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Funmeister logo for Pleasure Island, Walt Disney World, Florida

place: pleasure island, lake buena vista, florida
time: c. april 2002

Hey, party people! Who’s ready to have a Good Time out there? Pull on your pleather pants and platform sandals ’cause we’re hitting the clubs downtown tonight and partying like it’s 2002! Sorry, that should read that we’ll be hitting the clubs in Downtown Disney. Best put on a shirt, too.

After a long day of doing whatever it is that brings people to the greater Orlando area, nighttime unites visitors and locals in their quest for dining, drinking, dancing, and doing all the things deemed too spicy for…


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Wooden two-seater infrared sauna unit with FM radio/CD player and LED lights

place: infrared sauna
time: c. 2016

Everybody ends up here eventually — naked and alone, inside a wooden box.

Okay, maybe not specifically here, which is an infrared sauna at a spa in midtown Toronto. Seduced by promises and possibilities of a relaxing touch-free, people-less experience that might take the edge off of existence, we’ve willing put ourselves in a box and pay for the privilege of it.

The specific sequence of events that brought us into a 4ft x 6ft heated chamber is inconsequential. Let’s say there’s a brief history of recurring sciatic nerve pain. Let’s say it’s the…


vintage 1950s picture postcard of the montgomery county courthouse in montgomery, alabama
vintage 1950s picture postcard of the montgomery county courthouse in montgomery, alabama

place: montgomery county courthouse, montgomery, alabama

time: c. 1990

Welcome to the Montgomery County Courthouse and Administration Building in historic downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Is it in the heart of the historic district? Write-ups about places frequently pin destinations as being in the heart of a larger location, which stirs up questions about land anatomy and whether other destinations could be located in the pancreas or the spleen of a town. Maybe the Montgomery County Courthouse and Administration Building is in the cerebral cortex of Alabama’s capital city, this mid-century marvel being home to the county’s public records archive. If someone…


an animated gif of an artistic rendering of the orlando vineland premium outlets.
an animated gif of an artistic rendering of the orlando vineland premium outlets.

place: orlando vineland premium outlet

time: c. 2004

At the end of the line for the I-Ride Trolley, we reach our destination for the day. Here we are at the Orlando Premium Outlet, just off International Drive and Interstate 4. Look across the parking lot and wave to the tourists speeding along en route to the Walt Disney World resort area. Or maybe they’re headed to Old Town in Kissimmee. Or they missed an exit and are meant to be speeding along to Cocoa Beach to embark on a Caribbean cruise. Two of those cars just missed the exit to…

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