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I think, therefore I am, I think

Published February 9, 2007


I think Tampa's a great place to live when you need to write a column about the place where you live.

I think my buddy Jon would say Chicago's 10 times more interesting.

But I think I can write far more about Tampa than Chicago.

I think that's because I've never been to Chicago.


I think the Police's Outlandos d'Amour is awesome from start to finish.

But I think there are lots of great albums on the Hub jukebox.

So I think whoever keeps playing Outlandos d'Amour from start to finish should give it a rest.

I think someone should give me a heads-up if the person turns out to be a Navy SEAL.

I think in that case, I can't get enough Outlandos d'Amour.


I think it's nice that bar owner Rick Calderoni wants the Retreat to cater more to professionals than kids across the street at UT.

But I think I counted about 35 Spartans singing along to Living on a Prayer there late Sunday night.

I think I counted just one patron too old to be a student, and he was the one doing the counting.

So I think Calderoni's got his work cut out.


I think my editor must think I do nothing but go to bars.


I think I should apologize to Sports Illustrated's Peter King for somewhat ripping off his "Five things I think I think" shtick.

But I think he's got better things to do than talk to me.

So I think he can just read it on Google.


I think I'm lucky to have met Tony Dungy before he was booted out of town.

I think it's amazing that Dungy still speaks well of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.

I think I'd be holding a grudge.

I think Dungy prefers holding the Lombardi Trophy.


I think "Publix" is not a real word.

I think if it was, its plural would be "Publices," as in "Does South Tampa really need three Publices just a couple of miles from each other?" I think "Sweetbay" would be a better name for a town than a grocery.

But I don't think anyone would respect the Sweet Bay Packers.


I think someone's going to send an e-mail pointing out that you can't actually read things "on" Google.

I think I wish I had that kind of free time.


I think the aloe shakes at Cephas' Hot Shop in Ybor City might, as promised, help one lose weight.

I think the one aloe shake I drank immediately made me want to cough up everything I ate that day.

I don't think that's the way it's supposed to work.

But if it is, I think that's going to be tricky to market.


I think that's all I can think of.

We think Rick Gershman can be reached at or 226-3431.

[Last modified February 10, 2007, 20:14:09]

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