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winners ERIC HAINES The Escambia County Sheriff ’s Office has promoted Senior Commander Eric Haines to the position of chief deputy. Haines has been employed with the Sheriff ’s Office since April 1999. He has previously worked in patrol, training, accreditation and has served as captain of the Uniformed Services division. Most recently, he has served as administrative commander and has been instrumental in negotiations concerning the budget and the transfer of the Escambia County Jail.

TED KIRCHHARR The vice president/chief operating office with Landrum Professional Services has recently been named the Rotary 6940 District Governor for 2013-2014. Kirchharr, a member of Pensacola Suburban West Rotary Club for 17 years, will coordinate the community and international service projects of the 51 clubs with over 2,500 members in Northwest Florida stretching from Pensacola to Lake City and south to Williston. VISION 2015 Governor Rick Scott, along

with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, the Greater Pensacola Chamber, iGATE Corporation and West Fraser, Inc., announced recently the expansion of two local, internationally-based companies, iGATE and West Fraser, which will be hiring as many as 485 employees in Greater Pensacola in the coming months. The Chamber also announced that it has surpassed its Vision 2015 goal of creating 3,000 high-wage jobs - two years earlier than anticipated.


losers CHARLIE CRIST The former Republican governor wants to seek his old job, this time as a Democrat. Progressives within his new party aren’t warming up to Crist, who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to Marco Rubio, a favorite of the Tea Party. No one can figure out what Crist really stands for—other than his own election. ESCAMBIA COUNTY JAIL For the past

45 days Interim County Administrator George Touart has complained and griped about taking over the facility from Sheriff David Morgan. Though his board voted to do so on June 20, he still hasn’t delivered a transfer plan or budget for the jail. Bashing Sheriff Morgan may be his strategy, but the jail is too important for such theatrics. Cooler heads need to step in and avoid this disaster.

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INVESTIGATE State Attorney Bill Eddins released on July 2 a report on how two of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s top staff members illegally hid the city’s new logo from a former council member and how his city administrator inappropriately released a confidential personnel document to the mayor’s political rival. Since then, we have had claims and counterclaims of other illegalities and operational anomalies surrounding the mayor’s office. Our position is all those allegations should be examined by an outside, independent investigator. The state attorney’s office only examined two narrow issues— the refusal of the city to release copies of its logo and how a confidential personnel complaint got from the city administrator’s computer to a blog. Former City Administrator Bill Reynolds and former Mayor’s Press Secretary Derek Cosson were charged with noncriminal infractions. Mayor Hayward fired Reynolds on July 8. Cosson voluntarily transferred to manage the city’s 311 citizen support service. “The well-being of the city’s hardworking employees is one of my top priorities,” stated the mayor upon terminating the city administrator. “Mr. Reynolds’ actions violated this sacred responsibility. This is unacceptable to me.” Since then, Reynolds and former Chief of Staff John Asmar have issued statements alleging unlawful behavior, misconduct and other irregularities in the mayor’s

office that need to be fully investigated with no outside interference. The citizens have the right to know the truth, especially if more laws have been broken and employees threatened. In his July 18 statement, Reynolds said, “The problems escalated to include serious misconduct and significant operational anomalies that I as city administrator was unable to address.” He said that the several elected officials and city staff had been aware of the issues since April 2012. Meanwhile, Asmar has said that he has “documents, emails, text messages and video tapes that document a pattern of unlawful behavior in the Office of the Mayor and show a total disregard for Florida law, the city charter and city policies.” Both Reynolds and Asmar should present their evidence and have it investigated. According to the state attorney’s office, Reynolds refused to meet with their people during its investigation of the city. Asmar did meet with investigators but only provided testimony to the incidents that were under investigation. The daily newspaper and the majority of the Pensacola City Council don’t want any further investigation. However, both these men and the public deserve to have their allegations examined—free from politics and bias. To restore trust in city government, we must know the truth. {in}

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The discussion took over an hour and a half, but the Escambia County Commission passed a motion at its Committee of Whole George Touart meeting on July 18 that made it clear that Interim County Administrator George Touart will not be hired as the full-time administrator. For months, a small band of Touart supporters had been lobbying for him to first get a three-year contract. Then, when that got little support, they reduced the request to a one-year contract. Commissioner Wilson Robertson was the first to broach the subject under the guise of saving the county the expense in interviewing the other four finalists. “I would like to see if there is consensus here, and save this county $50,000,” said Commissioner Robertson, “to consider giving Mr. Touart a one-year contract.” Robertson’s suggestion went flat. Other than Commissioner Chairman Gene Valentino, none of the other commissioners had the appetite to offer the job to Touart, who told the board that he would like that contract to begin Oct. 1, which would have actually given him 15 more months. For the past month, Robertson and Valentino had made it clear in commission meetings and workshops that Touart was their choice, before their county’s selection committee had even culled the applicants’ resumes down to five finalists. Touart was even allowed to openly campaign for the job during those meetings. Commissioner Steven Barry wasn’t going to cave into their shenanigans, he objected to Valentino’s continuous lobbying for Touart. “You can talk and talk and sometimes you’re not going to get your way,” Barry told the chairman before he made a motion that Touart be removed from the applicant pool, which would have made the interim county administrator not eligible for the post. “In nine months, I’m dealing with increasing issues,” said Barry of Touart’s job performance. “We haven’t come to the conclusion of anything. We haven’t settled any issues. I don’t see that as being tremendously effective.” Commissioner Lumon May was upset over the lack of diversity in those applicants that made the final cut. The commission had foregone the cost of a search July 25, 2013

firm and had let the Human Resources director handle the process. He argued that the process should be reopened and that Touart should set a date for his retirement. Commissioner Grover Robinson offered a substitute motion that the process would be reopened with the goal of hiring a new county administrator by Dec. 1, but no later than Feb. 28, 2014. Touart would not be allowed to apply for the position. Touart tried to get the motion changed so that his last day would be Feb. 28, 2014, but got little sympathy. Commissioner Robertson chastised his younger colleagues, taunting them that they would never be able to hire a new administrator. Barry, Robinson and May refused to submit to the pressure. In the end, the motion carried 3-2, with Robertson and Valentino voting against it. It will come before the county commission for a final vote on Thursday, July 25.


Governor Rick Scott and Florida Senate President Don Gaetz met on July 17 with leaders from ARC Gateway at a breakfast hosted by Lewis and Belle Bear and Collier Merrill. The governor wanted to hear directly from the organization that helps adults and children in our community with developmental disabilities. The primary focus was on the Governor’s efforts to reduce the longstanding waitlist of those seeking help from Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Agency Director Barbara Palmer talked about the initiative to reduce the list, estimated to be about 900 people in our area alone and 22,000 statewide, now that the state budget has a surplus. She read a letter from one worker who is helping people that are now eligible for the state programs. The waiver specialist wrote about how much the services meant to her clients and how overcome with emotion one mother was to learn of the care that her child would now receive. “We live in a cynical world,” said Palmer, “but we are making a difference for people who waited years for services.” She stated that they have already taken 754 people—many of the most needy—off the waitlist and expect to take care of more than 1,000 by the end of the year.


task force to help the Greater Pensacola Chamber comply with Florida’s Sunshine Law has been announced. IN publisher Rick Outzen will chair the committee and will be joined by Kevin Doyle, publisher of the Pensacola News Journal. Debra Little, assistant general counsel for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, John Griffing, president of NAI Halford and president of the Pensacola chamber from 1992-1997 and Michelle

Rushing, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Plaza Properties and a founding member of Pensacola Young Professionals. The areas that the committee will examine include which meetings fall under the law, record and email retention, timely fulfillment of record requests and training for employees and volunteers.


Independent News, its publisher and his blog,, were under attack at the July 18 Committee of Whole meeting of the Escambia County Commission. Chairman Gene Valentino was especially upset about being named a “loser” in the paper’s “Winners & Losers” column. “Mr. Outzen, wherever you are, get your butt in here,” said Valentino. He added that this paper and the blog were hurting the county’s chances with Airbus, the French company building an aircraft manufacturing plant in Mobile, Ala. “I hold at your doorstep the responsibility to make us look good, not bad, in the eyes of the public and those around the world considering bringing jobs here,” the commissioner said. When Outzen walked into the commission chambers and sat on the front row, Valentino said the board was too busy to hear from him. “There will be no comments from the public,” said Valentino. “I understand you would like to speak; I’m trying to stay on the agenda.”

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rom June 3-July 3 some members of the IN Staff took on the challenge of disconnecting. We didn't completely unplug. We figured that was pretty unrealistic given that we have to use computers to make this paper. We also knew we'd all quit by lunch on day one anyway. We like being connected and informed way too much to ever go dark. So instead, we all searched deep within our tech-addicted psyches and admitted to one technology/social media related vice we struggle with and agreed to give that up. For some of us it was really hard to admit we had a problem—which probably means those people have the biggest issues to deal with. For others it was hard to narrow it down to just one platform or app. Each of us was forced to answer the question of "why" before we could begin the assignment. We just wanted to make sure everybody had a chance to really learn something here. We didn't want to be giving up Tweets in vain. Some us failed miserably and cheated on the first day. Some of us stuck it out just to prove we could and went back to our overconnected ways at 12:01 July 4. Some of us had life altering epiphany moments where we saw the error of our ways and vowed to never repeat them. Well, maybe nothing that dramatic happened. But some of us did learn things and developed new habits that we hope stick with us long after this week’s issue is recycled and our time unplugged forgotten.


It's All About Me, Right? by Edwin Banacia

My vice is myself. Anxiety, inbox guilt and disengagement were good enough reasons to unplug. So when asked if I would be game to participate in this social experiment of anti-modernism, I said, “Sure.” After all, how bad could it get? Pretty bad. As it turned out, my measly sacrifice of withdrawing from Instagram and Vine wasn’t easy at all. I’m completely addicted to myself. In the grand scheme of this fully connected world, we’ve adapted to complete integration rather quickly. In the last five years, I’ve managed to find myself in a place where I am routinely evaluating my life in relevance to its performance indicators on social media. In this age of social connectivity we are literally analyzing ourselves and our rhetorical value to the world in which we exist. In particular, “How

many likes did my picture get?” The result of my self-imposed exodus from Instagram and Vine was terrifying. But I don’t fully accept the blame. As Americans, we almost view it as a responsibility to be informed citizens. So yes, I naturally felt it was important to know what you had for dinner or which exercises you completed at the gym. The first few days of my disconnected life, I felt an overwhelming sense of ignorance and guilt. What in the hell was everyone doing? I’d find myself sitting in a restaurant and not knowing what to do while waiting on my dinner. So I cheated. A post here or there wouldn’t end the world would it? And within a few days, I was back to posting pictures and videos. I was back to removing the guilt of missed notifications. I was back to over-sharing uninhibited non-important moments of my life with whoever would pay attention. I was back to full immersion. Then it happened. I just decided that I wouldn’t completely disappear. This was obviously harder than I anticipated. I would wake up some days and sincerely decide to not post on that day. So I wouldn’t. Turns out, giving up Instagram and Vine in small spurts was much more realistic for me. On those days, I learned a few things. When I’m completely involved with sharing my experiences, I’m decidedly less involved in the now. I was sharing experiences that I

deemed relevant before those experiences were even fully experienced. The process of sharing, documenting and commenting on experiences in real-time caused me to live through moments passively. My decisions were influenced mostly by a groupthink attitude. Being disconnected, even if just from Instagram and Vine, gave me time to reflect about how much energy I was putting into content management. I discovered that most times I was waiting for good content to present itself so I could receive the recognition and approval of not just my peers, but frighteningly, complete strangers as well. I could tell myself that my need to post is just a guilty pleasure to pass the time, but I’d be lying. I’m pretentious. I’m selfabsorbed. Superman couldn’t lift my ego. I think I’m funny. I’m not a chef, but who cares? People will want to see what I cooked for dinner. I’m relevant and my opinion on Miguel’s leg drop on a fan during the Billboard Awards must be heard! And I think you care. You don’t care. In fact, no one does. We all care about ourselves. We’ve trained ourselves to be self-important. We selfpublish our own tabloid every single day. And we’re concerned about our circulation. It must grow. It mustn’t be regional or national. It must be global! You can’t spell Millennial without the M and the E – Me!

