I’m baaaack. Oh, my goodness! This has been a rough couple of weeks for me as far as electronics go. Hence, no current blogs, email responses and phone calls. Stuck in techno hell is absolutely horrifying. Yes, I know that I am dependent on technology but it didn’t really sink in how much until I had no working cell phone, no working laptop and then the final straw-no working iPAD all at the same time! And on top of that, I had no working voice. Try whispering & coughing your way through customer support for 5 hours. It makes for interesting conversations. Thank heavens, I have kept a land phone line with my cable & Internet package. Many friends & family members have questioned my choice to keep a landline but I am so happy that I did.

After 11 hours at the phone store & 5 hours with customer support, I now have a new cell phone and a working iPAD which are happily synced. I still do not have a working laptop and I now need to wait for the restore discs to arrive in 4-6weeks?!? so I might have a useable laptop again. As, such is life.

In the meantime, here are a few things happening in the St Pete-Tampa Bay area that are just for fun. I know that I need to do something fun.

The Korean pop/hip-hop star Psy, who has the #1 viral video in the world right now, was supposed to perform at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 9 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. But according to the station, Psy had to withdraw from the Jingle Ball lineup because he’s been invited to perform at the White House??? That’s right! President Obama is having Psy perform Gangnam Style! Can you believe it?

However, the good news is, Psy is still coming to Tampa, Florida. He will appear and perform at “Jingle All the Way” on Dec. 8, a free, radio-sponsored event at University Mall in Tampa. The event runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Psy will perform around 4:30 p.m. giving him plenty of time to get to Y100’s Jingle Ball in South Florida that same night.  Here’s the link to the video, in case you haven’t seen it:     http://youtu.be/9bZkp7q19f0

Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style

Cirque du Soleil Kooza

Cirque du Soleil Kooza

It’s not too late to see Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at Tropicana Field 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg Florida. The show uses traditional circus elements like clowns and acrobatics. It runs through Dec. 16 for $43.50-$143.50 adults; $33-$104.50 ages 2-12.

If you want to try a different circus, there is Cirque Italia at Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa Florida. The Italian entertainment company sets up their big top next to MOSI for ACT XII, featuring aerial acts, hand-balancing acts, contortionists, hula hoops and other stunning performances. Through Dec 3 $25-$40 adults, $10-$35 ages 2-12.

cirque italia

cirque italia

Downtown Saturday Morning Market  Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg with more than 100 local vendors including fresh produce, gourmet foods, crafts, live entertainment, flowers and plants.

Snow in Florida???? Snowfest and Santa Parade Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg   The annual Santa Parade beginning at Central Avenue and Fifth Street. After the parade, 65 tons of snow are blown into North Straub Park for snow activities including ice-skating, toboggan rides, make-and-take crafts, climbing wall, reindeer races, visits with Santa, a giant greeting card display and kiddie land (for ages 3-5). $5 wristband; $5 skating.

Abnormality Art Show   Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.  Station Number Three Art Gallery 2701 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg

More like a weird party than a typical art show, more than 30 artists influenced by taxidermy, skulls, teeth and freaks of nature will create this one-day exhibit. 20 Penny Circus brings their unique blend of illusion and close-up magic that will be performed throughout the night, both onstage and circulating through the audience. Free.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Brahms’ Double Concerto   Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Duo of violinist Karen Gomyo and cellist Christian Poltera perform Brahms’ dramatic Concerto for Violin and Cello $15-$45

St. Petersburg College Madrigalians  Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. St. Petersburg Main Public Library 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.  The select choral ensemble, under the direction of Vernon Taranto, Jr., presents songs of the season. Refreshments served. Free

What’s the holiday season without The Nutcracker?     Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.Palladium Theater 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg Ballet Company’s production showcases future dancers/students of world-renowned schools/companies.  $10-$20.

Wicked Winter Wonderland   Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The third annual fashion party features video art by David Meek, music and a runway fashion show with creations by local designers. $15, $10 students (advance); $20, $15 students (at the door).

And one more circus-Cirque Chinois Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.  The Cirque Chinois is highly acclaimed in China because of its unique acts such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance with Bowls and many other outstanding acts. Many of the artists in the troupe have won international performance awards. $25-$45.

Have a wonderful holiday season with or without technology!