Introducing… Starke, Florida!Most of the action takes place in a North Florida trailer park called “Armadillo Acres,” set in the town of Starke. While the trailer park is fictional, the town of Starke is actually a cute little community along US Route 301.
US Route 301 (aka Highway 301) spans seven states and runs through the South Atlantic States from Glasgow, Delaware to Sarasota, Florida. It passes right through the center of Starke and runs parallel to Interstate 95, which goes to Jacksonville.
The City of Jacksonville, which is to the east of Starke, has the largest population in the state of Florida and is the biggest city by area in the contiguous U.S., measuring about 875 sq. miles.
Jacksonville is certainly the “big city,” with a metropolitan population of over 840,000 people! Greater Jacksonville has about the same population as San Diego, which is over 1.3 million
Back on highway 301, to the north of Starke is an old gift shop that is expressive of Old Florida. Once upon a time, the more northerly portions of the Sunshine State thrived during the first waves of development. Here, the tropics meets hints of the Deep South and towns are smaller, quiet, and friendly. These portions of Old Florida are now all but forgotten, bypassed by tourists on their way to Orlando and other southern Florida destinations.
Starke has a very small-town-feel with a population of about 5,400. To give you a better idea of the size, Starke is about 1/155th the size of Jacksonville! About 2/3rds of the population is white (non-ethnic), and the majority have graduated from high school but have not earned a college degree. The median age is around 39. Starke is the county seat for Bradford County.
This southern-influenced house in the Florida cracker style, an architectural style of woodframe homes from the 19th century, is characteristic of Old Florida.
Originally built in the 1940s, the Florida Twin movie theatre remains a popular place for some entertainment. The cinema is part of the Call Street Historic District, which is comprised of
historically significant brick commercial buildings.
Also located in Starke is the infamous Florida State Prison with its electric chair, Old Sparky. There is also a National Guard military base nearby and the Florida State Railroad runs through town, but the nearest train station is actually 12 miles away in Waldo!
Strawberries used to be the leading agricultural crop in Bradford County, but it has since been overshadowed by competition from Mexico, where they are cheaper. However, it is still a tradition that’s kept alive and celebrated with the annual Strawberry Festival in April.
Another important festival held annually in Starke is BikeFest in October. A festival for motorcycle enthusiasts, BikeFest is a weekend of bikes, food, games, and events, including a tattoo contest and music performances.
There don’t seem to be any actual trailer parks in Starke (or any strip clubs!), but here are some pictures of mobile home and trailer parks in Florida.
Agoraphobia- Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to fear another attack and avoid the place where it occurred.
People with agoraphobia often have a hard time feeling safe in any public place, especially where crowds gather. The fears can be so overwhelming that you may feel unable to leave your home.
Arachnophobia-Arachnophobia is the scientific name for the fear of spiders. It is the most common example of an animal-based phobia and many people experience it mildly. Scientists agree that there are 3 components to a phobia, 1) the experience of fear, 2) physiological responses (sweating, heart-rate etc.), 3) motor responses (immobilization or flight).
Ass-Jacket- When someone or something, is acting asinine.
|Meredith Baxter Birney|
Pronunciation NOTE: Traditional pronunciation is Flahn (rhymes with on) but in this show, the humor pronunciation seems to follow the pronunciation of the sign Stand by your flan (rhymes with Ran) to recall the phrase “Stand by your man”
Hysterical pregnancy- False pregnancy, clinically termed pseudocyesis, is the belief that you are expecting a baby when you are not really carrying a child. People with pseudocyesis have many, if not all, symptoms of pregnancy -- with the exception of an actual fetus. This unusual condition accounts for one to six out of every 22,000 live births. In rare cases, even men can have a false pregnancy. Some men experience a related phenomenon known as couvade, or sympathetic pregnancy. They will develop many of the same symptoms as their pregnant partners, including weight gain, nausea, and backache.
Ice Capades- The Ice Capades was a traveling entertainment show featuring theatrical performances involving ice skating. Shows often featured former Olympic and US National Champion figure skaters who had retired from amateur competition. Started in 1940, Ice Capades grew rapidly and prospered for fifty years. A decline in popularity ensued, and the show went out of business around 1995. There have been several attempts to revive the show and its name. In the fall of 2000, Ice Capades was resurrected by Garden Entertainment in its original format with a large cast of skaters. The new show was conceived, directed and choreographed by the former German pair skating champion Almut Lehmann Peyper. The show was not a financial success and closed in November 2000, canceling the remaining tour dates.
Lazarus- is the subject of a prominent miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus restores him to life four days after his death.
|"MacGyver" Richard Dean|
Anderson with iconic Mullet
Michelle Kwan- is an American figure skater. She is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion (the all-time record, as tied with Maribel Vinson-Owen).She competed at a high level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history
Lifetime network- Lifetime is an American cable and satellite television channel launched February 1, 1984 that is part of A+E Networks, which is jointly owned by the Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company. The channel features programming that is geared toward women or features women in lead roles.
Judith Light- Actress and producer, she made her professional stage and Broadway debut in the early 1970s before her breakthrough role in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live from 1977 to 1983. She also had a role on the sitcom Who’s the Boss? during the 1980s and, more recently, recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU and Ugly Betty.
Ted Nugent- is an American rock musician from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. His hits, mostly coming in the 1970s, such as "Stranglehold", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango Tango", and "Great White Buffalo" Nugent is also known for his strong conservative political views and his advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights. He is a board member of the National Rifle Associatiion and a strong supporter of the Republican Party.
Old Sparky- (called Ol' Smokey in the script) Nickname of the electric chair located in Florida State Prinson outside of Starke, Florida. It was the sole means of execution in Florida from 1924 until 2000, when the Florida State Legislature, under pressure from the U.S. Supreme Court, signed lethal injection into law. Although no one has been executed in this manner since 1999, prisoners awaiting execution on Florida's death row may still be electrocuted at their request. It was notorious for frequent malfunctions in the 1990s, Reportedly, six-inch flames shot out of Tafero's head and 12-inch flames shot out of Medina's head, raising the question whether use of the electric chair was cruel and unusual punishment.
Old Smokey was the nickname of the electric chairs used in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
|Sally Jessy Raphael|
Solid Gold- Solid Gold is an American syndicated music television series, similar to American Bandstand, which debuted on September 13, 1980 and ran until July 23, 1988. Solid Gold featured musical performances and various other elements such as music videos. What set Solid Gold apart was a group of dancers in revealing costumes who at various points in the program performed various (and sometimes borderline risqué) dances to the top ten hits of the week. Many other specials aired in which the dancers would dance to older pop hits as well.
TiVo- is a digital video recorder (DVR) developed and marketed by TiVo Inc. and introduced in 1999. TiVo provides an on-screen guide of scheduled broadcast programming television programs, whose features include "Season Pass" schedules which record every new episode of a series, and "WishList" searches which allow the user to find and record shows that match their interests by title, actor, director, category, or keyword. TiVo also provides a range of features when the TiVo DVR is connected to a home network, including film and television show downloads, advanced search, personal photo viewing, music offerings, and online scheduling.