We self-publish our own tabloid every single day. And we’re concerned about our circulation.

#DISCONNECT So, admitting I have a Tumblr problem, I moved onto the next step in recovery: deleting the app. I distinctly remember being unnecessarily peeved by the little empty spot on the home screen of my iPhone. My Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr apps were all lined up in a neat little row, but now I felt I needed to fill the void. So I just scooted my Pinterest app into Tumblr’s old spot. There, that’s better. Right? Wrong. Instead of really disconnecting and redirecting my energies elsewhere—the goal of the exercise that I figured out a couple of weeks into it, I just filled the time I spent on Tumblr with other Internet distractions. When I found myself sighing dramatically and throwing around phrases like “But it’s just not the same!” I realized I should probably reevaluate why Tumblr is so important to me in the first place. What makes Tumblr so addictive to me, the reason I have devoted so much time to it and get so easily lost in it, is that I can just submerge myself in a wonderful Internet-bubble of people and media that I enjoy. Unlike Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Pinterest, it has nothing to with my “real life.” I never have to censor myself and I can be as self-indulgent as I please. I’ve been able to find amazing artists, writers, musicians and friends through common interests in a veritable safe haven. There really is nothing wrong with that. Tumblr, within itself, is not a bad thing. The same can be said of Facebook, Instagram, etc. The opportunity for growth in all of this was being pushed out of a passive place and making myself accountable for doing these things I always talk, think and blog about doing. It took a lot of self-discipline, but once I really disconnected from my online-habits, I was able to produce. I made some flower crowns, outlined the novel I’ve always wanted to start and read some actual books. I dug my teeth back into good journalism and started listening to NPR again. My time-out from Tumblr was definitely successful. The pearl of wisdom I walked away with was this: Passive Internet pursuits will lull you into complacency, but you can shake off the dust. In fact, you can even go back to your cyber-haunts and wallow in your chosen poison, all the while being a productive person. All it takes is a bit of self-awareness and discipline.

I think this is one of those situations where you can toss that "Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery" cliché at me.

Blogger Detox by Stephanie Sharp

My vice is the micro-blogging platform Tumblr. I’ve had a blog on the site

for over three years now and the number of posts is staggering—embarrassing, really. As I write this sentence, the total is just shy of 25 thousand posts. So I average about 23 posts a day. I think this is one of those situations where you can toss that “Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery” cliché at me. Right into my sad, Internet-addicted, iPhone-illuminated face. I deserve it. When this connectedness challenge was originally presented to me, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to work on my Tumblr-dependence. This won’t be so hard, I told myself. It’s summer; I’ll barely ever be on my laptop so the temptation will be minimal. Then I realized that my problem really lies in my excessive usage of the Tumblr app. Really, it’s a great app. The kind of well-designed, immersive app that you find yourself staring at until the wee hours of the morning and just scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. July 25, 2013

Recapturing the Moment by Sarah McCartan

My vice is my iPhone camera. I must confess that I am someone who has spent excess energy documenting things, be it food, friends, me, a place, or a space, merely for show at times, to the point that I’ve been guilty of devaluing the experience. And so I challenged myself to say enough is enough. I challenged myself to stop. I challenged myself to get back to the heart of the experience, rather than allowing the moment to be robbed by instant documentation, or by sharing for the intent of gratification or artificial affirmation. It was a challenge not just of disconnecting but also of reengaging, and in turn, recapturing. Recapturing what is real— disbanding what is not. And, once again, being able to recognize and draw a distinct line between these ideas. My hope was that this would allow me to more fully exist in

Rather than rushing to try and capture it, any of it, I let it go. And I simply lived it.

the moments I’m given with people I care about. The tangible piece of my challenge specifically meant not snapping any photographs with my iPhone. This is an act that had become as habitual as snacking. Anyone who has maxed out their entire iPhone memory surely has grown obsessive, right? To break it down further, this meant no photos taken to immediately post to Instagram #rightnow, and none to simply let lay dormant and save for a #latergram either. Midway through my challenge was Father’s Day. To celebrate, my dad and I ventured out to Fort Pickens together to enjoy the beauty of our natural surroundings. Realizing there was aged film in my fish eye camera that had been tucked away on my shelf, I threw it in my bag and brought it along for the journey. (This was another bit of the challenge—if I was to take any photos, I must do so on the film cameras I have grossly forsaken.)


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#DISCONNECT When we arrived at Fort Pickens, I did something that I rarely do. I left my phone in the car, for hours upon hours. After squeaking our feet across undisturbed sand dunes, we jumped in the gulf and we swam, swam and swam some more. We swam with what felt like semi-reckless abandon. Then we spotted a youngster sea turtle, and swam alongside her (or him). My dad told me that he had not seen my face light up with sheer joy like I did in that moment, in quite a while. Truthfully, I hadn’t either. Rather than rushing to try and capture it, any of it, I let it go. And I simply lived it. As a human, I find myself getting rather caught up in trying to hold on too tightly to moments. Moments that are fleeting whether or not I document them. Moments that are meant to be lived and shared with those around me, not taken for granted. This entire process was bringing this internal struggle and constant battle to the surface. As the challenge continued on, it was clear that it was becoming something far greater than simply breaking a habit. It was becoming a matter of greater mindfulness. I began actively acknowledging the amount of time I spent connected to my phone for any and all purposes, and began enjoying the fact that my phone was spending an increased amount of time tucked away from the scene, deep in my purse. I once again found myself appreciating moments as I was experiencing them, rather than after the fact, in regard to how they were documented. This challenge has turned into so many things that it is difficult to pinpoint where it started, what it’s become, or where it’s ending. My hope is that it doesn’t end. Although I have returned to taking photos via my iPhone in moderation, I have made a commitment to actively thinking about each instance and why I feel the need or desire to document it, before doing so. Ultimately, if there’s anything this challenge has assisted me with recapturing, along with the moment, it’s myself—my true self—the one that spans far deeper than any glamorized photo plastered on social media. In my humble opinion, this is what matters the most, at least to me.

even Craigslist and eBay—seriously, you have no idea how long I can virtually shop for mid-century furniture and vintage scarves… You see, my real vice is killing time on my iPhone. I used to be a productive person. I used to read books every night until I fell asleep. I used to devour the Sunday New York Times before noon. I used to try—and almost always fail—DIY projects and crafts. I used to watch documentaries and listen to NPR. I used to care enough to seek out things to fill my time. Then I got an iPhone and slowly, but surely, things began to change. I became a passive consumer—taking in whatever was in my newsfeed and at my fingertips. Looking back on the past few years, it honestly it amazes me how quickly I became lazy. My goal for this challenge was pretty vague—quit wasting time on my phone. But I knew if I could figure out exactly what that meant for me, set some self-imposed rules and actually make it happen, it would be worthwhile. I just knew if I could go back to how I used to be pre-smartphone, I would be happier. I know it's sad that I needed a work assignment to make me actually do that—but reality is sad sometimes. At first it was difficult. Embarrassingly difficult, really. I had to practically hide my phone from myself while at home to avoid mindlessly looking at it. Same thing with the car. (Before you get mad at me, just know that I don't mean while driving. I'm talking about sitting at stoplights and in traffic, OK? I know it's still bad, but I wanted to clarify so you all judge me a little less harshly.) I had to turn off all social media notifications too. I didn't delete the apps entirely, but I had to diminish their presence. While trying to spend less time caring that someone commented on my profile photo, I had to not know it was happening. Then I just set back and let the boredom creep in. I'm from the camp that believes one of the main problems with having the world in our hands is that we're never bored anymore. Thanks to technology we can always find something to occupy our time and our minds. There are always status updates to read and cute cat videos to watch. Most of us don't even have time to be bored. But being bored isn't a negative thing. Boredom is where creativity sparks and where big ideas get their roots. Being bored of being bored is what makes you actually get up and do something—at least that's always been the case with me.

There are always status updates to read and cute cat videos to watch.

Checking it at the Door by Lilia Del Bosque Oakey Whitehouse

My vice is my smartphone. I’ve

only had it for four months, so I thought unplugging myself would be simple. It wasn’t. I failed miserably. The boundaries I set for myself were simple: No texts, games, or browsing on my phone when I am home. When I walked in the door from work, I would put my phone on the table, upside down, and silence it. Staring at my phone had become such a time waster and I noticed that it was taking away those blank moments in my days— moments where I would just stare at my husband and strike up random conversation, moments of silence, moments when friends and I would argue who sang a song, not just pull out our phones. I started out strong. I kept a notebook in hand to jot down tweets or photos I wanted to take. When friends texted me, I would call them back (calls were allowed) or I would just ignore it until right before bed when I allowed myself to go on my phone, return texts, and browse briefly on my phone. What started a string of bad habits was a family party. Most of my family lives in the Midwest and there was a party to celebrate my cousin’s graduation. I hadn’t seen my extended family in a year and my sister and mother texted me to see if I was free to video chat with my grandparents and godson. I didn’t see the texts until the next morning. I was so beaten down by missing the texts that I took my anger out on my self-imposed blackout. I figured that I would have chatted with them for about 30 minutes so I told myself I could tackle 30 minutes worth of SongPop requests to

Instead I just sat on the couch, staring at my phone, making deals with myself for just one more peek .

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make it up to myself. Two hours later my phone died and I realized sustaining this for a whole month would be difficult. Then I started to make deals with myself. I told myself that I could check Instagram and Facebook in the mornings if I didn’t browse my phone so long at night. Then I decided that Instagram and photos were fine because they were capturing memories—even if those memories were blurry photos of my cat in bad lighting. Then texts to Mom where allowed. One Saturday, I stayed in bed until 2 p.m. because I told myself the phone was allowed only when I was in bed. That’s about the moment I realized that I have very little self-restraint. Maybe I failed because there wasn’t any type of reinforcement. Maybe every time I peeked at a text, I should have made myself run a mile or denied myself chocolate. There was one time before that I allowed myself to unplug for a month. I was in Oregon for a class and cell phones weren’t allowed. I wrote letters daily to my parents and weekly to my friends. I fished and read books and went on hikes and learned two songs in Spanish. I expected this month to be a similar. To be filled with new hobbies and books and long walks. Instead I just sat on the couch, staring at my phone, making deals with myself for just one more peek.

I Used To Read by Joani Delezen

My vice is Pinterest. And Instagram. And Twitter. And Etsy. And sometimes

#DISCONNECT So what I really wanted out of this month was to be bored. I wanted to be bored enough to organize my closet, to try container gardening on my porch, to finally finish that book I started around Christmas… and I was. I was so gloriously bored that I did things I'd forgotten how to do—like cook stir-fry from scratch, not a bag. I was keeping a productivity log, but around week two I stopped. I was just too busy doing stuff and catching up on things I missed. Sure, I slipped up and cheated a few times. Like when I took an extra cute picture of my dog and just had to Instagram it right away and then waste half an hour comparing his cuteness to all the other pups with the same hashtag. Or when I found myself in the waiting room at the doctor’s office without a book or current magazine. Facebook was my only real option to pass the time, wasn't it? But overall, I kept up my end of the bargain that I'd made with myself. I allowed my mind to wander instead of keeping it constantly moving by scrolling through photos and Tweets. I remembered how good it feels get stuff done—stuff that I want to do, not just stuff I have to do. I remembered that I used to be a somewhat interesting person until I got so interested in what other people were doing all the time. I really liked myself a lot more during June. So did my boyfriend I’m sure. I just hope I keep it going and don't let my smartphone dumb me down again.

