Saturday morning observations
Have you noticed that some days it seems like every street is closed due to all the renovations, all at the same time? One day I went to my friend's house on Shipping, near 27th Avenue and when I wanted to leave a short time later I couldn't as three streets surrounding the exits from his house were being paved. The other day, Mary Street, the detour for 27th Avenue was closed because it was being paved. A detour for the detour was needed. I wonder if the people who plan all this out really care about the residents. I don't think so, they work like robots, no brains needed.
One day I tried to turn onto Mary Street from Bird Avenue and I was stopped and yelled at in a foreign language by some guy trying to direct traffic. I resent theses strangers in the village controlling my movements.
Back to the 5K race, at the end of the race as people went back to their cars, a lot were surprised to find their cars booted in the parking lots where they neglected to pay for parking. I am not exaggerating when I say maybe 35% of the 80 or so cars in one lot were booted. It was a sea of orange and yellow from the signs they put on the car windows and the boots themselves.
A couple was in the Bookstore for breakfast, when I walked in this morning, someone asked me to see if I could help them find something to do in the area. We couldn't. Where would you send a tourist in Coconut Grove? And this was 8:30 on a Saturday morning. Not many places to go. We ended up sending them to Vizcaya, which opens at 9:30 am and we also suggested Wynwood and South Beach, although I don't think anything is good in Wynwood until later in the day and especially tonight for their Gallery Walk.
The Grove is turning back into a small village in an odd sort of way where it's less touristy and more locals although the office workers in the day sort of fit in the middle. They are here from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday but after that there's no sign of them. It's a weird dichotomy these days.
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