Down To The Low 40s Tonight

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    Jan 24, 2016 12:28 AM GMT
    And then 40s (F) again tomorrow night. We get some of these days & nights during the winter even here. I'm just sorry for the tourists who booked rooms months ago, and are disappointed. No beach time for them. icon_sad.gif

    A good outcome is another kill-off of iguanas, that are an invasive and unwelcome species here from Central & South America. They'll either fall out of the trees dead, or are immobile when domestic cats & dogs find them on the ground. Good, we don't want them ravaging our gardens and shrubbery.

    Speaking of tourists, we expect the usual flood of them is about 2 or 3 weeks, following a bad winter event up north. It takes that long to arrange airline and hotel reservations, and to disengage from whatever employment or other obligations people may have.

    But we'll suddenly see a glut of them, it happens like clockwork. And then traffic will become jammed, and restaurants become packed, we'll not be able to eat out for a few weeks. No doubt good for the local economy, just less convenient for the locals.

    Maybe some of you guys will be among them? For RJ Brothers I'll gladly be your online host. If your destination is South Florida, as far down as Key West, I may be able to advise. In the meantime, stay warm, and don't exert yourselves too much with snow shoveling.
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    Jan 24, 2016 12:47 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidOh come on, you'll still be able to get to Catfish Dewey's. icon_razz.gif

    And do what, get sick to my stomach? Every time I've gone there I find myself waking up about 3 in the morning, and visiting the bathroom.

    And the food isn't that great, anyway. They make a big fuss about having Stone Crab in season, which most restaurants down here do. Well, Stone Crab is tasteless, as far as I'm concerned, and the shell hard as a rock (the origin of the name, perhaps, besides the color?).

    None of our friends will bother with Catfish Dewey's. I would hope you have better sense, and taste, than to go their yourself. What is your own experience with the place?
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:07 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Then of course, there's Old Heidelberg near FLL. Great food there too.

    I've been thinking of going there on SR 84, since I enjoy German food, having lived in Germany a few years. Fairly close to us. But I hear mixed reviews. I suppose I could just take a chance, a single bad meal won't kill us.

    But strange you should know these places, so far from South Beach, and now Miami as you claim. Do you really slog through heavy South Florida traffic 35 miles to eat at them, and then back again? When you have so many wonderful more local choices?
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:13 AM GMT
    Don't hate me but I am in Honolulu and its in the 80s
    It gets chilly at night when it goes down into the 60s
    Just to let you know!
    Be safe and warm you guys in the Mainland!
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:33 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    I haven't lived in South Beach for a few years. I live in downtown Miami now, and with the express lanes on 95, it's a 15 minute hop up to FLL, about 25 to Catfish Dewey's.

    Rather optimistic. One never "hops up" I-95, it's nothing but heavy traffic, construction, and delays. The more you post, the more I suspect you're just looking at a map, and have never actually driven that route.

    If you imagine it's a 15-minute "hop" to go 30 miles against South Florida traffic, then you're either traveling by private helicopter, or you're just talking out your ass. And I'm not even including the time it takes you to drive locally from wherever you allegedly live, to get on I-95, and then from I-95 to Catfish Dewey's down Oakland Park Blvd to Andrews Avenue. That simply does not compute.
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:37 AM GMT
    takashi saidDon't hate me but I am in Honolulu and its in the 80s
    It gets chilly at night when it goes down into the 60s
    Just to let you know!
    Be safe and warm you guys in the Mainland!

    Of course I don't hate you! We'll be back up to 80 F ourselves in about 7 days, then dip a little again. Typical for our winters. Although last winter was exceptionally warm, with few cold periods.
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:37 AM GMT
    Im not taking his side but why would he lie about which State he lives in??
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:41 AM GMT
    I was up in Hollywood today via 95 express lanes. They're super nice. Have u been on them recently? They're completed up through Aventura....and almost done in Hollywood.
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    Jan 24, 2016 1:48 AM GMT
    venue35 saidIm not taking his side but why would he lie about which State he lives in??

    My guess was that he originally chose South Beach because he thought it was Gay Central, to give himself some gay credibility online here. Of course South Beach hasn't been gay for years, the gay community having moved north long ago. But that gay image, fostered by movies like "The Birdcage", continues in the straight community.

    Other than that, I can't give you an answer. Except to say that he knows less about South Florida than you likely do.

    He once tried to pretend he knew what my weather was, raining. Well, the sky here was sunny, as it was in South Beach. So I went online and checked some weather sites, and sure enough, one of them erroneously reported it was raining here. What does that suggest to you?
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    Jan 24, 2016 2:00 AM GMT
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    venue35 saidIm not taking his side but why would he lie about which State he lives in??

    . . . Of course South Beach hasn't been gay for years, the gay community having moved north long ago.
    . . .

    He once tried to pretend he knew what my weather was, raining. Well, the sky here was sunny, as it was in South Beach. So I went online and checked some weather sites, and sure enough, one of them erroneously reported it was raining here. What does that suggest to you?

