Florida Man

News anchors reporting a story about the ill-advised actions of a male member of our species, who happen to reside in the Sunshine State, often start their reporting by saying “A Florida Man” before then telling the details of their laughable act.


A Florida Man was arrested for running around his apartment complex naked, while threatening his neighbors with a sword.


Both types you thought of!


So uncommon is common sense in the state where Gatorade was invented that the word’s “Florida Man” have spawned one of the internet’s most prolific memes. An inside joke! Among the other 49 states!


An American Shingolo


There are likely only a few people who know more independent paint dealers than I do. One of those few though, is my friend John Shingledecker.


A paint dealer by age 27, John spent only 13-years behind the counter. At 40-years old, John sold his three stores, Accent Paint and Decorating in Columbus, Ohio, with no plans beyond a long drive in his new Saab convertible.



John has spent the 22-years since selling his stores, testing maps for Google! Traveling the country working in support of independent paint dealers. After a year working for Genesis; one of the first providers of POS software to the independent dealer channel, John became a Business Development Manager for Allpro. A job he still enjoys today.


A paint-geek and Buckeye, John graduated from the same School of Journalism at THE Ohio State University which would diploma my daughter Buck Wheat in 2020. An avid baseball fan, I took John to his first-ever game at The Stadium, what Bronx calls Yankee Stadium. We met at my stores in the Bronx as he supporting me over three days of hard work and fun nights as I transitioned my business from pen and paper to digital in 1997.