For the Love of Selfies by Jason Leger

My vice is Instagram. And I'm just going

to go ahead and warn you that by reading this, you are about to learn some sad facts about me. I joined Instagram in the spring of 2012, and at first, didn’t use it all that much because I didn’t really understand the premise. Once I did, however, the pictures July 25, 2013

started flowing from me, arguably to a fault. Memes, pictures of my dog, pictures from my childhood, screen shots of what I was listening to at the moment, and, probably most problematic, pictures of my face all would fill up a normal day. The attention was making me a narcissist, something I never had any desire to be. Coincidentally, my first year on Instagram was also the year I dropped 100 lbs. I could capture my progress and document it for the world to see. As I began shrinking, more and more women, who paid little attention to me previously, began liking and commenting on my pictures. Consequently, my ego began to grow, and the desire to post more pictures of myself bloomed. People began to point out that it was too much, but I laughed it off, calling them “jealous” or “jerks.” In reality though, they saw what was happening and were trying to help me rein it in. Over time, I began to realize that I didn’t like who I was becoming. When the opportunity to constructively take a break from the technology arose, I leapt at it. So I deleted the Instagram app from my phone. Initially, I was on the high of accomplishing something and progressing who I am, but after a couple of days, I started to notice my mindset changing little by little. My dog would do something funny or a song would pop up on my radio and a desire to share the moment welled up inside of me, leaving me to choke it back down. This desire led me to think quite a bit on why this was happening. Social media is such a huge juggernaut in our culture. A person can post as much as they want, at no cost. I had to ask myself why the urge to tell people about what’s going on with me is so important? The conclusion I came to seems simple, at least for me. I’m lonely. Not in the “I’m depressed, I need someone to love, woe is me, high school” sense of the word, but the “I need other people to affirm that I matter, because I’m not meant to live this life alone” sense. Everything that I post on social media is a moment of my life that feels incomplete without others enjoying it with me. When I post the song that I’m listening to at the moment, I want others to enjoy it with me. When I post pictures of my dog, I want others to see how beautiful she is. When I tweet a joke, I want people to laugh. When I take a picture of myself, I’m basically saying, “Here it is, take it or leave it, but I desperately want you to take it.” Life is not complete without others. We are afraid of being alone, irrelevant, misunderstood, not heard, and, possibly worst of all, unseen, so we put ourselves out there and, whether we admit it or not, cross our fingers for attention. Because of my 30 days without Instagram, I think I see a way forward. I won’t be putting down social media all together, but there are small steps I'm going to try to take to keep my feet firmly planted in reality. I haven't downloaded the app again,

I’m lonely. Not in the "I’m depressed, I need someone to love, woe is me, high school" sense of the word, but the "I need other people to affirm that I matter, because I’m not meant to live this life alone" sense.

and I really don't have much desire to. As long as I feel this way, I'll let it rest. I was in over my head for sure.

The Blue Menace by Jessica Forbes

My vice is Facebook. Even before this as-

signment, I had toyed with the idea of taking a break from the site. Like a bad relationship that had gone on too long, Facebook had become a stressor in my life. I’d felt that way for a while, but hadn’t made a change.

Despite feeling annoyed and anxious at the sight of that certain shade of blue, I checked Facebook every day, multiple times per day. Feeling overwhelmed, I’d taken the app off of my iPhone only to use Safari to log on. Sad? Yes. Plus, I’m not on Instagram or Twitter, so I’m almost a Luddite, anyway, at least in the opinion of some of my iPhoneaddicted friends (love you, guys!). On day one of my shortlived “Facebook Blackout Diaries,” I wrote that I felt “near overwhelming joy” after suspending my account on what I then called “The Blue Menace.”



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#DISCONNECT I was only compelled to journal about Facebook for two of the 30 days, however. On the second night of the challenge, I had a dream that I accidentally logged in. And that was pretty much the extent of my Facebook separation anxiety. In 2005, the year I joined Facebook, only college students were allowed on the site. It was a simpler, more innocent social media experience, a brave new frontier for publicly embarrassing yourself and others from the comfort of your dingy dorm room or shared apartment. Fast forward some years later, and the site became a constant stream of information, gaming requests, and complete train wrecks—grammatically, visually, and spiritually. Normally nice people seemed angry, depressed, self-absorbed and/or snarky via their posts, while others seemed ridiculously, disingenuously exuberant about everything. And on some levels, at some times, I was one of "those" people. On Day One I also wrote—and this sums up my Facebook-less experience—“I’m still feeling relieved today about severing ties with Facebook. While I’ve thought about checking it, it seems like the impulse is more out of habit than actual desire. I haven’t felt anxiety about the fact that I can’t log in and in fact, I think I feel less stress not checking it.” Our love affair with social media is almost alarmingly pervasive, as I quickly saw when I got out of the game. Not being on Facebook myself, I realized how much people reference it in conversation. While not being able to affirmatively answer, “Did you see my post?” sort of made me feel out of the loop, it ultimately didn’t, since the human I was interacting with in real life would then explain whatever they were referencing to me, and we’d find ourselves having a discussion, face to face. Occasionally throughout the month, I’d wonder what a few people—“Facebook friends”—were doing. In a few of those instances I actually picked up the phone and had conversations with them, the way we used to in the ‘90s. I quickly learned that liking my friend’s photos of his son is great, but it’s not the same as calling them and hearing the baby laugh in the background. States away, I feel like I know a lot more about their lives from that phone call than I do from months’ worth of posts. To be as connected as we allegedly are these days, we’re lacking a lot of substance if clicking “Like” is the bulk of our friendship action. Now at the end of the experiment I see that the problems I experienced with

Facebook were with how much time I gave the site and how I utilized it, not the concept of social media itself. I’d allowed looking at my friends’ profiles to substitute for connecting with them, learning how they were really doing and vice versa. That said, I’m going to give Facebook another try. Now I know that social media only gets as annoying and time consuming as I let it. As long as it’s a supplement to real life and not a substitution for it, I think it’s possible to not let social media become The Destroyer of All That’s Meaningful. Zuckerberg and Co. may have broken us in, but we’re free to break out anytime we choose.

Like a bad relationship that had gone on too long, Facebook had become a stressor in my life.

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Screen Free Saturdays by Samantha Rich Crooke

My vice is pretty much anything with a screen. Really it's a family problem. So

my husband Ken and I decided to take on this challenge as a family. Our objective was simple—to spend more time together as a family, we pledged to abstain from using any screens (social media, texting, TV watching, etc.) during our one day a week we have time together. Just one day a week for a month? I didn't think it would be too hard at all. Sure, I compulsively check my phone for Facebook updates, and find myself on Pinterest far too often than is healthy, but only four days? I've got this. I made sure Ken was up for doing this with me. He was open to the idea, but not aware that on day one of our challenge, I was going to leave him home alone with the kids while I went birthday shopping with my mom. He cracked right away, play-

ing "The Fish Movie" (“Finding Nemo,” for you non-parents) for our wild toddler who was refusing a nap. I fared better, but was acutely aware of its absence and the fact that I couldn't use my phone became pretty maddening. At 12:01 I checked my Facebook, did some online birthday shopping, and googled (finally!) what glitter was made of. The next few Saturdays were better, as we spent the days together. We did fairly well, with small slip-ups now and then. It became sort of a game to catch each other cheating. I decided it was ridiculous to be so extremist not to use the phone at all, and used it for looking up directions, recipes to cook that day—aka things that were actually useful and didn't distract from family time. You can decide whether or not that is a sign of weakness or just me being awesomely realistic. Having information readily available constantly is pretty incredible after all. Also, as a photographer and mom, I've got to admit while of lesser quality, the accessibility of a camera phone is pretty great, allowing us to capture pics of our kids when our SLRs aren't readily available. My mom actually was inadvertently the source of our first technology transgression, because when she wanted to take a video and photos of our son during swim class at the YMCA, Ken insisted he use his iPhone 5 instead because the camera was better than the one of her phone. I was in the water, totally helpless to stop it, so…"Not It!" I did come away with some surprising takeaways from this. One thing that struck me was how odd complete silence is to me now, in a way that I don't remember it being before the ability to become addicted to social media and smart phones existed. I definitely use screens as a filler in my daily life. If Ken is watching a boring TV show, instead of doing something else productive or suggesting that he turns it off, I'll just sit on the couch and spend time with Pinterest. The first Saturday after our kids were both asleep was the most difficult time for me because it was so quiet. There was less "busy" filling the time. We don't often just sit there in silence. I felt a weird compulsion to do something. I cleaned a lot—this is shocking if you know me personally. After my manic productivity spurt, we actually had good conversations together that were not just about our kids, and during the course of the month, not just on Saturdays, I felt less of a need to grab my phone in the quiet moments. All in all, the experience was positive. We played pretend with our son more—our hallway is now a train station and car racing center. I gazed at my baby doing baby things a lot more. I took more actual photos of my kids. I brought my camera to swim class and

got some really great photos, not ones that will just go to the land of wherever mediocre iPhone photos go. We didn't miss a single swim class this month, I started getting CSA boxes from the Palafox Market afterwards and actually spending the time to cook food and try new recipes for our dinners instead of doing the frozen pizzas routine. It's funny how often I thought I was killing perceived boredom by effectively doing "nothing"—wasting time on things that aren't truly productive or truly relaxing. While I doubt we will ever live a totally screen free life, we will definitely continue with the spirit of the challenge, and limit it, especially when it is distracting us from each other.

One thing that struck me was how odd complete silence is to me now.

#TwitterFasting by Whitney Vaughan Fike

My vice is Twitter. As a marketing and

communications professional, I’m always connected… to everything. Especially my Twitter feed. Proof that I'm a Twitter addict: In the 2012 Independent News Best of the Coast issue, I received the honor of being named the Best Person/Business to Follow on Twitter. At first I baulked at the idea of giving it up for a month, but quickly gave in. I had to announce my hiatus or people would think I am ignoring them, right? Then I turned off all my notifications so that I would not get any updates that would tempt me. The first couple of weeks were the hardest. I opened up a digital notepad on my phone and saved tweets I thought of instead of posting them on Twitter. I caught myself spending more time on other social media platforms. My go-to was Instagram because I could share photos and still use hashtags. I was, however, faithful to my #TwitterFasting.


We have committed to try to be technology free while we spend time together.

I posted on Instagram, Facebook and Foursquare but never connected them to my Twitter feed. I was committed. One of my favorite things to do is live tweet during concerts, award shows, hot topic news and TV shows. I am a country music fan and the CMT awards were held on June 5. I knew that I would want to tweet, so I purposely made other plans out of the house for the #CMTawards show. It was only a couple days into the challenge. The day I missed being on Twitter the most was when my friend Jeff ran up to me at Evenings in Olde Seville Square and asked if I had fun at bar bingo that week. He said "I tweeted you" and he pulled up his Twitter feed to show me that he even had a photo attached to it. I missed it. Recently I read that it takes 21 days to break a habit. As I went through this challenge, I realized the amount of time I do spend on my phone or tweet-thinking of “how can I squeeze this thought or conversation into 140 characters without giving up proper grammar?” Toward the end of this challenge, my notes of tweets began to dwindle and I noticeably have not reached for my phone when something comes to mind or happens. My friends and I have started putting our phones in the middle of the table during dinner so we are actually able to enjoy each other’s company. My husband was on his phone the other day while we were out at dinner and I asked him about it. He said that he was so used to me being on my phone all

You Might Have a Problem If... It started off harmless. Then again, it always starts off harmless, right? But before you could even notice it happening, you've become kind of addicted to updating your Tumblr and checking in on Twitter to see what's trending. Sure, you might not have full-blown SMAD. But that doesn't mean you aren't a little too into your online life. Here are some telltale signs you might have some social media overload issues: July 25, 2013

the time that he picked up the habit. We have committed to try to be technology free while we spend time together. My #TwitterFasting has been a great experience and while I may never be able to give up Twitter all together, it has made me realize how much time I actually devoted to it. Am I over connected? Yes. I'm just going to be smarter about how I connect going forward, but I'll never disconnect. I'm just not wired for that. and told my staff and friends to text me instead of using email, which they did. However, I never swore off text message so it wasn’t technically cheating. The second weekend, I forgot about the challenge until 8 p.m. Friday night. When I checked my emails again on Monday, the count was 361. I used the “delete all” command to get rid of most of them. If I had stopped the challenge on June 17, I could have declared it a success. I read more, relaxed more and nothing fell apart. But I had two more weeks to go. Since February, I had been investigating the mayor’s office, The Zimmerman Agency, and the release of what appeared to be confidential personnel documents while other records, such as the new city logo, were not given to citizens. Many of the documents were in email form. The only time I could really do the necessary research was on the weekend. We expected the State Attorney’s Office to issue its findings any day between June 24 and July 4, and we needed to have the

Emails are my lifeline, my connection to the world. I check them constantly, even when I can't (or shouldn't) answer them.