    So those poor devils who chose to remain in SoBe aren't gay anymore? Your Drang nach Norden by a few hardly amounts to a Gay Volkerwanderung. icon_rolleyes.gif

    As for where the sun shines and does not, I readily defer to your expertise, Artless.
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    Jan 24, 2016 2:05 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidTrust me Kolonel, thunderstorms and showers can be extremely localized in this area. It can be raining in one neighborhood and on just the other side of the highway it can be sunny. We vector around this stuff all the time.

    I wish you would produce this so called exchange we had where I allegedly told you it was raining when it was sunny. I have absolutely no recollection of that ever having taken place.

    I quickly called you on it here. It was a laughable moment. Perhaps other RJ veterans have better memories than you do.

    And if subtropical weather is localized, as indeed it can be, then why did you claim you knew I was getting rain? As an online site incorrectly claimed for Fort Lauderdale?

    No, sorry, you were busted. Trying to pretend you knew the weather here. Just like you trying to pretend you can get to Catfish Dewey's in 15 minutes. Or even 30 minutes from Miami would be astonishing.

    I'll go you one better: if we can get someone I trust to cell-phone me when you leave your home in Miami, and you meet me at Catfish Dewey's within 30 minutes in your car, I'll buy you any meal on their menu. Maybe paulflexes as the judge? I'll buy his meal, too. (I think I owe him one, anyway).

    Deal? I've been trying to meet you for 7 years, since you live here, this would be a good opportunity.
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    Jan 24, 2016 2:32 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    And no, much as you are desperate to meet me, I will continue to decline such "invitations" from you. Hard to believe that ANYBODY would decline an invitation to meet with the "gay A+ lister mover and shaker of Wilton Manors" however, I am that one in a million person.


    You talk to Art virtually every day here. Would you really do yourself out of the opportunity finally to blow him out of the water by refusing to meet him in person for just an hour? Sounds fishy to me. Catfishy, in fact.
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    Jan 24, 2016 3:19 AM GMT
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    You talk to Art virtually every day here. Would you really do yourself out of the opportunity finally to blow him out of the water by refusing to meet him in person for just an hour? Sounds fishy to me. Catfishy, in fact.

    BINGO! The first thing that struck me was his refusal to even acknowledge my invites to meet me on South Beach. For drinks and a meal, on me. When he was still claiming he lived there. We had crossed swords a little on political issues in the forums shortly after I joined RJ, but I wanted to meet the man in person.

    Thought maybe we could better understand our differences of opinion. That's how I prefer to handle these matters, when I have the option of meeting.

    But later I was also struck by his silence when RJ members asked for vacation advice in coming to South Florida, and to South Beach. I tried to help them, but I know more about Fort Lauderdale and Key West than the immediate Miami and Miami Beach area (2 separate cities).

    And it caused me to wonder: does he not help other gay guys, or is he not really living where he claims? He certainly doesn't know anything about this place, based on his comments.

    And this latest nonsense about Catfish Deweys, a run-down dump that he thinks he can reach in 15 minutes from anywhere in Miami, only confirms all my prior assumptions about him. Some place he found on a Google map search that happens to be near me in Wilton Manors.

    But if he wants to meet me there, much as I hate the food, then he can do his 15-minute "hop" from Miami and I'll be waiting for him. Maybe I can have a salad that won't make me sick. Now get ready for all his insulting disclaimers and excuses, like he's always done. I call his bluff, and he runs away.
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    Jan 24, 2016 3:45 AM GMT
    I'm in FLL and no complaints from me.

    I'm from the Boston area and drove down last week, so I'm still used to the cold. It was 54 when I got in an hour ago, which felt perfect. Better than the rain, high humidity and 70+ degrees on Friday.
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    Jan 24, 2016 4:14 AM GMT
    takashi saidDon't hate me but I am in Honolulu and its in the 80s
    It gets chilly at night when it goes down into the 60s
    Just to let you know!
    Be safe and warm you guys in the Mainland!


    Hawaii's lovely (been not just to Honolulu but Maui and Kaui's north shore) but it's surf temperatures can't the beat warmer, turquoise Gulfstream waters of South Florida. Not jealous in the slightest here!

    As for it being 40 degrees - if I knew I'd be living back in Miami a year ago I wouldn't have believed it. I had a nice life in New York and lived in a beautiful area but I'm not missing the winter one bit. No more annual sprinkler system winterizing and heat and a/c shut off and turn on. No more icy driveway. No more Long Island Railroad delays. I'm absolutely loving tonight's weather as much as I loved todays, which was warm, windy and phenomenal. Winters here make the hellish, humid and buggy summers WELL worth it.

    (I'll say this for Hawaii - seemed less humid than Florida but I was there in November.)
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    Jan 24, 2016 12:03 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    But if he wants to meet me there, much as I hate the food, then he can do his 15-minute "hop" from Miami and I'll be waiting for him. Maybe I can have a salad that won't make me sick. Now get ready for all his insulting disclaimers and excuses, like he's always done. I call his bluff, and he runs away.


