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Dear Readers, Welcome and thank you for picking up our first issue of Jack, The Local Men’s Magazine.
Jack Edmonds earned a degree in advertising from the University of Florida and has spent the last 37 years working in the advertising and media markets in Gainesville and Ocala. For the past 16 years, he has successfully published and distributed a local bridal planning magazine.
Simply put, Jack is a magazine with articles of local interest to local men. It is a magazine filled with entertainment, information and education aimed at the men of Gainesville and Ocala. Ocala and Gainesville are sophisticated, exciting communities that are already served by some of the state’s best city magazines. Ocala Magazine, Gainesville Magazine, Ocala Style, Home Magazine and the newly designed Gainesville Today are a few fine examples. But none of them are focused solely on the issues and industries that concern local men. Jack is focused on those stories. In this issue you'll find an article on two ex-Florida Gator football players and how they came to buy a local radio station; tips on which cars the best local mechanics think you should buy for your son or daughter; and a spotlight on a local businessman and why he loves his job. We'll give you the inside scoop on the local jazz scene, and a financial writer tells us the best places to keep our money. And our local calendar highlights charity events, golf tournaments and other outings that are of significance to local men. So thanks for picking up the first issue of Jack, The Local Men’s Magazine. We hope you like it and look forward to serving the community we all care about for a great many years. Sincerely,
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Bikers in Louisiana
What does Louisiana look like from the seat of a motorcycle? It’s full of Scotch and .38 caliber shell casings.
18 Steak Secrets
Get loads of meaty info about beef and find out what your neighbors are saying about local steak houses.
22 Walking On to Radio
Football helped make them friends, and now two ex-Gators are tackling the world of sports radio after buying a local station.
24 Cars for Kids
The best local mechanics open up about which used cars and trucks are the most affordable and the safest for your sons and daughters.
5 Music: Jazz Joints
6 Movies: Man Flicks
13 Money Matters
8 Sports: Tailgating
14 Divorce Checklist
Finding the best live local jazz is easy when you know where to look
Check out our picks for guy flicks and some cool quotes from classic cinema
Yes, people still sit in parking lots and cook things, and what they’re cooking is pretty darn good.
10 Drinks: Wine & Her
The ladies love wine, so you’d better learn how to use the fermented grape juice correctly.
Get in touch This magazine is for our readers, so we want to hear from you. We want to know which stories you like and which topics you want to see us cover. So drop us a line at email@example.com, and we’ll do our best to tackle them in future issues.
Meet JACK the magazine and its publisher
Everyone wants your cash. Who should get it?
If he’s getting unmarried, there’s a lot a guy should know
28 Men at Work
Mr. Cory Schafer tells us why he loves his job
30 Local Events
What’s happening and where it’s happening
On the Cover With an assistant adjusting lights, a photographer changing equipment and an editor and art director making demands, magazine photo shoots are usually uncomfortable and annoying for the people in front of the camera. But Chris Doering and Brady Ackerman, JACK’s cover subjects for this issue, suffered the process well, and we ended up with some great images. Photographer Jeff Williams shot the two at his studio, J.S. Photography, near downtown Gainesville in late August 2010.
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Bum. Bum. Ba na na na na. Recorded in 1957, Blue Train’s renowned refrain still stops jazz lovers in their tracks. The indoctrinated know the searching, soul-tugging notes of John Coltrane’s opening solo are seconds away. The music of Louie Armstrong and Miles Davis is as American as rock ‘n’ roll and as cosmopolitan as a London pub. Still, the local jazz scene has long been overshadowed by the area’s colorful rock and roll history. Rock artists with ties to the Gainesville/Ocala area include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steven Stills, and both Don Felder and Bernie Leadon of The Eagles. Despite that, the area’s jazz scene remains a vibrant one. “The music scene is the reason—well, one of the reasons—we still live here,” said longtime Gainesville resident Steve Ware as he and his wife took in a recent Wednesday night jazz performance at Emiliano’s in downtown Gainesville. “On any given night, you can catch great music. And without a cover charge.” That Wednesday, a piano and upright bass duo tore through an instrumental version of the Sinatra standard “Summer Wind” while patrons bobbed their heads and ordered half-priced bottles of Spanish wine. If that sounds like your cup of tea, check out these local hot spots.
Think his fingers are fast? At one time, local jazz guitarist Marty Liquori was one of the top competitive runners in the world. He competed in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 and for two years was the number one ranked runner in the world for the mile.
Listen Emiliano’s Cafe
Embers of Florida
The Red Onion Neighborhood Grill
7 SE First Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 352-375-7381 Live jazz, Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 to 9 or 10 p.m. Call to confirm times. 706 W. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 352-378-2001 Live jazz, Mondays 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursdays 7:3010:30 p.m.
3545 SW 34th St., Suite A Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 380-0901 Live jazz, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
3885 Northwest 24th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32605 352-505-0088 Live jazz some Saturdays 7-10 p.m. Call to confirm.
Liquori plays most Mondays and Thursdays at Leonardo's 706 in Gainesville.
"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
Have you seen these? With the demise of stores like Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery, the places you can pick up a good DVD are changing fast. While movie on-demand services like Netflix allow people to stream movies directly to their computers, Blockbuster and your public library remain excellent resources for buying and renting great movies. Whether you get your movies from a disc or from the Internet, sometimes a guy needs a hand telling the dreck from the treasure so here are a few films to get you going. Some will score you points with your lady, some are just for fun, but they’re all winners in our book. “Freeway” (1996) In one of her earliest roles, Reese “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994) Witherspoon—who is reason enough to watch this movie—plays an illiterate runaway who meets up with Kiefer Sutherland, a serial killer. Funny and fun, the two leads in this raucous comedy will keep you interested.
Starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and a cast of English character actors. A classic romantic comedy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and your girlfriend or wife will love you for bringing this one home. Even if she’s seen it, you might get lucky.
“Thief” (1981) James Caan and Tuesday Weld star in “I Served the King of England” (2006) the directorial debut of Michael Mann, who would go on to produce “Miami Vice.” Mann also wrote this script. Caan plays a guy who’s a professional thief by night and honest businessman by day. Don’t mess with him, because he will hurt you. Just grab a beer, grill a steak, sit back and enjoy this stylish thriller.
From the Czech Republic and Slovakia, this movie is subtitled, but don’t let that deter you. It’s funny and sexy, with great-looking women and a clever screenplay. See another part of the world without leaving your chair. Watch it with Pilsner Urquell and clever people.
“Goin’ South” (1978) Starring Jack Nicholson, “Midnight Meat Train” (2008) Starring Vinnie Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Danny DeVito and Jones, a former Premier League soccer enforcer, this Mary Steenburgen, this movie’s cast is hilarious. movie is based on a Clive Barker short story. You Nicholson’s rascally Henry Lloyd Moon avoids might recognize Jones from “Snatch” and “Lock the hangman’s noose by marrying Steenburgen. Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” He works in a A riotous pizza-night movie mild enough for meat-packing plant during the day and moonlights the family. on the subway at night with his special hammer. Menacing. Get it for the jolt. -J.Edmonds 6
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-Clint Eastwood, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
“My analyst warned me about you. But you were so beautiful I got another analyst." -Woody Allan. Manhattan
“Think of the fact that there's not one state in the 50 that has the death penalty for speeding. Although I'm not so sure about Ohio.” -Brock Yates, The Cannonball Run
“I wouldn't go so far as to call a dog filthy but they're definitely dirty. But a dog's got personality. Personality goes a long way.” Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
“I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.” Mark Wahlberg, The Departed
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It’s Tailgate Time! Fall means football and a return to America’s No. 1 parking-lot pastime by Jaymi Curley
The Labor Day cookout may be summer’s official last hurrah, but you don’t have to silence the sizzle of the grill just yet.
1) Big, Colorful Cup- Lots of people means lots of cups, so bring a big one that you can spot easily.
Tailgating, once a simple parking-lot party for die-hard football fans, has exploded in recent years to become an all-out social event. In 2008 alone, more than 50 million people parked around stadiums across the country to eat, drink and root for their favorite teams, according to Scott O’Malley, managing partner of the American Tailgaters Association.
2) Freeze your WaterGet bottled water and freeze it. Your water will stay cold longer and they make good ice packs.
Tailgates started out as low-key affairs involving a cooler of beer and some burgers from the back of a pickup truck, but the pregame party has become a decidedly more elaborate event. Tailgaters now are grilling up cedar-planked salmon, filets of beef and other gourmet grub outside swanky recreational vehicles.
The friendly everyman image of beer is acquiring some polish with the recent explosion of microbrews and seasonal beers. According to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo., sales by craft brewers increased 9 percent by volume in the first half of 2010; Craft brewers sold an estimated 9,115,635 barrels of beer in 2009, up from 8,501,713 in 2008.
Depending on the time of day, you might see tailgaters setting out a breakfast spread of filet mignon with eggs and fluffy pancakes, or a full sitdown dinner of turkey with all the trimmings.
As the swank factor goes up in food, so it goes in drink, and for good reason: Many wines make an excellent complement to the basic four food groups of tailgating—spicy, cheesy, grilled and sweet.
Tailgating is the last great American neighborhood,” says Joe Cahn, the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating. Cahn has traveled more than 500,000 miles and attended more than 500 tailgate parties. “In this day and age—where we hunch over computers and don’t pick up the phone before we’ve checked the caller ID—the tailgate is where we can all get together,” Cahn says.
Websites devoted to tailgating abound on the Internet. If you really want to do it up, check out the Gator Tailgating site at www.gatortailgating. com for more ideas, advice and know-how than you thought possible for a party in parking lot.
In the early warm months of the football season, most tailgaters chill with a brew. Bob Townsend, beer columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jaymi Curley is a writer and editor based in Atlanta. Julianne Will contributed to this article.
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and editor of Southern Brew News, says beer’s long-standing popularity can be traced to its image as an easy-drinking, sociable beverage. “Beer has traditionally been an everyman drink,” says Townsend, “the drink of the working man, the drink of the sports fan.” “Beer is a communal thing,” says Steve Farace, spokesman for Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Company. “It’s cold. It’s lower in alcohol than wine or liquor, so you can drink more before feeling the effects. It’s simple—no glass or mixing required.”
The most important element? A good crew. Somebody’s gotta remember the bottle opener.
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How to Drink Wine with a Woman
Wine and women go together like nuts and bolts, Holmes & Watson, tequila and bad decisions. Still, where wine is concerned, it’s easy for guys to come off as dummies or snobs. But fear not, men. Use these tips, and she’ll be suitably impressed. Spend More Than $8
The minimum wage in Florida is $7.25 per hour. So a $7 bottle of wine is telling her, “I’m not a busboy, but if I were, you would not be worth a single hour of toting dirty dishes.” Even if you actually are a busboy, spring for something better.