You've Got (Too Much) Mail by Rick Outzen

My vice is email. My rules for this chal-

lenge were simple—no emails from 5 p.m. on Fridays until 6 a.m. on Mondays. Most people can do that without a second thought, right? I don't use social media much personally. But email is a different story. Emails are my lifeline, my connection to the world. I check them constantly, even when I can't— or shouldn't—answer them. The first weekend was great. I read more magazines, newspapers and even a book. I just watched the mail app on my iPad and iPhone count the unopened emails. By Monday morning, the count was 316. Most I just deleted. Few had any real significance. No one died. Of course, I cheated

� You have separation anxiety issues

when you forget your phone � You've uploaded more than three selfies in the past month � Anyone in your life has ever made fun of or gotten mad at you for being on your phone, tablet or laptop � You can't eat out, see a concert, go to a party or walk down the street without taking a photo to prove it � Looking for the perfect Throwback Thursday photo is on your weekly to do list � You get bummed when said photo doesn't get enough likes or comments � You've gotten into a comment fight on Facebook about politics, religion or the

new Kanye album

� You notice when your number of Twit-

ter followers goes down or up (and down really pisses you off ) � You check in to places before you even get there � People who've never met your dog or kid know his or her name � You've ever "live tweeted" anything � You've accepted friend requests from people you don't really know just to get your "numbers" up � You've used hashtags like #nofilter or #likeforalike � You've let your food get cold while trying to get a photo of it

story ready to publish on a short notice. I could argue that reading old emails didn’t really break the challenge, but I also found myself reading new emails while I was doing the research. The struggle of being the publisher of a small newspaper is finding balance. For two weeks, I did. Maybe I can build off it… in August. {in}

If you're guilty of three of more of these bad habits, you might want to look at your social media usage. We aren't saying you have a problem, but your significant other or best friends might be. You might just be too busy checking your Instagram likes to hear them. A little moderation never hurt anybody.



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s social media overuse and the general state of being overconnected to the technology devices that you once welcomed into your life with open arms truly taking a toll on your—our— mental health? No way. It’s all in your head—or is it?

Facing the Facts

An IDC research report survey conducted on behalf of Facebook in March of this year, surveyed nearly 8,000 iPhone and Android smartphone owners in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 daily, over a weeklong period of time.

The summary reports that today, half of the total U.S. population uses smartphones, with the sense of feeling connected being noted as the strongest, collective sentiment, and cited as an overwhelming benefit of said devices. It all sounds positive so far, right? Not so fast. The report also shows that within the first 15 minutes of waking up, four out of five surveyed smartphone owners are checking their phones. What’s more, throughout the remainder of the waking day, 79 percent of respondents admit to having their phone on or near them for all but two hours. Of this time, on average, 32:51 minutes is spent on Facebook daily, with an average number of sessions totaling at 13.8.

Similar findings from a study conducted by Nokia show that, on average, mobile users check their cell phone every six and a half minutes. And in total, an average of 150 times a day. That’s a lot of time spent engaged in the virtual realm. This overconnectivity is a heavily weighed and somewhat controversial topic popping up regularly amongst major headlines, and a matter that

is being increasingly studied by neuroscientists and psychologists worldwide, along with industry stakeholders. It’s causing what some feel to be a disorder, bringing attention to a new phenomenon known as FOMO— the fear of missing out, and is even said to be driving us SMAD—Social Media Anxiety Disorder—a phrase, or condition rather, author and social media strategist Julia Spira claims to have coined.

“What is really going to be so urgent? Maybe we all have a higher sense of importance.”— Trish Taylor

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#DISCONNECT How do you know if you're getting SMAD? In a healthy living article featured on the Huffington Post blog, Spira cites several signals you may have a problem. Signals include having your cell phone as your number one accessory, feeling anxiousness from lack of responses to tweets, texting in silence while sitting around eating dinner with others, or overly refreshing and checking your “cute photo” to see if it’s been liked or shared, and so on. While some are quick to designate this “iDisorder” as a universal problem or technological phenomenon, others suggest that this overconnected obsession is generational, and that it in turn is contributing to psychological behavioral disorders specifically amongst millennials, such as narcissism. An article singling out “The ME ME ME Generation,” plastered on the cover of the May 2013 edition of TIME Magazine reported the following. “The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that’s now 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health; 58 percent more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982.” The numbers themselves come with little surprise, after all, we live in an age where we now have metrics to gage just how many people like what we do, what we look like, who we are—online. We see ourselves how we want the world to see us, and in turn, can feed off of this, to an extent that generations before us couldn’t have possibly imagined. This measuring ourselves against others cannot only feed egos, it can destroy self-esteem. And it doesn’t stop at the millennials or with a particular platform. On a lighter but no less serious note, it can even extend all the way to mothers—mothers who aren’t feeling crafty enough on Pinterest. The Today Show recently surveyed 7,000 American mothers and found that 42 percent of those surveyed “suffer from Pinterest stress—the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough.” Not only is social media making us feel un-crafty, or excessively loving or loathing of our looks—it’s being used to measure our happiness—at least according to a recent poll in TIME Magazine. The July edition features a poll titled “Got Joy?” This poll was conducted by a telephone survey among a national random sample of 801 Americans ages 18 and older who were asked a series of question pertaining to what makes them happy. A “Then and Now” section of the poll showcased a list of several items that fewer people percentage-wise currently indicate doing to improve their mood compared to 2004. The list looks a little something like this—eating, shopping, having sex, helping others and praying/meditating. This showing was followed by a simple, July 25, 2013

yet powerful statement, “But people are spending time on social media.” But, how many people? According to those surveyed in the poll—56 percent. After asking only two questions dedicated toward happiness in and of itself, the poll shifted total focus to social media statistics—this time in regard to online feelings—feeling better or worse about yourself from social media interactions, and also perceptions. Of respondents, 76 percent answered yes—they believe that on their social-media profiles, other individuals make themselves look happier, more attractive and more successful than they really are. Then it came to self-portrayal. Here, 78 percent answered yes—they believe their social-media profile reflects what they are really like.

Artificial or Anti-Social

People turn to their vices for connectivity, or happiness—yet there seems to be an evident disconnect. Has our relationship with ourselves and with others drastically been reformulated or mutated because of social media? After scouring additional studies, the national media’s take on it, and all virtual outlets imaginable, I decided to settle down for some realtime, face-to face conversations with local specialists to discuss these matters further. “It’s one of the things I’ve witnessed change over time—this evolution of change in communication," said local Psychologist Dr. Patrick Preston. "It’s changing relationships.” Not only are we having a more difficult time analyzing virtual forms of communication, it is being suggested that the number of Facebook friends we have, or interaction with said friends, can even reach a point of diminishing return. Likewise, it’s suggested that “a lower number of connections on Facebook may actually mean you are spending more time in the physical world with relationships—versus covering up with these artificial relationships,” said Preston. For some, these relationships can even become a crutch as individuals become lost amid in essence—a fantasy world.

“People establish relationships online— sometimes these relationships aren’t real. From my experience, there are some real emotional scars from wounds and disappointments based on portrayal of online relationships. That’s real, psychological harm to individuals,” he said. With article after article exploring digital dualism and the augmented realm, many have theorized that the physical and the virtual are two distinct worlds. On the contrary, others argue these worlds are one in the same. “My biggest interest in this is peoples’ personas,” said Trish Taylor, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coach. “Sometimes peoples’ Facebook personas are not the person they are presenting in real life—who are you? Are you your Facebook persona?” she asks. Not only is this Facebook persona causing a disconnect in perception of both ourselves and each other, as indicated in the TIME magazine poll, according to Taylor, these virtual relationships are overpowering and in some cases can even take the place of, real, physical contact and verbal communication—and seem to be widely doing just that. “We’re not talking to people. We’re replacing actual real conversations. We all sit around a table in a room and are on our phones,” she said. It’s not a problem that is experienced in isolation, but oftentimes one that transfers over to affect interpersonal relationships. “I’ve had partners in relationships really frustrated with the absence of their partner because of being online all the time,” said Preston. Taylor agrees, “Other people tell me about other people who have a problem.” She cautions that not only does this hinder our abilities to form authentic bonds, and further forge these relationships; it disrupts us

“From my experience, there are some real emotional scars from wounds and disappointments based on portrayal of online relationships. That’s real, psychological harm to individuals.”— Dr. Patrick Preston

from living in the moment. “We’re not in the moment anymore. We’re either thinking in status updates or thinking about who might see it, or who might not,” said Taylor. “Being in the moment and actually experiencing life in the right now we’re missing out on, because we’re not focused on what’s happening to us—we’re thinking about what it’s going to look like on the screen for someone else,” she said. Without social media, Taylor admits she would be hindered from keeping in touch with her family overseas. Perhaps it’s our urgent urges, rather than moderate usage that have become the culprit. “What is it that makes people think, ‘I’ve got to look. I’ve got to find out?’ asks Taylor. “Unless you’re actually an emergency surgeon, who is going to call you that really, really, really needs you? Who’s going to text you? What is really going to be so urgent? Maybe we all have a higher sense of importance.”



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Blurred Lines, Difficult Diagnosis

Preston cautions not to stereotype those who suffer from technology-related conditions, or assume those who struggle the most exist within an extreme world of isolation or solitude. But rather, it tends to be the opposite. “Research shows that people with the most problems tend to be more functional— more successful,” he said. In addition to following research on the subject of individual relationships with technology, Preston has worked firsthand with persons suffering from technology addictions, specifically those related to the world of gaming. With gaming overuse specifically, individuals have visited Preston and willingly admitted having a problem. For social media usage, admitting you have a problem sometimes is not that straightforward. In turn, neither is diagnosing. “It’s easy to say that it’s the connection that is causing pathology, but I’m not sure it’s the primary factor. I think that in the struggle, people can go to the Internet as a way of escape,” he said. “It’s hard to locate what comes first.” Although current research is charting similarities between addictions and impulse controls, there remains a tension within research, when it comes to defining technology-related disorders. This begs the question, is social media the culprit or is it the perpetuator of underlying issues?

“It’s hard for me to over-speak either side of the conversation, but I think it can go both ways,” said Preston. “In my experience—when you dig underneath it, there are problems that individuals are coping with—such as depression, or anxiety.” On the other hand he mentions research that is showing that people who are connected the most can have increased rates of anxiety and depression. This can carry over into what is intended to be times of rest, and even cause issues such as sleep disorders. For this condition specifically, Preston has seen the scenario be similar and calls examples of it being both a mental and physical struggle. “There are examples where people have insomnia and then they go online to try and cope, but then it perpetuates the problem,” he said.

“When connectivity keeps the front part active we are unable to provide relaxation in the back part of our brain. With that comes the inability to calm ourselves—find peace.”—Preston

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Calming the Monkey Mind

It takes little effort to utter the words “keep calm, and carry on” but in an overloaded reality, for many, it’s not that simple, and mentally can pose a very real barrier—even for simply functioning day to day, without distraction. So how do we disconnect, and calm our “monkey” mind? How does one regain or even maintain focus, find balance, and in essence, reset their brain or train it for more tempered, less anxious or obsessive behavioral patterns?