    He's a classic keyboard warrior. There's actually no one here I would refuse to meet in person if the opportunity arose, including those I regularly cross swords with.

    It could be that he's just a bit shy in person. Perhaps he could send one of his friends over to dine with you instead.

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    Jan 24, 2016 1:01 PM GMT
    Will there be toasted bagels and cream cheese?
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    Jan 24, 2016 5:37 PM GMT
    I hate iguanas. I hate lizards in general.
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    Jan 24, 2016 6:27 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    But if he wants to meet me there, much as I hate the food, then he can do his 15-minute "hop" from Miami and I'll be waiting for him. Maybe I can have a salad that won't make me sick. Now get ready for all his insulting disclaimers and excuses, like he's always done. I call his bluff, and he runs away.


    He's a classic keyboard warrior. There's actually no one here I would refuse to meet in person if the opportunity arose, including those I regularly cross swords with.

    It could be that he's just a bit shy in person. Perhaps he could send one of his friends over to dine with you instead.

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    LMAO! Where the Hell did you get that pic? That's hilarious!
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    Jan 24, 2016 6:54 PM GMT
    Pfft. UP to the low 40's here today!
    So nice I went out to feed the animals in just flip flops and briefs.
    Pruning the roses and may try to sail a bit if the breeze freshens.

    I can usually find the first wildflower of spring around February 1, but nothing happening yet. I can see the stems of the crocuses starting to poke up out of the ground, but most of them have a couple of weeks to go, at least.
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    Jan 24, 2016 7:10 PM GMT
    ricky1987 saidI hate iguanas. I hate lizards in general.

    I hate iquanas, too, most of us here do. They're non-native invasive herbivores that like to climb, and can swim, too. They destroy food and decorative gardens. We had a smaller one manage to scale the building wall and get into our patio herb garden.

    The bigger ones can only manage to climb trees, and after this cold weather I hope I'll read reports of them dropping to the ground like dead leaves. After a cold snap about 3 years ago we had a big die-off, and their numbers still haven't fully recovered in our area.

    Lizards, on the other hand, are mostly beneficial, especially the little ones, that I believe are part of the gecko family. Only ours don't drive tiny Jaguar sports cars and try to sell you car insurance. Although you'll sometimes see them rear up on their hind legs, like that one on TV, apparently to observe their surroundings better.

    What they do is eat insects, keeping their numbers way down. In fact, our part of South Florida has fewer flying insects than almost any place I've ever lived in the US, except during northern winters, naturally. Which seems kinda counter-intuitive, given our almost year-round semi-tropical climate.

    But our climate also allows for year-round insect predators, like the lizards that's don't thrive in colder areas, along with birds, frogs and fish. A lot of insects never make it to the winged flying stage of their life cycle, when they mate and lay eggs, because the lizards eat them on the ground.

    When a small lizard climbs our outside wall to the patio we welcome it, because it'll naturally control any insects that would attack our herbs and flowers. And we know it's no danger to us personally, usually keeps out of sight. We only need to use chemicals on the plants the rare times they get things like aphids. And if the cold harms the lizards, it doesn't seem to affect their overall numbers - they're everywhere.
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    Jan 24, 2016 8:16 PM GMT
    UPDATE: We were at 42 F this morning, and at nearly 3 PM it's only 58. Coldest we're been all year, but winter can be like this, even here. Tomorrow is back to the 70s, should see 80s again by the first week of February.

    Good news for vacationers if those temps continue to trend now that January is ending. We expect a flood of out-of-staters to begin arriving in about 2 weeks, wanting to escape the memory of that bad storm much of the country just got.

    Maybe some of you guys, too? Some RJers live here, let us know, be glad to be your online guides as you plan your stay. And BTW, the Weather Channel has fairly good forecasts out to 10 days, they'll even show 2 weeks, at least for a general idea of temps. Sun, clouds & rain outlooks are less precise & reliable.

    http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Fort+Lauderdale+FL+33334?dp=windsdp

    http://www.weather.com/weather/monthly/l/33334:4:US
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    Jan 25, 2016 12:39 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidI call his bluff, and he runs away.

    Apparently the tables have been turned. icon_lol.gif

    Depends on where your table is located. Mine will NOT be at Catfish Deweys. But I could have one waiting for us at Rosie's in Wilton Manors, nice outdoor lunch under palm trees. Got great reviews from the Miami-based "Check Please" TV program.

    Or if you really want decent seafood at a reasonable price, fresh from New England daily (flown in from Boston), there's Kelly's Landing off the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale, not far from Port Everglades. A small, neighborhood kind of place known by locals, but largely overlooked by the tourists, which I consider a plus.

    Browse their menus and see:

    http://www.rosiesbng.com

    http://www.kellyslanding.com/full.html
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    Jan 25, 2016 12:44 AM GMT
    Relax; let it snow.
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    Jan 25, 2016 1:29 AM GMT
    It actually ended up being a really nice day today... Weather was perfect.