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...a sweatshop of moxie

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wish You Could Be Here



News out of Miami has been less than cheery yesterday.

Mayhem, shooting, bombs, investigations, MSM -- ack, how tatty and depressing.

I want you to feel as excited, as enthusiastic, and as affectionate as I do, about this city.

For that to happen, you have to use my eyes to see it, but your reactions, I promise to leave to you.

I was raised in a country where every cobblestone is redolent with history.

Miami is not like that. It's a young city, circa 1898. They count in decades here, what others would count in centuries.

But for all that, it lacks the rusty decline of those aged cities, and the awful self-doubt of being passed by.

Miami is springtime eternal, like your first love. And like your first love, you will only remember the very best.

MIAMI - THE MAGIC CITY





I would start the post talking about Miami, and then point to a shot of Miami Beach. But it's just that to some people's minds, the two cities, very much different and not at all with the same flavour, are intertwinable.

Well then so be it!





This little stretch of highway, lined with the depthless palm trees we have here, even after two major hurricanes in two months this year, is called Macarthur Causeway.

It is possibly the most filmed on road in America, with the exception of the Brooklyn Bridge.




And if that is our Brooklyn Bridge, this is our Statue of Liberty -- the Freedom Tower...remember?





These doors to freedom maybe closed, but they are not shut as long as there is an America around.

We will now listen to a stirring Lee Greenwood medley as played on my kazoo.





I am a child of the sea, born to a seafaring nation, and I have the blood of its intrepid sailors deep within.

Looking at the ocean calms me. And no better place than this little corner of the world.





Endless ocean, endless peace.





If the Miami Vice theme song doesn't hit you about now, check your pulse. You may be comatose.





The best part of Miami is Coral Gables, home of the University nobody likes, because everybody is jealous of it.





You would be too, if your campus were a golf course.

Actually, my campus is a concrete graveyard, but I can still visit.





Old Glory fluttering high and proud above the diving board Greg Louganis used to become the greatest diver in the world.





Victoria will take you there!





May this be your last thought, as the snowflakes play on your tongues tomorrow.

I don't know how you are, but we in Miami are Jim Dandy.

And now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to put on my bikini, and to lie by the pool for an hour.





Teehee, I'm so naughty.


(...this was my surprise, Sundries readers!)

46 Comments:

  • Great surprise Victoria!!! Life is beautiful here in Miami, just like your pictures and words capture so well!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Thu Dec 08, 04:26:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well!
    Poop on you and Jose!!
    From idyllic Central Pennsylvania, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, I'm walking in a Winter Wonderland a song much more famous than that Miami Vice thing....but okay, there are times I wish I were there, especially seeing those beautiful photographs and Victoria's prose.
    I love we are one country.

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Dec 08, 04:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Watch out for that dangerously cold 71 degree weather Monday...

    I'd photoblog the snowball fight I'm planning to have tomorrow, but it's off-topic and my cell cam is pretty wretched.

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu Dec 08, 04:59:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Great surprise Victoria!!! Life is beautiful here in Miami, just like your pictures and words capture so well!

    Thanks, Jose! I'm very very glad you and everyone enjoyed them.

    I have more, but I will give them to you like a good doctor -- in small doses, and sweetened with honey. ;)

    Which photo was your favourite, or one which stayed with you the longest?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 05:42:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well!
    Poop on you and Jose!!


    Ooh, kinkyyyy.

    From idyllic Central Pennsylvania, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,

    I love snow! Just not in December. ;)

    I'm walking in a Winter Wonderland a song much more famous than that Miami Vice thing....

    Whow-whow-whow WHOOOOOOAWWWWW. Thumpt, thumpt. Doom, doom, doom-dee doom.

    DONGGGGGG.

    This kazoo is harder than I thought.

    but okay, there are times I wish I were there, especially seeing those beautiful photographs and Victoria's prose.

    Thanks my love. :)

    I love we are one country.

    From sea to shining, and frothy sea. GOD BLESS THE USA!

