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Everything posted by AndyPok1

  1. I thought this was BNC for a moment and was VERY confused what in the world you would have needed that for.
  2. I would venture to say the amount of people carrying quarters is less than the amount of people carrying smartphones. Especially now that the parking meters take credit, I don't even keep change in my car. Mildly related, I did a bit of data collection last summer for something I volunteer for, and over 90% of juniors in high school had a smartphone on them. I always do want to be conscious that not everyone is as tech savvy as others, so we can't just default to an app. But in this case, I think we've gone past the fulcrum to which is now more cumbersome.
  3. I'll be heading up in the next week or so to check it out. If you haven't been and you like good Texas/Kansas City/esqe BBQ, I'd definitely try it. Their brisket (from the food truck) is the best I've found locally.
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    I'm assuming this has to go to MPB or something where we can voice public opposition? This is a travesty.
  5. It's definitely going to be a little bit of an island, but that's how growth starts. I love it. Few updates from walking around the other night... Chai Thai closed... Apparently they have a separate location? Who knew! WalMart Neighborhood Market seems to be pulling an Ale House and rebranding to [CityName] Market and dropping the green color for the traditional blue.
  6. I'm all for Spirit getting out of my airside.
  7. The carpet is literally an MCO signature within the aviation community. They sell socks with the pattern.
  8. Include me in this. I fly AA, so I hadn't seen that side of the airport in over a decade until I took the C shuttle a few weeks ago. So one thing about those computers at airports like MCO is that they are owned by the airport, not the the alrlines. They're common-use. Basically (virtually) any airline can take over (virtually) any check-in counter / gate simply by logging in. As far as physically goes? I can see as renovations/new builds happen, it turns into more of a podium model rather than a counter, similar to what Disney has done at its hotels and theme park entrances.
  9. Exactly. I was in a hotel in Chicago for work and could easily see what was on the tv in the building on the other side of the parking pedestal. It's just normal
  10. I've worked in the airline industry, specifically setting up check-in terminals and kiosks. I was literally in the Willis Tower at United HQ when the cutover from Continental to United happened. There are a variety of reasons why what happened to you and your friend could have happened. None of them are merger related. For example, AA can sell you tickets on United, Delta, JetBlue, and many others. They often won't, but they can. I've seen it happen many times you think you book a ticket THROUGH one airline, but your FLIGHT is on a different airline. This seems like the most likely answer for your specific scenario though. International is often not coupled with Domestic because of gate and plane requirements.
  11. Haha yeah, I like giving Mark a hard time. But they went with the name John & Johns Pizza
  12. Airlines can sell other airlines tickets. This is nothing new or special and has nothing to do with the merger.
  13. Agreed love Chicken Fire. To me that's a bit different genre, but I guess it isn't conceptually.
  14. Cava opened in the old Zoe's. I went at 3PM and it was a ghost town. Food was fine to good-ish. $14 for a Mediterranean version of a less filling chipotle bowl though... ehhh John and Johns by the braintrust of Cavos is soft opened in the old Med Blue. Solid pizza by the slice or pie which we haven't really had in SoDo.
  15. I agree. It's... fine. Zaxby's has better sandwiches/salads. Canes has better sauce.
  16. What do you mean by Skytrain? There is already a train connecting Term C and The AB Main Terminal.
  17. Do people live on Park Ave? Do people spend time in Park Ave in the evening? No. These places are dead after dinner. The only reason I go to Winter Garden is either for the bike trail (daytime activity), a show at the garden theatre, or the brewery. If doing fine == the 2020s version of a suburban mall that shuts down at 9PM, then yes lots of places are doing fine. A) the first video you posted happened on a Sunday. And yes, it was a fight at a bar. No one is saying these things don't happen. Security jumped in immediately. B ) the second video you posted is from 2012. The scene downtown is nothing like it was a decade ago. But regardless, you're missing the entire point. People can get drunk and then go wherever they want. It's a pretty common occurrence to be at a BBQ or pool or whatever drinking all day on a Saturday before changing and heading DT. They can be drunk without being served a drop of alcohol in DTO. You may not even want to drink anymore, but you don't want to go to sleep yet and you want to hang out with your friends. So you go out.
