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Yes, we are still covering the

Orlando Food Not Bombs (OFNB) controversy with dutiful regularity – on July 6, two more people were arrested for sharing food at Lake Eola Park without a permit, blah, blah, blah, you can find the details online (Bloggytown, “Two more arrested at Lake Eola as city preemptively trespasses activists,” July 7) – but what’s waaaay more interesting is that on the same day, we probed the minds of fellow Orlandoans with this tremendously important question: Did you, like, totally flip out when you heard the Casey Anthony verdict?

While most news reporters focused on laying bare the emotions of the average (wo)man on the street upon hearing that Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, we found that there really wasn’t as much wailing and gnashing of teeth going on downtown as the TV news would have led us to believe. Shocking, we know.

“Everybody needs to just let it go, whether she’s guilty or not,” server Cathy Bink said over a valley of empty stools at Mucho Tequila and Tacos. “The prosecution didn’t have enough to nail her on anything, so if it can’t be proven, then it can’t be proven. So leave her alone.” Across the street, fresh-faced young valet attendant Andrew Myers raised a similarly sobering point. “I don’t care, bro,” he said. “I’m sure it happens everyday – we just don’t hear about it.”

Meanwhile, Metro Espresso Pizza Café’sresident good Samaritan, Jason Morrow, was despondent about the mindlessness of the trial. “I think it’s just a soap operathat they want to throw in front of our faces to dilute our anger from what’s really going on,” he said. (Like the arrests of a bunch of activists feeding the homeless, maybe? More on that later.)

Next door at the Alta Moda Salon, Hira Anees, Diana Muñoz and a woman who would only give her first name, Kaylin, said the trial had caused some serious self-examination. “There’s your reactionary brain and your brain which is going to rationalize,” Anees said. “If you’re just going to react, that’s going to be instinctive – ‘Hey, I want her killed!’But where is that really coming from? What’s the information that’s been provided?”

“But I don’t know, having a decomposed body in your trunk, I think they could tie you to a fricking murder,” Muñoz protested.

“Just having a decomposed body in your trunk does not necessarily mean that you put that there, though,” Kaylin reminded her, tongue in cheek. We hope.

After some obligatory O.J. Simpson quipping, we left for the food sharing, and upon arriving at Lake Eola, spoke with homeless man Sean Rogers, who was convinced that Anthony’s parents were complicit in Caylee’s murder. “She was on so many drugs, she couldn’t have done that herself,” Rogers said.

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