One Spark Jacksonville 2018

One Spark Jacksonville in 2018

My how things have changed with One Spark in Jacksonville 2018, the “crowd source” funding entrepreneur/innovator festival/event felt like a bleaching of the event, that in past years was held in the Jacksonville Downtown Core and had more of a street festival that included several city blocks and venues.

Bright lights and the big screen... I only wish that OneSpark 2018 had been worth the price of admission.
Bright lights and the big screen… I only wish that OneSpark 2018 had been worth the price of admission.
It Felt Like the Jaguars took the ball that was dropped, being One Spark, and were going to keep it all to their selv
It Felt Like the Jaguars took the ball that was dropped, being One Spark, and were going to keep it all to themselves.

The last One Spark I attended, I actually went 2 days and spent several hours enjoying differing art and street acts and performers.

Past One Spark Post

This year after 2 hours I was ready to leave and go get some good food and drink that was not overpriced stadium food and drink.

OneSpark 2018 Tesla on site

OneSpark 2018 Tesla on site so you can sit in a car that costs more than most peoples homes

One Spark 2018 Exciting Tesla
Exciting to sit in a Tesla apparently. One Spark 2018

These are some of the creators we spoke with, all with great ideas.

OneSpark 2018 Jems Body Art
Jems Body Art Cool concept they have been working it for almost a year now and were trying to get money for a laser wood cutting machine. OneSpark 2018
OneSpark 2018 Body Art by Jem
The process of getting a cool temporary body sparkle was easy and looked good for a couple of days you can find them at www.jemsbodyart.com
I enjoyed talking to these folks from Keanu their personal cooling device was nice
I enjoyed talking to these folks from Keanu their personal cooling device was nice, it created a cool breeze that you could blow over your skin.
OneSpark 2018 Keanu's personal cooling device
Keanu’s personal cooling device is nice, it creates a cool breeze that you could blow over your skin.
OneSpark Wave 2018
#OneSparkWave I really thought they were missing the surf board, would have sealed the affect.
OneSpark 2018 Career IKIGAI
OneSpark 2018 Career IKIGAI

I encourage you to take a look at this Jacksonville startup/app Worthy invest simply and easily.  They have been up and running for a while now.

OneSpark 2018 Join Worthy
A great start up founded here in Jacksonville and a great way to start investing a little and watch it grow check them out at www.joinworthy.com
One Spark 2018 Teach Kids to Code
One Spark 2018 Teach Kids to Code
One Spark 2018 Census
One Spark 2018 Census
OneSpark 2018 OneSpark 2018 Census Maps
OneSpark 2018 OneSpark 2018 Census Maps
OneSpark 2018 Census Question about Springfield
One Spark 2018 Census Question about Springfield now that I work in that area it interested me.
Disappointing One Spark Jacksonville 2018
Instead of having a plethora of musicians on different corners poets and DJ’s being able to perform, we get one stage with a couple of acts a night with Jaguar game day pricing for drinks, Disappointing One Spark Jacksonville 2018

Gator in Pottsburg Creek Jacksonville, FL

Gator in Pottsburg Creek

A Couple months ago while walking Charlie I heard that distinctive sound of  a gator going into the water, thud thud thud splash.  Then from the dock I could see its head in the water, it was no bigger than my hand, OK so I can continue to walk my beagle sown by the water with no fear.  Well maybe I should be scared again, I received a call from Kieth one of my neighbors that has a lovely 2nd floor view of the river to say there was a huge Gator in Pottsburg Creek.  He had swam right by the dock and went back into Little Pottsburg Creek.  I caught up with him on the bridge.

Gator in Little Pottsburg Creek Jacksonville. FL
This was taken from the Atlantic Blvd bridge over Little Pottsburg Creek.
Gator in Potsburg Creek2
I guesstimate his size between 6-7 feet, his head was little more than 2 buoys.
Gator in Potsburg Creek
First big gator I have seen in the Creek, did see a small maybe 3 foot one a couple months ago at night, but this fella was large and in charge.
Gator in Potsburg Creek6
This bird swooped in for a quick attack on the Gator swimming the Creek

Gator in Potsburg Creek3

Gator in Potsburg Creek5
Glad I was not in the Kayak when I saw this fellow.

AboutOnlineMarketing.org

www.aboutonlinemarketing.org
So I have been taking A hard crash course in the good and the bad out there for www.aboutonlinemarketing.org

About Online Marketing .org

So I thought I would put this up as an update of what I have been doing lately.. and that a bunch of searching the interwebs for what is out there for Online Marketing… And also person to person marketing for a couple of weeks will leave that for the other site..

I have 5 sites up.. but been in a bit of a writers block especially for www.aboutonlinemarketing.org I have so far learned much of what I know from..
 

