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Well, it started off well when R and [ profile] donna88keys were late coming to pick me up. The drive down to West Palm was uneventful with no mistakes. Those waited until we got off the highway. We knew the street we wanted so we make the turn we needed. We keep an eye on the left for the museum and see a sign for "circular plaza ahead" which amused us. We keep driving and everything becomes more residential and soon we see a sign that we're entering the next town. R performs one of her infamous u-turns and then we decide to go over a block to a major thoroughfare in the hopes of seeing a sign. R had printed directions from Google and we actually looked at them (Donna had said they would take us farther south than we needed) and found the street they said to use. We cut back to the original street and head back up the way we came. We obviously had been looking the wrong way and I finally spotted it from the back seat and we pulled into the parking lot. Why had we missed a large museum, you ask? It was located on the circular plaza that had amused us before!

We trekked up to the top floor where they had the European art and I'll admit, a big chunk of the artists represented were unfamiliar. They did have Reynolds, Monet, Gaugin, Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Chagall. The vanGogh was amazing, absolutely amazing. When you look into those eyes... It was one of his last.

The second floor was Chinese art which included porcelain, jade, stone, a huge carved wood screen and laquered cabinets that made me think of The Talons of Weng-Chiang

On the stairway they had quotes from different artists, some of which really need to be on t-shirts. ("If I think, everything is lost" Cezanne)

The ground floor is mainly American art, but they had special exhibits set up. Some of the artists representing America were Rockwell, NC Wyeth, ANdrew Wyeth, O'Keefe and Pollock.

They also had a small piece of statuary by Henry Moore.

OK, done with the musem, we head over to City Place, an open air mall. Starving, we stop at Taverna Opa, a Greek restaurant (if you couldn't guess) Our waiter was a kick! We walk off lunch and stroll about. We head back to the parking garage and end up doing another u-turn to get out. I will admit I was a little turned around so I had no idea where we were and let Dinna tell R which way to go. We ended up going in the opposite direction over the intercoastal into Palm Beach. ANother u-turn (a record!) we finally head back and reach I95.

A Long Day

Mar. 11th, 2010 12:40 pm
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I have somewhat recovered from yesterday. I got up at 5:30 as usual and went to work. I brought a change of clothes and got out pretty much on schedule. [ profile] donna88keys came over and met me and then we drove to R's house as she was going to do the drive to and from Orlando.

We stayed on I95 until Melbourne and then cut over on a state road that took us past many cow pastures. We didn't have any trouble until we reached Kissimmee/St Cloud. We missed a turn somehow and as I was navigator, I tried to rectify the situation but unfortunately, I'm not the best map reader. I finally tracked down where we were and found a cross road to where we were supposed to be. From there we reached downtown Orlando but a little too late to make our original dinner plans.

We get to the arean and thankfully R had reserved a parking place in Lot 1 and we were right in front of the main doors. We get inside, buy souveniers, and grab food before heading to our seats. We were upper level but it really wasn't that bad and we were just a little right of center.

As for the show itself, I predicted the openning song--"Cry me a River"--which made me happy. (I'll list the songs under a cut below.) This was the first show of the "Crazy Love" tour so he called us his little guinea pigs. In his first little speech break, he also mention that his life had changed since the last tour and mentioned his engagement. Since his fiancee is Argentinian, the men also wear rings. He als thought it was cool because he could take it off (mimed action) hold it in his fingers and go "My precioussss"--which he did in a very good Gollum impression. He also brought up the Olympics and the Canadian hockey team.

At one point, he goes onto the floor and walks around. They had a platform set up at the back and he sang "Home" from there before heading back to the stage with "Save the Last Dance". He ended the show proper with "Just Haven't Met You Yet" with an encore of "Feeling Good" before the final song of "Song for You".

We had a tough time getting out of the parking lot and trying to find the right road home so there were a couple of U-turns. Needless to say, driving past cow pastures in the day isn't so bad but nighttime is horrible as there is nothing there. After getting back to R's around 2, I then drove [ profile] donna88keys home and I didn't get home till 2:30. Even though I was tired, I still couldn't sleep so I watched the season finale of Psych. As it ws, I didn't get to sleep until close to 4:30, making it a 23-hour day.

