Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bring Serge Storms to Seminole Heights

One of my favorite series of books is the ones written by Tampa author, Tim Dorsey, which features this great whacky lovable serial killer, Serge Storms. Serge loves Florida history and Florida kitsch. "All aspects of the history of Florida, whether political, ecological, or sociological, are of intense interest to Serge. He is often seized with a sudden urge to visit landmarks, although their significance is frequently personal or related to popular culture, (from the Wikipedia entry) In the novels he travels all over Florida undergoing these interesting adventures. The last book, Atomic Lobster, which I just finished reading, had a big focus on Davis Islands.

It be cool to have Serge Storms visit Seminole Heights in a big way. But why would he do so? What history would he want to see and what activities would he encounter?

Hillsborough High School - the oldest high school in Hillsborough County and one of the oldest in the South

Nicko's Diner - the booth where Elvis ate when he had a concert in Tampa in 1956. Don't forget the basement.

Hillsborough River holiday boat parades

The vehicle patrols from Old and Southeast Seminole Heights as they deal with the prostitutes.

Although it is not in Seminole Heights - the water towers and the springs at Sulphur Springs

Bo's Icecream.

Old Seminole Heights Home tour - think of the chaos he could bring.

What other piece of history or local event would Serge Storms want to see in Seminole Heights? Post your ideas

In case you never read the seriesand want to read them in story order here is some info from Tim Dorsey's website:

"Publication order (story order, which is non-linear, with publication dates) Florida Roadkill (1999), Hammerhead Ranch Motel (2000), Orange Crush (2001), Triggerfish Twist (2002), The Stingray Shuffle (2003), Cadillac Beach (2004), Torpedo Juice (2005), The Big Bamboo (2006), Hurricane Punch (2007), Atomic Lobster (2008)

Chronological order (linear, but not the story order, get it?) Triggerfish Twist, Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, The Stingray Shuffle, Orange Crush, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster"

1 comment:

Mal Carne said...

I love Tim Dorsey and Serge Storms, even more. Just finished The Big Bamboo and read Florida Road Kill a few years back.

Did get a SH reference into Big Bamboo, although not flattering. A hooker hotel on Neb. Ave.