Most impressive is always having a community that you can bounce ideas off with the live chat

I have been with them for over a year and it is a great place to start building sites, they have fully integrated everything in one place, . and if you are trying to do a website just to promote a certain type of product or write on a subject or Niche Marketing that is NOT geared toward  making money online, Start here for free.

Which is what most of the Systems to sell Systems are.  If you have ever searched for making money online it is a crazy competitive marked with scams galore out there.

Wealthy Affiliate will keep you off that track on to a subject that you can write or create for.  That is what will keep you off the roller coaster of trying to generate traffic, and get lured by shady folks.

 I have come across one system that I would like to promote.

It is working for me.

It is straight talk The set up nice so that you can jump into the make money online market with the most step by step training laid out in a systematic form.

I have been working the product for a week and having some good success.  It is all about implementation and of course the learning, just don’t get sucked into the SHINNY OBJECT syndrome.

If your interested in making some money with no work involved there are some sites out there for that,

http://freebitco.in/?r=2160242
What!  Who doesn’t like free $

I am also going to set up some other interesting easy money just surfing on www.aboutonlinemarketing.org in the next couple of days.

If you have not liked my stuff on Facebook or Google+ or YouTube please do..  I need to start making some money with this interweb thing before my fiance kicks me out..  I promise to only put stuff out there that I actually use and do myself and not the endless crap I come across and waste time with.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/jaxriverlife/  https://www.facebook.com/About-Online-Marketing-org  https://www.facebook.com/EasyFreePhone/   https://www.facebook.com/CharlietheBeagleDog/

Google+

About Online Marketing .org                                                  JaxRiverLife.com                                                                      EasyFreePhone.com

Will add YouTube when I am not so tired, heck I have to Seo this yet, and need to walk an expressive Charlie dog.., He wants to go sleep with the boys

Hope you like something on this page and it finds you well!

Calley

And This Guy Can't get a J O B behind a bar somewhere in Jacksonville!
And This Guy Can’t get a J O B behind a bar somewhere in Jacksonville!

Unity Plaza

Unity Plaza Sign
If you have not seen Unity Plaza and the revitalization of this area of town it is worth checking out. Be a part of your community. http://events.unityplaza.org/

Did you miss the quiet opening of Unity Plaza or even been on that side of the river to see the new vibrant area?

Love the Concept of Unity Plaza

The mission statement is to have free community activities 365 days a year.  I heard that the Jacksonville Symphony was going to play and took my youngest son, I have never been able to get that close to an orchestra other than being in one but that is another story.

Jax Symphony at Unity Plaza
Jax Symphony at Unity Plaza

My son and I were laying on the fake grass and enjoying the sounds.  The Amphitheater design was perfect for this event.

IMG_0201So I have not looked into the prices of the apartments there but I did see folks enjoying the performance from their balconies. The Brooklyn Area Development is one of many shining examples of Jacksonville progressing to a forward thinking city and it brings more residential downtown.

Unity Plaza from across pond
If you have not seen Unity Plaza and the revitalization of this area of town it is worth checking out. Be a part of your community. http://events.unityplaza.org/

There are 2 Restaurants slated to be open soon.  There are daily yoga classes to partake in.

Daily Yoga at Unity Plaza

They have also had all kinds of classes from Coding for kids to Rhythm meditation. you can check out the upcoming events here

St. Johns River Mammals

Mayport jetties dolphin
These St. Johns River mammals were rounding up about 2-300 birds floating on the spanning the length of a football field at the Mayport Jetties,
River Mammals
These porpoise were probably eating fish below.
River porpoise
It sure did look like they really wanted to make all the birds fly out of the water.
River mammals
They kept me entertained while I waited for the Chinese Navy’s last ship to enter port.
Dolphin around to greet Chinese Navy, Mayport, FL
Dolphin around to greet Chinese Navy, Mayport, FL
Dolphin in the cove
These St.Johns River Mammals I have seen before, Taken at intersection of Little and Big Pottsburg Creek
River Dolphin2
I think this is the same family that visited the canoe on fathers day.
River Dolphin
St. Johns river has so much to offer if your only willing to look and pay attention and adventure a bit.
river dolphin4
These are the babies that were with the one above, this is why I think its the same group, usually you see 2 adults with 1 baby, this pod is 3 adults and 2 babies.
People and other River Mammals use the St. Johns River for many things, and People trash our river.
People and other River Mammals use the St. Johns River for many things, and People trash our river. Every little thing that fly’s out of your car ends up in our river.
Don't Trash Our River
This is for you son, He told me I should take a picture of that and tell people not to through your trash on the ground. Yeah unfortunately a lot of it ends up in our water ways. This was not the river but new Unity Plaza retention pond.

 

Chinese Navy enter the St Johns River

More photos on FaceBook, be sure to like the page!

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Mayport Hugeonot Park www.jaxriverlife.com
Mayport Hugeonot Park
www.jaxriverlife.com

Chinese Navy have arrived!

