Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Now normally when you are on the road in South Florida, you have to be fairly defensive because you never know what you are going to have swerve into your lane, car, motorcycle, moped, pedestrians, Iguana-the-size-of-a-pony, whatever.
But in the five years I have been here, I have never seen parrots become an issue. And I'm not talking about the little green parrots, I'm referring to the HUGE yellow and blue parrots that people pay thousands of dollars for.
It was a pair of said yellow and blue parrots the size of my cats that almost dive-bombed my car before the swooped up at the last minute. freaky
Another thing that is really cool is that Hollywood's really fixed up their small downtown. Upon arrival, you go by the usual boarded up, empty store fronts that are more reminicent of a northern town, but once you enter their strip, it's really nice. Someone in Hollywood is paying attention and is incorporating small parks and gardens for the community, and there are lots of plantings and arty things around. I know they have their own version of the art walk like we have in Midtown, so I may try to go sometime.
The Waiter (I thought this was an appropriate tree person to have in South Fla. since there are SO MANY ;):
The sax (saxamaphone) player :
Kudos, Hollywood. Keep it up! I will be visiting again hopefully sometime soon!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
While I was there I snapped a couple skyline shots (its much easier to take these when you are not in the car BTW)
I love that I caught a manatee sign in the photo too. Awesomeness.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
For example, this wall is awesome:
And another flamingo! awesome!
This whole city loves giant, ridiculously painted birds....
Only in Miami would this be on the front of the local newspaper's website.
They do get freaky big though. I spotted these guys over at the little house in Coral Gables, across from the golf course.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
But Gloria Estefan must have been craving Pineapple something crazy when she thought up the topper for Bongos.
In other news..... while I admire that the downtown area is being revitalized and has been cleaned up ALOT since I first moved here, five years ago, its still pretty disgusting to try to pay your meter when sewage is overflowing from the pipes. Major party foul, Downtown Miami. bleah
Yet somehow I don't get the feeling that this arcade is exactly meant for one to go play pac-man. And honestly, I don't even want to know what goes on in there...
This fence always has some sort of word or message in cups, and I have a fascination with the skull and crossbone theme. I think el capitan blogged a similar photo from a previous art walk.
typical street art (we all know my love for it by now)
Sculpture garden between two warehouse-turned-galleries
amazing. I love this. and it's new....
I love the art walks for a number of reasons. The first being that it shows a slight underbelly of intellectualism in Miami (even if it can be kind of pretentious at times.)
The second is the variety of art that you see. From mixed media to extreme modern to standard paintings, there is a mix, and the galleries tend to switch it up all the time.
The third is the people watching, from indie to ghetto to urban redneck, you see it all. And if someone can explain to me why young indie kids think mustaches are cool, I would greatly appreciate it. Cause I am still on the "mustaches are creepy and gross" bandwagon.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I've been here a few times, usually after a late night at Crobar (now Cameo but I'm old school)
In my three years on the beach I was obsessed with this place, and for all the right reasons. It doesn't fit in with anything else on the beach, it's shiny, it looks like a trailer, it's on Washington Ave and it has a neon sign that says "dinners and cocktails." what's not to be obsessed with it? i mean, other than the fact that the scrambled eggs seemed suspiciously to be of the "powdered" variety. But at 3 a.m., who cares, right?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Enough said. really.
I lived on the beach for years and this is the first time I have ever seen this sign. But one of my friends was at city hall when she heard a place was getting fined for this stuff.
We both admired the flowers that bloom on this tree. And also the air potatos (which are illegal to grow, plant and sell in Miami-Dade)
You find a mix of venders on Lincoln Road on Sunday:
Like people selling fruits and veggies. This particular vendor was not any better of a deal than the grocery. Boo to that, since I wanted to buy avocados.
But you can always find orchids!
The Chabad House has always had this booth, but it was abandoned because of the rain. It never fails to amaze me that Miami Beach is essentially a sin den, but there is a very strong, devout jewish population there. It's an interesting dichotomy.
My cohort made a new friend...
The rest of Miami has roosters, Miami Beach has flamingos. Go fig.
Monday, July 7, 2008
In other news, I am sad that Critical Miami is going the way of the Caribou but I look forward to keeping my eye on new endeavors.
Anyway. Photos to come. Promise!
I went to Jupiter, Fla (I know - awesome name!) the other day. It's a super quiet, peaceful place - especially if you live in the crazy, loud, a million miles per second hectic home that is Miami-Dade - and is a nice place to escape to once in a while. Anyway, these guys are all over the place. They are the most adorable lizards I've ever seen with their little squat arms and legs and tails curled up almost to their heads. I haven't seen them down here. If anyone knows what it's called let me know. They were running all over the place. Adorable! If they were bigger and ate people, then we might have a problem.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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So after a year's absence I went back to my tribal class today and I am feeling it! Anyone who thinks dancing is not a workout has never taken Alicia's class. That's for damn sure. But even though I will probably be aching tomorrow I feel a hundred times better. I've been super stressed with work, apartment situation and money, so going and getting a break from my karate routine was definitely a good kick.
I think with this I'm going to try to chronicle other Miami activities to keep you interested and in shape. But first, a nice relaxing lavender bath to relax my poor muscles some...
-A coat or sweater so when you go inside anywhere you can deal with the fact that everyone keeps the AC at arctic levels
-Rainboots (key if you are in Miami Beach, North Miami, parts of Brickell, Coconut Grove, Kendall and Key Biscayne)
-Any and all rain gear you can get your hands on.
-A sense of humor and/or Xanex to deal with people driving in the monsoon and thunder
-No desire to wash your car. It's just going to rain.
-No desire to go to the beach. It's just going to rain. Or it's just waaaay to hot.
-Surge protectors. South Florida sees more lightning strikes than pretty much anywhere in the world. We are actually the lighting capitol of the world
-the knowledge of what to do if you fear getting struck by lightning