Good: “It’s so great to spend some time with you tonight.Here’s to our good health and a great evening (clink).” Bad: “One, two, three, go!” (You empty your glass in a single, long gulp.)
Don’t Go Einstein on Her
Say It Right
Russell Crowe was great in “A Beautiful Mind,” but it’s unlikely that hearing you spouting about the wine’s alcohol percentage and pH will make her knees weak. So refrain from reciting those numbers you just read on the Internet. (Unless you’re both mathematicians, in which case, go for it.)
Some basics: Merlot is (mer-LO). Cabernet Sauvignon is (kabehr-NAY so-veen-YAW). But don’t try a French accent unless you’re French and can’t help it. Do, however, Google “How to pronounce (the wine that you are buying)” if you’re not sure how to say something. Even if you don’t quite pull it off, she’ll like that you made the effort.
Get Food Pick up some cheese, fruit and crusty bread. Grapes work (duh). Stay away from loaves of sourdough. If you’re not experienced with the cheese and wine pairing thing, don’t worry: Cheddar is always a safe bet. Get mild cheddar for white, rosé and sparkling wines; sharp cheddar for heavier reds.
Movies and Wine Are a Good Pair Watching a movie gives you both a chance to relax and enjoy the wine after the requisite conversation time. Try anything except hard-hitting dramas about alcoholics. So, yeah, skip, “Leaving Las Vegas.” That aside, women generally dig sipping wine with movies, and that means you do, too. See our movie picks on p 8 for options.
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Where to Stash Your Cash
Consider credit unions and banks, big and small By Hal Morris
Are you grumpy about treatment at your current bank? Wondering if there is a better place for your money? There might be, but you’ll need to do some checking to figure it out. The financial news isn’t all bad these days. To lure new accounts, some banks and credit unions are offering new benefits such as checking accounts with no minimum balance required, no monthly maintenance fees added and unlimited check writing available. There are other things to consider, too, and big banks, small banks and credit unions differ in some key ways. So what should you expect from them?
If you’re trying to decide where to put your money, scour the websites of banks and credit unions and make note of those that offer the following benefits: - low- or no-cost checking accounts
Big Banks With big banks, expect less personal service. You might be known as a number rather than be greeted by name (as in many small banks and credit unions). Personnel turnover is often higher. That means an officer with whom you chat this month might just move to another post next month.
Keep in mind that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has been busy this year shuttering problem banks around the nation, and most of them have been small, including 17 in Florida through mid-August 2010. But the FDIC insures up to $250,000 per account, so the vast majority of patrons do not lose any money.
- competitive rates on savings accounts, including certificates of deposit
Generally, the bigger the bank, the bigger the bureaucracy and that leads to a lot of shuffling with loan applications and sometimes longer wait times for decisions.
Credit Unions You can increasingly add credit unions to the mix of reliable and reasonable financial institutions. While offering many of the same services as banks, they are now easier to join.
- extended hours and Saturday operations
Many big banks are also still recuperating from risky subprime loans and may be eager to slap fees on your accounts. Some of the major banks earn more in fees than from traditional sources. On the plus side, especially for someone who is on the road a lot, large banks often have multiple branches across the state and nation, along with fee-free ATMs. If relocation is in your future, you may not have to transfer bank accounts. Small Banks Customer service usually is more personal at a small bank and that affords more interaction with staffers, from tellers to loan officers. The manager or president is generally more accessible. Patrons often face fewer fees than at larger banks, too. Interest rates on savings, while much lower than five years ago, usually are as much as four times higher than at some big banks. But you should investigate to be sure.
Credit unions are nonprofit cooperatives formed and owned by people with a common bond. Membership is based on affiliations you may have with an employer, profession, organization, church or geographic area such as city or county. Members pool their assets to provide loans and other financial services to each other.
- direct access to decision makers - loans with reasonable interest rates - easy-to-view account information via the Web - fees that don’t hurt your wallet
If the institution does not post interest rates and other vital information online and instead requires a phone call, chalk that up as a negative. -H. Morris
As such, they usually offer lower rates on loans, higher rates on savings and offer some of the service benefits available at small banks. Hal Morris is a former business news editor at a Los Angeles newspaper and now writes a financial blog at GrumpyEditor.com.
Smart Search Tip
When checking out potential new financial institutions, a quick way to narrow your list of candidates is to visit those candidates’ lobbies and scope out the automated teller machines. Visit locations more than once to be fair, but consider scratching those offices from your list if lines are always long. Especially if you are often short on time. -H. Morris
Preparing for Divorce There are things a man needs to know if he’s going to survive a divorce in Florida By Jaymi Curley
Whether you’ve been blindsided by a spouse or are pulling the ripcord yourself, bailing out of a failing marriage is tough. Divorce is said to be second only to the death of a loved one in terms of the stress and depression it brings men. Despite that, divorce happens. So here are six things to consider before untying the knot in the sunshine state. Know the law, but hire an attorney As soon as you’re sure a divorce is going to happen, contact a licensed attorney who specializes in family law. Make sure he or she has negotiated settlements and has taken cases to court. But don’t go into the process blind. Many resources exist online and offline that can help you get familiar with Florida divorce law. Do not take any information you might glean from outside resources, however, as legal advice. Rather, use what you learn to ask your lawyer smart questions. Keep detailed records “The end of a marriage can be likened to that of dissolution of a corporation. People who are good record keepers, who have very organized accounts of this definitely have an advantage in court,” says John R. Nettles, a Gainesville attorney who has specialized in family law for more than 30 years. Keeping detailed accounts of finances, property holdings and high-value personal items is always a good idea, but having those records in a divorce proceeding can be crucial. When there is a dispute over who really owns that original Warhol, or the actual value of the ’72 Harley you lovingly restored by hand, being able to produce the correct piece of paper can save you time, money and aggravation. Also, keeping detailed track of the time you spend with your children can cut off any possible accusation of indifferent parenting.