    Paul: which photo was your favourite, or one which stayed with you the longest?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 05:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Watch out for that dangerously cold 71 degree weather Monday...

    When it hits, 70F, we start to take out the heavy blankets.

    I'm not kidding either...

    Since my parents have lived here for a while, but I only emigrated, well not VERY recently, but comparatively recently -- it didn't take long to acclimatise myself from the dank, depressing piddly rain of England, to the bright, humid, uplifting sunshine of Florida.

    But I have to admit, the midges kill me.

    He who laughs first, laughs last was never truer, than when I just went downstairs to the pool, as described, and had to run upstairs again, because I was being eaten ALIVE.

    I'd photoblog the snowball fight I'm planning to have tomorrow, but it's off-topic and my cell cam is pretty wretched.

    Aww, come on! You have suuuch a cute family too. ;)

    JSU: Which photo was your favourite, or one which stayed with you the longest?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 05:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My favorite photo was the very first one! I am also a child of the sea, born on an island!

    Rather than a picture of that university, I would have taken a picture of the Cuban coffee window at Versailles!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Thu Dec 08, 05:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria,
    Bravo on a great post that makes me wish I were not sitting in 5 inches of snow but rather sitting near a beach reading a book enjoying the warm weather.

    Great pics, the one that stuck with me the most is the bench photo.

    Someday I may have to move where it's warm always, but for now, I have the snow.

    Greetings from the Midwest,
    ZW

    By Blogger ZWarrior, at Thu Dec 08, 05:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • well well, I double Paul's sentiment (I agreed with Paul in 2 straight posts, scary stuff) and his snow is heading my way. And by the way, no amount of sun and models and modernism is going to take me away from my gritty NYC. There. But a weekend down there wouldn't be too bad.

    By Blogger Jorge, at Thu Dec 08, 06:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Nice pictures. I make that drive to south beach every day.

    By Blogger Henry "Conductor" Gomez, at Thu Dec 08, 07:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • great pics you are a very talented
    photografer..congrats.

    By Blogger tocororo_libre, at Thu Dec 08, 08:26:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My favorite photo was the very first one! I am also a child of the sea, born on an island!

    I know!

    I always tell my Cuban friends that -- island people are very peculiar people.

    We are suspicious of foreigners or "strange" things.

    We have our own funny little ways which we love but which we think others may not understand (neither the British nor the Cubans could care less if they do, though).

    And above all, we have a love of freedom.

    Our own, and that of preserving others.

    Rather than a picture of that university,

    Ohhh, get the Gator. That University.

    Say it! Just say it!

    I would have taken a picture of the Cuban coffee window at Versailles!

    Darling, wait.

    I told youse I have other pics.

    Let's just say, I took a lot.

    Good things come to niñitos que esperan. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 08:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Okay Victoria, that was the best Kazoo solo ever! The DONGGGGGG was percussion though, didja have help?
    My favorite, hmm..., Endless ocean, Endless peace.
    Second, would be the last of whatever building that is. Kazoo Hall of Fame?
    I find the city attractive too, just, being from Pittsburgh, the ocean is hypnotizing. Is it fair to ask yours?
    Jorge, we agree on most probably but let's keep it to a minimum, it doesn't look good! Good Luck tomorrow.

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Dec 08, 08:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria,
    Bravo on a great post that makes me wish I were not sitting in 5 inches of snow but rather sitting near a beach reading a book enjoying the warm weather.


    Thanks, ZW! :)

    Great pics, the one that stuck with me the most is the bench photo.

    Calm, serene, evocative. You have good taste.

    Someday I may have to move where it's warm always, but for now, I have the snow.

    Hang on though. We have a land-grab going on in Florida since 1992 (Hurricane Andrew).

    Yes, it's true that our bubble has burst from its height in 2001, but don't wait too long to come on down.

    Else something in Central Florida that costs $200,000 may in 20 years cost $600,000...

    Greetings from the Midwest,
    ZW


    If I tell you that I have no favourite part of the US, I would not be exaggerating.

    I love all of this country.

