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A Full Year of Fun — MC’s 2010 Resolution

She’s baaaack! Reality Chick is back — in the Sarasota Herald Tribune

What a way to end a year … and start a new one!!

When the announcement came earlier this month that the Creative Loafing newspaper publication was closing up shop and the Sarasota Herald Tribune was taking over its branding rights, I smelled opportunity … opportunity to return to my roots and get back to writing in a style more akin to my old “Reality Chick” days at the Pelican Press.

Reality Chick is back!!

Reality Chick is back!!

I’ve enjoyed the last month or so of writing the After Hours column for the TICKET section of the H-T — heck, I finally forced myself to get out and have some fun –but my interest, and I think my strength, lies in writing observational essays — columns — about what’s going on around my town. People, places, events, the zeitgeist of our little corner of the world. Luckily for me, when I pitched the idea to the editors — they agreed!

That new column starts today — it’s called Sense and the City and it will be my weekly “reality” take on whatever’s topical or at the top of my admittedly sometimes “Sideways in Sarasota” perspective.

In this week’s column I touch on Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner, Heidi Godman, the Second Line street gang, and Sarasota’s semi-obsession with dirty dancers. I hope you’ll check it out at Sense and the City.

This is all actually a huge deal for me personally. I haven’t had a regular, weekly opinion column in a newspaper since May 2008 and I’m thrilled to be back writing the beat I know best.

If you like what you see in Sense and the City, don’t hesitate to let the editors know — it’s always helpful for them to know whether writers have a healthy readership or not — you can send an electronic LTE by clicking here.

Thanks for sticking with me as readers — whether I was in print or online — and I hope you enjoy this new column!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, INDEED!

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Posted on December 30th, 2010 Comments (9)Comments RSS Feed

Girls gone wild — Sarasota Style

In my After Hours column in today’s TICKET section in the Sarasota Herald Tribune — I offer my opinion on what one thing you must do tonight — if you want to have fun — check out the girls (and boys) gone wild members of the Lazy Fairy Improv group —

Girls Gone Wild -- a few members of the Lazy Fairy Improv

Girls Gone Wild -- a few members of the Lazy Fairy Improv

I also dish the dirt about the mousy martinis at Hyde Park; and I take a swipe at Sarah Palin.

You can read my column on page 7E in print; or click here: MC’s Must-Scene

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Posted on December 16th, 2010 Comment (1)Comments RSS Feed

MC’s bar-hopping Saturday night

Yes, I’m normally curled up in my PJs, snuggled up to the remote control on Saturday nights — watching murder and mayhem on 48 Hours Mystery … but after last Saturday’s Sarasota Holiday Parade down Main Street, I ventured out for a night on the town … checking out a few bars, listening to some music, flirting my way past the bouncers … .

You can read all about it in this week’s After Hours column in yesterday’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune TICKET, page 7E, or at the newspaper’s website at Drink Dine & Dance Post-Parade.

One of the places I stopped at was Owen’s Fish Camp in Burns Court — wicked cool! dscn2633-2

If you haven’t been, you’ve got to go! Good food, good vibe, and for all you men out there — gorgeous, female bartenders and servers!

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Posted on December 10th, 2010 Comment (0)Comments RSS Feed

Best of the Suncoast … four years running!

I really can’t thank the readers of this blog enough for voting for me in this year’s Creative Loafing Best of the Suncoast contest! Merci Beacoup! Grazie!! Danke!!! … um, just plain … thanks a bunch!
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This is the fourth year I’ve nabbed a Best of nod from CL readers/voters — in the Best Reporter, Best Columnist (grrrrr … that darn Tom Lyons … he’s the 2010 winner in that category! 😉 )and Best Blogger categories.

It’s a true honor and I appreciate every one who took the time to go online and cast a vote for my little patch of blogospheric reality.

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Posted on November 12th, 2010 Comments (7)Comments RSS Feed

Heat Bomb to Explode in Sarasota …MC Coolidge launches new print column!

What’s black and white and read all over? I sure HOPE it’s my new column!

After something like two and a half years — TWO AND A HALF YEARS, folks! — I’ve finally landed a regular print gig again. I can’t believe it. But here’s the proof: Heat Bomb to Explode in Sarasota (more…)

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Posted on November 4th, 2010 Comments (33)Comments RSS Feed

Safe sex is better than scary sex …

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I’ve never been to Planned Parenthood’s annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash. (more…)

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Posted on October 28th, 2010 Comment (1)Comments RSS Feed

Dog Days turn to Deal Days in August Heat

Yesterday, the Sarasota Herald Tribune ran an article I wrote about all the fun, completely FREE, things to do during the dog days of summer.

It’s got everything from free “street” music to where to find a summer-ending splash bash for your kids, complete with a free dinner from Lee Roy Selmon’s, free movies, free ways to fire up your brain cells, to getting your thrills watching Nik Wallenda doing a high wire act and maybe being filmed by the Discovery Channel in the process …

Photography by Herb Booth Booth Studio, Inc. Sarasota Florida; courtesy of Lazy Fairy Improv

Photography by Herb Booth Booth Studio, Inc. Sarasota Florida; courtesy of Lazy Fairy Improv

including how to get free lessons in “improv” — with the Lazy Fairy Improv teaching you how to make ’em laugh — yes, all for free.

The story was the cover story in the paper’s TICKET section. You can read it online at: Free Fun!

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Posted on August 6th, 2010 Comment (0)Comments RSS Feed

Free falling fireworks

I’ve been pretty lucky to see some pretty gorgeous fireworks from some pretty inspired places — at the Shell in Boston with about a million other people; gliding slowly on a bateau-mouche down the Seine during a July 4th American Embassy party in Paris; and my personal favorite was in Ashland, New Hampshire, a gazillion years ago with fireworks that I still haven’t forgotten — I think it was literally some sort of display that enacted a scene of two boats firing missiles at each other.

Last night I went to see some fireworks in Sarasota. And though they were pretty subdued … the end of the show was, as they always are, ahhhh-inspiring. (more…)

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Posted on July 5th, 2010 Comment (0)Comments RSS Feed

Socializing chez MC

Last night, I had a few people — men and women — over for food and drink and conversation. I’ve been so crazy-busy the past year, it seems as if I just never take the time to be social anymore, so last night was wayyyyyyyyyyy overdue. party (more…)

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Posted on July 4th, 2010 Comments (8)Comments RSS Feed