  18. I think that sentence says everything we need it to. There's more than 15,000 coming to our downtown on a weekend night when most Central Business Districts are deader than a doornail after 6PM, let alone on weekends. It's part of what makes Orlando attractive to the 20-40 year old crowd. You can Live. Work. Play. No one here is saying we shouldn't add more retail. But that's perpetually going to be a struggle with or without the bars. And as far as "entertainment", we already have an amazing performing arts center, an arena that is considered a standard for modern arenas, a movie theatre, an improv comedy venue, a full time karaoke bar (as bad as the sound levels are), and numerous music venues. What entertainment that occurs after dinner would you like to see downtown that we don't have? Maybe I'm a simpleton, but I legitimately don't know what the other forms of entertainment are.
  19. It's not perfect. But a vast majority of those bars have been around 5-10 years. They are successful businesses. I know people don't want to accept this, but bars are the primary driving factor of activity from 8P-2A. Happy Hours and Dinners are done. Events have started. The only reason people are out and about are because of bars. And that's true virtually everywhere. It's good that we have it downtown. It's what makes lots of people want to live downtown. It's what increases urbanism. There will always be bad actors.
  20. Thanks for the assist. I could have looked on Google, but it was more of a challenge to myself to see how well I could do off the dome.
  21. ... wut. Jim Gray clearly does not frequent downtown bars. Unless he's including Parramore, Thornton, and every restaurant with a liquor license his estimate is off. Top of my head brings us to 72, and at least 20-25 are food/venues (and I'm being generous), largely separated by street... Also, may of these are all "one" bar that I'm counting separately (Chillers, Cahoots, Latitudes; Fuel, Stokes, Swiggs are all just one big bar that happens to have different names for different areas. Harry Buff AC Sky Bar Cheyenne Marys The place that replaced Lions Pub Latitudes Cahoots Chillers 23 Church whatever it is The other side of 23 Church Basement Attic Treehouse Shots Aloha Beautiful Mathers Robinson Crow Shakai Bullitt Hansons Mai Thai Corona Tanquerays Hallows and Screams The alley bar behind 55W The concert venue thing across from 7Eleven Stagger Swiggs Stokes Fuel Caseys Ono The thing that used to be Bar B The Beer Bar across from the fire station Ember Celine Harp Celt The Bar with the lamps Corner Pizza Cantina Other Bar (Its Irish now) Waitiki Monkey Bar Hooch Shine Tiny bar with bras on the ceiling New cocktail place that replaced Subway WXYZ Bar Sidebar The one Club The other club that’s also Hookah Dapper Duck Pourhouse Underground Office Thrive Beachem Whatever Finns became Lizzys (closing) Lodge Woods Aero I Bar (closed?) 64 North Sly Fox Saddle Elixir Neon Beach Motorworks Pups Pub Unless you want to make your city massively unappealing for young adults, there's always going an area of "the kind of bars". I've seen a few articles referencing that Gen Z doesn't drink as much as Millennials. At least with the older Gen Z, I haven't noticed this trend. Perhaps as we go into the younger Gen Z and Gen Alpha, that will be the case.
  22. When I initially moved down here for my internship I went into the Goodings in LBV and noticed it was partially carpeted which was my first red flag. I then saw the prices were ridiculously overpriced for tourists. I walked out and never went back in again.
  23. The NFL and FBS have been around for 100 years. Those are some DEEP roots compared to 6 months of XFL. There's no way to prove it, but I believe that had the XFL had some slightly more mature roots (3-5 years maybe?) it wouldn't have declared bankruptcy. We shall see this go-around. I think a once-a century global pandemic resulting in an economic situation deserves to be considered an outlier for failure, but you do you. And yes, there are challenges to football. To be clear, I don't care about the XFL. I'll probably go to some games since its in town and I like supporting local things, but probably won't watch. I don't watch NFL, I'm not gonna watch a second-rate version. But your analogy to professional wrestling is actually the issue. Yes, it fell out of favor. HOWEVER, even though it isn't nearly as big as it was in the 80s, let alone its mainstream run in the late 90s, it's massively profitable right now, FOR THE SAME REASON AS XFL... Live TV rights. WWE's 3 big contracts right now: 200 million a year - FOX - Smackdown (2 hours every Friday) 260 million a year - USA - Raw (3 hours every Monday) 200 million a year - Peacock - "PPV" / Streaming Catalog (Special Event ~4 hours every month) We are in the era of content. How long will this era last? Who knows! I've said for 5 years that eventually we will all pay $30 to Netflix and $30 to Disney every month because eventually they will gobble up everyone. But as of now, there's still 8+ competing (Netflix, Disney, HBO, Amazon, Apple, Youtube, Paramount, Peacock). And until this settles out, which I don't think will be happening for at least another 5 if not more years, producing live TV, especially sports, is going to have big tech and content backing up brinks trucks to your doors.
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