* - to mock, tease, ridicule or scoff
The flight down was interesting as the cabin temperature was somewhere in the sub zero range, and since it was quite a new plane, there were no little knobs you could turn to direct the icy blast elsewhere. Then I realised why. Apparently on May 1st, American Airlines stopped giving out free blankets. They are now $8 ("But yours to keep, ma'am"). Bit of a coincidence that isn't it?
We stayed in a house about a mile from South Beach itself. Very nice - big pool, big bedrooms, huge screen to watch the French Open on first thing in the morning. I had been going for hotels, but it being Memorial Day weekend, they were solidly booked.
At least I assumed it was booked up because of Memorial Day, but being not-in-the-know where these things are concerned, I was totally unaware that it was also Hip Hop Weekend. Oh yes. The entire area was packed to the gills with young hip hop fans and flashy, pimped out cars. Talk about sticking out like a sore thumb.
We spent most of our time acting like our mothers, or even our grandmothers - pointing out girls that we deemed too scantily clad, (fishnet dresses with thong underwear anyone?) and laughing at the young men whose trousers were hitched so low that you could see all of their not-very-white boxer shorts and the belts were literally below their buttock cheeks. I mean, how do they keep them up? And more to the point - Why? I don't know one female of any age who thinks it's attractive, so why so they do it?
We went on a Duck tour through the streets and then down onto the water, where we oggled at all the really posh, fancy houses. And then we all really dated ourselves again when we saw this house:
Anyone remember Miami Vice on telly?
Who was your personal fave? Don Johnson or Philip Michael Thomas?