Monday, May 19, 2008

A Weekend in Southeast Florida

Trina and I just spent this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It’s not like we were just able to shoot down there and spend a few relaxing days on a nice beach. We went down for a friend’s destination wedding.

Lauderdale wasn’t a bad place, all in all. The airport is convenient to most of the hotels. The area is pretty easy to navigate since almost everything runs in a grid. The beaches were pretty clean, and I didn’t feel like I needed a shower after being on the sand. But the whole city was older. It’s clearly been there for quite some time, and it’s clear that maintenance is not the first order of business for the hotels and bars. That makes sense, though, considering it’s a spring break hot spot and who would want to sink money into something that will get beaten down inside of a year? Besides, going there is all about the nightlife. There are lots of bars and restaurants that look at the water, though you’re looking across A1A (Beachfront Avenue!). The point is, you’re probably not taking a family vacation there.

Anyway, I had to take the time to write something about our experiences there. So in typical blog format, here’s my list of the things that I found to be most interesting (interesting not being good or bad, just different from Cincinnati) about the Ft. Lauderdale area.

1. Men have no modesty what so ever. Guys walk around with their shirts off constantly, and it doesn’t matter a lick what they look like or what else they’re wearing. Ripped? Fat? Board shorts? Dress slacks? Going to the beach? Going to the office? Doesn’t matter…guys are walking around with no shirts.

2. Women were very modest. All the ladies down there were generally covered up. If they were not laying on the beach or a pool, the ladies of Ft. Lauderdale were pretty well covered up.

3. If you have a dog over 15 pounds, you are in the extreme minority. Lots of people were out walking with dogs. But all the dogs we saw were tiny breeds. There were lots of Terriers, Pugs, Poodles, and Chihuahuas.

4. More hotels were pet-friendly than were not. This might speak to the whole small dog thing, since they are easier to travel with.

5. The lots on which houses sit are the size of the house’s footprint, plus 2 feet all the way around. No one has a yard. Instead, they have a pool, a boat dock, and just barely enough grass for the little dogs to pee and poop.

6. Everyone has a shiny, absolutely immaculate BMW. Apparently, that’s the vehicle to own down there.

7. If you don’t have a BMW, you probably have either a Ferrari or a Bently… no kidding and barely exaggerating.

8. You can be to the Bimini, one of the western-most islands of the Bahamas, by boat in less than 2 hours.

9. You can be at just about any of the islands in the Bahamas by boat inside of a day.

10. You cannot park your own car anywhere. If you stop at 10 places in the course of a day, I’m willing to bet at least 7 of them valet park your car. Do you really need a valet for McDonald’s? Come on now.


Blogger Abby said...

Valet at McDonalds...
an interesting thought.

7:43 AM  

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