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TOM commented on "Cruise Line Job Opportunity"

Hai,
      I’m TOM , I would like to work in cruise ship as a Screener

Posted on 09/19/2014 at 1:43 PM

Anne M commented on "Driving Around Miami: The Rules Are Different Down Here"

Thank you Matt Meltzer.  Informative and hilarious article.  I didn’t know that there were uninsured drivers or about the uninsured motorist coverage. 
I never do the Miami Left.  I don’t care if I get honked by the cars behind me.

Posted on 09/16/2014 at 4:49 PM

Anne M commented on "25 Things You Must Know Before Moving to Miami"

Thank you Matt Meltzer for this article. 

The one thing that I find painful is when Spanish speakers demand that I speak in Spanish.  This happens to me often at Publix, but it has happened with people that repair household appliances, too.  If I don’t comply, I am met with rejecting coldness, anger, or they insinuate that I am acting like a snob.  I am of Hispanic ancestry, but I no longer speak Spanish fluently.  Whenever I try to communicate in Spanish, it is embarrassing getting stuck in mid sentence because I don’t remember a particular word in Spanish.

Posted on 09/16/2014 at 4:38 PM

Jerry Stienhattchee commented on "Facebook Page Walks Miami Natives Down Memory Lane"

That “Miami police officer” , with the face shield, flak jacket and M-16 rifle , is Master Seargent Tom Jackson, of Co A. 3rd Battalion 20 the Special Forces Group of the Florida National Guard. He is not apolive officer. We spent 10 days in Liberty City, the shit stopped when we arrived with orders to shoot to kill to protect life and property.

Posted on 09/15/2014 at 6:27 PM

lani commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Thanks RichTurd. Oh you know Danville! LOL

Bubbles. Sorry to burst your balloon but Florida real estate is up 18% this year in Miami anyway. I read an article that Californians and Northeasterners are moving there because it is cheaper but it won’t be for long.  While Florida has a mixed bag of dems and republicans it has no income tax so people wanting to retire cheaply are moving there and many are BLUE staters. Some never recovered from the recession sold off their 401k plans or rollovers only to see now the S&P 500 go up so high.

North Carolina and South Carolina are other states that people are targeting for better lifestyle as they get older red and blue ones. However Texas is the one state that only red state types will go to per the article not me unless for an offer they can’t refuse for work.. I have a friend who works at a company that is moving to Texas from SF and no one is going, at least not yet. 

Julio I don’t know if they are going to Miami. I am Cuban-American but my parents came earlier than Castro so when I moved here there were no Cubans. I speak Spanish, read and write it so that’s not an issue with me about Miami. We have plenty of press about Oakland here. When my cousin visited here and his car broke down in Montclair a very nice area in Oakland and he called NJ CSAA they sent a car in 5 mins because they said OAKLAND OMG and they are based in Newark so I get what you say about the news and bad press. it was the fastest service I had ever seen to fix a flat tire!

Posted on 09/08/2014 at 10:30 PM

RichTurd commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Lani- great comments. Maybe catch ya at Elliotts, Bridges or Sideboard.

Posted on 09/08/2014 at 9:45 PM

lani commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

The SF Bay has one thing going for it that is unique, the micro climates. For example my daughter lives in SF and if she wants sun during the foggy days she out towards the east bay. If it hits 100 out here near Mt Diablo in an hour I can be in Marin and go hiking or just go hang out and by the evening it cools down. The micro climates temp differences are 20 to 40 degrees so it can be a 100 in Danville and 60 to 80 in SF or Marin depending where. The vegetation is different we have the rolling hills and mountains and the wine country. I would not call it mellow - not everyone does yoga probably more do it Florida the plastic surgery capital I heard was Miami followed by South NJ, then Houston so vanity is a part of staying fit to many.  it can be mellow and friendly but I just heard today that San Francisco even though smaller than Manhattan has three times as many patents so while some maybe mellow there are plenty working hard and telecommuting too There is a lot of traffic in certain corridors but we have good mass transit GENERALLY since San Francisco is an older city built before cars and the big high tech companies have their own buses it helps. There is no one way to be here and I am sure Florida is the same way.

The one problem is similar to Florida’s. It is a boom and bust state. During the recession it was reasonably inexpensive here. Condos were selling a rock bottom prices like Florida but not as cheap. Many people lost jobs and left but once you leave it is very hard to come back. Since we have prop 13 our prop taxes can only go up 1 to 2% a year if we stay in the same house and we can keep it once after age 55 in most counties ( we can transfer it to different counties not Marin or San Diego last I read) one time. If we leave the state it is very hard to come back.