How does one simply put down a habit, put down their device? Much like Taylor, Preston does not take an anti-technology stance. He too recognizes the positives of connectivity, and finds the benefit in welcomed, but well-tempered connectivity. “Still, there’s something really important to be said about disconnecting and practicing existing with [and within] the physical world and finding calmness,” he said. “Constant stimulation gets in the way of a calm mind.” It all goes back to the center of the chain—the brain. While the frontal portion of the brain manages rational thought, systems of relaxation are located in the back of the brain. “When connectivity keeps the front part active we are unable to provide relaxation in the back part of our brain,” Preston explained. “With that comes the inability to calm ourselves—find peace.” This proximal relationship causes what Preston describes as “a dance between the conscious and non-conscious.” “People who are most connected, can’t calm their minds. Their frontal cortex is so used to instant stimulation that they can’t calm down and focus. I think that goes hand in hand with anxiety,” he said. Some suggest a total detox, or blackout from your devices; however, both Preston and Taylor have found moderation, as well as meditative practices to be key in achieving a necessary balance. “It’s finding ways to do it in moderation,” said Preston. “Finding ways to scale back how many hours you are on it and then using your time to create social relationships.”

“It all goes back to—why are we using it, and what are we using it for,” said Taylor. “I think it’s better for your mental health to monitor yourself and to say ‘I don’t need to look at that every five minutes.’ If you are looking at it constantly—what are you replacing?” She also is quick to admit that totally tuning out, is not an easy task, “I’m realizing just how difficult it is to actually switch off for 15 minutes.” To achieve moderation Taylor recommends setting S.M.A.R.T. goals—specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely. “If you feel it’s a problem—set a goal, like you would with losing weight, or anything else,” she said. For example say, “I’m not going to use it one day a week or I am only going to use it once a day, or once an hour.” “Maybe just not always having whatever ‘it’ is [phone or laptop] right next to you. Putting it on the charger and going to do something else.” Taylor also recommends practicing visualization. As a part of her NLP practices, Taylor works through various emotional release time empowerment exercises with her clients. “In NLP terms—We talk about, focus on what you want, rather than what you don’t want. You get what you focus on,” said Taylor. “For anybody that feels like they’re clouded out and have got too much crap in their brain, releasing negative emotions allows you to visualize the person you want to be.” And then there’s meditation. Taylor encourages that mindfulness meditation is literally as simple as breathing and counting your breaths. “You don’t need to go on a training program [to meditate]. Everyone can do it differently. For some people it’s praying. It’s switching yourself off from everything, and being calm,” she said. “It’s whatever works for you.”

“If you feel it’s a problem— set a goal, like you would with losing weight, or anything else.”—Taylor

It is all in your head, after all. {in}


#ASKTHEEXPERT Q&A with Author of “iDisorder” Dr. Larry Rosen ROSEN: I have always been protechnology, but between writing “Rewired” and “iDisorder” I saw a monumental change with technology. In particular, our research showed that young people are checking in with their technology every 15 minutes or less and also awakening at night to texts or other alerts. It has become important to the younger generations—and older ones too, as I fall into the same trap often—to stay in touch and not be out of contact for even a few minutes.

ROSEN: They are very real, and people sheepishly own up to them.

Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor and Past Chair of the Psychology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker, and as a testimony of his decades of research conducted on the subject matter, is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.”  Rosen has authored numerous articles, and written several books exploring relationships with technology, including his latest book, “iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us.” This “iDisorder” condition is defined as “changes to your brain’s ability to process information and your ability to relate to the world due to your daily use of media and technology resulting in signs and symptoms of psychological disorders—such as stress, sleeplessness, and a compulsive need to check in with all of your technology.” The IN conducted an email Q&A with Rosen while he was traveling out West in “Big Sky Country,” with his daughter—ironically enough, with sporadic cellular and Internet reception resulting in limited connectivity to the rest of the technology-bound world.

IN: Do you consider it nearly impossible in the information age we live in, to not be struck with some degree of "iDisorder?" Are our brains being in essence "rewired?" ROSEN: I would not argue that our brains are “rewired” but I would say that our interactions with technology are influencing the way our brains function. I am particularly interested in how our obsession with technology affects the neurotransmitters in our brains. For example, we appear to react almost as though we are Pavlov’s dogs and constantly check our technology regardless of whether there’s a reason to do so. I experienced an example of that today. Where we are in Wyoming there is rare, if any, access to WIFI, 3g or 4g. We took a drive fi ve miles up Signal Mountain and at the top (about 8,000 feet above sea level) there was a cell tower. There were at least 10 cars in the parking lot and everyone was talking on the phone and ignoring the amazing vistas.

IN: Do you think obsessive personality types or those who already use technology heavily for work have a greater tendency to fall prey to “iDisorder” without realizing it? ROSEN: This is a great question and one that must be studied. It is a chicken and egg issue but so many people are constantly checking in that it can’t just be those who are predisposed to OCD or depression or whatever. It is more than that.

IN: What was the intent of writing your latest book, "iDisorder?" How does this differ from your previous works/technology assessments?

IN: Facebook depression, phantom phone buzzing in pockets— are these just myths or isolated cases? Are people quick to own up to these sorts of "ailments?"

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IN: How does an “iDisorder” manifest itself? Or does it depend on the individual person and his or her degree of connectivity? ROSEN: There are many forms, as each chapter illustrates, and we all suffer from some form of an “iDisorder.” Actually, that is an overstatement, but the vast majority of people do feel out of sorts when they are out of touch.

“We appear to react almost as though we are Pavlov’s dogs and constantly check our technology regardless of whether there’s a reason to do so.”—Dr. Larry Rosen

IN: Pertaining to your article specifically related to Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), do you feel that FOMO attributes to technologyinduced anxiety and depression? Is FOMO a symptom or a cause, and is it strictly characterized in the way we react to and process the information we are receiving? ROSEN: Research shows that what is happening is our interest and dependence on electronic communication is precipitating our “iDisorder.” We now have so many places and ways to communicate that we feel we have to constantly check in. When I finally got service today I had to check my email, Facebook, and a zillion other websites where I regularly commu-

nicate with colleagues, family and friends. Recently I had to make some tough decisions to let go of some of my e-communication and social media websites because there were too many things I have to check. If I go a day or two without checking Twitter it screams at me that I have 250 tweets to read. It is tiring and that is what is leading to feeling anxious if I don’t check it often enough. IN: Specifically in the FOMO article, you mention taking 10 minute breaks to reset the brain? Do you feel this is beneficial for the treatment of FOMO or all forms of overconnectedness, in terms of restorative balance and self-awareness? ROSEN: Yes! I think that we have to figure out how to “reset’ our brains and keep ourselves from getting too enmeshed with technology. The breaks are a great way to make ourselves and our brains get rid of the neurotransmitters that are creating anxiety. IN: Do you encourage a total "detox" from our technology devices? ROSEN: Actually I read a recent New York Times article that talked about the benefits of detoxes and am going to write a blog post when I get home to talk about why this is not the way to train your brain to not feel so obsessed and anxious. I absolutely believe that detoxes don’t work, particularly with respect to technology and electronic communication. All that happens is that we get worried about what we are missing out on and the anxiety cycle starts again. I have spent the better part of each day of the last week out of range of any Internet access and now that I have WIFI I am madly trying to catch up. This is what happens with trying to go on a fast and remove anything from our lives. Technology is particularly difficult because it holds our entire social world in a tiny box that resides close to our body 24/7. {in} For more from Dr. Larry Rosen, visit


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n today’s tech-obsessed society, medical professionals are seeing that the overuse of computers, smart phones, and tablets is leaving us with quite a few aches and pains. The saying “everything in moderation” is a good rule of thumb when it comes to life in general, but technology dependence specifically— particularly if you value the health of your thumbs, and several other body parts. When cell phone use increased in the ‘90s, reports surfaced suggesting that regularly holding a communication device to your head could cause brain cancer. Fortunately, that frightening hypothesis has become little more than a myth. Dr. Terry Neill, a Critical Care Neurologist at Sacred Heart Hospital says that when it comes to brain tumors and cell phone use, “the majority of studies do not find an association.” While our brains themselves—thankfully—appear to be safe from tech device harm, other areas might not be so fortunate. Eyes, necks, thumbs and elbows are just a few of the places overusing tech devices can create discomfort. Physical problems linked directly to postures and motions associated with daily, prolonged computer use are now compounding, sometimes migrating to neighboring muscles, tendons and joints, with our increasingly constant attachments to technology. The good news is experts say most of these ailments can be fixed simply by modifying daily habits. The solution, while seemingly simple, may be the most difficult for the tech addicted: Disconnect—at 818 1

least look up and step away from the devices—for a little while each day.

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Articles examining issues related to our reliance and, in some cases, addiction to digital screens abound online. The irony of reading from a computer screen about the dangers of reading from a computer screen isn’t lost here, but it speaks to what a predominant and unavoidable source of information the Internet is, the use of which is probably the overriding reason we have to worry about any of this to begin with. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), those who use a computer consecutively for more than two hours a day are at a higher risk of developing Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which manifests itself in a number of ways, including dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports that humans typically blink 18 times a minute, but most people blink only half that much when using digital screen devices, contributing to eyestrain and other CVS symptoms. The AAO suggests following the “2020-20 Rule” to give eyes a break. For every 20 minutes you look at a screen, look up or over at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. The professional organization also recommends fixes as simple as keeping a note that reads, “Blink!” taped to your monitor as a reminder.

If you’re thinking reading glasses might be a quick fix for blurred vision, don’t be so fast to slip on a pair. The AOA advises visiting an eye doctor before making a purchase, as often glasses made for reading are different from what you need to prevent or improve vision issues associated with computer use. For adults, luckily, the effects of CVS typically aren’t permanent if a patient takes steps to rest eyes regularly. The eventual consequences for children haven’t been fully spelled out yet, but doctors at Wisconsin’s Vision Therapy Center suggest limiting preschoolers’ digital screen time to 15 minutes a day, as their eyes and related cognitive functions—i.e. depth perception—are developing. No surprise, recent studies also suggest children spend time outdoors each day, as natural light can help curb the development of nearsightedness and other more severe conditions later in life. It’s also a good idea for adults, considering being outside allows eyes to gravitate to and focus on things in the distance, instead of the screens we hold so closely.

More Than Bad Posture

Neck and back pain are a symptom of CVS, but are also serious indicators of too much time spent looking down. Lindsey Jeudevine, D.C. of Olde Seville Chiropractic has been in practice for almost five years. In that time, he has seen “a tremendous increase” in the physical effects of prolonged tablet and smart phone use. “With the easy access of iPads and tablets, and also people getting more connected with smart phones… with touch screens, people are looking down so much more,” Jeudevine said. The forward head posture that results from looking down for large parts of the day was formerly known as “Scholar’s Neck,” in reference to those who kept heads bowed while reading and writing. Now Americans of all walks of life spend significant portions of their day looking down as they text, browse, or watch video via handheld devices.

“All of that extra weight with the forward head posture rounds the back and limits the lung space, so you can have a reduction of up to 30 percent of lung capacity.” —Lindsey Jeudevine, D.C.

