By The Hack
The Hack has returned from vacation in South Miami Beach and Key West, with a few notable finds. He ate, ate and ate, thinking that his constant walking and biking in those areas was the reason for his voracious appetite and roaring stomach, and that he might actually have come home a few pounds lighter. Not so. His body's craving for carbs to fuel his activities resulted in copious beer consumption, which likely overwhelmed any calorie loss. Sliding on a pair of jeans at home this a.m., the Hack thought they might have felt a bit snug from a week ago.
That, and any R&R gained from the trip was lost in the last 48 hours, when a mild tropical storm washed away any flights in the prop planes out of Key West for a few hours, which resulted in a missed connecting flight, a luggage snafu, a four-hour sleep in a hotel near Miami International, and a two-hour layover in Chicago. But, that ain't anything to complain about given various global events. And, on the upside, the Hack found a new hat to alternate with his old, tattered lid in O'Hare, of all places.
A few things happened in the local restaurant scene while the Hack was adjusting to unseasonably cool weather down south (still warm by our hearty Minnesota standards, the Hack wanted to smack those Floridians wearing heavy coats and scarves—yes, scarves—in 50-60 degree weather), most notably the fire that consumed Heidi's and Blackbird, along with a few other businesses along that stretch. Mighty sad, but at least no one was hurt. Comments and photos on that and the vacation to follow...