Nov 22 2023

High speed train … ha ha ha


Is this travel writer insane? Incredible high speed train?!? Hellooooo

Reading the headline on Travel & Leisure, I got very excited … then quickly cooled down:

  • 250 miles from Orlando – Miami
  • 3.5 hours by car
  • 3.5 hours by this high speed train that cost $59 to $149 one way

What’s the heck!!!

Here is another set of facts

  1. Shinkansen, or bullet train in Japan, since 1960s
  2. TGV in France, since 1970s, 1981 Paris↔Lyon
  3. Euro Star only needs 2.37 hours run London↔Paris
  4. Maglev travels 286 mph in Shanghai, China

The media standard is so LOW now

Florida’s Incredible New High-speed Train Now Goes From Orlando to Miami — and I Was One of the First on Board
Everything you need to know about riding Florida’s Brightline train from Orlando to Miami.

By Skye Sherman Updated on October 30, 2023

As Brightline’s self-proclaimed No. 1 fan, I’ve been waiting impatiently for its Orlando extension.

Being a travel writer and central Florida native living in West Palm Beach, I feel like this modern high-speed train was made for me: not only can I hop between home and Miami (or Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, or Aventura) with ease, I can now sprint up to Orlando to see friends and family and include Orlando International Airport among my options when booking flights abroad, no three-hour drive required. (In fact, I recently booked a return flight into MCO instead of my usual PBI or FLL just because I could.) Heck, my husband and I might even become Annual Passholders at Walt Disney World now that the journey is this seamless.


Mar 25 2023

Jupiter, FL 木星


This small beach community of 61,047 (2020) people, is northernmost town in Miami metro area.

Among 44 notable people in town, 15 are golfers, including Tiger Woods. Dara Torres (1967-; swimmer) and two playboy mates are also residents here.

The baseball team St. Louis Cardinals has their training camp here, in downtown. Compare to Mets at Clover Park, this one looks minor.


A canopy of bougainvillea is pretty grand.

Dinner at Guanabanas is neat and the layout of the restaurant is awesome.

The small red lighthouse charges a fee. We drove by but didn’t visit because of time constrain.

… some photos

   

44 notable people listed on wikipedia:

  1. Robert Allenby, Australian professional golfer on PGA Tour 1
  2. Rick Ankiel, professional baseball player
  3. Briny Baird, professional golfer on PGA Tour 2
  4. Daniel Berger, professional golfer on PGA Tour 3
  5. Matt Bosher, professional football player
  6. Don Brewer, drummer, singer, original member of Grand Funk Railroad
  7. Tyler Cameron, Contestant on the Bachelorette
  8. Shelby Chesnes, Playboy Playmate of the Month, July 2012
  9. Philip J. Corso, U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and author of The Day After Roswell
  10. Ernie Els, South African professional golfer on PGA Tour 4
  11. Colleen Farrington, Playboy Playmate, model and nightclub singer
  12. Rickie Fowler, professional golfer on PGA Tour 5
  13. Hermes Franca, Brazilian mixed martial artist and UFC fighter 
  14. Drew Garrett, actor
  15. Brendan Grace, Irish comedian 
  16. Rob Grill, singer (The Grass Roots)
  17. Matt Holliday, professional baseball player
  18. Hugh Howey, writer
  19. Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame NBA basketball player, majority owner of Charlotte Hornets
  20. Sarah Kauss, entrepreneur, S’well water bottles
  21. Brooks Koepka, professional golfer
  22. Debi Laszewski, IFBB professional bodybuilder
  23. Daryl Logullo, business executive and ecommerce thought leader
  24. Jamie Lovemark, professional golfer on PGA Tour 6
  25. Shane Lowry, Irish professional golfer on PGA tour 7
  26. Will MacKenzie, professional golfer on PGA Tour 8
  27. Steve Marino, professional golfer on PGA Tour 9
  28. Vincent Marotta, entrepreneur, co-developer of Mr. Coffee
  29. Rory McIlroy, professional golfer on PGA Tour 10
  30. Miles Mikolas, professional baseball player
  31. Jason Newsted, former bass player of Metallica
  32. Cody Parkey, professional football player
  33. Charles Nelson Reilly, actor and teacher. He lived in house given to him by Burt Reynolds, who had previously lived in it with Sally Field
  34. Burt Reynolds, actor
  35. Mike Schmidt, Hall of Fame major league baseball player
  36. Justin Thomas, professional golfer on PGA Tour 11
  37. Dara Torres, five-time Olympic swimmer and gold medalist
  38. Charles Vanik, former Democratic congressman from Ohio
  39. Richy Werenski, professional golfer on PGA Tour 12
  40. Brett Wetterich, professional golfer on PGA Tour 13
  41. Tiger Woods, professional golfer on the PGA Tour 14
  42. Zion Wright, professional skateboarder, U.S. Olympic Skateboard Team
  43. Kyle Kirkwood, racing driver in the Indycar Series
  44. Lucas Glover, professional golfer on the PGA Tour 15

Mar 25 2023

Palm Beach Gardens, FL


The junction of Ave of the PGA & PGA Blvd
This small city is 70 miles north of Miami on the Atlantic Ocean, with 60,000 population (2020).

It’s perhaps best known for having the PGA headquarter – Professional Golfers’ Association, among many other sports. They have 12 golf courses. PGA National Resort ranks the fifth employer in the city.

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Mar 25 2023

Guanabanas 


960 N Hwy A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477

Will return.

The hosts said 35 minutes wait on a Saturday at 3:19pm. However, we’re seated quicker, at 3:49, to the best table in the house, imho.

Diners come by cars and boats. The strong wind makes 89 degrees day comfortable. Live music. The hosts and table server are all very good and professional.

The restaurant is huge with many corners. As we’re airing at the bar, a fellow diner said she’s a bar owner and the bar tender she fired is working here now -:).

We’ve

  1. steamers – good
  2. tequila lime shrimps – yummy, all three
  3. po boy catfish sandwich – tasteless, from the fish to chips, that feels old

The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc by Chateau Souverain – part of Gallo group, is decent.

The low rating is from the hit and miss? The compound is nicely maintained.

Free valet parking – tips only.