#DISCONNECT Jeudevine estimates that 90 percent of the problems he sees are related to too much time on a computer, phone, or tablet with poor posture. “You can look at someone from the side and tell exactly what their symptoms are going to be from their posture,” said Jeudevine, who hears complaints of headaches, neck pain, ringing in the ears, upper back pain, and numbness in the hands and arms most frequently. Those symptoms are commonly associated with Upper Cross Syndrome, a condition affecting muscles of the neck and shoulders. “If you look down all the time, the muscles of the neck that connect into the upper back have to work and engage much more heavily to, basically, keep the head from falling down into your lap,” Jeudevine explained. In a healthy neutral posture, a person’s head and chin should be aligned over their shoulders and pelvis. For every inch a head extends forward from that neutral alignment, Jeudevine said, effectively an extra 10 pounds is added to the weight that the muscles of the neck are supporting. “All of that extra weight with the forward head posture rounds the back and limits the lung space, so you can have a reduction of up to 30 percent of lung capacity with this,” Jeudevine said. “People are breathing worse, they’re moving worse, and are having more symptoms because of all of this stuff.” Jeudevine says there are steps, usually related to bringing eyes and heads up, that people can take to lessen symptoms.

Number one is holding your phone up to text instead of bringing your eyes down to your phone, just don’t hold it too close to your eyes. Stands are another option Jeudevine recommends especially for long blog-reading sessions or binge watching Netflix. Other tips include raising your computer monitor so you’re looking up at it just slightly, and for every 30 minutes you sit down, take at least one to five minutes to stretch neck muscles slowly, looking down up, and side to side. Without making changes to our habits, Jeudevine believes that eventually our bodies will reshape themselves to accommodate our behaviors. “There’s no way the body can keep this up for an extended period of time without mutating,” Jeudevine said. “Either everyone is going to hurt forever, or the body is going to change and we know that the body is so smart, it is going to change.”

“Fortunately, all of these ‘modern day technology’ conditions can usually be treated by decreasing the amount of time spent on the activity that caused them.” —Jerome Enad, M.D.

Mouse Elbow— It’s Real

If you’ve ever thought the tapping, scrolling, and clicking you do may be wearing on your hand, wrist or arm, you’re suspicions are confirmed. “Upper extremity overuse syndromes are making a comeback with modern day technology,” reports Jerome Enad, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with West Florida Medical Group. Among the most common tech-related problems, Enad says he and other orthopedists are seeing a rise in “DeQuervain’s Tendonitis,” formerly caused by gripping activities involved in manual labor or in

mothers flexing their hands while carrying a child in their arms. “Pain and swelling of the tendons at the bottom of the thumb would occur as the wrist would be overused and become inflamed. Now, we see DeQuervain’s in many people as an overuse syndrome from using smartphones and texting—same tendons, same inflammation, different activity that caused it,” explained Enad. Surprisingly, Enad says physicians are not seeing an increase of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. “Probably because the main nerve is not being compressed with this type of finger motion,” he said, pointing out that other older conditions are being re-named as they become more related to tech gadgets. While several years ago the term “Tennis Elbow” was a common phrase for outerelbow tendonitis, these days the condition is often labeled “Mouse Elbow,” indicating the new culprit in its development. “The muscles of the wrist and forearm that help you grab, click, and maneuver the mouse attach to the lateral elbow and can frequently become inflamed with overuse,” Enad explained. “We also use these muscles for driving, eating, reaching, et cetera, so it is difficult to give them the proper rest they need.” Mallet Finger, a type of tendonitis also known as “Baseball Finger,” is also prevalent once again. “Touch screens can cause tendonitis at the tip of the finger if striking the screen too hard, or can also cause finger sprains at the fingertip.” Like other conditions that were formerly caused by much more demanding activities, what was

once dangerous to those catching baseballs could now affect anyone aggressively tapping a screen, indoors or out. If you experience pain in your elbows, wrists, and hands, Enad suggests seeing a doctor who can give you tips, sometimes braces, for reducing pressure on the affected areas. Though cortisone shots and surgery are the last ditch treatments for severe, persistent cases, Enad, like others, says there is hope for those who will slow or moderate their usage, “Fortunately, all of these ‘modern day technology’ conditions can usually be treated by decreasing the amount of time spent on the activity that caused them.” {in}


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Theresa Chmiel HEALTHY START COALITION NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition has announced the appointment of their new Executive Director, Theresa Chmiel, who brings a vast depth of experience in non-profit management, health marketing and advocacy, and maternal and infant healthcare promotion and education to the organization. As Executive Director, she will focus on the Healthy Start mission to reduce fetal and infant mortality rates in Escambia County. Chmiel began her work with Healthy Start in 1995 and helped guide the program through a time of change as it evolved from infancy to a well-established maternal and infant health initiative. Since then, she has maintained a passion for advancing the programs and services dedicated to helping pregnant women, infants, and their families. “I am excited about working with Healthy Start again,” Chmiel said, “I am eager to build on the Coalition’s strengths by creating additional partnerships and community support to help women have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. “ In addition to her work with Healthy Start, Chmiel has served as a member of numerous

HARRIS TO COORDINATE MAYO CLINIC COLLABORATION Pensacola Young Professional co-founder and one of the first IN Rising Stars, Ashley Hodge Harris, has been named to coordinate the new collaboration between Baptist Health Care and the Mayo Clinic Care Network, according to BHC president and CEO Mark Faulkner. On Friday, July 19, Baptist Health Care and Mayo Clinic announced the Pensacola-based health care system is the most recent member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The Mayo Clinic Care Network shares Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise with physicians and providers interested in working together to enhance the delivery of health care for their patients. Baptist providers now have access to Mayo Clinic resources, including its online point-of-care information system and electronic consulting process that connects physicians with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of diagnosis, therapy or care management. Baptist is the first organization in the region to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The organization remains the area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health care system, providing services across northwest Florida and south Alabama. “Through this relationship, Baptist and Mayo Clinic share a desire to improve the delivery of health care throughout the region with high-quality, evidence-based medical care and treatment,” said Faulkner. “Working

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Tanya Gallagher Is Having a Party by Jessica Forbes

Gallagher hired a violinist, pianist and stand-up bass player upon arriving in Vancouver. The group completed the album in three

Shortly after the album release concert, Gallagher will leave for Vancouver, where she will begin a Ph.D. Fellowship in forestry at the University of British Columbia. Though she’d like to apply her degree once completed, Gallagher said, “If something happened musically I could see myself going that route. That would be really fun.” Her first Canadian gig is already set for September, and she hopes to play shows locally whenever she visits Pensacola. While already a bit homesick for the network she’s leaving in her hometown, Gallagher looks back on her musical experiences here happily. Remembering a festival at Angel’s Garden, Gallagher said that while performing, “I looked out and there was a woman I’d never seen before in my life singing every word to my song… It was the coolest feeling ever. I can’t imagine how people who have a roomful of people singing along feel.” After “Oh My Love” is released, Gallagher just might find out. {in}

“It’s one of those things where you put your money where your mouth is. I had to step up to the plate and do it.” Tanya Gallagher

press photo For Tanya Gallagher, the road to releasing her first solo album “Oh My Love,” has taken her from beach bars in Perdido Key to Vancouver and back again. Born and raised in Pensacola, the singer-songwriter will officially debut “Oh My Love” with a live performance and release party on August 1 at the Pensacola Cultural Center. “It’s something that I wanted to do for a long time,” said Gallagher of her self-funded recording and release process. “It’s one of those things where you put your money where your mouth is. I had to step up to the plate and do it.” Gallagher pulled from material she’d written in 2007 through as recently as September 2012 for her debut. The album’s primary themes across its 10 original acoustic-folk tracks —love, failing relationships, returning to your hometown—are experiences common to 20-somethings, but Gallagher articulates them with a clarity and quiet confidence that most people in their early 20s—or of any age, really—aren't capable of.

The impetus to record came from Gallagher’s unexpected partnership with a singersongwriter based across the continent. Early last year, Gallagher’s Canadian roommate introduced her to the music of friend and fellow Canadian Leathan Milne. “My ears just started to fall in love,” Gallagher said of the Vancouver artist’s first album. Gallagher contacted Milne and the two began trading songs for the next six months. Milne came to Pensacola to visit shortly after Gallagher’s August 2012 graduation from UWF with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. “I asked him what it would take for him to record my CD, and he said, ‘Come to Vancouver’ and I said, ‘I hope you’re being serious!’ and I bought a plane ticket,” Gallagher said. From Gallagher’s catalog, the pair had over 35 songs to choose from, and they whittled the album’s track listing down from there. “I really respect his work,” she said. “He has really good insight and a really good ear for things.”

weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays, with Milne producing. Milne also helped Gallagher choose the subdued cheating song “Come Home,” admittedly her most risqué to date, as the album’s first single. “I’m happy that’s the first one people get to hear,” she said. “’Fell Apart’ was a really special song to me, but sometimes it’s not always what it means to you… I write them and I let people have their own ways with them.” Gallagher started writing poems as a child, but didn’t delve into music until the age of 15, when she began singing in church. Over winter break of her senior year of high school, Gallagher taught herself guitar and shortly thereafter joined local band Baylen with her brother-in-law. Baylen made an album in 2007, two years before moves caused the band to dissolve. Since then, Gallagher has played from 30A to Orange Beach, with regular gigs at The Leisure Club, Peg Leg Pete’s and the Perdido Key Oyster Bar. Gallagher said she has enjoyed “a lot of support from Pensacola,” and is excited about the upcoming album release show, saying, “It’s going to be a really cool Pensacola community WHEN: Doors at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m., event.” Thursday, Aug. 1 Gallagher began rehearsing “Oh WHERE: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. My Love” with local musicians in FebJefferson St. ruary, having sought out those whose COST: $10, tickets available online and at work she admired, “The musicians the door who are playing with me are really very DETAILS: talented and are helping to make this album come to life.”


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HISTORIC PENSACOLA TROLLEY TOUR 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Pensacola Visitor Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. 941-2976 or MESS HALL 10 a.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers hands-on opportunities for children and young people to have a summer of science. Weekly themes, special activities and workshops will captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877937-6377 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. though Aug. 27 Exhibits include Diane Brim, Marilyn Givens, Kate Owens, Geoffrey Powers. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. “Birds of a Feather.” Participating artists are Valerie Aune, oil; Susan Mayer, found art/mixed media; and Laura Wolfersperger, mixed media/encaustics. The artists, each in her own medium, portray birds with realism and whimsy. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. The gallery’s feature room is a favorite site for artists from throughout Santa Rosa County. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 p.m. “Line and Form,” a juried exhibit, runs from July 16- Aug. 23. Works in this exhibit were selected by juror Wayne McNeil. The placement winners are: Best of Show, Donna O'Neal; First Place, SAP; Second Place, Pat Hayes; Third Place, Ian Oliver; Edgiest, Maria Hoch; Honorable Mentions, Pat Hayes, Maria Hoch, Don Manderson and SAP; Judge's Recog-

nition Award, Lyda Toy. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or DIG INTO READING-PRESCHOOLERS 10 p.m. Stories, weird noises, shadow puppets, magic, reptiles and more. WFPL Tryon Branch, 1200 Langley Ave. Free. WORD 1 11 a.m. Take a first looks at the basics of word processing using Microsoft Word. Westside Branch Library, 1580 West Cervantes St. Free. 595.1047 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30-7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour is followed by a stop at the East Hill Yard for a wine tasting. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or EXCEL 2000 6 p.m. Introduction to the basic features of Microsoft Excel including terminology, screen layout and data entry. Westside Branch Library, 1580 West Cervantes St. Free. 595.1047 or EVENINGS IN OLDE SEVILLE 7 p.m. This longrunning summer concert series features this week Mass Kunfusion. Seville Square, downtown Pensacola. SUNSET HIKE 7 p.m. Park Ranger Beckie Mims will lead an hour-long walk at the end of Santa Rosa Island. The public is invited to participate in this leisurely hike. Walkers will have the opportunity to explore historic remnants of Americas coastal defenses and view native flora and fauna. Participants should remember the

Fort Pickens Entrance Station closes at sunset. Late arrivals will not be allowed to enter. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring water. Fort Pickens Auditorium, 1400 Fort Pickens Rd. Pensacola Beach. $8. 934-2600 or

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TIM SPENCER 1 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or BIG AL & THE HEAVYWEIGHTS 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, 916-5087 or AL MARTIN 6 p.m. Quality Inn & Suites, 7601 Scenic Hwy. 477-7155. ROCKEFELLA BAND 7 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or JAMES AND FRIENDS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or BRAD BARNES OPEN COLLEGE JAM 7:30 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Rd. 474-1919. KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 934-4141 or MIKE COOLEY OF DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 7:30 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. $15-$20. 4359849 or TYLER MAC BAND 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or DUELLING PIANO 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at

Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or MICHAEL VINCENT BAND 8 p.m. Bamboo Willie's, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach. 916-9888 or KRAZY GEORGE’S KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BIG JIM BROWN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or APSIS, PSYCHO JUNI, DAWN WILL BREAK 9 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 4349060 or DJ LAO COLLEGE NIGHT 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or JAMES ADKINS 9:30 p.m. HopJacks, 10 South Palafox. 497-6076 or BLACKWATER 9:30 p.m. Chan's Nightclub, 610 E. Nine Mile Rd., 477-9961 or EXTREME KARAOKE WITH G.C.P.C 10 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or OPEN JAM NITE 10 p.m. The Grunge Bar, 508 S. Navy Blvd. 696-2980 or


TAI CHI AT FLORIDA BLUE 8:30 a.m. Free. Florida Blue, 1680 Airport Blvd. For information, call 202-4188. MESS HALL 10 a.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers hands-on opportunities for children and young people to have a summer of science.