Songs )


Jan. 25th, 2009 09:04 am
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Yesterday I went to the South Florida Fair with [ profile] donna88keys, R, and R's mother. The drive down was rather uneventful as it was shorter than Miami though we did get a U-turn.

Pictures under Cut )
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Yesterday I went down to Miami with two friends -- [ profile] donna88keys and R (to protect the innocent as it were)-- in order to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company do The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Revised.

Cut for Travel Picspam )
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They don't mix anymore. Someone was offended by the Hitler quote and so now I have a boring screen saver. I can understand why they were upset, but to me it was just a quote I found interesting and could pertain to any country at any time. I typed an apology and taped it to my monitor so whoever it was can see my reason for it.

So, that means you people will get my full concentration on quotes now! Aren't you lucky?

Nessun maggior dolore
Che ricordarsi del tempo felice
Nella miseria
(There is no greater sorrow than to recall a time of happiness in misery)

The concert was great last night. Different than others I've been to as the music is not the kind you belt out along with the act. I'm glad I went.

The ride home was an experience as usual. Why is it that things always turn around in the dark? Our first little problem was that we ended up on a round one block south of the one we wanted, but as we were going in the right direction, we eventurally came to 95. OK, we're going good and get up to Palm Bearch, and, to avoid traffic, the driver decides to get off and take US1 up. Problem is, the exit she takes is to an area where US1 kinda disappears. So, we drive around West Palm Beach in circles eventurally we end up back at 95 and my other friend and I talk her into taking the highway as it was right in front of us. Due to the detour, I got home a little later than if we had left it alone. Needless to say, I felt like a zombie at work today.

ETA: The playlist for the Celtic Woman concert here )
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A bit delayed as I meant to post this yesterday....

My friend and I drove down to City Place in West Palm to see "Pirates"--which I highly recommend by the way. It's a bit darker than the first as a large part of it takes place on the Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones' ship, on which his condemned crew are slowly turning into sea creatures. At least Barbossa's crew looked normal most of the time!

Adter that, we drove down to Mizner Park in Boca Raton where Ringo was performing at the amphitheatre. Now, last time he was there, we liked everyone (Colin Hay, John Waite, Paul Carrack, Sheila E) so we paid and got inside the gate. This year, we really didn't care for anyone (Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Richard Marx) so we camped out in the little park area that runs through the center of this very posh shopping area. We st up beach chairs and flipped through magazines while listening to my iPod on the portable speakers. There was lightening all around and threatened rain so we made sure we were right by the entrance to the parking garage should we need to make a run for it.

Good thing too because after about an hour it started, light at first so we moved to the covered walkways in front of the stores. Soon it got harder and everyone else moved in too. With everyone talking in a closed space, it was hard to listen to the banter between songs. About 9:30 or so we decided to leave and drove home in the rain.

You'd think the story would end there, wouldn't you? Because of the weather--and construction on 95--we took US1 home. Unfortunately, at one point in West Palm, it kinda ends and there are no signs to tell you where to pick it up again. So, we wandered around West Palm trying to get our bearings and hopefully find US1 again. We ended up going north along the intercoastal before cutting across to the next main road we found which happened to be US1.

Our road trips are always an experience. They never go smoothly. But they are always interesting.
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Well, I'm not really one for journals or diaries. I've never done it before well, because I thought it silly. I mean I really don't have much of a life that needs commenting or venting so I really don't know what I'd say in a place like this. the only reason I'm here at all is because of my sister who is very into this. I signed up mainly so I could comment on her entries but then she said I had to make my own, so here it is. I don't know how often I'll be here but things might pick up a bit as family begins to come down and visit (and boy have I got family!)

OK, happy football is over and baseball is around the corner. Got tickets for spring training and might try to get tickets for the Mets/Marlins later in the year.

My friend and I like doing road trips, mainly staying in state (went to Orlando and Key West last year) and we might aim for Tampa or St Augustine. As a joke I commented about driving to NYC and she wants to with a few other stops on the way like DC, Baltimore, and Philly. What have I done?

As I get the hang of things, posts hopefully will be more interesting and I might play a bit with the settings


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