Forget financial trickery Horror stories abound of wives who have drained family accounts or blown credit card limits. This fear may tempt some men to remove cash; to tamper with assets by hiding them; or to temporarily transfer ownership of items to friends or relatives. Bad idea, says Leslie Smith Haswell, an attorney who practices family law. “Courts make detailed examinations of any and all financial transactions in the two years prior to the divorce filing. You can’t convert marital assets; it’s going to look like you have been hiding money.” What might have been an equitable distribution of the marital assets can go in the wife’s favor if it looks like you’ve been tampering. If a man fears his wife will attempt a financial end run, his lawyer can file for an injunction to prevent revenge spending. Consider the kids New Florida statutes have abolished traditional notions of custody. Teacher conferences, consultations with physicians, or discussions with coaches, tutors or others involved in your child’s life are within the scope of each parent’s rights and responsibilities. Moreover, support payments are no longer simply the obligation of the parent with more money. Amounts are predicated on net income as well as the percentage of the child’s time that is spent with the parent.
The less time you share with your child, the greater the percentage you will be required to contribute for support. Clean up your act Florida is a no-fault divorce state, so charges of infidelity have no legal effect on the divorce itself; however, your behavior still has consequences. “Divorce is a much smoother process when you keep emotions from escalating,” says Haswell. “If you have someone waiting in the wings, then cut it out. Flaunting that is just going to make your wife angrier and in a mood to fight. And the more you fight, the more drawn-out and expensive the process. I usually advise my clients to wait until the final decree to start dating.” Consider collaborative divorce In a collaborative divorce, each party has an attorney and a divorce counselor, and there is a neutral financial examiner agreed upon by both sides. There may also be a separate counselor to represent the children. Together with this team, the husband and wife negotiate the details of the divorce. Proponents claim this brings the family to a place where the marriage can peacefully dissolve. Choose an attorney who specializes in this type of divorce. Whoever Jaymi Curley’s future ex-husband may be can have the beach house, but will never get her cookware. Follow her at twitter.com/bookgirl2.
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A motorcycling madman and his mob of two-wheeled cohorts take a wild-eyed ride through the bars and backwoods of southern Louisiana. By Paco Rabell Forty-eight hours after the summer solstice, my eight compatriots and I brave the highway abattoir with lovely pillion warmers. We are the Chrome Caballeros. The arching sun warms our excitement in a madcap adventure to Venice, La., for those tasty crustaceans: water scorpions, mud bugs and black crawdads, that is. We roared through the panhandle’s P'cola on the way to our first ferry crossing, Fort Morgan, and then on to Dauphin Island, reverently genuflecting as we stopped at the holy grail of onthe-edge Gulf Coast living, the Flora-Bama Lounge. At the mouth of Mobile Bay, the tsunamis were rolling in, traumatizing our delicate cravings for adult libations.We bucked up after the endless ferry ride when one of our own bellowed, "Land ho!" At Ocean Springs one of the Caballeros went into post-natal trauma and insisted on showing us his old stomping grounds. The old family domicile, the gas station where he used to cop beer, the park where he first got lucky, yadda-yaddayadda. After so much time behind the bars of motorcycles, it was time to get in front of the bars of drinking. At one of our first stops, the aforementioned Caballero fixed his gaze on a lovely décolletage, and he chatted her up with tales of bravado. The heaving orbs drove him to the brink of madness, and he convinced her to join us on this wild ride. So the girl got on his pillion while we heard her murmuring something about always wanting to see the Grand Canal.
At last we left behind the land of pathological obsession with safety and thus entered the land where lunchtime drinking is an all-day event, and the parental hand-holding of business and Big Brother does not exist. At Rigolets, Big Betty's Tavern beckoned. The old elite welcomed us, and we started to gather intel for our forthcoming travels. Big Betty got her name from her big heart, not her diminutive stature, so we thanked her for the hospitality and rode on. At the Chalmette ferry, Quasimodo, the churlish ferry master who lost a battle with scoliosis as a youngster, directed us in parking the scoots. From there we proceeded to enter the land of tar paper shacks and gap-toothed smiles, Plaquemines. We found that Sid’s in Port Sulphur is a good place to gather more liquid intel. The sign on the door said you had to be 21 to enter, and the barmaids inside were all 17. You gotta love the ungovernable state. The teenyboppers told us about the places to avoid, and it turned out to be every single juke joint. So naturally we sought them out. Being arriviste parvenus, we used the old tactic of hitting them before they can hurt ya. Buy them a beer and become part of the atmosphere. At Buras, we passed a fish cannery across the street from the local high school. We couldn't figure out if the smell was from the cannery or the Saturday night prom. That night we hit the Den Lounge. Thirty oil roughnecks and cannery workers and one woman who looked like Miss Lincoln ’cause everybody had taken a shot at her in the balcony. Order a Scotch on the rocks, and you got a 12-ounce cup filled to the brim.