    But I have driven from Florida to Michigan, and saw the Heartland in person.

    I LOVE the Midwest, and more importantly, people from there.

    Come back anytime. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 08:44:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Nice pictures.

    Nice profile pic, yourself, Conductor!

    I make that drive to south beach every day.

    Seeing your nick, I can only assume as a bus conductor. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 08:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh - oh - oh!!!
    Don't forget to cheer for my boys from Central Pa., led by that lovable Coach Paterno in the Orange Bowl against those meanies from one of those other Florida Colleges. Bowden who?
    And no, I'm not coming but if I were.....!!

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Dec 08, 08:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • great pics you are a very talented photografer..congrats.

    Thank you Toco!

    Can you imagine these series of photos are my first since 2000? That's right -- I didn't have a camera from 2000 to 2005.

    The thing is, I interned one summer as a sport photog. I disliked it, so I just chucked the whole thing.

    But I suppose that mini-Lord Litchfield is inside me. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 08:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • well well, I double Paul's sentiment (I agreed with Paul in 2 straight posts, scary stuff)

    "I think I'm turning Neo-Con, I think I'm turning Neo-Con, I think I'm turning Neo-Con, I really think so! Doo doo doo doo"

    and his snow is heading my way. And by the way, no amount of sun and models and modernism is going to take me away from my gritty NYC. There.

    I hear you!

    But this is why the Lord made a million places on earth, and didn't just plunk everyone down in Cleveland. ;)

    But a weekend down there wouldn't be too bad.

    I will personalise an itinerary for you when I come down, just like I did with Erdal, Shuss, JK, and others on RSS.

    Beware -- my personalised itineraries are for mature adults, and I don't mean including Hooters on your trip.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 08:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Okay Victoria, that was the best Kazoo solo ever! The DONGGGGGG was percussion though, didja have help?

    The percussion was by Renato playing his nose.

    My favorite, hmm..., Endless ocean, Endless peace.

    That's my second favourite. :)

    You can tell, because maybe most people wouldn't have included it, and used the "spot" for something showing more oomph.

    But to me, the interplay between the deep blue ocean, the white clouds, and the skyblue of the horizon is mesmerising.

    Second, would be the last of whatever building that is.

    The doors of the Freedom Tower?

    That's a door Jose Aguirre entered as a child -- and so did every Cuban-American from 1959 to 1970.

    That's history.

    Kazoo Hall of Fame?

    LOL!

    I find the city attractive too, just, being from Pittsburgh, the ocean is hypnotizing. Is it fair to ask yours?

    No! I tell you what.

    You guess it.

    Come on, Paul. You have read a lot of me by now -- you have to have a window to thoughts.

    Jorge, we agree on most probably but let's keep it to a minimum, it doesn't look good! Good Luck tomorrow.

    Sundries -- the new UN? I am a heck of a lot less corrupt. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 09:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria, is that the merrick building? been a while for me.

    Class of '94, undergrad. :)

    Best place to go to school ever.

    By Blogger Alex Nunez, at Thu Dec 08, 09:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • When was the last time Coach Paterno's Nittany Lions played at the OB?

    Because one New Year's when I was staying with my parents, as a kid, we went to a Fontainebleu Hotel party that night -- and there he was, shepherding his rather awkward, enormous charges.

    I didn't say hello, because I didn't know who he was, until he was pointed out to me.

    Hey if Jimmy Cefalo likes him, he's A-OK with me.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 09:05:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria, is that the merrick building? been a while for me.

    Well it's not my home campus, but I know that's the new Richter Library clock tower.

    After Tad Foote left, I thought Donna Shalala was going to be a Clintonista disaster.

    Turns out, she's great. My respect to her -- all of 4'9 of her. ;)

    Class of '94, undergrad. :)

    Nice!

    Best place to go to school ever.

    Is there another University on earth where you can go wearing a bikini top, and a wrap-around skirt to class?

    Maybe U of Hawaii?

    I bet you we have better sex in the stacks.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 09:09:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Bravo Victoria!

