Lobsters in Miami

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Andrew: I have decided that I might have to be Anne's ghostwriter but I'll lead this blog today as it was mainly my fault. It was a sunny start with some good Florida OJ on the balcony at breakfast.  It was hot hot hot and I was mopping my brow so had to retire to a parasol.  With no guide book we still had a gut feel we could do Miami justice. With a fag packet guide from the hotel we wandered downtown had a schmoozy by the Marina and decided which Gin Palace we had to buy.

I realised that I needed to get my map reading skills up to speed so would practice. The girls decided they wanted to go and see the art deco part of Miami. Lisa said all Floyds did things on foot so we would be walking. I didn't mind but knew we had to get a march on before the heat really ramped up.  It all looked good on the map. We could see the American Airlines stadium and the Venetian way to the South Beach Island. Over the highway, past three cruise ships and across several car parks and towards some industrial looking cranes it didn't look so promising.  I was adamant and said we should march on.  By now the sun was in the 90 Fs. Anne was starting to burn and my face was getting a bit of a smack from the sun.  I soon conceded that we were were in the port and not where we needed to be, The giveaway was when the federarls (cops for novices to my lingo) pulled over and asked if we were lost. "We're fine thank you officer"  I thought we could take a shortcut on the way back and led us around a multi-storey car park to one of the ships. Lisa backed things up by saying that a sidewalk is always a good sign. How wrong we were.

A $20 cab ride later settled the score and it was the Miami beach. Anne tried to have a photo outside Versace's house but got a polite "Eff off" from beebop the security guard. The water was so warm that I had to go for a dip. It's wasn't quite Daniel Craig, in fact not even Uncle Bryn off Gavin and Stacey but it was a good dip. This set me up nicely for a further cooking on the beach as we strolled down for a good 45 minutes.

By the time we got back to the hotel I had been labelled a prat for my careless approach to not applying sun tan lotion evenly. The photos will speak for themselves.

Lisa:  I have felt the need to intervene at this point to make sure that you are all fully aware as to the severity of our de tour today.  I have to say I shall take part ownership for the initial error of going over the bridge, HOWEVER, when we started to get towards the port and the footpaths ran out, I did point out to Ray Mears that I wasn't sure if people were really meant to be going down there as if they had wanted us to walk down there surely they would have provided a footpath/sidewalk.  Andrew was unperturbed and we soldiered on, until the realistion hit him that we were about to encroach into an industrial docking area. 

After Ray asked a customs officer as to which direction we should be heading we managed to get back on track.  But the additional (and unplanned) 5 miles had taken their toll, so a taxi it was.

Miami beach was lovely and we decided that another visit would be necessary at some point, I have also decided that if my premium bonds come up (thanks to AZ), I shall be procuring a boat/harbour side condo.  After the dip on the beach we realised just how hot it was and headed back.  On a visit to a chemist we realised just how burnt Andrew had got, I gave him a motherly stare and told him he was a prat for not putting cream on, and only he would go out in 90 degree heat without putting much lotion on.  Readers, I cannot emphasise enough, just how red he is......

We're off to the pool now, Andrew has been given strict instructions to stay undercover at all times. 

Quote of the day:

Shit, I didn't see Lost on TV before I went.
Lisa: Oh don't tell me what happened I haven't seen it.
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Kim on

Glad to hear that you have arrived safely... I am enjoying the updates. Raff I am disappointed with you ... despite your provisions you still managed to cook yourself! Girls you may have to take your 'mothering' to the extreme and supervise his "slip, slap, slopping" ... of sun cream that is! Enjoy the sun ... sea ... sights and Lisa if your PB's come up I'll help carry your bags on your trip to pick your condo!

Kim on

Fear not you have not missed anything in Lost ... despite the promises we are no closer to understanding what the hell is going on! If you cannot stand the suspense and the 'fog' clears I can let you know although Lisa has Sky+ it so there is something to look forward to when you get back :0)

HP is not the same without you guys ... they've even taken Mel, Bruno & Clare and moved them upstairs .... there is a void on the 1st floor! :0(

christine on

oh dear. someone should have used suncream...... do you know this slumdog person??

penguinsandfog on

Potato. We're on a break

christine on

Chaps, you will be pleased to know parental floyds are reading this on a daily basis to keep up to date with your goings on. roger floyd junior.

penguinsandfog on

Burke - Just so you know Andrew wrote the above comment about potato. Slumdog/Slumdod is indeed potato, but he meant he is on a break from him, not me and potato. Hello mum and dad! And now Andrew is worried his parents might think he is gay.....

christine on

Glad your having nice time, although andrew i have no sympathy for lack of sun cream. you really should have known better! all is well here.x

dad&mumfloyds on

makes a good read seems that you are all having a good time,has anne travelled with you as we have not heard from her yet,look foward to the next blog,keep safe all of you.

Louise as in Thelma & on

I thought your were naked in the picture as well, wondered what sort of holiday it was. Like the t-shirt marks though.

the other thelma on

AD, I'm loving the fact you actually have a bottle of sun cream in hand in this picture ... oh the irony ...

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