage in the pulic arena. I still appreciate the fact you allowed me to act as your attorney (What was that, 10 years ago?)in matters that were important to your core message. And I congratulate your charming wife, for many reasons we can discuss privately, but which you are reviewing as you monitor this message. She is a QUEEN. I hope tomorrow brings you both happiness and that every day after that is better than the day before.

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    1. 4/9/2013 9:40 PM Tim Smith wrote:
      Jim ...... thanks for the kudos ..... but before I give you your deserved propers, let me clear up that I make absolutely no money from this blog.... and as for my wife....yes, ...I married up, so to speak.... and I'm glad I met you too !.... thanks for who you are and what you do.... Tim
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      1. 4/10/2013 10:46 AM jim brady wrote:
        My apologies. I guess my tongue got so far in my cheek it his the intended humor. I didn't think, for aminute, the blog was a commercial venture in any way.
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  • 4/10/2013 7:13 PM City Activist Robert walsh wrote:
    Good for you Tim. You supply the residents w/ an abundance of information. Keep up the good work. As far as the observations concerning Mayor Seiler my take would be ditch the Governor's race and run for Senator(US) Nelson' seat. I mean the utilmate goal is to get to the top, what better way to get your foot in the door.Again will see. Congrats just the same Tim....
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  • 4/12/2013 8:56 AM Shannon Harmeling wrote:
    Congratulations on such blogging success. That was a mirthful, and pithy review....Shannon
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  • 4/13/2013 8:52 AM Mike Mosk wrote:
    Tim you're the man. I check your blog every few days at least! Thanks for keeping it up.... My only wish is that someday you'd be Sheriff of Broward County.
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