This past week I was in Miami – Miami Beach – South Beach to be most specific. If you’ve been a reader for the past two years you would know that I have a very special place in my heart for that city. On this particular trip I managed to get in quite a bit of the typical touristy tripe. Eating on Lincoln Road: Sushi Samba (although I still like Doraku better), Serendipity 3 (wondering where 2 is…but the food was unreal and the cake martini, although tasty, should have been chocolate) and Polar Burger Bar (where I ended up eating a salad). I was poolside at the Flaming North Tower Pool and the famous Clevelander Hotel, had alcoholic slurpees at Wet Willie’s and hit Saturday night at Bamboo – it was packed which .
I also had a spontaneous photo shoot with my friend Aris – Photographer – http://www.fashify.com/ and I attended the Samsung Galaxy S III launch party at the Ice Palace – I met some very cool people, and free booze and food was provided.
On the last day, I had an afternoon to kill on my own so I decided to go to a movie by myself. Not something I normally do, or anything I’ve ever done now that I think of it… but I figured it was raining and it might be nice to get lost in a film. After staring at the showtimes for a good 10 minutes I finally decided on Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE (an awesomely animated flick) I purchased my 2:45pm matinée ticket + 3D shades and proceeded upstairs to get a $2 small popcorn and a MASSIVE ‘small’ Coke zero before grabbing a seat. As I looked around for the theater number – I noticed a guy wandering around with a confused look on his face, I didn’t think much of it and went to theater 8, as designated on my ticket stub – but when I got to theater 8, it said “ICE AGE” was playing. I looked at my ticket again, and realized my ticket also read “ICE AGE” – wtf?
OKAY … I went down to customer service and as I approached I noticed the same guy getting his ticket swapped out. I informed the Customer Service lady I wanted to see Brave, and she said, “no problem.” I then asked her if the same thing happened to that guy. YES. it had. weird. As I walked into the correct theater the “guy” who we can refer to as Dave caught me at the door and said, “I’m sorry, I have to ask – did you have the wrong ticket too?” I told him yes and the lady told me his had been incorrect. As we entered the theater during the previews – he asked politely if I would like to join him in watching the film – since it was coincidental that our tickets were wrong etc… and because we were both alone. I figured why not. So I watched BRAVE, a movie about fate and destiny next to a complete stranger named Dave, who shared some laughs and some of his sour patch kids with me – who I probably would have never known existed. Turns out Dave works at Sushi Samba – so if you’re in South Beach – go say “hi” to him for me and tell him I told you to do so. 🙂
I got back to Orlando just in time to attend the Orlando Weekly Annual “Best Of” bash at The Beacham. I was voted 2nd Best Pop Act in Orlando by Readers (THANK YOU ORLANDO!!!! – I am So HONORED, and surprised!) I walked up to the event and passed Tommy Mot on the way in – He informed me that is was packed inside, and that it was. I had a great time hanging out with Kevin Collier and Brandon Zeiders of Smile For Camera. And I ran into some familiar faces I hadn’t seen in a while including Chris Cooper and Mr. Robert Johnson. The night was finished up at IBar for Mac & Cheese Wednesdays where I danced like an idiot to Miami Sound Machine’s Conga. Good times.