    By the way, I finally added you to my "locals" blog roll. I inadvertently left you off when I published it yesterday.

    Shame on me!

    By Blogger Robert, at Thu Dec 08, 09:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Second, would be the last of whatever building that is.

    The doors of the Freedom Tower?

    No, no, I should have had a comma between "last and of".
    I meant the last picture with water, sky and a tall, dark building, that one. Not the Freedom Tower.

    No! I tell you what.

    You guess it.

    Come on, Paul. You have read a lot of me by now -- you have to have a window to thoughts.


    I'd say the first one, the same as Jose, I was going to pick it but it has tire tracks, I want my world and picture pristine, unblemished. But I'm guessing the first.
    For the Wild & Crazy Victoria, either of the city skylines.
    Don't say the flag, because that's everyone's favorite, it's a given.

    When was the last time Coach Paterno's Nittany Lions played at the OB?

    1986. Against Univ. of Miami, as a matter of fact, when Testeverde was intercepted on the last play of the game within yards of our goal line.
    You know Cefalo? Is he announcing down there? Sportscaster? Great, great player.

    Is there anything you cannot do? Any thought, process or action at which you do not excel? You are beyond your time. Even here, you will quickly become too read to answer all as is your signature gift to each of us who stop. Remember me when you are more famous, famouser. You know, up there.

    Did I guess right?

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Dec 08, 09:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • It's probably that bus picture which you use to drink in so much of Miami.

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Dec 08, 09:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria! You must review the new Miami Vice movie when it comes out! Perfecto for the blog!


    Plus,if you drive back to Michigan, I am here in Ann Arbor and we would go to many coffeehouses...yum!

    You are always welcome!

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Dec 08, 09:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thank you, Robertino!

    I appreciate that, and hope you saw you made my blogroll last week too. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 11:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'd say the first one, the same as Jose, I was going to pick it but it has tire tracks, I want my world and picture pristine, unblemished.

    That's because it's the "rampway" for the jetskis, and boats to go on to the Atlantic ocean. ;)

    But I'm guessing the first.
    For the Wild & Crazy Victoria, either of the city skylines.


    I like them too, but my real favourite is...

    WAIT! I'll reveal it at the very end. HEHEHE.

    Don't say the flag, because that's everyone's favorite, it's a given.

    Dude, I AM not (that) obvious.

    1986. Against Univ. of Miami, as a matter of fact, when Testeverde was intercepted on the last play of the game within yards of our goal line.

    Aww. Wow, I was 11...good memory on me!

    Mind you, that year is the infamous Maradona Mano de Dios year, puke.

    You know Cefalo? Is he announcing down there? Sportscaster? Great, great player.

    And an even classier guy.

    Yes, he's the long-time ABC/Channel 10 sportcaster, alongside Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich.

    Let's just say I am not a big fan. Of the Mad Dog!

    I loveeee Cefalo.

    Is there anything you cannot do? Any thought, process or action at which you do not excel? You are beyond your time. Even here, you will quickly become too read to answer all as is your signature gift to each of us who stop. Remember me when you are more famous, famouser. You know, up there.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. As Dick Nixon said about Henry Kissinger.

    "Hank is a legend in his own mind"

    ;)

    Did I guess right?

    The SoBe bus, with the quirky angle, but getting the three things which make SoFla special.

    1- The bright baby blue sun
    2- The palm trees
    3- The promise of sun and endless fun

    I like it because I got lucky in the shot, but it was still a good composition shot.

    Plus, the "South Beach" scrolled just at the right time, at the stop light. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 11:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey! You got it, Paul. I hadn't seen that reply yet. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 11:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria! You must review the new Miami Vice movie when it comes out! Perfecto for the blog!

    MAYBE. ;)

    Goodness knows we were inconvenienced long enough as they had to shut down Macarthur and 1-95 from 2 AM to 6 AM every day to shoot their car burn scenes...

    Plus,if you drive back to Michigan, I am here in Ann Arbor and we would go to many coffeehouses...yum!

    I went to Ann Arbor and was floored by its sophistication.

