Monday, June 14, 2010

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What I have yet to mention is the thrilling ride of going 90 miles an hour around the tip of South Beach. The whipping wind played havoc on the ocean’s surface as hinted by the multitude of whitecaps. Without a seatbelt in sight, the gals and I were willing to take the risk for the once-in-a-lifetime THRILL of a cigarette boat ride! (Thanks JVO & Noelle!!!) Blazing a watery trial, we were tossed like ragdolls into the air with each intermittent trajectory. Traveling at what seemed like warp speed barely allowed us to take-in this vantage point of SoBe’s magazine-esque shoreline. Only a sneak peak looking-in, behind the scene of hotel facades.

CIGARETTE BOAT Motor History/racing thrills up to 250 mph
The cigarette boat or go-fast boat is a small fast boat designed with a long narrow platform and a planning hull to enable it to reach high speeds. Originally these boats were called "Rum-Runners" because during the era of Prohibition they were used to transfer Rum from larger vessels waiting outside the territorial waters of the United States. The high speed of the Rum-Runners enabled them to avoid interception by the Coast Guard. More recently the term "Cigarette Boat" has replaced the term "Rum-Runner" when similar boats were used to smuggle cigarettes between Canada and the United States. The present era of Cigarette Boats, dating from the Sixties, owes much of their design to boats designed for offshore powerboat racing, particularly by designer and builder Donald Aronow. During this period, these boats were used by drug smugglers to transfer drugs across the Caribbean to the United States.

In complete contrast to our jaunt, JVO took her sleek 32’ silhouette down to a Stealth Bomber coast and glided into the dock.
The reality at a standstill was
1.) we were convinced we had just experienced Nature’s Spa, thanks to the salty air, a Mini-facelift AND
2.) After riding a Rum Runner, we were “required” to end the day sipping a Pain Killer ;)

Be on the lookout for this sport as it moves to a circuit racing style – also known as “Run What You Brung”!

The Painted Memory

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Finding Your Adventurous Side

Road trips in the car were filled with story upon story of human survival. To keep my brother, sister and me entertained in the car en route to our final vacation destination, my mom read dramas in real life from Reader's Digest. Hearts pumping to the tails of white water rafting leading to towering falls of dangerous heights with fateful nemesis torrents, single-engine flights stalling over the Bermuda Triangle, or a ferryboat pulling away from the dock with it's hull doors left gaping open to ultimately be gulped by the deep, dark waters of the foreboding abys.

What's your adventure!? Create a legacy like no other marking your survival.

The Painted Memory

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Eye Candy Sorbet - SoBe’s Pastel Shades

The epitome of Art Deco is pristinely encapsulated in South Beach – with no shortage of replicas idealizing the understated elegant glamour of functional modernism.

It’s nearly impossible to not pickup on its common themes without even an ounce of education. The minimalistic clean lines, series of 3s, chevron patterns, and sunburst motifs, are what’s noticeable from the peripheral view. However, studying the materials which give the illusion of higher quality substraights is worth an intriguingly closer look.

A recent business trip to Miami instantly reminded me of how much I learned and came to appreciate about its craftsmanship. Amazing - the ingenuity which birthed incredible resourcefulness during the Great Depression.

A few examples include:
Simulating fine Italian marble by way of crushing shells which were in no shortage along the Miami Coast, and loosely swirled through concrete-like material just enough to mimic veins.

Terrazzo was originally invented by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material using marble chips from upscale jobs. The finished product is composed of marble chips sprinkled on top of wet concrete, then sanded to a perfect polish.

Brain Coral railings and columns are not uncommon. Because of its densely packed composition, brain coral were utilized as a sturdy support with decorative appeal.

This era in history is perfectly encapsulated, and a reminder that things are not always what they seem. Certainly a charge to take a closer look at the world around us, and challenge ourselves to be entrepreneurial with our available resources.

The Painted Memory