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The Happiest Place on Earth

It has been a bit of a break since my last post, but i have been in Orlando. We left on Friday and returned late last night. We started our theme park extravaganza at Islands of Adventure, which has some of the best rides and rollercoasters i have ever experienced. The Hulk and Duelling Dragons are amazing! Dawn and i have been before, but this time it was even better as we could enjoy the water rides on which we got completely drenched (the last time we were there it was January and it was too cold).
After that we went to Universal Studios, which i hadn't been to since i was little. The Jaws ride is still awesome and the new Mummy rollarcoaster is fantastic. On Sunday we went to The Magic Kingdom (aka Disney World). It was amazing. I ran around like a kid, hopped up on sugar and glee. The Main Street USA section is incredible; it is an America that never was, where barbershop quartets sing and tapdance on the street corners, there are marching band parades and for no apparent reason…

Odds & Ends

A couple of things i forgot to mention in last night's long but hurried post: The gun totin' turkey shootin' family from Ocala said Grace before dinner. They actually said Grace (Does one capitalize grace?) They held hands and everything. I don't know if i have ever seen that outside of church camping trips as a child.

In case i haven't been clear about this: South Beach (Lincoln Road in particular) is one of the greatest places in the world. I could honestly just sit and wander around all day looking at all of the beautiful, muscular, silicone-enhanced people rollerblading and walking impossibly tiny dogs. Then one can walk a few blocks over and hang out with thugged out guys in classic pimp attire - and some of them actually will be pimps! (Need i remind you that it was once on Washington Avenue here in South Beach that Dawn and i once met and "chilled" with the (in)famous pimp Bishop Magic Don Juan. I'm not sure that's really something to brag ab…

Final Destination: Florida

Greetings from South Florida! After 12 hours of travel (3 flights + layovers) i arrived at the underwhelming Fort Lauderdale airport - underwhelming that is until i saw a blonde vision in active sportswear: my sister (and her faithful companion, Giovanni). My flights, while long, where supremely relaxing. I read, completed a sunday NY times crossword and listened to Company, Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady on the ipod. I got in late, so Dawn just drove me to her new residence in the schmancy gated community known simply as "The Resort", complete with 3 swimming pools, gym, hot tub, tennis courts and security guards (no need to pack heat here). We watched "Final Destination 3" (creative, gory death scenes) and retired. Today she was busy teaching classes, so i spent about ten hours on South Beach. "Bliss" would not be too strong a word to describe my mood as i strolled beneath the palms in the uber-humid Florida weather. I smoked three cigars over espresso and s…