Water Taxi

Yesterday, AJ and I took Jessica from NY out on the Ft.Lauderdale Water Taxi. It had been on my list for ages, and I am so glad we went! It stops all over the Intercoastal and the New River at Las Olas and there’s a bar or restaurant at almost every stop! Several taxis run continuously all day and it’s $20 for the hop-on hop-off pass.

We started at Las Olas, saw the mega-yachts and mega-mansions then got off at Beach Place. We had frozen drinks on the beach, then caught the taxi up to Shooter’s for dinner.

Tips

  • Park behind the Briny Pub at riverfront for $5 all-day parking
  • Buy tickets on the boat. Cash and Credit accepted.
  • Bring a cooler! A smaller cooler will be allowed on and they don’t mind if you drink
  • Beach Place (stop 4) provides a good spot to visit the sand, but stop 3 may be quieter.
  • Water Taxi customer service answers immediately, so call with schedule questions
  • It’s $10 after 7pm and runs until 11pm in some spots. Pub Crawl!

Florida Gifts for People in Ireland

When we went back and forth to Ireland in 1997, all you had to do was grab some Levi’s paraphernalia, or Nike’s on sale and your family at home was delighted.
In 2003, when I was there last, Gap was really popular and really hard to get.
But now, Ireland has got it all and I am left wondering what gifts will be unique and interesting enough to take back. Oh, and be cheap enough to buy a lot of, and small enough to fit. (I have a lot of family)

Adult-types

Pros Cons
Schenbly Wines. Made in Homestead, Florida, they have local flavors like Lychee and Guava. At $20 a bottle and being wine-sized, I can’t brink them in bulk.
Carl Hiassen books Miami native novelist brings madcap humor to the legendary terrifying antics of South Florida drug cartels and mob bosses. Small and inexpensive. Has to be for the right person….
Tom’s BBQ Sauce Local to Florida, delicious and small. Could be messy!
Forever 21 Cheaper than topshop and only in the US, jewelry and shirts from here are a win for teens and twenties ladies. Small and cheap. Really Cheap. Stupid cheap. Poor quality.
Bath and Body Works 3-2 deals, wide range of flavors, and only in the US these soaps, candles and lotions would be perfect for that Aunt you don’t really know. Could be seen as a lazy gift.

For the kiddies

Pros Cons
Gap Shirts Low priced when on sale, clothes are always a winner for kids. Not as exotic as they used to be.
Heat Stuff The recent publicity is bad for prices but good for street cred. Non-sanctioned tees and hats should be $10-$20 Kid may not like Basketball. But does that matter?
Disney! Apparently my cousins think we live IN Disney, so why not bring home some Magic!? Shop the outlet for more deals. They can get a lot of it in Europe, but you can convince them it came from Disney.
Florida Kitsch Gator pencils and jerky. Dreamcatchers and shells. Sometimes it’s so bad it’s good Florida Kitsch

Sex-brain has ruined the English language

It’s true. Most of us (childish) adults constantly get a giggle out of accidental double-entendres. To that end, many wonderful and delightful terms, animals and concepts have been RUINED by this inevitable reaction from our sexualized culture. I blame Brittany and her friend, Amy.

Here is my un-finished list of words you cannot say in context without someone thinking the other meaning.

Animals

  • Beaver
  • Pussycat
  • Anaconda
  • Dolphin
  • Rabbit
  • Donkey

Foods

  • Melon
  • Coconut
  • Peach
  • Sausage
  • Nuts
  • Tea Bag
  • Salad (tossed)
  • Berries

Things

  • balls
  • drill
  • bore
  • shaft
  • knob
  • plunger
  • carpet (and it’s drapes)
  • bush

Verbs

  • Come
  • Squirt
  • Thrust
  • Lance

I recommend: Radio

Aside from the usual Pandora, Last FM, Pure Volume, Lala and other music aggregators, there are loads of places to get streaming music…Radio Stations!
Real, old fashioned radio with DJs and all! But the only way that RADIO is bearable is for it to be foreign. Overseas radio is even interesting with ads because of accents and languages, and a lot of our socialist neighbors have taxpayer funded stations with NO ads at all! Bonus.
The downsides are the weird time alignments. UK radio starts the night shift as I am driving home from work, and Australia is always a day ahead (hearing “How is your Monday Afternoon” on a Sunday evening is depressing)

But here are the stations I listen in to
Absolute Radio : UK (London)
Great music, funny DJs and news. Lots of ads are balanced out by lots of music. Their website is a great source for band interviews and podcasts.
Triple J : Australia (Sydney)
Public ‘Youth’ radio so completely ad-less! Cutting-edge, indie, and sometimes quite weird, you won’t hear these songs elsewhere. Famed for their early backing of Florence and the Machine, Tegan and Sarah and others, they have heard of all the cool bands before you have.
NRJ France (Paris)
Yah, it’s in French, and they speak 100mph, but they play good solid pop and have great dance hits party songs on the weekend.

Chic Cruiser

Cruisers are in. There is no doubt.

Girls want to be that girl on a vintage bike, skirt or floral shorts flapping around your long taned legs. You may have cool sunglasses on, or a vintage scarf, or possibly a baguette in a basket.

You are carefree and stylish and your look alludes to a unique and creative lifestyle, filled with organic food, intelligent friends and unusual pursuits. You travel a lot and the man in your life probably has a beard and plays in a modern rockabilly band.

There are sites dedicated to this woman http://charikichi.tumblr.com/ and http://www.refinery29.com/hot-wheels-cruising-the-cooles.php as well as flickr groups http://www.flickr.com/groups/bicyclegirls/

And yeah, I wanna be one. I wanna be that chick, on her vintage cycle, cruisin to the market, and maybe go to the local craft brewery later on to hear some live music.