JAMES - on new years eve, another Flying Pitilli Brother, Darren, flew into NC to visit. we had a nice dinner, went to sleep early, and at 5am we hit the road for Miami. the drive was great, took about 11 hours, and we arrived to a festive, post-new years South Beach for 5 days of sun and fun.
unfortunately, the sun wasn't around much the first couple of days. but there was plenty to keep us busy - especially splurging for one amazing gourmet dinner after another, and enjoying one of the best performances either of us has ever seen - Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale (someone posted you tube clips here and here).
we also did our best to infiltrate an undercover operation between some shady characters on the beach at night - haha. not to mention using 'really ripped abs' to keep the smell of smoke from leaving our hotel room (guess you had to be there). and finally on the last two days, we got to sit in the sun and do some hard core relaxing. Miami is a beautiful place, with beautiful people - amazing architecture and a very high concentration of artistic expression all around. i'm glad i brought my sketchbook.
and i also brought my camera, which it seems i only took out on the cloudy days.