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I wanted mine with a little umbrella, but the group thought that was unwise. Seeing how we had the only fresh meat in town, some of the bolder ones weaved over and slapped us on the back saying we had some real pretty ladies. Nobody offered money or drinks. After getting higher than an astronaut, we were reluctant to open our eyes Sunday morning. The delicious imbibing of Saturday night made it difficult to get into the discipline of riding. Breakfast at Barbara's Place soaked up that devil rum. The gravel parking lot was a might bit difficult to commandeer, as you had to be careful that your kickstand wouldn't roll off the spent .38 caliber casings. Riding the ferry at West Pointe à la Hache put us on the east side of the Big Muddy, and the river road was strewn with the night kill of 12-pound rats. Locals say a cottage industry exists for the collection of this organic detritus, and it's used in the production of a ladies’ face cream called Neutrogena. Or so the rumor goes. Next, a small mechanical breakdown. Luckily it was at a mini mart. What to do? It was hot. It was Sunday. It was BFE. But “EUREKA THEY SELL BEER!” The cosmos were in balance again. The amity and fellowship of bikers came through. A guy down the street drove several miles with the much-needed part and refused to take money for his time or trouble. Just wished us a safe ride. Back in Chalmette, we stopped at Fat Boy's Pool Hall/Bar/
Grill & Bail Bonds. We said goodbye to one of the Caballeros and his pillion warmer as they headed to Nola and a motel. Back through Rigolets and Ron Charles Social Club and Restaurant, owned by brothers Ron and Charles Smaltz. Boiled shrimp by the bucketful and a fais do-do every night. Had to make it back to Bay Saint Louis so as to drink beer and drop off the girl our intrepid Caballero had picked up. We took a vote, and it was unanimous.We want her on our future trips. But will she dump that guy? Last stop: Gautier and a great tucked-away place called Huck's Cove. The punctilious owner was gracious in his hospitality, and we let time get away from us. The push home was via I-10 at fleshstretching speeds, ETA 10:30 p.m. Total miles: 705. Hope you have enjoyed my cultured, overwrought rhetorical flourishes, and remember it could have been you with that real fine chick. So don’t forget the pursuit of good times and twisty roads. Paco Rabell ridiculously embellishes his motorcycle travels. He is located somewhere in the vortex of the hurricane, grinning and drinking rum.
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Think you know everything about Florida’s foremost meal of meat? Think again. what they’re
saying rom the asphalt forest of suburban Orlando, Interstate 75 rises and falls northward, through the rolling hills of Wildwood and Summerfield, up through Ocala’s horse farms and Gainesville’s student mass.
There is a standard sight that accompanies drivers on that stretch of highway north of Mouse Town. Cows. Lots and lots of cows. Travelers get a steady roadside reel of Heifers, Herefords and Charolais lazily grazing, fenced in by lakes and barbed wire. The vast majority of these animals will wind up on someone’s menu, and many of them are bound for the dinner plate as steak. Thanks to concerns over high-fat diets, steak’s popularity has waned a little over the past two decades. Still, beef has largely kept its lofty status in America’s culinary pantheon. Americans undeniably love their steak. So with grilling season in high gear, Jack wanted to offer up a buffet of guidance and vital information about America’s favorite meaty meal. Dig in and enjoy.
“Mark’s has the total package. Other restaurants serve good food—some very good food—but at Mark’s you get the feel of an old-time steak house, with all the woodwork, leather and an extremely professional wait staff. The food is consistently high end. I have never had a weak moment in Mark’s.”
—Ed Mendel, Gainesville, on Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, Gainesville “You don’t just order off a menu.You can see the food brought up on a two-and-a-half foot long sword and cut off right in front of the table.”
—Robert Huff, Operating Partner, Ipanema Brazilian Steak House, Ocala The food, ambience and service are good, and the salad bar is excellent. It’s not the kind of place I would go to pick a chicken dish; it’s more the kind of place to go for a special meal…an anniversary or birthday.
—Larry Dan Chauncey, Ocala, on Ipanema Brazilian Steak House, Ocala “We are Gainesville’s only all-prime steak house. Prime is the top 1 percent of all the beef cut here in America.”
—Ryan Todd, Owner, Embers, Gainesville
The words are familiar, even if only from your grocery’s meat section. Round. Chuck. Brisket. Sirloin. But what do they really mean? Here is the code to discovering what part of the cow your steak comes from.
A cut of meat from this part is often known as a “seven-bone steak” because of the bone’s shape. It looks like the number seven. One of the cheapest cuts, it is often used in ground beef.
Ribs Beef ribs have inspired hordes of piqued aficionados, bent on discovering the perfect combination of seasonings and sauce for their ribs. The rib eye steak also comes from this part.
Short Loin Popular steaks such as the Porterhouse, T-bone, New York Strip and Kansas City Strip come mostly from this part. And if anyone has ever told you needed to get a spine, this cut is for you. It usually contains bits of bovine backbone.
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There is a top sirloin and a bottom sirloin. If it doesn’t specifically say “top,” then you’ve got the bottom. The bottom is good stuff, and there is plenty of it; but it is not usually as tender as the stuff on top. Either way, it is one of the tastier cuts of the cow.
