The man. The blog. The Sifts. The Cooler. The Friday Flashbacks. Mystery Man Rick. South Florida Daily Blog. SFDB.
July 1, 2010, 9:15am was my moment. I made the cut, I’m on the list! I was mentioned in the SFDB Blogroll Additions and didn’t even know it.
This is how I found out. I’m friends with Carlos Miller on Facebook and this post “How Close Can Carlos Miller Come To Getting Arrested?” (surprise! surprise!) was on his wall and he commented on it so I linked over to SFDB to read it. The post right after Carlos Miller’s is “South Florida Food and Wine offers up some suggestions for your 4th of July drinking.” It didn’t register at first, it never does kind of like when you catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror after losing 20 lbs you don’t recognize yourself…same thing here…then the reaction went something like this “OMG! THAT’S ME! IT’S ME! IT’S ME! IT’S ME! HOLY SH_T! HOLY SH_T I’M ON THE LIST! Hey when did this happen???
It’s a damn big deal to be on this blogroll. You write a blog in South Florida you want to be on the SFDB list. You dream of being on this list. You make this list and you’re an A-lister. Think of it as the papal blessing of blogging. On October 1, 2010 Mike LaMonica did a similar jig of excitement to mine after making the SFDB list but his was captured eloquently on video, I just scared the neighbors with my yelling. (btw MLM I’m still green with envy!) and on November 25th, 2010 Thanksgiving morning Some Blogging Guy mused (#6) about why he was thankful for Rick and his South Florida Daily Blog. I certainly cannot speak for anyone but I would venture to say that the Maria de los Angeles’, Mustang Bobby’s, Random Pixels, Beached Miami’s and everyone else in the South Florida blogging contingent all recognize and respect the platform that Rick had provided via the South Florida Daily Blog giving each of us our time in the spotlight, daily.
Blogs on the SFDB list and the people behind the blogs are smart, witty, quick, challenging, talented, opinionated, kind, neighbors, friends, collaborators, co-workers, teammates all the things that make South Florida Daily Blog the wildly successful go-to interactive resource for all things South Florida.
So it’s only fitting that the South Florida Daily Blog be one of my “Great Bloggers in the Spotlight” as he has been spotlighting others for the entire South Florida news community…clandestinely pro bono for years. Just who is Mystery-Man Rick and what makes him tick? I tried to find out…so my valued readers it is with great joy and tremendous honor to present to you this week’s Great Blogger in the Spotlight, South Florida Daily Blog
South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start blogging?
South Florida Daily Blog: Frustration over politics, I guess. That sort of evolved into a general desire to share my perspective on just about everything and produced Stuck on the Palmetto. SFDB is actually the third blog that I’ve been involved in, in the almost 8 years I’ve been blogging.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog?
South Florida Daily Blog: No. Never. Seriously, it is a significant investment of time but I manage to live a pretty normal life between posts. Blogger’s ability to schedule posts was a big help in disconnecting from the computer for longer periods of time. You know, I’d share more but I have a Sift to do.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
South Florida Daily Blog: Doing Blogger spotlights. Actually, insuring that it doesn’t take up too much of my life is fairly challenging. So much to say, so little time to say it.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging?
South Florida Daily Blog: I guess it’s a rather cliche answer but it’s true: meeting other people with a passion for blogging.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable blogging moment?
South Florida Daily Blog: Although it’s really not a “blogger moment” per se, I remember the South Florida Blogger Christmas Dinner back in 2007 that was graciously hosted by Miami Beach 411 on South Beach. It was a great gathering of people and it was the first time where I think I realized just how many people were reading what I was writing. At that time it was Stuck on the Palmetto which, ironically enough, folded a few weeks after that.
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
South Florida Daily Blog: A big bowl of mac and cheese with franks and a slice of my mom’s blueberry cream cheese pie. And a nice pinot noir, of course.
South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
South Florida Daily Blog: Not much really. I always keep a good supply of G2 around. Some beer and a couple bottles of wine. Flatbread, lunchmeat and cheese, some assorted fruit and the regular condiments. Oh, and some Publix lowfat yogurt and pretzels. Yeah, sourdough pretzels in the fridge. I’m weird like that.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your pantry?
South Florida Daily Blog: Pasta. It’s a holdover from my running days when I was able to eat carbs nonstop.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
South Florida Daily Blog: Coffee. Definitely coffee.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
South Florida Daily Blog: Mac & Cheese. Grilled cheese sandwiches, too. It’s all about the cheese.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
South Florida Daily Blog: Right now, it’s my grilled buffalo burgers. I gotta give props to my girlfriend, though, because she actually prepares them and then I do the barbecuing.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
South Florida Daily Blog: Which one? I have like 3. Lots of cords and batteries for recharging things. Pens, pencils, old watches…junk.
South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
South Florida Daily Blog: This is easy…washing wine glasses. I break so many that I dread doing them.
South Florida Food and Wine: What was the best meal you ever had and where?
South Florida Daily Blog: I’m not one to go into a pretentious dining locations and plunk down obscene amounts of money for food that looks like the chef was more concerned with its appearance than with how it tastes. But nonetheless, I’ve had plenty of good meals. One that’s more memorable and recent than the rest was the ricotta gnocchi at Lola’s on Harrison. From the menu: “Dough Made With Ricotta Cheese, Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce, Shaved Ricotta Salata, White Truffle Oil.” Amazing.
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why?
South Florida Daily Blog: Well, you didn’t say living or dead so…my mother who passed away almost 30 years ago. We’d have a lot to talk about.
…..and there you have it Ladies and Gentlemen the unveiling of Mystery Man Rick!
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