Life in Tampa Bay during 2020, explained in 10 words or less

The year of 2020 has brought Tampa Bay a pandemic, Tom Brady, the Lightning in the Stanley Cup final, a highly active hurricane season and a lot more.

We challenged locals on social media to sum up this year using no more than 10 words. Here are some of your responses:

Eric Rodriguez, co-owner of Disinfectant Firm, Tampa, disinfects a map of Florida using Proxitane AHC at The Galley tavern, St. Petersburg, in July. [ SCOTT KEELER, BERNADETTE BERDYCHOWSKI ]

“Sad, sweaty and soggy.” – @sarahsiroky

“Beautiful, happy, shut down, hot, wet, boring, arguing, masks.” – @hey_yall_what_now

“Mask conflict 1918 vs 2020, history repeating in bad way.” – Antonio Smith

Related: The history of anti-mask sentiment dates back to the Spanish flu pandemic
The Bolts are playing against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup final. [ DOUGLAS CLIFFORD, BERNADETTE BERDYCHOWSKI ]

“Grossly irresponsible, but at least it’s pretty.” – @marsromero


Lots to do for everyone

The Pier welcomes all!” – Michele Moore Polz

“It’s wine o’ clock on my once dry dock.” –Viki Watson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first game with Tom Brady as their quarterback on Sept. 20, 2020. [ DIRK SHADD, BERNADETTE BERDYCHOWSKI ]

“Insane thanks to COVID, but we got Tom Brady!” – @kona.that.bernedoodle

“Rays and Lightning success < Coronavirus isolation + Politics” – Scott Lynn

“Rays, Lightning, Buccaneers, masks saves lives, USF climbing up higher.” – Bela Shukla

Mary Jane Murray’s son, Francis Murray surprises her with protection on her birthday on May 27, 2020 and a few days later she surprised and protected him with a homemade car slide on his birthday. They hadn’t seen each other since March. [ Courtesy of Mary Jane Murray ]

“The 100 day wait to connect for his 33rd Birthday.” – Mary Jane Murray

The Netflix documentary series Tiger King is about the rivalry of zoo owner Joe Exotic and Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue owner, Carole Baskin. [ COURTESY OF CAROLE BASKIN, BERNADETTE BERDYCHOWSKI ]

“Bike rides, kayaking, roller skating with friends.” –

“Thank God we don’t have murder hornets.” – @chelseachel2002

(But we do have cicada killers.)

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