Thursday, February 7, 2013

Discovering My New Neighborhood and Fringing My Jeans

I grew up in a "big small town."  When it was founded, it was small; the river was the heartbeat of the city, so city mapping didn't extend too far from the riverfront.  However, it grew, but the layout of the roads really didn't accommodate the growth very well.  What do I mean?  Well, the layout is pretty "jacked up."  Streets dead end and pick up several blocks away.  It makes absolutely NO sense, but it was what I knew.
Fast forward to two months ago.  I'm walking downtown in my new city and stumble upon 3rd & 3rd.  Yep, that's right.  What's even more confusing is that there are four of them!  There's a 3rd Ave. N, 3rd Ave. S., 3rd St. N., and 3rd St. S.  Thank goodness for gps.  However, my gps navigator (I named her Roberta, 'cuz she sounds like a robot) seems to like to mess with me.  I'll just be driving along on the route that she suggests, then out of the blue, she'll say, in a demanding tone, "make u-turn and turn right onto 22nd Ave N."  I'll scream at her..."but I AM on 22nd Ave. N."  Then, I remember that I'm yelling at my phone, like a crazy person and just proceed.  But I digress.  Now, that I know that streets run north & south, I'm able to find my way around town.
The Dali museum is only about a mile away!  This was my favorite part of the Dali museum.  The art was cool, too.  There were a couple of pieces that I could stare at all day, but overall, it's not my style of art.  No doubt, he was a creative visionary, though!

View of the bay from the Dali Museum.
While visiting the Dali, I noticed that Marissa Tomei worked there.  Who knew?


Couldn't help taking this picture of what's going on.  Yes, those are fringed jeans...not cut off capris...FRINGED!  New fashion trend? 

I haven't yet made it to this museum, but can't wait!  Chihuly!  I love, love, love his stuff.  One day, I aspire to own a piece.  One of those gnarly chandeliers would be an amazing addition to my crib!


This is a place downtown.  I'm all for supporting women getting off the streets, but I don't know about this.  I kid...but I must find out the story behind the name.  I hear they have wonderful tea.  I have yet to try it out, but will give you a full report once I do.

At the famous, Jannis Landing, an ACDC cover band shook me all night long. 


Just a gorgeous scene near Beach Drive.  I can't believe it's winter!

Anybody know what kind of tree this is?  At first, I thought it was covered in Spanish Moss.  However, those tendrils aren't moss, they're root type growths...very odd, yet quite lovely. 


  1. Your new neighborhood is nice with all the go-to places, but it looks like you have to be really good with directions while there. Don’t count me on that. :P Well, I think the letter after every ‘3rd’ makes things easier, and you should probably get a new GPS navigator. How are you doing now?

  2. I'm, slowly but surely, finding my way around town. It is becoming easier to navigate. I still get lost, though! All in due time...and yes, you're right, I do need to turn "Roberta" in for a better GPS system! :-)