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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday morning

I went to the Tampa media party last night - probably the only party I'll get to this week. But it was worth it.

The food - from many of Tampa's best joints - and liquor were plentiful and the price was just right.

The event was held at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. When I found that was where it was going to be, I looked the place up on line to learn a little more about it.

It was an interesting place, much like a party being held at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.

Many of the buildings down here aren't that old - the city itself was barely a blip on the map 100 years ago. But cigar makers moved their production centers here around that time, turning this area into a giant smokehouse.

As such, there were gentlemen at the party last night rolling cigars on the spot. I'm not a cigar smoker, but some of the guys I was with are and they took advantage of the opportunity getting several different varieties.

Like everything else at the party, they were free as well.

The main entertainment was .38 Special, a band that I guess at this point would be considered classic rock. God, I must be getting old because I remembered every song they played from my high school days. But they were pretty good.

After that night, it's back to the grind today. There are more interviews to be done and plenty of stories to be written. Just thought I'd update you all on some of the non-football stuff going on here.


BoJangles said...

That's what's up Dale. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for the consistent updates!

Patrick said...


next year if you want to trade situations. I'm all for it, you can be a law school student and I can go to parties and smoke Cubans and drink free.

I kid, I know your work isn't all fun and games and is demanding. But can't deny the fringe benefits.

Have a good time, once in a lifetime experience for most. (twice in yours so far, I'm assuming)

Dale Lolley said...

Actually, this is my third Super Bowl. I was around for the 95 one in Tempe.

I wouldn't mind covering one in which the team I cover isn't there. I can imagine the workload is much less.

DD in AZ said...

dale --

thinking about coming to Tampa still. How is it getting around down there? Looks like the stadium is around 6 miles from where the action at channelside and Ybor will be. Is it a nightmare or is there an ability to transport yourself?


Anonymous said...

You are getting old!

Dale Lolley said...

The city is pretty easy to get around. It's not bad at all.
And yes, I am getting old.

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