Weather is a preference thing. It depends where you grow up. I am not a big fan of cold or humidity.  I have lived in many places, never the midwest but in NJ, NY, Denver, LA (Santa Monica) and Washington as well as Miami in Kendall for one year. At that time guys who asked me out wanted to know what I would be wearing so that our clothes would match. I thought that was really weird!

I prefer California for living but I do like to visit Florida. and wish I could have a condo there for the winters and one here! I prefer to Arizona where your skin basically peels off since there is zero humidity.  However I love the SF Bay Area it’s home to me now. Variety is what makes the world go around. If you like the outdoors and lots to do besides (but including) night clubs and good music it’s a great place! However if you move anywhere alone after a certain age it’s hard because you are not home where you friends or family are is the best place to be usually. Know at least one person somewhere before moving it’s a big decision unless you are under 30. If you move for a job it is a little easier but it still might take awhile. It all depends. Try it out! At least if you are doing something you love that pays well it might be worth a try. EArtrhquakes generallydo not cover huge areas like hurricanes do .All disasters suck if you are where the eye is or the epicenter of a large earthquake. All beautiful places were formed by some traumatic weather event, be it volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons…

Posted on 09/08/2014 at 9:18 PM

Dam commented on "Vacation Safety Tips"

I’ve been living in miami all my life. I would t worry about getting jumped or robbed in miami beach. The trick here is, do not go through the beach ally ways after dark, to avoid being mugged or jumped. Second rule is, don’t. BE driving in miami at night if you don’t know where your going… You do not, I repeat you do not want to be lost and end up In a place like over town…...and third rule… Don’t look sooooooo much like a tourist and walk around alone at nigh. Most crap happens at night, when someone is alone…..good luck in that 305

Posted on 09/08/2014 at 10:12 AM

RichTurd commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Hey Calico. You may appreciate this being from SD. As I mentioned I met my wife in SD when I lived in LA. My surf buddies always talked up Blacks Beach (La Jolla). So my second date with who would become my wife was a picnic at Blacks (I hadn’t been there before). So I pack up a killer pic a nic basket and we walk the trail down the cliffs to Blacks. Well, what I didn’t realize was that it not only is a great surf spot, but a nude beach to boot. I should mention not just a nude beach but a gay nude beach. We still get a chuckle out of that 28 years later.

Posted on 09/06/2014 at 3:38 PM

calicojack commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Miami Beach is a bit rough around the edges like any other city, but overall a fun city to visit or to live in. Not so much a fan of Miami though. I am from San Diego and travel to Miami Beach often. No need for a car in Sobe, just get on a bike and one is everywhere in Minutes. California is a beautiful state and am not really sure why people bash florida so much. It does have its own beauty, all contingent on what one is into.
Both states are very different and i dont like to compare them. Just my opinion!

Posted on 09/06/2014 at 2:53 PM

Julio Perdomo commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Thank you Rich Turd for the kind response. I know California is a beautiful state and can’t argue that. All I’m saying to everyone out there is that Miami is not just what you hear on TV, and visiting a couple of times to the"area” does not qualify one to speak with authority on the subject! You have a balanced opinion which I appreciate, and the same goes for you, you are always welcome here in Miami!!

