A few nice internet advertising costs images I found:
Joli Rouge = fail
Not exactly sure what happened, but A.K.A.C.O.D. came to town and like 5 people showed up. Ben, some guy with the band, was telling us that it had something to do with two groups of employees having a falling out? WTF!
I knew something was up when all week I tried calling every phone # I could find on the internet just to get more info. Like when it started (their myspace said 10, akacod’s myspace said 8) and how much it cost to get in. One number had been disconnected. One sent me to the voicemail for someone named Chris. Yet another connected to a fax machine.
Then when we arrived last night there was no posters or anything advertising the show. The place looked deserted, but there was a sign out front that read "I assure you we are open". Clerks joke? Maybe? We went in to see what the haps was, found out it was and then had to have a local sign us in because it was a members only spot.
I have to admit that I’m surprised the band even played because of the way they seemingly were treated. I would have just left. Big ups to them though, they played a nice set for the few of us that were there.
Otherwise I think the Joli Rouge could be a cool place. The drinks were good and cheap. And there was a cool dog running around in there to keep us all entertained while we waited to be entertained.
They Can’t All Be Winners
Day 55 of 365 (Year Two)
Not much in the way of a sunset for tonight. Apparently the Island Gods are sad to see me go and the sky reflected that. It was clear all day long, but when it came time for me to head out and shoot the sunset, this showed up.
It wasn’t all bad though. I got some cool long exposure beach shots (note to self – get a filter so you don’t have to wait for near darkness and get a circular polarizer). Those will probably have to wait till I return home.
Anyway it was our last night here and I was going to the beach to shoot the sunset hour regardless of the blasted bad weather. I had the beach to myself and even with the cloud cover it was a nice experience. I did see one jogger but he ran on by with a quick hello and how do you do and then was gone. It is kind of nice having a beach all to yourself as far as they eye can see. It was a nice way to end the day and a vacation (although we still have most of tomorrow before we have to leave for the airport).
We spent the day at Ding Darling Bird Reserve which was cool but left my poor camera feeling like the runt of the litter. There were 40D’s, 1D’s, 5D’s and don’t get me started on the lenses! Uggg! There was L glass everywhere and 500mm and 600mm lenses all around me. And then there I was with my little 300mm. One day is all I have to say. They are real serious about their gear down here. Even the guys who only do it as a hobby.
All in all this was a great vacation. I’m not much of a "lets spend the day on the beach" kind of guy. Daytona doesn’t have much appeal to me. I can do Ocean City for a fraction of the cost and be just as crowded and irritated with the hustle and bustle. This was peaceful and calm and quiet. The beaches were tranquil and clean. There were no large groups of rowdy drunks and college kids looking for scantily clad ladies. Then there were the dolphins and birds and gators and all the rest of the wildlife, and the fauna as well. We fit a lot into three days and I can’t think of a single bad day. That to me is a successful vacation.
It would have been nice to have internet access at the house, but I’ve grown quite attached to the Sanibel Bean parking lot in the middle of the night and the cops are so used to me now they don’t even stop. I just wish the good folks at the Sanibel Bean would leave their satellite radio tuned to something other than light jazz. I’m really not a big jazz fan and they apparently leave it on 24/7 so I am hearing it the entire time I am sitting here.
EDIT: I spoke too soon. Shortly after finishing up with the description a cop rolled in and gave me the third degree about why I was there. It wasn’t the same officer as the first night and this guy really had no concept of wireless connections, the internet or how to access it. Once he found out that I was a temporary resident of the Island though, he left me alone. I wasn’t breaking any laws and the Sanibel Bean does advertise their 24 hour access even though the shop itself is closed. I guess on the Island they don’t really expect people to be sitting there at 2AM.