    The rest of Meechegan is, well you know, homespun (which is fine!), but Ann Arbor is like a little drop of Monaco in an oasis of Amish. ;)

    You are always welcome!

    You have to promise not to call U of Michigan "UM" though. Then we can tawk.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 11:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm going to leave this blogpost up until noon tomorrow. It has legs. ;)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 08, 11:54:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You know...it might be cool to have a 'meet the blogger' roadtrip! Actually go and visit (prearranged, of course!) people whose blogs you like...and blog about it as well!

    Just a thought!

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Dec 09, 12:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • That's because it's the "rampway" for the jetskis, and boats to go on to the Atlantic ocean. ;)

    Well, they're going to have to move. There's no rampway on my island.

    Mind you, that year is the infamous Maradona Mano de Dios year, puke.

    Okay, you don't like it, that's good enough for me but what does it mean? Mano is Man? Dios as in Vaya Con Dios, but then, what does that mean? Maradona?
    Puke, I get.

    Dude, I AM not (that) obvious.

    Tell me about it.

    Hey! You got it, Paul. I hadn't seen that reply yet. ;)

    Aaaah! I knew it all the time.
    Besides, there were only a few more for me to mention. Did I remember to tell you that you are a great photographer too?

    Craps, Ron! I have to get a blog now. Oh, wait, you said blogs she likes? Sigh..... How about commentors she tolerates? No, wait, sigh.....

    It's 1:18 in York and this dog's leg's have given out....not a flake of snow yet and they said by midnight. Liars.

    By Blogger Paul, at Fri Dec 09, 01:17:00 am GMT-5  

  • The (first) skyline, of course.

    By Blogger JSU, at Fri Dec 09, 02:22:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm in Boston. We're about to get six inches of snow that I'll have to walk through tomorrow.

    Had the chance to go down to, well, Broward County about three years ago to help a friend move. Did enough driving around Miami proper to see that it was a *beautiful* city. And those temperatures...

    *Really* wish I was there.

    By Anonymous Leo, at Fri Dec 09, 04:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • Well, they're going to have to move. There's no rampway on my island.

    NIIICE.

    I like it when you are firm and commanding, Paul.

    *g*

    Okay, to your questions:

    Diego Armando Maradona was the star of World Cup 1986, for his country of Argentina.

    Although he was unprepossessing in the extreme to look at, pudgy, small, and homely, his footballing skills were SUBLIME -- to those of us who think Pele is the best, there are many others who would respectfully disagree, and point to Diego.

    The Mano De Dios refers to his Hand of God (lit. translation) reference, when questioned about what appeared to be an illicit goal versus...England, during WC 1986.

    Though he went on to score another goal, which sealed his mystique to billions, because it was exquisite, it is this Mano de Dios goal which infuriates England supporters to this day -- myself included.

    The subtext is, as good as he was, he didn't beat us squarely and fairly -- he had to rely on dirty tricks. England had a great side too.

    Ah well.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Dec 09, 12:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The (first) skyline, of course.

    I have a special reason why I like that too. :)

    Not the least of which, is that I have made it my monitor wallpaper last night.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Dec 09, 12:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm in Boston. We're about to get six inches of snow that I'll have to walk through tomorrow.

    Oh my dear, I do feel for you.

    Snow doesn't last long in England (well in my part of it, anyway), but becomes slush soon enough.

    As enjoyable as snow is, I could do without the brittle dry skin, the parched lips and the feeling of bone-shaking cold one gets during it.

    Had the chance to go down to, well, Broward County about three years ago to help a friend move. Did enough driving around Miami proper to see that it was a *beautiful* city. And those temperatures...

    I'm glad you saw for yourself, Leo.

    I do wear rose-tinted glasses about this city, and in the interest of fairness, not all of it is gorgeous. But it has a kind of natural beauty that reminds me of Cape Town, Sydney, or Rio de Janeiro.

    *Really* wish I was there.

    Come on down, babe! ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Dec 09, 12:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • 'Course it ain't all sweetness down there, is it? Santa Hung In Miami Beach!

