November 21. Miami

November 21. Miami

IMG_6077_HDRMy beautiful Byron,

I am still enjoying some time in Miami. The weather has improved and its a special place for writing. So my music project is delayed while I advance my new story. I have a great new project underway and am getting close to 5,000 words every day.  This picture  is the view from my room in Miami. Sunset.

Miami is not like any other American City. For starters, most of the people I have met don’t speak English. The Americans who live here tend to be quite old an overweight. The history of the city is rich with Cuban influence. It is the closest American City to Cuba. And Cuba has had many problems for many years that means the people there want to move to America. But America doesn’t want to let them come, so its a bit of a struggle for those who want to escape form Cuba and come to America. Miami is where most of this happens. (You can read about what I saw when I visited Cuba HERE.)
There are many Cuban Restaurants in Miami. Cuban food is usually cheap, rice and beans and a preference for pork. And they like to play music loud and dance a lot. And they smoke cigars. And drink Rum.
Miami also has a lot of crime. Because the poor people from South America grow coca leaves and make ‘drug’s that Americans want to buy. And that creates a market for lots of money because many Americans love to take this drug. Because Miami is on the South side of America – close to South America- lots of the drugs from there come into America through Miami. Each night when we go out walking for dinner down Ocean Drive we see police everywhere. I have never seen so many police. IMG_6073must_HDRAlso – you see so many cars that are all the same and because there are so many – last night every fifth car was a Mustang – I can’t help but wonder if they are connected to this underworld of crime. Young people with lots of money.
Mustang convertibles. Made by Ford. All new models. All the big ones, with the 5 liter V8 engines. That make a big roar when they drive.
Also, and this was kind of strange to see, there were many motorbikes parked along the road. Like 7 in one section and then further down 3, and further down 5. Every one of them was the same. A Ducati Diavel. A huge big superbike. Quite expensive.

Years ago I was invited by a famous singer, Elton John, to see his show in New York. And before the how he said “Wait in here while we set up”. I was in this lovely bar inside Madison Square garden. And it was made to look like a beach. Very strange. There was only one other guy in there, so we started talking. Very nice guy we got on great and chatted for almost an hour before the show began. He introduced himself as Gianni. and I told him my name is Andrew. Later that night my friend there said ‘I heard you met Gianni Versace‘ and only then I realised he was a famous designer of clothes as well as a super nice guy.
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Not long after that I saw the most awful story in the papers. Gianni had a house on Ocean Drive. A really nice place right in the middle of the action on South Beach. Some crazy American showed up one morning as Gianni was going to the store, and shot him. This picture is the ‘Versace Mansion’ and the stairs are where Gianni died. Now, his home is a tourist trap and people pay lots of money to eat Sushi there. That is called ethical Capitalism. And this is called irony. Don’t you think that is awful? Going to eat sushi at a place where a man was shot dead? Americans love fame even if it is for bad reason’s
I felt quite disgusted seeing at what they have done to this location where such tragedy happened – turning it into an opportunity to make money.

I learned a lot about Miami by reading a marvelous author named Carl Hiassen. I recommend you get some of his books. He really captures the flavor of Miami. And Florida.
Another great author who lived for 8 years in Key West – one of the Florida Keys,  is Ernest Hemmingway. Another author you might enjoy reading. Even if it is an older style of writing. He liked to drink a lot of rum. When I was young I read all his book. A very talented writer.IMG_568miami1_HDR

Writers and musicians like to come here because of the weather. It is hot and humid. And hurricanes pass by every now and then. There is an element of danger in the air that is good for creativity.
The keys are a long stretch of road joining these islands along the way. This is one of my photos of Miami. On a grey day.

Well. That’s it for today. I am going to go drink a coffee and enjoy a writing session. And enjoy the energy of Miami for a bit longer.

Miss you,
Love you,
Daddy
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LETTERS TO BYRON in chronological order:

The first of the LETTERS TO BYRON:  The PILOT
2nd GRAHAM COY
3rd:  TOM AMLOT
4th:  Thanksgiving day
5th: MICHELLE O’LEARY. The switch Judge
6th : Raining in California
7th: Music
8th: December Rain
9th: Brexit and Greek war
10th: Winnie the Poo
11th: December kayaking
12th: Family law and Mark Zetin
13th: Xmas day 2018
14th: Maria and Anna
15th: New years eve 2018
16th: Your first smile
17th: Your Uncle GEORGE
18th: The Mighty PACIFIC
19th: WEBSTER and Summer HOLIDAY 2019
20th: Breach of Privacy offense
21st: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
22nd: Philotimia
23rd: A short note
24th: MUSIC and KINDNESS
25th: Robin Hood
26th: SRA ethical code
27th: NINE YEARS LATER
28th: Valentines day
29th: EVZONES
30th: Rushing
31st: Quick Note
32nd: Johannesburg 2019
33rd: Still in Johannesburg
34th: More Johannesburg
35th: Last Johannesburg for now
36th: Traveling. Upgrade
37th: Spring
38th: Whales
39th: MEXICO
40th: CABO ST LUCAS
41st: 1 April. Wallace’s Birthday
42nd: SANTA BARBARA
43rd: Short letter
44th: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
45th: KIRA visits
46th: Goodbye uncle Lazaros
47th: Easter Monday
48th: OJAI Tennis
49th: Short letter
50th: PARENTAL ALIENATION FACTS
51st: Cartagena memory
52nd: NEW RECORD
53rd: Last letter to 9 yo
54th: First letter to 10 yo
55th: D Day – 75 years
56th: LA QUINTA
57th: MASON GRADUATES
58th: DESIDERATA
59th: EARTHQUAKE
60th:  Chris and Golf
61st: Chris visits Byron in London
62nd: SUMMERTIME
63rd: PHYLLIS’ LETTER TO BYRON
64th: GUN CRAZY AMERICANS
65th: MISS YOU
66th: SCRUFFY
67th: Mason leaves for college
68th: ART
69th: Day after 911
70th: PAPOU. CALLING CHRIS
71st: Two Women
72nd: ANOTHER YEAR
73rd: PLANNING CALIFORNIA VISIT 2019
74th: KAYAKING WITH DOLPHINS
75th: M and M
76th: HALLOWEEN 2019
77th FINGER EXERCISE
78th: First late letter
89th: MIAMI

 

 

 

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