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Pensacola Named ‘Toughest City in America’

This is from the Pensacola News Journal, I think. I realized I hadn’t attributed it.

Just because our mayor is a pretty boy doesn’t mean Pensacola ain’t got grit.

And if you say otherwise, we’ve got a knuckle sandwich for you.
Pensacola has received this dubious honor via says the Pensacola News Journal:

Yes, little ol’ Pensacola has been named the Toughest City in America by the online news site PolicyMic (

Writer Akil Holmes used a variety of statistics to determine the “toughness” ranking, including the number of first round NFL draft picks, boxing champions, Medal of Honor and other military service citations, violent crime rates, and the percentage of workers employed in protective service, farming, fishing, construction and other tough-guy occupations.

Pensacola ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Miami, Memphis, Detroit and Washington D.C.

Find story and see the other cities, visit policymic

.com. Look for the headline, “If You Can’t Stand Hipsters, These 11 Cities Are For You.’’ Pensacola might be tough, but it’s far from hipster-free. (Hello, Sluggo’s!)

January 4, 2014 Posted by | Crime, Cultural, Pensacola, Social Issues | , , , | 1 Comment

“So There We Were, Two Naked Guys in the Shower and . . . . “

LOL, no, no, this is not going where you think it might go, but it got my attention, too!

AdventureMan was in the locker room with one of his exercise/aerobics buddies, cooling down from his water aerobics class when this story started, and was sharing the story with me later,  at lunch, as we exchangin details of our mornings.

“. . . And he asked ‘do you know what today is?’  and I said ‘Yes! It’s the 63th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War,” AdventureMan responded.

Guy talk. Guys discuss their combat experience in different wars. Combat is so intense, it imprints memories the way childbirth does in women, or a huge traumatic event, like the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, or 9-11, or the Kennedy assassination, or the Tsunamis that hit Japan and washed entirely over the Maldives – experiences when the earth beneath your feet shifts, and things you once took for granted are shaken forever.

Who said guys don’t connect? AdventureMan has another old friend he needs to get in touch with today, to tell him he is thinking of him; Korean War veterans are largely forgotten in the tallying of combat in our country.

Pensacola is a wonderful place to be a military veteran. There is a Veteran’s hospital, and veteran-friendly policies at the clinics, commissaries and BX/PXx. Today we had lunch at Mellow Mushroom, where every Tuesday they give 20% off to all active duty and retired servicemen and women. Home Depot and Lowe’s give 10% off on every purchase, even plumbers, electricians, contractors, banks, theaters and many stores often give military discounts. And they thank us for our service. :0

To those of you who served in the Korean conflict: Thank you for your service.

June 25, 2013 Posted by | Aging, Character, Circle of Life and Death, Civility, Community, Customer Service, Exercise, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Pensacola, Political Issues | , , | Leave a comment