Twistee Treat at 1500 Maguire Road near Colonial does a hopping business every night I drive by. I got a Banana Sundae hear on the night I went to Parkin Lot Picking and it was delicious. The place reminds me of the Dairy Queen my little league baseball team used to go to when we won a game.
This evening I had gone out to Winter Garden to sketch a dress rehearsal for "Crimes of the Heart". Unfortunately the doors to the theater were locked. I called the director and producer of the show with my cell phone, and with no response I left. It was on the drive home from the theater that I once again saw the Twistee Treat and I felt a nostalgic desire to sketch it. The flag is at half mast because of a shooting that occurred downtown the other day. A former employee of Reynolds Smith and Hills named Jason Rodiguez walked into the offices and he just started shooting people. Five people were injured and one died. It is hard to understand such extreme and pointless anger.
As I was sketching the director finally did call me back but I was now committed to this sketch. I had perched myself on a small parking lot island and twice large SUVs parked in a spot which blocked the billboard signage that I was using as light to see by. When one of them pulled away the driver leaned out the window and shouted at me "Weirdo!!" The folks out her on the west side sure know how to support the arts. I am proud to be a bit weird, and Orlando could use more eccentricity.