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Florida Architect John Henry blogs on a variety of subjects, from personal thoughts about state of the art architectural design and historical examples to motivational topics, local Orlando and Florida statistics and general information, and humorous stories.
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You don't hear this word very often nowadays.  It came along with 'hey is for horses', 'look out for number one', 'made in the shade', 'knuckle sandwich', 'hipster or beatnik', 'no guts no glory', etc. Dad used to get flustered and demand: "Don't you have any gumption??"I had to look it up again ...
12/11/2018
Ever wonder where that 7 tap door knock routine came from?It was in a vaudeville play around 1899.  In musical terms it is a 'call and response' couplet of 7 notes.  It was used in many comedic routines and light music fare at the start and end of a tune.More seriously this shibboleth was used in...
12/03/2018
No, this is not about a branding moment...We tend to do a lot of couch potato TV watching over weekends --especially if there are no good movies out.  And so we ended up late last night watching the original b/w film about Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol".  I think Charles titled his ...
12/03/2018
I played football for only a short while in high school.  I did not follow it after that.  I preferred baseball and basketball.  Sports is a good analogy to assess your abilities to 'play' any game or operate a business and to judge whether you will succeed.Something is very clear in football: th...
12/02/2018
I really haven't been much for motivational posts.  But after being on AR for several months now, I think I am a believer...A few weeks ago a good friend of mine here in Orlando - Carlene Julian, real estate agent of many years - mentioned the 2 ft. rule.  I had never heard of it.  We were talkin...
11/25/2018
I have heard the phrase "If not now, when?" several years ago.  It came up recently in a conversation as well.  I had worked out a custom home design with a client that he loved but the subdivision review board rejected it for various reasons.  Crushed after several months of work, the project la...
11/20/2018
I have been flying Southwest for several years and have always enjoyed their humor on board and at the gate (this last trip to see grandkids they staged a paper airplane contest with a bottle of wine to the winner).  Even going down the 'gangplank' there are posters of witty SW ads.  The paper ai...
11/19/2018
It was at the beginning of my second year here in Orlando after having moved from Texas in '87 (after OPEC ruined the economies of the gas producing states).I had taken over a very large luxury home and we were discussing the details of the plans on site when out of nowhere......this older, saggi...
11/18/2018
M Y    D E N O U E M E N TI am often at a loss for words and immobilized after reading several of the fine posts here every day.  Why?  Because the accumulated wisdom from everyone overwhelms me to the point of rigor mortis.  What follows is the first AR M.O.A.B. --The Mother Of All Blogs!!  The ...
11/13/2018
I always wanted to say that: piece de resistance.  The moment is coming.  I will either become a hero or the goat.I think I will be a little of both depending on your point of view!  My head is exploding with information and I don't know what to do... so I plan on regurgitating most of the salien...
11/12/2018
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