Round The round is a lean cut, which, while good for the heart, is lousy for grilling and pan frying. Low levels of fat mean it dries out quickly, so slow is the way to go. Braising and pressure cooking are options for this steak from the back end of the cow—basically, any method of cooking that retains moisture is a good method of cooking for this cut of cow.
Largely because it is one of the most inexpensive cuts of beef, the brisket is also one of the most commonly used cuts of beef. Even if its texture does lean toward the tough. If you have ever eaten a Reuben sandwich (corned beef), or if your mother has ever made pot roast, you have had brisket.
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You can still get a good steak—and more— for less than $13. In no particular order, here are the local places you can make that happen. Ruby Tuesday
$11.99, for a 7 oz. sirloin, two sides The succotash was delicious, and the meal came with a generous portion of mashed potatoes. There are televisions around the bar area for sports and news. The staff was pleasant and easy on the eyes.
$10.49, for a 8 oz. sirloin, or $9.49, for a 6 oz.; two sides with each Our medium-rare steak was cooked perfectly. The side of chili was meaty, although the side of mashed potatoes seemed a little small. Fantastic yeast bread, honey butter and peanuts on table. Friendly servers in T-shirts and jeans.
$9.95, for a 6 oz. sirloin, two sides We gnawed on some delicious bread, and the staff remembered the customers' names, which we appreciated. Our mediumrare steak, however, showed up a tad light on flavor.
$12.99, for a 9 oz. sirloin, mixed veggies and potatoes Lots of televisions around the bar for easy viewing. We ordered a medium steak, and it came just right. Young, energetic staff provided good service in a family atmosphere. There were oldies music and half-priced appetizers after 10 p.m.
Cream of the Crop If you want to reward employees, impress a girlfriend or celebrate a special day, these places do that sort of thing well. They rise above the crowd by virtue of their food quality, service and atmosphere.
Embers Wood Grill 3545 SW 34 St., Suite A Gainesville, FL 32608 Restaurant: (352) 380-0901 Private Dining: (352) 380-0904 www.embersofflorida.com
MT’s Chop House 3833 Northwest 97th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 331-7734 www.mtschophouse.com
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 S. Pine Ave. Ocala, FL 34470 (352) 622-2172 www.ipanemaocala.com
Mark's Prime Steakhouse 201 SE 2nd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 336-0077 www.marksprimesteakhouse.com
Mark's Prime Steakhouse 30 S. Magnolia Ave. Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 402-0097 www.marksprimesteakhouse.com
* This is not a comprehensive list and we surely left a deserving restaurant or three out. For this, we aoplogize in advance. jack
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Face-Off Gainesville gridiron greats team up on sports radio
PHOTOS BY jeff williams | TEXT BY steve stevens
n the fall of 1991, Chris Doering was a gangly, athletic teenager from Gainesville’s P.K. Yonge High School. The three-sport star wanted to play football for his hometown school, the University of Florida, but there was a problem. UF’s new football coach, Steve Spurrier, told him there was no scholarship for him He’d get no star treatment. He’d start out at the bottom—or even below the bottom. He’d be a walk-on. “When you walk on, you get an instant bit of disrespect,” says Doering. “Or maybe that’s just how I felt. You’re not considered to be on the same level as the scholarship guys.” While Doering was indeed lost in the oversized shadows of sought-after recruits and system-savvy veterans, there was one guy who lent him a helping hand. Another walk-on, a fifthyear senior who had logged time in the same backfield as future pro football Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith. His name was Brady Ackerman. “(Brady) was good friends with a lot of the guys who were playing, and they clearly respected him,” Doering recalls. “To me, that was impressive because of where I was. I felt like I was a little bit of an outcast at that point in time.” Most walk-on football players don’t make it through their entire college careers. But Ackerman did. And Doering did not remain an outcast in either the locker room or on the field. In fact, he became a record-setting hero on the gridiron at Florida. Years later, after a few stops in the National Football League, Doering heard about a local radio station going up for
sale. He thought of his friend, the guy whom he had first met in Florida’s weight room and who had made Doering’s life as a college player infinitely easier. Brady and I could do this, Doering thought. Definitely.
In 2008, Brady Ackerman loved his job. He’d parlayed his football experience into a gig as a talk jock’s sidekick on Jacksonville sports radio and eventually into a job on ESPN radio in Orlando. It was a major company and a major market. He loved his colleagues. He calls it the best job he’s ever had. “We covered Super Bowls, we covered (Daytona 500s), we did the things that you want to do in this business, which is to get to big events, cover them, be a part of them. So it was exciting. It was a lot of fun to go to work,” Ackerman says. Despite the fact that his job satisfied him, the work came with a considerable downside. Ackerman was separated from his family and his home in Ocala by a daily commute of 140 miles. His work routine included big-city traffic, steep tolls and two-and-a-half hours on the Florida Turnpike and the 408 highway nearly every day. Something had to give. After getting the call from Doering, he gave up the job and made a change. They bought the radio station in December 2008.
you get an instant bit of
disrespect…" - Chris Doering Many football players share a common psychology.
like a locker room. There’s a little pop culture, and it’s edgier, less structured (than people might be used to).”
They understand the value of focus and commitment. They know to stay composed under pressure. They are determined.
Why does Doering do it? “I wanted to be around the sports world, and I wanted to be around University of Florida football. Those two things are a necessity for me.”
Walk-on football players seem know these things and more. They have to work harder to prove they belong.
As for Ackerman, his love of sports is as potent. “A long time ago, someone gave me some good advice: Be yourself.
