Monthly Archives: July 2012

Wa-Wha?

So the new Wawas are opening in Florida, starting with the Orlando location on Central Florida Parkway across from Sea World. There has been a lot of buzz about Wawa moving into Florida, and some folks are wondering what all the fuss is about. (For example, here’s a recent post from noted local blog Central Florida Top 5.)

With the buzz, especially on the media preview day, when Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was doing his best to craft a hoagie, a Certain Local Popular Food Truck was blowing up my Twitter feed today with semi-rants about Wa x2 since it is an out-of-state chain and not a local independent purveyor of fresh food and the like.

I truly get what Chef T was saying, but Wawa is not quite as evil as you might think. In fact, as a goodwill gesture as they move into the neighborhood, they have pledged a portion of sales of their famous hoagies (a type of sub sandwich, for you Floridians!) from their first five stores to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Here’s proof for the excitement surrounding the Pennsylvania chain’s debut: as I write this, at 10:52 pm the night before the official opening, a Foursquare friend just checked in at Wawa and left a tip.

Happy Hoagie-ing, Wawa, and welcome to Central Florida. Now impress us more by sourcing your food locally as much as you can!

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Howdy Folks!

If any of you are Disney-philes, you may look at this post title and think of the automated spiel you hear when you sit down for a ride in Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The hearty prospector-like voice that reminds you to “keep your hands and arms inside the train, and remain seated at all times” goes on to warn you to “hold on to your personal belongings now–especially them hats and glasses–cuz this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”

Well, as tame as that ride is to the average roller coaster aficionado, the last part of that spiel seems exaggerated, to say the least. I hope to avoid such extremes here, as I ramble about preparation for pastoral ministry, or things that I enjoy in my leisure time, like hiking and foodtrucks. I will post on whatever strikes my fancy, of course, and whatever a free blog will allow!

More than anything, I am interested in building and sustaining a sense of community, as I really enjoy life in Central Florida. Now if that ends up being a “wild ride,” so be it! But I think as blogs go, this will be more like Big Thunder Mountain–not as wild as you might think.

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