Posted on 09/06/2014 at 2:02 PM

RichTurd commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Hey Julio. Have to apologize for the obnoxiousness of some of my fellow Californians, especially the Angelenos. We are not all like that although there is more of that than many of us would like. I will grant the case made by Bubbles that there are many terrific things about CA – wine country, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, numerous fantastic beaches and yes Santa Monica. I am a bit partial to Santa Monica as I grew up there and lived in some of the south bay cities. Learned to surf 45th St El Porto and Grand avenue (when we knew it as “stumps”- that will tell you how old I am for those who are familiar).  Many good times in So Cal. However, I grew up in the area in the late 60’s and 70’s things have changed drastically. Everyone that was the typical Southern Californian moved to OC, the valley, Diego (met my wife there) or Ventura county. Many others escaped to AZ, Colorado, Oregon or Washington or like me to the Bay Area. What remained is well, what it has become which to me is a bit sad. Yes, the west side remains vibrant (both economically and socially) with a lot of the hipster, too cool types or wannabes anyway. And yes we have our share of that here in SF. Interesting that Florida would be zinged as the “armpit of the US”. Get outside of LA county and the rest of California says that about LA. 
Now to Florida. Been to many parts of that state and like anywhere has its good and less than good. Panhandle (Destin) has beautiful beaches, folks are a bit “country”. Never been to the St Augustine area but hear lots of good things. Have had good times in both Lauderdale and Miami Beach. The drive from Miami to Key West is breathtaking. I personally love the middle Keys (Matecumbe key, etc). But for me I truly love the beach cities from Pinellas county down to Sarasota county. I don’t know the beaches south of that but have heard good things (Marco Island, etc). So heres the thing about all of the negatives everyone always seems to bring up about Florida. Bugs. Yes there are bugs but I learned that if you are in coastal cities, with the breeziness this tends to keep mosquitoes and such at bay. The breeze also offsets the humidity (which I personally like but that’s just me). As for schools, well ya FL needs some work in that department. But don’t be fooled. LA Unified School District is pretty bad. Even in my day, we all had to attend private school to avoid LAUSD. As with much of Florida, Californians are mainly transplants from the Midwest. Im always amazed by folks here (SF included) that rag on the rest of the country thinking they are superior Californians, then finding out they aren’t even from here. I think that CA somewhat has a reputation (even worldwide) that its cool, cutting edge, open minded, etc and folks here want that label on themselves. As for open mindedness here, ya its probably more so than other parts of the country until you have a different opinion (especially political). Then its my way or the highway. As far as the natural disaster argument, cracks me up. “Our disasters are more desirable than yours”, blah blah.
Well to sum it up in my humble opinion, comparing Florida to California is like a giant Chinese buffet. Lots of good stuff to consume and some to avoid. Its all a matter of personal preference. With that I will say I thoroughly enjoy living in CA but I like what I’ve experienced in Florida too. So Julio, maybe one day I’ll run into you in South Beach and show you some California hospitality. G’day mate!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:31 PM

bubbles commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Miami… right next to Newark.. on the same list.. what a crapper that must be .. poor miami..


i guess i know nothing about miami though… ha ha ha.. ROFLING LMFAO..

next!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:14 PM

bubbles commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

60   Philadelphia, PA
59   Newark, NJ
58   Miami, FL

Miami is no 58 on the most dangerous cities list.. according to neighborhood scout dot com!!

L.A isn’t even one the list.. !! way to go Miami!! yahoo!! number 58… you’ll get to number one! i just know it!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:11 PM

bubbles commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

ooops .. i mean .. wear more clothes so you don’t get raped, and hide that change honey so you don’t get robbed!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:03 PM

bubbles commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

While overall crime is down in Miami-Dade County for 2013—in line with the rest of the state—the number of murders, forcible rapes and robberies increased from the previous year, according to data released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

looks like crimes rising in Miami .. everyone quick!! lock your doors!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:02 PM

bubble commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

A state-by-state breakdown of the 2014 Best High Schools rankings shows that Maine is this year’s leading performer, with 22.2 percent of its eligible schools earning gold and silver medals.

California came in second with 22.2 percent, since the rankings are based on unrounded percentages of schools with gold or silver medals. Connecticut was third with 19.7 percent.

poor florida.. yeah! ca beat florida again !! yeah !! yeah! yeah!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:00 PM

Julio Cesar Perdomo commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Wow you know nothing about Miami lol. Also, the past is specifically about Miami not Gainsville! So…. Fail!!!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 2:36 PM

Bubbles commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

I’m speaking of Florida overall honey bunny . Fl is known as “the armpit of America” where have u been? Why do you think real estate is so cheap in Florida? Poor flat snake infested Florida makes me want to cry!!! CA wins!!! Enjoy your toll roads honey bunny. Your BUGS .. Giant tasty fl bugs ...mmmmm oh and alligators too! How quaint! Even your gov at one point called out a state wide emergency due to the python problem.. Sounds glamorous! And poor Miami!! With all those 20 up drug dealers driving mazeratis and all that lively human trafficking !! U go FL with your bad schools and your disgusting humidity !! Yuck!! Can anyone say Tallahassee omg what a crapper!! And Jacksonville!! It and Santa Barbara. You guys have no la Jolla .. No Encinitas. No big sur. no Santa Monica. No Laguna. No mountains. There’s no Palm Springs. No Beverly Hills.. No Hollywood hills. No one cares about fl.. It’s just cheap and easy. That’s why my folks moved there.. Omg a new slogan “if you’re cheap and easy ... Come to FL.. )

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 2:25 PM

Julio Cesar Perdomo commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

Bubbles… Hmmmmm. So you have a “friend in Fort Lauderdale and have visited Miami a few times”. What always gets me with some of these posts is that people have no real knowledge of Miami, yet begin to spout off facts and statistics as if to make up for no real understanding of the city. The"boardwalk” as you call it refers to Miami Beach, and not Miami, and they are not one and the same. Miami has a great deal of international banking and business that flocks from Europe and South America. Miami is very cosmopolitan and there is a lot of high culture, including the fine arts and a decent symphony orchestra. Florida is also one of THE fastest growing states in the country and by 2025 will have the 3rd largest population in the States. So, California might be “like an advanced society” but you can’t speak to Miami, add you don’t even know it!!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 4:46 AM

