Wynwood Walls

20181226_133706This afternoon we left my mother sitting in front of her new computer and wandered off to see Wynwood Walls in Miami. It is a series of art galleries with rotating collections and outdoor murals. The surrounding area has also become a haven for graffiti murals on what seems to be every building or wall.


Not sure the dog appreciates this piece

I think I missed the memo about bringing your dog with you everywhere you go. Our local grocery store has a sign that you can’t bring your pet in, unless it is a service animal. Really? You want to bring your dog to the grocery store? Will they be helping you pick out which shape pasta to buy? Today, we saw a large number of people with their dogs in the art galleries. It just seems odd to bring them, but even odder to us were the people posing their dogs in front of the art and taking a picture of them.

There is something else that I always find surprising when I visit art installations, be they museums or galleries. I don’t understand people who take pictures of themselves or their companions in front of the pieces. If the artist had intended for part of the piece to be covered by your body, then he/she/they would have left a blank space where you could stand, and not interrupt the rest of the picture. When these people go home, do they show those photos to their friends and say oh…”Yes, I know Da Vinci wanted the ENTIRE Mona Lisa to be seen….but isn’t it so much better with my wife Mildred’s pudgy and blotchy face covering the bottom left third of her? There, I feel better now, I have got that off my chest. The other thing to remember is that we are not typical tourists: We don’t particularly enjoy wandering in and out of shops, so while we liked the art, it certainly wasn’t a full day trip for us.


After walking through the galleries and gardens, we wandered off through the neighborhood, which has murals everywhere. It is really pretty wonderful to see so much public art. The neighborhood itself is moving up-market pretty rapidly, which is both good (nice shops, food and interesting things to look at), but it must also will soon be pricing out the artists who made the place so interesting–the benefits and costs of gentrification.

Final point..to quote Douglas Adams….


Let’s not forget Florida

Sunset (or nuclear war) in the everglades

I know we are getting all excited about our March trip to Costa Rica, but let’s not lose sight of our winter vacation trip to Florida.

Either an everglades alligator or my mother – you choose

We will be visiting my mother, who has promised to only ask us if we are hungry 300 times each day. I suspect she will reply to this blog post pointing out the reason she does it so often is that she is worried we will spread the rumor to everyone else in the family that she didn’t feed us–which of course, we will.



Last time in Little Havana (Me on left, Sue on right)

We really don’t have much planned for the time down there, other than a day (overnight?) trip to the everglades and probably a day or two wandering around Miami. The last time we were there, we spent a few hours in little Havana, drinking Cuban coffee and buying cigars and that seems like it might be fun again. Mostly the plan is to be away from the tundra like weather here in Chicago and relax.

I know what you are thinking…what about Rosie the dog?  Well, we are lucky enough that one of my son’s friends (who is also one of my friend’s kid’s fiancee) has agreed to stay at our place and take care of her.  We are hopeful that she doesn’t eat her (either …the dog eating the dog sitter or the other way around…in reality, I am relatively ambivalent which way, as long as the house is clean afterwards.  😉

….oh come on that was funny….(if you insist.)