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The latest in our "campaign highway series".  We previously visited Iowa, Michigan and Nevada.  Today we visit Florida, comment on a candidate, and reflect on trips past and future.

[Originally posted on CatSynth.com]

[Originally posted on CatSynth.com.  The original had much better formatting ;)]

Tonight we visit Florida, focusing in on Miami Beach:

Miami (which is a separate city from Miami Beach) is the southern terminus of I-95, the big north-south highway on the east coast of the US. It just sort of comes to an end at a ramp onto US 1. Much like the campaign of Rudy Giuliani. Somehow he figured he could cruise down I-95 and hang out in Florida while other actual contests were going on, and still win. I'd like to think his defeat wasn't just this rather dumb strategy, but also the rest of the country getting to know the real Giuliani that we knew in New York, without the 9-11 veneer. The man was a psycho and always needed someone to go after. That included things so integral to New York as pedestrians. Not to mention the racial tensions, the tabloid personal life. His concession speech after losing his first bid for mayor included "Ladies and gentlemen, will you please shut up!" Actually, I thought that was kinda cute. But I doubt the rest of the country would feel that way.

Interestingly, I was last in Miami during the 2004 election. Sitting in a pub and watching W get re-elected was a major downer for myself and my colleagues at the conference I was attending. But there was still plenty to do that well. A day later, we were heading downtown, over the I-395 causeway over to Miami Beach, and into the heart of the South Beach Art Deco district for an evening fun and entertainment.

I can't recall the live music being all that great. But you can't go wrong with drinks and good company. And it's warm at night in November. And the water was warm enough to swim in. How cool is that? Here in California, it gets cold at night. And the water is always cold.

The main drag through Miami Beach is Collins Avenue, part of Florida Highway A1A. A1A actually spans the length of Florida's Atlantic coast, passing through towns and beaches. It would be interesting to compare to our own Highway 1 along the Pacific coast in California. The coasts are so different, not only in climate, but in culture and history and natural terrain. Less of the spectacular cliffs and pristine natural beaches, and more private development. But it's not without its charm, and the water is warm enough to swim. Add it to the growing list of road trips not yet taken.

Originally posted to catsynth on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 08:43 AM PST.

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  •  Collins Avenue is also an architectural gem (1+ / 0-)
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    Tally

    for Art Deco fans, or anyone who likes colorful, fun places...it's one of the few (only?) places in Florida where you can ditch the car and just hang out, walk to the beach, restaurants, nightclubs, whatever. A feast for the eyes--pretty buildings, pretty clothes, pretty people wearing not very much.... It's actually one of the most European places in America....and very dog-friendly, too.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 08:56:16 AM PST

  •  South Beach is the Best! (0+ / 0-)

    European is the right word since it's topless and gay friendly.

    But the food in the sidewalk cafes is also wonderful. One of the best meals I've ever had I got there: black bean soup, tomato and avocado salad with fresh made herb dressing, and crusty bread. Just Delicious.

    Let's forget politics and go swimming. A little sun right now would feel great!

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