RESTAURANT WEEK, AUGUST 6–10 Jackson’s Steakhouse, The Fish House, and Atlas Oyster House present a five-day culinary celebration offering chef-selected three-course dinner menus at $33 per person, per restaurant. Tuesday, August 6, through Saturday, August 10, at 5 p.m. View menus at


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in support of the album from late August to early November. Fortunately for us, there are two stops nearby. On September 19, they will be at The Alabama Music Box in Mobile, and on September 20, the band will be at Club Downunder in Tallahassee. Okkervil River always put on a great show, so I highly recommend catching them while they’re nearby. “The Silver Gymnasium” is out September 3 via ATO Records.

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Last week, a fan took to Twitter to proclaim his love for Canadian band Arcade Fire, and the response he got was more than expected. His tweet was short and sweet, simply saying, “You’re my favorite.” The band replied with the words, “Thanks. Our new album will be out October 29,” along with a cryptically apocalyptic image. Thankfully, the fan spread the word, and the news was released quickly. Not much else is known about the album, which will be the band’s fourth for Merge Records. We do know that the album has been produced by James Murphy, the creative force behind the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, and personally, that makes the anticipation much more exciting. James Murphy recently answered some questions for Rolling Stone and the record came up. He declined to comment in detail due to fear of his proximity not doing it justice, but he did put the word “epic” to it. Murphy also gave the heads-up to be looking for new material from Arcade Fire on September 9. I will be waiting on pins and needles.


Indie rock mainstays Okkervil River are primed to release their follow-up to 2011’s “I Am Very Far” and their first album on ATO Records. Last month, the band released the first single, “It Was My Season,” which in typical Okkervil River fashion bleeds somber overtones across a playful, lighthearted composition. Personally, I’m very excited for this album, because in my tenure with Okkervil River, I’ve noticed that these guys only get better with time. Every album I have gotten from them has exceeded above and beyond my expectations. The band is going on tour The 1975

“We know that we have been pretty quiet for the last... Oh, too long, but alas this slow train is finally comin'! We couldn't be more excited for the new record and thankful to all of you for the patience and encouragement along the way. We will have news, tour dates, album info, music and visuals to share with you in the coming days so hold tight and keep smiling... Morning has broken!” This very exciting news was posted on Midlake’s Facebook page last week. There is not much known about the album yet, aside from the fact that it’s finished. I will be keeping my ear to the ground for more information on this.

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It’s not every day that a band comes from seemingly out of nowhere and catches my undivided attention with one single, forcing me to delve deeper and actually love everything I find. But Britain’s the 1975 did just that. Late last year, I stumbled upon the song “Sex” from their EP of the same name, and from the first listen, I couldn’t stop. Repeat led to repeat led to repeat. It’s such an indescribably catchy song. The 1975 have actually been around in some form for the past 11 years, only really gaining strong notoriety within the last two, following the release of “Sex” and two follow-up EPs. Now, the band is poised to release their self-titled debut to the world, featuring a reworked version of “Sex” as the lead single. I expect big things from these guys and will be keeping a close eye on them. “The 1975” is out September 3 via Dirty Hit/Polydor Records. {in}

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happenings Weekly themes, special activities and workshops will captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877-937-6377 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 p.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or ‘LANDSCAPES’ 10 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or COLONIAL COOKING & TRADES 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn early 19th century cooking techniques and trade-skills from costumed living history interpreters. $6 for adults; $5 for AAA members, military and ages 65 and older; $3 for children ages 4 to 16; free for UWF students with student ID. Historic Pensacola Village, 205 E. Zaragoza St. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. 469-1432. ‘PORT OF CALL’ GOURMET DINNER 7 p.m. Culinary Productions, Inc. will be hosting this gourmet dinner to benefi t the Pensacola Historic Preservation Society. The cruise-ship themed event will

include a gourmet buff et-style dinner with stations from around the world, passed apps, dessert, drinks, live music by Gino Rosaria and Skye Dumont, photo booth with Squarebox Photographics, door prize raffl e and a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction and door prize drawing will benefi t the Pensacola Historic Preservation Society, a non-profi t organization that owns and operates the Quina House Museum in the Pensacola Historic Village. Museum of Commerce, 201 E. Zaragozza St. $35. 469-0445 or visit THE WEDDING SINGER 7:30 p.m. Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. Ashmore Auditorium. $16. 484-1000 or GHOST HUNT 8 p.m. Tours are two hours in duration. This tour does include a trip to the top of the Lighthouse for a look across Pensacola Bay, weather permitting. Per Coast Guard Safety Regulations backless/open toed shoes are not permitted to climb the tower stairs. We recommend this tour for children 12 and over only. Pensacola Lighthouse, 2081 Radford Blvd. 393-1561 or 3 GAME SPECIAL 8:30 p.m. $12, includes shoes. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or ‘STAND UP COMEDY SHOW’ 9:30 p.m. Big Easy Tavern, 710 N. Palafox. or 208-5976. COSMIC BOWLING 11 p.m. DeLuna Lanes, 590 E. 9 Mile Road. 478-9522 or

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LEE MELTON 1 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or THE DAVE AND JOE SHOW 3 p.m. Bamboo Willie's, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach. 916-9888 or

LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or TRUE BLUE BAND 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, 916-5087 or AL MARTIN 6 p.m. Quality Inn & Suites, 7601 Scenic Hwy. 477-7155. DOWNTOWN BIG BAND 6:30 p.m. Gregory Street Assembly Hall, 501 E. Gregory St. 307-8633. 3 AMIGOS DUO 7 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or GULF COAST SUMMER JAM 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. $7-$10. 435-9849 or KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or KNEE DEEP BAND 8 p.m. HopJacks Nine Mile, 204 East Nine Mile Rd. 497-6076 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KRAZY GEORGE’S KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCOTT KOEHN 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 6779153 or PHIL PROCTOR 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 South Palafox. 466-2103 or TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. Bamboo Willie's, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach. 9169888 or CLASS X 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or

JAMES ADKINS 9:30 p.m. HopJacks, 10 South Palafox. 497-6076 or BANANA REPUBLIC 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or DJ MR. LAO 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


JACQUELINE HARRIS PREPARATORY ACADEMY FUNDRAISER 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy, 1408 East Blount St. 432-2273 or PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. 33RD ANNUAL BIKINI REGATTA 9 a.m. Hailed as one of the first PHRF sailboat races geared towards the women sailor, this historical event in conjunction with the Viva Florida 500 Celebration is held at the Pensacola Naval Air Station's Navy Yacht Club Facility. This race is one of three races which are part of the Ladies Sailing Trilogy Series. Bayou Grande Marina, Pensacola Naval Air Station. 492-4802 or ECO CAMP FOR KIDS 10 a.m. A day of funfilled, hands on activities for kids ages 8-12. The environmentally focused activities include nature painting, learning about beaches, planning, water quality, marine life, and much more. Open Books, 1040 N. Guillemard St. Free. jjddaa@cox. net or 474-1495. COLONIAL COOKING & TRADES 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn early 19th century cooking techniques and trade-skills from costumed living history interpreters. $6 for adults; $5 for AAA members,

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happenings military and ages 65 and older; $3 for children ages 4 to 16; free for UWF students with student ID. Historic Pensacola Village, 205 E. Zaragoza St. MESS HALL 10 a.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers hands-on opportunities for children and young people to have a summer of science. Weekly themes, special activities and workshops will captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877937-6377 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 p.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or KIDS: READ TO THE DOGS 10 a.m. R.E.A.D. comes to the rescue. By signing your child up to read with a dog, you can improve your child’s reading skills and make a new friend. The therapy dogs and handlers are specially trained to ensure fun for everyone. While a reservation is not required, it is recommended to ensure a timely spot for your child to read to a dog. WFPL Southwest Branch Library,12248 Gulf Beach Hy. Free. 453-7780 or PET ADOPTIONS noon-4 p.m. The Junior Humane Society conducts a pet adoption featuring dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Hwy. DIG INTO READING: PRESCHOOLERS 2:30 p.m. Stories, weird noises, shadow puppets, magic, reptiles and more. Westside Branch Library, 1580 West Cervantes St. Free. 595-1047 or PUG CRAWL 3 p.m. This is event is for all dogs and their owners, and benefits “South Bark Animal Rescue.” Additional sponsors include “Sea Dog Brewing Company,” out of Bangor Maine, and local businesses “The Spotted Dog Boutique,” “850 Open Water,” “The Tin Cow,” and “Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom.” First stop is Hopjacks, 10 South Palafox. 497-6076 or PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or MOVIE: ‘A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE’ 7 p.m. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox. $5. 595-3880 or BAYOU TEXAR TORCHLIGHT TOUR 7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26. Pensacola Paddle Sport Rentals offers an evening of exploring the waters of Bayou Texar guided by torch, under the light of the moon. Tour leaves from the beach next to the fishing pier at Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. $10 for single kayaks, $15 for tandem kayaks. 255-5423 or TNA IMPACT WRESTLING WORLD TOUR 7:30 p.m. An unforgettable night of action. Fans will also receive the opportunity to meet select IMPACT WRESTLING stars at an early-entry autograph session beginning at 5:30 p.m., redeemable with the ticket on show night. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 East Gregory St. $70.50-$18.50. 432-0800 or THE WEDDING SINGER 7:30 p.m. Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. Ashmore Auditorium. 484-1000 or GHOST HUNT 8 p.m. Bring your own equipment or share ours (some items available for purchase in the Gift Shop before tours commence.) Tours are two hours in duration. This tour does include a trip to the top of the Lighthouse for a look across Pensacola Bay, weather permitting. Per Coast Guard

Safety Regulations backless/open toed shoes are not permitted to climb the tower stairs. We recommend this tour for children 12 and over only. Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, 2081 Radford Blvd. 393-1561 or

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WB SEARCY 1 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or THICK AS THIEVES 2 p.m. Bamboo Willie's, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach, Florida, 916-9888 or AL MARTIN 6 p.m. Quality Inn & Suites, 7601 Scenic Hwy. 477-7155. TRUE BLUE BAND 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, 916-5087 or HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, 916-5087 or CONTINUAM 7 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's Oyster Bar, 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DAVE POSEY AND FRIENDS 8 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach, Florida. 677-9153 or STILL INFINITY TOUR 8 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. $12-$14. 435-9849 or DUELLING PIANO 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR. LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or JAMES ADKINS 8 p.m. HopJacks Nine Mile, 204 East Nine Mile Rd. 497-6076 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 4691001 or CLASS X 9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Bamboo Willie's, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach, Florida, 916-9888 or BANANA REPUBLIC 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or KNEE DEEP 9:30 p.m. HopJacks, 10 South Palafox. 497-6076 or