    Up here, in Largo, we have the nice weather, too. Heheheee!

    By Anonymous benning, at Fri Dec 09, 01:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The photos were lovely, by the way. Well done!

    I was curious about the Freedom Tower so went through your links to see whatcha wrote before. Very interesting, indeed!

    I've been a Florida resident for 20 years. I like it here (It's not as insane as California!) but would move to the NC mountains if I could afford the move. ; )

    Keeps those pictures coming, Victoria!

    By Anonymous benning, at Fri Dec 09, 01:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thanks for the reminder of warmer times while we freeze in 10 cm of snow!

    Miami and South Beach are truly beautiful, I can almost feel the warm sunny rays.

    My 3 faves:
    Che Bello
    SoBe
    Miami Macarthur

    I will upload some snow pics later:)

    By Blogger Renato, at Fri Dec 09, 01:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • NIIICE.

    I like it when you are firm and commanding, Paul.

    *g*


    You DO have a way with words.....

    I'm easy going except on a few things, my island being one. Not just anyone will do, you know.

    We have six inches of snow in York now. I think by Christmas it will be 60 degrees and sunny. I hate that, Christmas should always have snow and cold. The day after New Years should be the first day of Spring.

    I don't know if you'll get back here - quite a lengthy and fun post, you have such a nice group following you.

    Anyway, thanks for the explanation of being robbed in 1986, of course I agree. Maradona crediting God for being on their side is rather pompous.

    By Blogger Paul, at Fri Dec 09, 07:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • 'Course it ain't all sweetness down there, is it? Santa Hung In Miami Beach!

    Hey, I have a pic of that!

    I was going to email O'Reilly for his War on Christmas segment, but that's just a private citizen expressing a moronic sense of humour, not a City Hall or anything.

    Still, thanks for referencing that! :)

    Up here, in Largo, we have the nice weather, too. Heheheee!

    Hehe.

    I was told it was beautiful today down here, but I spent all of Saturday indoors, boo, stupid plumbing.

    I did go for a spin at night, but just like a poodle, for an airing.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Dec 10, 11:45:00 pm GMT-5  


  • I was curious about the Freedom Tower so went through your links to see whatcha wrote before. Very interesting, indeed!


    I have more pics. :)

    I will post them later, you'll see.

    I've been a Florida resident for 20 years. I like it here (It's not as insane as California!)

    Yeah, Florida is like Cali, only with no quakes, with more less fruits and nuts, and no community tax laws. ;)

    but would move to the NC mountains if I could afford the move. ; )

    Hey a lot of ex-Floridians are up there now. It's got, as you put it, mountains.

    We down here, go "mountains, wassat?". ;)

    Keeps those pictures coming, Victoria!

    It's a promise, Benning!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Dec 10, 11:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thanks for the reminder of warmer times while we freeze in 10 cm of snow!

    *g*

    Sucka!

    Miami and South Beach are truly beautiful, I can almost feel the warm sunny rays.

    And you used the perfect word earlier to describe it -- laidback.

    That's us, laidback. No worries, be happy.

    Although one has to be slightly worried when Bobby McFerrin is your guru...

    My 3 faves:
    Che Bello
    SoBe
    Miami Macarthur


    Great choices all.

    But are there bad choices when you look at paradise? :)

    I will upload some snow pics later:)

    I got 'em! I will, with your permission, use one of downtown Toronto, when I blog about it soon. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Dec 10, 11:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I don't know if you'll get back here - quite a lengthy and fun post, you have such a nice group following you.

    Made better by you here!

    Anyway, thanks for the explanation of being robbed in 1986, of course I agree. Maradona crediting God for being on their side is rather pompous.

    Exactly.

    See, he compounded insult to injury, and that hurts.

    England have had many more insults done them on the field since, but that one, which was cynical, then piled on with more cynicism, angers.

    The kind of anger that doesn't go away soon.

    Breathe, Vic, breathe.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Dec 10, 11:52:00 pm GMT-5  

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