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What I want to talk about this week is how I miss Miami. For the past two months, I've been living back in Ft. Lauderdale again. I was really excited to move back at first because my true friends are here. But as it turns out, there was something missing from my life. It turns out, I really miss living on South Beach! I loved living on South Beach, I really, really did. I miss that I didn't have to drive anywhere; I could ride my bike anywhere I went. I really don't miss the people, but I miss the fact that everything was so close and so easy to get to.
Fort Lauderdale definitely has its perks. It has a pretty decent downtown with one bar that's worth going to, and even though I don't drink or anything, there are really good people there. People there aren't trying to put on a front. And that's the one thing I never really liked about Miami. I wouldn't say everybody, but 95 percent of the people I met there along the way are fakes and phonies. All cock, and no balls, so to speak.
But when it comes down to it, the people in Ft. Lauderdale can be a
little small town-ish -- but I mean that in a good way. They're a
little more humble. Fort Lauderdale can be more of a melting pot,
because people usually are just who they are, without putting up a
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But in Miami, there's something always to do. I can walk a couple blocks at 4:30 in the morning and go to Gino's for a slice of pizza. And there are great places to ride bike -- you can get from South Beach to Coconut Grove in about 15 minutes, and then you can hang out there for the day. Or you can ride out to Jimbo's. I was never a club guy, even though everybody knows me from working in clubs. But it's kind of comfortable knowing they're there, if I ever want to go to one. So I'm psyched to be coming back to Miami soon.
Five Albums I'm Listening to This Week: 1) When Tigers Fight, When Tigers Fight. 2) Quicksand, Manic Depression. 3) A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders. 4) Talib Kweli, The Beautiful Struggle. 5) Sunny Day Real Estate, Diary.
Quote of the Week: "Do not dwell on the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate your mind on the present moment." -- Buddha