Bubbles commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

I currently live in L.A. My parents, both retired dr’s moved to Gainesville seven years ago. I have visited friend in ft lauderdale and have been to Miami a few times. Miami .. Especially the boardwalk area seems very ghetto ! I live on Wilshire in the miracle mile area. They are building a new subway line down Wilshire from dwntwn to the beach in Santa Monica. Another one in long beach and another from Venice. Ca is like an advanced society .. Yeah traffic blows but the economy is the sixth largest in the world .. Yes If you separate CA from the us.. We are the sixth largest economy.. Florida ? Well… Not so much.. Florida is bug central .. Snake central . Alligator central etc etc.. FYI more people die in hurricanes than ca earthquakes.. Googke the numbers. I was surprised at how few people died in the last big CA quake in 94… Florida schools suck. No USC or ucla no Berkeley or Pepperdine no cedars medical hospitals .. No hills at call . Florida is one flat crapper.. Floridas fashion is tacky.. And the humidity?! Gross .. Take one shower then take another and another.. Can u say toll roads Florida .. I bet u can.. Everywhere!! Ca has way more agriculture too.. Sorry Florida! Ca wins !! That’s why we have more people .. And not everyone is laid back smoking pot in ca. But at least most Californians have completed the sixth grade. Omg my dad and I had a blast making fun of all the ignunt fl peeps in Gainesville .. U of Fs campus is a crapper too omg it needs to be demo’d I went to ucla !! Yeah!!!

Posted on 09/05/2014 at 3:30 AM

Martin commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

I lived in SoCal for 12 years and loved every minute. My job took me to Boca Raton, Florida and have lived here for 19 years. And I still love every minute. I thank God everyday that I am not living in Bismarck.

Posted on 09/03/2014 at 9:56 PM

tj commented on "Blue Building Branded by Britto"

i visit Miami once a year from Cali and I love looking at that building.  the piece maybe that of a drag queen along with other symbols of Miami.  Hate it or love it, its what art is suppose to.  after all it brought us to this web page.

Posted on 09/01/2014 at 2:34 AM

Ricky Neross commented on "Famous Alumni From Miami Beach High School"

Seth Bramson, Beach High 1962, is the City Historian for Miami Beach as it enters it’s Centennial Year. He is also is also the most published author of South Florida History Books and the Historian of the Florida East Coast Railroad. If there is any question about Miami Beach and it’s history, ask Seth.

Posted on 08/30/2014 at 12:05 PM

jess commented on "How I Moved to Miami from England"

I am not sure of the laws but if you have the money to start your own business in America, there are special visas for that. Good Luck!

Posted on 08/27/2014 at 10:24 AM

Senmor commented on "Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison"

want to know the difference, its BUGS BUGS BUGS!  I will take southern CA in a second flat over southern FL.  Florida is nice to visit for a vacation, I will certainly give you that.  Here in S. CA we have no screens, leave our windows open all day and night, and really, if ever use heat or a/c if your close to the coast.  Also no bugs or flies is a major if you are like me and hate bugs.

Posted on 08/27/2014 at 6:50 AM

Eduardo commented on "How I Moved to Miami from England"

Dear Jess, my intention is to form a company in Miami. This would make easyer the permits right ? I am from Spain.

Posted on 08/27/2014 at 5:25 AM

Jay Bo commented on "25 Things You Must Know Before Moving to Miami"

Yep, that’s how a lot of people like to live down there - to not be accountable for their actions and intimidate/respond aggressively whenever the opportunity arises. It really is the Wild West. I hope you get out soon or have already left!

Posted on 08/25/2014 at 4:14 PM

julian commented on "Women Protest for the Right to Bare Breasts in Public (Video)"

Followup Postscript to my comments/response:from Isaiah Chapter 5:18-21

Posted on 08/25/2014 at 1:22 PM

julian commented on "Women Protest for the Right to Bare Breasts in Public (Video)"

18 Woe to those who drag wickedness
with cords of deceit
and pull sin along with cart ropes,
19 to those who say:
“Let Him hurry up and do His work quickly
so that we can see it!
Let the plan of the Holy One of Israel take place
so that we can know it!”
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who substitute darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who substitute bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion
and clever in their own sight.[j]

Posted on 08/25/2014 at 1:18 PM