Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Thank you, Will Smith.

It’s about 4 in the morning Miami time and I didn’t get much sleep last night, but I don’t want to sleep yet tonight. I’m on the second floor of The Standard, a newly-renovated old joint that has doors opening to the outside, shoddy wooden blinds that don’t entirely protect your privacy and, well, a waterfall just over the ledge. It sounds as good as the wind feels. I’m in the room closest to the ocean and, though I’ve yet to see what this all looks like in the daytime, I’m fairly certain there’s a shoreline begging me to go jogging alongside it once morning breaks. In the meantime, there’s a couple down by the pool. From the sounds of things, it appears he’s trying to mend her broken heart. She’s not buying it, either. Not for a minute.

Other initial observations? Apparently, this city does sleep. It’s hard to find eats after 2. A trip to Wendy’s merited me a bottle of water, while the rest of the crew complained how bad their burgers were—then continued eating them until they were finished anyway. Hunger beats out poorly prepared dinner apparently. We also gave a bum a ride after he told us how to get to Denny’s (we never made it there, but he saved himself the cost of hailing a taxi). He didn’t smell so nice, but at least he was a friendly sort. Also, I dig seeing the street open up like a drawbridge so the ships can pass through. It’s cool to see everything with the eyes of an outsider. New locales means my poetic urges get kicked right in the flanks. Giddyap!

Nighttime feels nice. Humidity is a good thing, too. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. Give into the curls.

9 comments:

Sherpa said...

Miami? I've only been through the airport. I've always wanted to go. One of these days.

This has been my motto since I moved out here:
"humidity. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. Give into the curls."

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heatherlynn said...

i read this hilarious short story about a couple of potheads doing an art deco trip in miami and now have this image of miami being everything in that story. so in the "theme" of "theme reading": the despair of art deco by geoff dyer. enjoy. both the city and the story.

k8 said...

i wasn't expecting to like Miami very much but then i spent about 10 seconds on the beach and all of the sudden i loooooooved Miami.

Dainon said...

The beach water is about 80 degrees ... and it has yet to hit summertime. Oh, and the swimming pool here is for adults only. Gotta love it.

My second or third home will be here. I'll come here every three weeks. It's been decided as of now.

Cindy said...

You're such an old Jewish man already.

Dainon said...

Oh yes ... did I mention the Gefilte fish here is to die for? Well, it is.

f*bomb. said...

I absolutely LOVE The Standard. I've never stayed there, but whenever I'm in LA's Sunset area, I hang out in the lobby and take pictures and dance there. Buy their soundtracks. You will appreciate them. Promise.

Sofi said...

If you wanted foor, you should have gone east on the causeway instead of west. Miamicloses up much earlier than South Beach.

I love The Standard, too. If they had one in SLC, I might visit more often.