Doering balances his duties at the radio station with those at his mortgage company, so Ackerman bears the brunt of the day-to-day details at the station. But one gets the sense that the two former walk-ons are used to uphill battles. They won’t be outworked.
I am who I say I am. I talk about my family. I love sports. So if you want to talk sports, let’s talk sports.”
“We’re up against some (tough) odds here. We’re in a business that relies on advertising in the most difficult time since the Great Depression,” says Doering. Despite the economic downturn, the station thrives in no small part because of the long and singular partnership of the two men who own it. Ackerman does the morning show, and Doering does the afternoon. “I’m a morning guy,” Ackerman says. “People want to be entertained, but they don’t want to hear me complain. I’ve done afternoons. I know the difference.” Doering says his afternoon show with Adam Reardon tries to capture football’s famous camaraderie among athletes. “Adam and I wanted to make the show
Steve Stevens is Jack’s executive ed itor an d ca n b e re a ch e d a t email@example.com
Listen In The Morning Drive with Brady Ackerman, airs from 7-10 a.m. Monday-Friday.
The Sports Fix
with Chris Doering & Adam Reardon, airs from 4-6 p.m. every weekday afternoon. Tune in to both shows at 100.1 FM or 900 AM in Ocala and 1230 AM in Gainesville.
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Wheels What to look for in a first car for your kids By Jack Edmonds
So your little ones are not so little anymore. They’ve moved up from the back seat to the driver’s seat, and it’s time for their first vehicle. Which ones are dependable? Which ones are safe? We went to the best local mechanics to ask which cars they’d buy for their own kids and what to think about before handing over the cash.
Smitty’s Auto Service, Inc. 2920 NE 19 Dr., No. 8 Gainesville, FL 32609 (352)373-3060 My first choices would be Toyota and Honda because of reliability. Generally, you have fewer problems with those two cars. If I was buying American, it would be a newer Ford Taurus. And the Escort is a pretty good car. As for mileage, I would say the car should be in the 60,000- to 70,000-mile range and not much more than that.
HP Automotive 3620 NE 42 Lane Ocala, FL 34479 (352) 236-0708 I’d probably buy a small truck, because it has a full frame. So in case of an accident, that vehicle has a better chance to survive than a regular car. I would probably go with a Toyota or Nissan, since they’re generally more dependable. My son is 15 years old, and I’m giving him a truck. It has a small cab that only has room for him and his girlfriend, not a lot of friends who can be a distraction and cause an accident. It’s much safer.
North East Auto & Truck Service 3641 NE 36th Ave. Ocala, FL 34479 (352) 867-7400 I’d buy a Honda Accord. They last forever if they’re maintained properly. As far as how old the car should be, anything built in the last seven years would be best. Whichever car you buy, I’d recommend taking it to a shop and getting it looked over. It’ll be well worth the money. 2 6
Pro Automotive & Rod Shop 17797 NW 53rd Court Road Reddick, FL 32686 (352) 591-5788 The most dependable cars are Honda Civics, Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys. Even at 100,000 miles they’re good, because they’re 300,000mile cars. Even the old ones have airbags, good seat belts and good safety records.
Alan’s Superior Auto Repair 3018 NE 19 Dr., Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 373-5441 Miles are important. But remember that sometimes a lot of miles doesn’t hurt a vehicle. If it’s a late-model car with a lot of miles, it probably spent a lot of time on the highway, which is not bad mileage. If it’s a low-mileage car that was fairly old, I would say the opposite. It's probably pretty close to needing a lot of maintenance. As for the cars themselves, I would probably go with either a Nissan or a Honda. -Jack Edmonds is Jack’s publisher
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MR. Cory Schafer Sensei Schafer opens up about working with kids, self control and his passion for mixed martial arts JACK: Why do you love your job? Mr. Schafer: I’m a big believer in the power to choose. And I think that when your life is said and done, there are only a handful of things that are important to you. And one of the real big ones is, “Did your life’s work mean more than just a way to put bread on the table, or a nine-to-five way to make money. Did you contribute to other people’s lives? Did you feel like you did something that had meaning to you beyond a way to make a living? I really feel like I’m impacting lives positively. I’ve worked with children, teaching them martial arts and helping them use that as a vehicle through which they can find a more enriched life. Usually it’s the parents who get them involved because they want the kids to be better at listening, to build better concentration, and to develop self-confidence and self-control. They’re learning a formula through which they can achieve success. I have seen kids grow up here. JACK: What do adults get from martial arts? Adults come to me for a variety of reasons. To lose weight, to develop self-defense skills, to have self-confidence, or just to have something in their life other than work. And for the hour that they’re training, they are not thinking about their other responsibilities. So I give other people a tool through which they can enrich their life, and that enriches my life. JACK: You wear many hats. You are president of an organization called the ISKA and are involved with something called Strikeforce Could you talk about those organizations? Mr. Schafer: The ISKA is the International Sport Karate Association. We sanction and 2 8
regulate martial arts events and combat sports in 60 countries on six continents. Strike Force is the second largest and most popular mixed martial arts franchise in the world. I am the rules director and the liaison between promoters and Florida’s athletic commission. My role has to do with insuring the safety of the event, with the fairness of the event, and with guaranteeing the professionalism of the officials. I also run clinics for referees, judges, time keepers and scorekeepers. I make sure everything is above board and see that the sport operates like the legitimate sport that it is. JACK: You do a lot of traveling for your roles with those organizations? Mr. Schafer: Yes, I do. With Strike Force in the last seven day period, I was in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Portland. With ISKA, I have been to 20 countries, supervising events in Thailand, Moscow, the Caribbean and Europe. I did an open air event in an arena carved into the side of a mountain in Poland. JACK: You also are the director of The U.S. Open World Martial Arts Championship? Mr. Schafer: Yes, that is the ISKA’s world championship event held every year at Disney World., and it’s the largest, most prestigious event of its kind. Last year we drew more than 3,000 competitors from 40 different countries. The highlights of it are on ESPN. It’s a huge logistical undertaking. There are 16 different types of martial arts, more than 400 divisions, and more than 40 competition platforms going on simultaneously over two days.
