Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Michael Scranton and Rick Vail

By : Aaron Drake
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The two met by happenstance during Christmastime in 2003. James “Rick” Vail shares the special moment he knew Michael Scranton was the one for him. “For me, it was when I saw him behind the bar at Alibi in Fort Lauderdale at a Christmas party. That was the first time we met. The next week I drove to St. Pete to see him again. He says I stalked him,” Vail jokes. “It worked!”

“For Mike, it was the first day he saw my beautiful face and butt,” Vail adds.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: The book of the Book of Mormon

By : Anonymous
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You’ve seen the musical, now read the book!
When tickets for The Book of Mormon at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa became available, demand was so high the venue’s website temporarily crashed. So it was no wonder to see a packed house in the 2,610-seat Carol Morsani Hall. What was surprising though, were the real-life Mormon elders who greeted theater goers outside of the complex each night. Local representatives of the church used the smash Broadway musical as a launching pad to talk about the real Book of Mormon and to recruit more followers. Two elders were parked on the foot bridge connecting a downtown parking structure with the Straz and handed out business cards, proclaiming, ‘You’ve seen the musical, now read the book!” We only saw a few people take the informational cards from the two elders, but we have to give the church props for embracing the Tony-Award winning show as a means to market a religion rather than mounting an angry protest. Who ever heard of an angry Mormon anyway?

Quench turnabout turns it out
The first annual turnabout fundraiser at Quench Lounge in Largo raised hundreds of dollars for charity on Nov. 14. Bar staff donned wigs, makeup and heels to shake their stuff for cash and benefit Friends of Strays via the Tampa Bay Bears. Each performer elicited cheers from the crowd as patrons of the popular bar tried to identify which bartender was under which wig. The creative fashions were second only to the creative drag names. Our favorite was bar manager Jeff Beadle’s alter ego, “Wilma Pooperdoo.” When asked to explain his name, he replied, “No, I don’t have a vagina, but Wilma Pooperdoo.” It doesn’t get classier than that! Following the turnabout, Watermark’s own Steve Blanchard hosted a Best Chest contest, where nine men stripped off their shirts to vie for a $25 bar tab. And yes, our editor kept his clothes on, at least until a winner was announced.

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Sawmill Halloween 2013

By : Tom Dyer
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With perfect weather, Sawmill Campground was packed for their pre-Halloween “Cowboy CarnEvil” the weekend of Oct. 25-27.

Friday afternoon was like a military exercise, with campers setting up sites, campfires and elaborate decorations. Saturday was an all day party starting at the clothing optional pool, followed by a Halloween Parade, Diva Halloween Show, Costume Contest and Haunted Maze Foam Party.

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