Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tamiami Airport

Tamiami Airport used to be the end of the world. Boystown was right next door. Now it's called Camp Matecumbe and is owned by the Park & Rec Dept. Houses are built all around, warehouses and even a HUGE new Lexus dealership. It makes me sick. The agricultural fields are becoming fewer and fewer. Ugly cookie cutter houses. YUCK!

That's why I love driving around Coral Gables and older neighborhoods. The houses are all different! No stupid "homeowners associations" either. Real yards, too. I don't understand why any sane person would want to move into one of these new subdivisions. I just don't get it.

I miss Kermit Week's museum that used to be at the airport. He had a Fokker triplane that I was so in love with! Andrew did a number on theplace, though. Now he has Fantasy of Flight in Polk City. It's very, very nice and I highly recommend seeing it.

I learned to drive at Tamiami. My son now practices at Tropical Park. Tropical used to be a racetrack. I can barely remember that. But I do. There was a drive-in across the street on Bird. I went there a couple times in high school. Drive-ins are so fun. Oh, but they stand in the way of progress, right? Tear 'em all down and put up another strip mall. God knows we don't have enough of those!


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