Monday, April 11, 2011

Dinner On The Bay

Saturday evening, we drove down to Miami Beach to have dinner with Robb's elderly cousin (once removed). Who uses such terminology? We were supposed to eat in the building restaurant, but it had closed a day or two before. His cousin (Helen) didn't discover that fact until just a short while before we got there. It's not really surprising. The area is full of decent restaurants, and unless they advertised, no one would know they were there. So their clientele is pretty much limited to the people who live in Costa Brava. There are twenty-two floors and, according to their ad, 216 apartments, but it's not enough to support a restaurant where the food is mediocre at best.

Helen suggested a nearby Greek restaurant. Of course, our car only holds two people, so we had to take her car and her assistant, Claudette, drove. When we arrived, I saw the name of the place was Sardinia. My geography isn't all that great, but I know that Sardinia is nowhere near Greece, and is, in fact, Italian.  But one must remember, Helen is ninety-two.  Robb and I had what they called "sea bass", and although it was delicious, it wasn't like any sea bass we've ever had before. If you read about our experience in Café Seville, you'll recall that I complained about the noise. Compared to the Sardinia, Café Seville was quiet as a tomb. While we were eating, three guys sat at the table next to us. One of them remarked, "This is the first time we haven't talked to each other in forty years."  Sardinia is situated near the shore, and I tried to take a couple of pics but they all came out very blurred.

Here are a few (not terrible) pictures of Biscayne Bay from Helen's apartment.  That's the city of Miami in the background.

Why The United States Of America Is Broke. has something to do with the  Defense Budget.

Here's a fun game to get the gray matter moving.  Word Bubbles.

Bad Choice Logo of the Week:

À bientôt, mes amis.


Megan said...

that one made me laugh. And yeah, who could ever keep all the "second cousin once removed" stuff straight anyway?

sugeng prajitno said...

very interesting

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Funny post. Sounds as though Helen is doing OK for 92. Is a second cousin once removed the same as a first cousin twice removed? I've got a couple of first cousins I'd like removed!

Time magazine has a rather complete article dealing with the bloated defense budget giving numerous specifics, but it doesn't look like anything will be done about it when nobody in Congress will admit that maybe the U.S. should no longer be an imperialistic power. But public unions have not a damn thing to do with our financial problems. I was a long-time member of the teacher's union in Florida and if it wasn't for the union, teachers would still be making about $500 a month without benefits!