BUBBLES & BRUNCH 9 a.m. Enjoy Gourmet Brunch Trios for $ pick the three delicious items to build your perfect brunch. Bottomless Champagne & Mimosas for $5. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or THE FISH HOUSE BRUNCH 10:30 a.m. Delicious Sunday brunch on the Pensacola Bay. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or SEVILLE QUARTER SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m. Executive Chef Brandon Melton invites you to enjoy an a la carte brunch menu, including traditional brunch favorites and fabulous weekly Brunch Specials, or New Orleans style Beignets. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 1 p.m. “Birds of a Feather.” Participating artists are Valerie Aune, oil; Susan Mayer, found art/mixed media; and Laura Wolfersperger, mixed media/encaustics. The artists, each in her own medium, portray birds with realism and whimsy. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or

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photo by Jon Chamberlain There’s something about the combination of funky, bluesy indie-pop and sassy, booty-shaking lady-rap that just perfectly suits a sticky summer night. If you’re not convinced, just come out to Sluggo’s on July 25 and check out Bobby Jealousy and Cookies and Cake. All signs point to a quintessential summertime night of kazoos, dancing and jamming. Bobby Jealousy is a Texas-based collective that includes a husband-and-wife (Sabrina Ellis and Seth Gibbs), along with the rest of their non-matrimonial band mates—sans one guitarist, who quit the band mid-tour due to a pretty dramatic series of vehicular setbacks. After three

broken-down vehicles and the loss of a guitarist, it would seem that Bobby Jealousy has hit the most rock-bottom point a touring band is capable of. But then again, there are worse things that could happen. “Asking a morbid band like Bobby Jealousy for a worst-case scenario is not a safe question. We could be driving down the freeway and one of us could start tickling the driver, sending the truck off the road—on an overpass, no less—sending us to our fiery demise and as we all fall we could all admit terrible secrets and lies we've harbored for a lifetime, then we could land safely at the bottom and not die,” said Ellis. “That might be the worstcase scenario.” Until that happens, they’ll continue to entertain crowds with their quirky, dirty dance numbers that recall summer flings, sunburned shoulders and sandy feet. It’s sexy, Southern fun written for every “odd man out” and all the “hyper romantics” out there. Ellis tries to stay away from comparing the sound of Bobby Jealous to any other music. “From now on, I don't want to try to frame the experience for anyone,” she said. “Everybody sees us as something entirely different.” Like every good band, Bobby Jealousy makes their music with a mission in mind. “If we had to write our tour as a children's book it would be called ‘Bobby Jealousy: The Jester Who Left the Court.’ It would be a cautionary tale about a Jester

who gambles away his life, his possessions, even his last thread of clothing, trying to teach the world a song. Along the way he must overcome obstacles, each more trying than the last,” explained Ellis. “But if the Jester can go around the world and teach his song to one person in every village before his time on Earth is up, he can remain alive forever.”

“From now on, I don't want to try to frame the experience for anyone. Everybody sees us as something entirely different.” Sabrina Ellis

Opening for Bobby Jealousy will be local lady-rap duo, Cookies and Cake. They also have a mission—to get your booty shaking. MzTittyCity and Delta Twerk, along with their legions of back-up twerkers, stand for all things silly, sassy and girly in a local rap scene that was overrun with musical beta-males. "The abundance of negative male rappers in Pensacola was definitely an impetus to start an actual WHAT: Bobby Jealousy with Cookies and Cake band. But Delta Twerk and I have WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25 always been Cookies and Cake in WHERE: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 our hearts, since the days of living S. Jefferson St. in Atlanta for a while and making COST: $5 up little songs to be silly with,” said DETAILS: MzTittyCity. “Coming back here and seeing the need for a band like ours—it happened pretty naturally."





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Anybody attending a Cookies and Cake show is bound to find the kazoo-accompanied—yes, kazoos—hip-hop jams infectious in the best sense of the word, but all of the fun isn’t just nonsense. "People can take music so seriously,” said Delta Twerk. “There is a way to use it to achieve your goals, like for us empowering women, but overall if you aren't having a good time while doing that, what's the point?" MzTittyCity added on the issues of kazoos in the rap scene: "The real question is: Why don't more bands use kazoos?" Why not, indeed. Cookies and Cake also brings a unique set of musical influences that shakes up the traditional rap game. Strong Southern ladies, both in their personal lives and in the music industry—think Beyonce and even RuPaul—add fire to the flame of their band. “When everyone grabs their kazoos and buzzes along, laughing and dancing—that's the absolute best. I don't think anyone could leave our show in a bad mood, at least I hope,” said Delta Twerk. “If you aren't having fun, then something's wrong." {in}




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Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Join us August 15th to learn the aspects of starting a business from various experts and find the information you need to succeed! During this seminar local experts will briefly explain the 10 steps it takes in starting your own business: 1. Write a plan - 2. Get business assistance and training – 3. Choose a business location - 4. Finance your business - 5. Determine your legal structure - 6. Register a business name - 7. Get a Tax ID # - 8. Register for state and local taxes - 9. Obtain business license and permits - 10. Understand employer responsibilities August 15th Lily’s @ Seville Quarter 5:30-7:00 PM


Over 90 attendees were able to enjoy this themed event. Highlights from the evening included performances from the Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre and the musical group Sweet Prospect. Guests enjoyed photographer Meg Burke’s photobooth and a live auction featuring an African Photo Safari from Ezulwini Game Lodges and a sunset cruise from Condor Sailing Adventures. We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors, donors, and vendors for supporting this event and contributing to its great success. With such great support, PYP was able to raise over $5,000 in funds, some of which will benefit our local Health and Hope Clinic. Particular thanks are due to PYP’s Special Events chair Leia Triplett and her dedicated team members who made this event such a great success! We would also like to recognize our event sponsors below.


Josh is always willing to help the Networking Team wherever he can. He is always among the first to volunteer and he even follows-up on the day of each event to confirm everything. Josh is gregarious, helpful, and loyal. He is a team player and a great potential leader in PYP!


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EVENT CALENDAR August 3 PYP Volunteering – Urban Garden Project Morris Court Community Center 10:00-1:00 August 6 Regional Economic Development Update: Pensacola and The Port Seville Quarter 5:30-7:00

Taylor Simmons serves as Secretary on PYP’s Board of Directors, and she functions as a critical hub of institutional knowledge. From keeping meeting minutes to maintaining our master calendar, Taylor’s diligence and attention to detail make her a true linchpin on PYP’s leadership team. But Taylor is our Leader of the Month because she goes far above and beyond her stated duties: she recently secured several thousand dollars in corporate sponsorships for PYP’s charity event—A Midsummer Night Soiree—and she has also taken a strong role in developing our Ambassadors program, personally mentoring several new PYP members in a “big sister” capacity. Taylor is kind, cheerful, and attentive; she is an absolute jewel and PYP values her immensely!

August 8 Membership and Networking Team Meetings Helenback 5:30-7:00 August 9 Blue Wahoos Social and Mixer with PYP and SRYP Blue Wahoos Stadium 6:00-9:30 August 13 Economic Development and Government Affairs Teams Meeting CAVU at the Crowne Plaza 5:30-7:00 August 15 PYP’s Seminar Series – How to Start Your Own Business Lily’s at Seville Quarter 5:30-7:00

August 19 PYP’s No Obligation Happy Hour Book Club 5 ½ Bar 6:00-7:00 August 20 PPDI Team Meeting Sluggo’s 12:00-1:00 August 22 Networking Night TBD 5:30-7:30 August 28 Quality of Life Team Meeting Fish House 5:15-6:30 August 31 Origami Workshop University of West Florida 1:00-4:00



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news of the weird ANNALS OF INVENTION Although Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the alleged 9/11 mastermind) was waterboarded 183 times among several extreme interrogation techniques, he and his CIA captors eventually reached a moderated state. In 2003, though still housed in a "black site" in Romania, "KSM" asked permission to design a household vacuum cleaner, and the highest echelons of the agency cooperated, according to a former senior CIA analyst, speaking to the Associated Press in July. In reality, when a detainee exhausts his intelligence value, the agency's main mission is to keep him "sane," in case he is later put on trial, and the vacuum cleaner project was thought likely to engage KSM, who, 15 years before the murders of nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, had earned a mechanical engineering degree from North Carolina A&T State University. THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT The gourmet lollipop company Lollyphile announced its latest flavor in June: Breast Milk Lollipops (four for $10). Owner Jason Darling said it "slowly dawned on" him that his friends were "producing milk so delicious it could turn a screaming, furious child into a docile, contented one. I knew I had to capture that flavor." • Marketing Challenges: (1) The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop franchisers, already with a lineup of sometimesunappreciated flavors such as buffalo chicken wing soda, briefly experimented in June with "ranch dressing" soda, a mistaken adventure that co-founder Rob Powells jokingly blamed on his business partner. (2) Brewmaster John Maier of Rogue Ales in Newport, Ore., pointed out that "wild yeasts" have been used in beer for centuries and thus (according to a June report on his company's Beard Beer (from yeast of beards, including at one time, his own) should be regarded as a traditional brew. SCIENCE ON THE CUTTING EDGE Carnivorous Vegetation: It was a special occasion in Surrey, England, in June as a rare plant prepared to bloom. The 3-foot-tall Puya chilensis, native to Chile, features neonbright greenish-yellow flowers with blooms large enough to yield drinkable nectar, but its most startling distinction is its ability to nourish itself by trapping small animals in its razor-sharp spines, leaving them to decay. (At Britain's Wisley Garden, it is fed with ordinary fertilizer rather than animals.) • Too Much Information: During a June debate in a House Rules Committee hearing on abortion legislation, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas, himself an obstetrician/gynecologist, criticized a proposal to outlaw abortion at the 20week limit (where a fetus is said to begin to feel pain), insisting on an earlier ban,

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at 15 or 16 weeks. "Watch a sonogram of a 15-week-old baby," said Burgess, "and they have movements that are purposeful. ... If they're a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs." Thus, "If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?" • Physicians at Kwong Wah Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, publishing in the Hong Kong Medical Journal recently, described a 66-year-old man seeking relief from a swelling in his abdomen (after having had a sparse history with doctors). They concluded that the man was basically a woman and that the cause of the swelling was an ovarian cyst. The patient had both Turner syndrome, which causes women to lack some female features, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which boosts male hormones. (While females have two X chromosomes, and males an X and a Y, Turner syndrome patients have one X and no Y.) ANIMALS IN THE NEWS Alarming Headlines: (1) "Koala Chlamydia: The STD Threatening an Australian Icon" (BBC News). (2) "Super-Sized Crabs and Oysters With Herpes" (Field & Stream). (3) "FarRight Extremists Chased Through London by Women Dressed as Badgers" (International Business Times, reporting June rallies of two British nationalist parties and their opposition occurring at the same time and place as a better-attended demonstration against the government's cull on badgers). • Horse Bullies: In June, Barbour County, W.Va., firefighters, called to a farm in Belington, rescued the horse "Rowdy," whose entire body was somehow trapped inside an industrial-sized tire. Rowdy's owner said she believes Rowdy had an altercation with some of the other horses. PERSPECTIVE A staff report by Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce released in June and using data from Wisconsin (because of the state's comprehensive record-keeping) found that taxpayers wind up paying out at least $75 million a year in "safety net" assistance to the state's Wal-Mart workers (food stamps, Medicaid, school lunches, earned-income tax credits, etc.) allegedly because the company's wages and benefits are so meager. The report, an update on 2004 numbers that were less than half those found this time around, estimated that Wal-Mart families accounted for more than 9,000 Wisconsin Medicaid enrollees. The $75 million, covering 75 stores, represents a low-end estimate with the high end about $130 million. {in}

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