Chinese 152 on historic Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville's Mayport Naval Station
Chinese 152 on historic Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville’s Mayport Naval Station
Dolphin around to greet Chinese Navy, Mayport, FL
Dolphin around to greet Chinese Navy, Mayport, FL
China Military entering US port
China Military entering US port
Historic Chinese Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville's Mayport Naval Station
Historic Chinese Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville’s Mayport Naval Station
China & US flags fly together
China & US flags fly together today as the Chinese Navy enters Mayport Naval Station, Florida
Seagulls flying with Chinese ship 152 sailing into Mayport
Seagulls flying with Chinese ship 152 sailing into Mayport

 

 

 

Chinese Ship Docked in Mayport
Chinese Ship Docked in Mayport, Jacksonville, FL

Bait fish

The Bait fish have come in force the past week, means the fishing is getting better
The Bait fish have come in force the past week, means the fishing is getting better
Minnows
Minnows in Little Pottsburg Creek

I have really noticed an increase in the bait-fish moving through the creek the past week.  Had a Red fish break me off right at the dock, then just after that noticed what might be a drum or sheep head swimming around one of the boats.  I will be adding that video later.  Late last night I notice the shrimp moving through the creek.  All signs its time to go fishing.

Jaguars Draft Party

Jaguars and Busch know how to throw a Party.
Jaguars and Busch know how to throw a Party.

I have to hand it to the Jaguars they can through a party.  Now its not every day you get to walk on a NFL field let alone Party on it, and for Free, Get out.

Walking Through the Tunnel at Everbank Field That's my best friend and Fiance, or at least their backsides
Walking Through the Tunnel at Everbank Field
That’s my best friend and Fiance, or at least their backsides
I love the Pants on the baby, I love that the Jags always try to keep the kids engaged, maybe not that age but, still great
I love the Pants on the baby, I love that the Jags always try to keep the kids engaged, maybe not that age but, still great
Rock wall for Kids at The Jaguars Draft Party 2015
Rock wall for Kids at The Jaguars Draft Party 2015

I love that the Jaguars always try and keep the Kids engaged, I considered trying to get my oldest for the night and bringing him.  I have over the years taken them to pregame parties, maybe this year we will do a game together.

Bento came second in my favorite of the food I tasted, great deal, and love Bento.
Bento came second in my favorite of the food I tasted, great deal, and love Bento.

So the drinks were overpriced as usual inside the stadium but the food deal was awesome.  We were given the choice of a $15 wristband that allowed you to visit 5 tents or $20 and you could visit 10 tents.  Wish I had not eaten all day the food was outstanding, and I still had the ability to go to another tent, but my stomach did not have the ability to hold more and make the walk back to the car.   My favorite was Black Sheep http://blacksheep5points.com  Braised beef with parm risotto and baby Brussels.  Desserts galore as well have to give winning nod to Kilwins   https://www.kilwins.com/Jacksonville hard to beat ice cream.  well worth the $20.

I am so looking forward to this years Jaguars, it is so nice to look at the moves and say yeah I like that.
I am so looking forward to this years Jaguars, it is so nice to look at the moves and say yeah I like that.

And here it is the big selection

Going to One Spark?

One Spark Main Street Bridge
One Spark Main Street Bridge

If your heading out to One Spark this weekend things you will need to think about.

First of all plan on spending some time out there.   With so much to see and do I would recommend planning on spending 4-6 hours to really enjoy it all.

Man in Motion1

That is just a snippet of the kind of street performing that is going on and there are stages a plenty, so be sure you pick up a schedule and plan accordingly.  Seems there is more in the evening Thursday and Friday.  Mosey and enjoy, not only are some of the ideas and concepts intriguing but there is a street party atmosphere about it all.

Bring Cash!  There are more places for refreshments this year but I did notice that some where not taking credit.  Seems that the amount of food trucks is up, and to think I was almost one of them.

Go Hungry!  Bring an appetite, and eat before you leave.  There are some top end and low end spectrum food selections.  If you can’t find places you want to try your not a foodie.  Look for lines, it is usually a sign that its worth the wait.

If your a drinker be sure to bring cash it was 50/50 on the out door bar scene at 1 Spark.  Grab drinks when lines are small, not sure I will go over the weekend, but when your at a quarter beverage its time to get in line.  If your a liquor drinker find a bar you like tip well and you should get taken care of.  Please be careful and have a designated driver.

Plan your parking.  It will take time getting to the event unless you want to pay for parking.  The streets are all blocked off for One Spark  which creates bottlenecks on other parts of downtown.  Not to mention the extra amount of pedestrian traffic heading in to the Event.  I recommend parking at the School board building and riding the Sky Way there its a short little walk.  Then on the way back walk over the Main Street Bridge and down the refurbished River Walk and enjoy our River City.

Have fun!

Calley Sprague

St. Johns River Life in Jacksonville, FL Featuring Exchange Club Island Arlington River & Pottsburg Creek