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The great Dave Barry takes a break from self-imposed exile to offer a fresh read of his trademark snark-without-malice, taking aim at the GOP convention, and in this passage its host city:
I am not suggesting for one second that Tampa is some kind of cultural backwater.
Tampa is a major city boasting a wide array of things, as evidenced by this list of Five Fascinating Facts About Tampa:
1. Tampa boasts the world’s longest continuous sidewalk.
2. The Hooters restaurant chain originated here in 1983.
3. OK, if you want to get technical, Hooters actually originated in Clearwater.
4. I only included Hooters because we have pretty much exhausted the fascinating facts about Tampa.
5. Seriously, though, it’s a really long sidewalk.
Also, according to a story I read in the New York Times Magazine, there’s a monkey that has been running around the Tampa area for more than three years now evading capture. The article says that the monkey, known as the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, is hugely popular here; it has a blog, on which it announced in 2010 that it was running for mayor. Unfortunately, because of some legal technicality, it did not win.
– Dave Barry, National Journal
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