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PCR #206  (Vol. 5, No. 10)  This edition is for the week of March 1--7, 2004.

"Starsky and Hutch"
 by Mike Smith
The 76th Academy Award Oddservations....Indecency Hearings
 by Andy Lalino
The Ghosts of Columbine
 by Joshua Montgomery
Collectible Card Games and You
 by Dylan Jones
P.C. Aftermath: The Response
 by Nick King
Ybor's Ups And Downs
 by Clayton Smith
The Passion in Brooksville....I Wanted the Scarecrow....FCC and the Sponge, Follow-Up....WMD At The Academy Awards?....Things I Didn't Know But Probably Should Have
 by Brandon Jones
And The Winner Is....In Other News....How Could She See Over The Wheel?....March 5th....Meet The Beatles, Part 7
 by Mike Smith
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The Ogre by Clayton Smith

Ybor's Ups and Downs
Hey Folks,
Ogre here to apologize for my absence and to let you all know that I'll be doing my best to keep you all up-to-date with the current goings-on in the Tampa Bay area!

Now what I want to speak about is the ongoing decline of our city's number one hotspot: Ybor City. Keep in mind this is my own opinion and I know that a few readers and a lot of the youth out there now will agree with me!

Back when I was younger, my favorite places to go in Ybor were The Castle, Club 1509, and the Ampitheater.........not any more. Each one of these places is changing to make themselves seem more mature with a cooled down vibe compared to the heat and diversity each club had. Back when I was 18 I would go down to Ybor with my other friends and hit four to six different clubs based on our moods and what kind of music and atmosphere that would sooth our inner jungle beasts. Today, a teeneager really doesn't have much of a choice when it comes to music and atmosphere seeing as how almost every club in the area is leaning towards the same scene........hip-hop, rap, and very weak techno (if you even want to call it that). So far, the only clubs I've been to that haven't changed or completely turned over to the dark side would be The Masquerade, The Castle....and that's pretty much it.

So, all in all, if you're into dressing really fancy, getting drunk, and dancing to Crap, then by all means head down to Ybor City. Until then I'm happy enough going to friends' houses and the State Theatre to listen to real music.

Aloha to all.

"The Ogre" is ©2004 by Clayton Smith.  All graphics, unless otherwise noted, are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.