BIOGRAPHY Mr. Cory Schafer World Martial Arts Studio 333 S.W. 140th Terrace Jonesville, FL 32669 * (352) 331-3557 www.worldmartialartscenter.net * Located inside Sun Country Sports Center West Mr. Schafer earned his black belt in Wado Ryu karate in 1981 and soon began officiating professionally. Since 1990, he has presided over world title contests held in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa Mr. Schafer is president of the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA), the commissioner of Chuck Norris’ project, the World Combat League (WCL), and the rules director for an organization called Strikeforce, which organizes and airs mixed martial arts matches on CBS and Showtime. Schafer is currently a fourth-degree black belt and teaches regularly at his Jonesville, Fl. studio, the World Martial Arts Center.
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Orange Lake Benefit Tournament for accident victims Marc Benevenuto (352) 361-9162
Turkey Creek Golf & C.C (386) 462-4653 Oct. 10: Gator Diamond Club 9am start Dec. 4: Alachua County Championship 8:30am start
Steinhatchee, FL Oct. 22-24 Big Bend Sportsman Fall Bash & Charity Fishing Tournement (352) 972-3952
Meadowbrook Golf Club (352) 332-0577 Oct. 23: Katie’s Foundation 8:30am start Oct. 29: Hidden Oaks School TBD start
Appleton Museum of Art
Country Club at Silver Springs Shores
Stone Creek Golf Club
(352)687-2828 Oct. 16: Cancer Society Fundraiser Country Club of Ocala (352)237-6644 Oct. 15: The Callum Memorial (352) 333-5932 Dec. 3: Habitat For Humanity Dec. 10: Toys for Tots
Pine Oaks Golf Course (352) 401-6940 Nov. 6: First Annual VFW Scramble 8:30am start Dec. 3: Road Builders Assoc. Tournament 1pm start
Ocala Golf Club (352) 401-6917 Oct. 16: Kiwanis Club Nov. 6: A.J. Semesco Foundtion Nov. 22: Gator/Seminole Challenge 1pm start Dec. 4: Lions Club 8am start
Black Diamond Ranch (352) 746-3446 Oct. 11: Kids Central Dec. 6: Coastal Conservation
4333 E. Silver Springs, Ocala (352) 291-4455 First Thursday of the month, doors open 5pm entertainment, food and beverages $8 per person
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art UF Cultural Plaza, SW 34 & Hull Road, Gainesville (352)392-9826 Second Thursday of the month, interactive exhibits, entertainment, Free
Charitable Fundraisers Oct. 21: 6-10pm Gainesville Goes Nashville Benefiting The Child Advocacy Center Canterbury Equestrian Showplace, Newberry, Fl (352)376-9161
Oct. 23: 7:30a 2nd Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K in Ocala Silver SpringsNature’s Theme Park, East SR 40, Ocala (352) 629-4727, ext. 5820
Oct. 24: 4-7pm Something Fabulous: A Wine Event at The Harn The Samuel P. Harn Museum, UF Cultural Plaza, Gainesville (352) 392-9826
Nov. 7: 5pm An Author Gala with Michael Connelly A fundraiser for The Alachua County Library Endowment Fund Hilton University of Florida, Gainesville (352) 334-3910
Nov. 7: 4-8pm Title Town Hoedown Bar-b-que Showdown Benefiting Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County Hosted by Judi and Davis Rembert at Rembert Farm, Alachua (352) 375-4110 ext. 131
Festivals & Exhibits Oct. 2-Nov. 2 Ocala Arts Group Exhibit Brick City Center for The Arts (352) 369-1500
Oct. 16: Jazz Up Dunnellon (352) 489-2320 Food, beer, wine and music at various locations throughout downtown Dunnellon
Oct. 23: McIntosh 1890 Day Fall Festival McIntosh Historic District (352) 591-4036
Oct. 23-24: Ocala Arts Festival McPherson Governmental Complex, Ocala (352) 867-0355
Nov. 6-7: Ocklawaha River Raid Civil war reenactment, Ocklawaha River, Wiersdale (352) 687-8737
Nov. 26-28: Chambers Farm Fall Family Powwow (352) 546-2948 Native food, crafts and vendors, intertribal dancing Chambers Farm, Fort McCoy
Dec. 10: Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s 7th Annual Symphony Under The Lights Concert Downtown on the Square, Ocala (352) 351-1606
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The 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder According to Car and Driver magazine, the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder handles better than any other automobile available in the United States in 2011. It carries a $61,200 base price tag. Porsche comprised or sacrificed several amenities to improve handling making the Boxster Spyder mostly for motorsports fans. The base model has no radio, no cup holders and no air conditioning. Its door pulls are made of cloth.
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