What do you do on rainy day at the beach? You can wander through a mall...if you have a car to reach one of the many malls in the region. You can read in your room. You can take a nap. You can stare out the window at the rain. Or, you can take in a movie.
The choice at the moment is not great. We had seen Larry Crowne, about which you can read about in an earlier post. Cars 2 is for kids. Terminator is not for me, although my wife would have seen it. Bridesmaid gets bad reviews, except for those anyone happy that women get better lines. Hangover 2 is completely stupid (even if my daughter like it).
We settled for Bad Teacher. This is a movie for rainy-day-desperation. It has a few funny lines, but is full of clichés and juvenile gross-out scenes. It's written for people that want to stare at Cameron Diaz or Justin Timberlake and enjoy scatological jokes. As said, desperation is the motivator.
We exited the cinema to find moisture--in the form of sprinkles--still reigning (pun intended), but we strolled along Lincoln Road, bought a few things (retail therapy for bad weather), and wended our way back to the hotel past a mix of tourists, locals, and homeless, where we enjoyed a gins and tonic on the deck of our penthouse and watched ships entering and leaving Miami harbor.
Despite stuffing ourselves on potato chips, we went out to dinner (grilled swordfish for me, lobster for mama) and an after-dinner stroll on Ocean Drive. Checking out plaites on the tables of restaurants crowded along the sidewalks, we were happy with the choice we had made. Although, we did discuss having a steak next time....
Afterwards, we enjoyed ready-made cosmos for dessert on the deck and, once again, watched ships at sea off the coast of Miami.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.