The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.
Today is a wonderful sunny morning in Hollywood (Florida) but the temperature is only 55 F. However, it is not my problem.
I need your help in choosing my way.
Please take a look below and let me know your suggestions.
In Hollywood people usually walk in tee-shirts and shorts and swim in the ocean all winter. But there are days of heavy rain and strong winds. Those days are very good for remembering happy moments and creating masterpieces.
Today is the fifth day of rain here. I enjoy more sleep and my imagination is running wild together with my memories. Results are below.
Please let me know if you like any of them.
I came to America in 1975 and became an American in 1980.
Half of my life I lived in the Soviet Union, another half – in America.
I worked in the Soviet Union as a manager and a scientist and I worked in the USA as a cutter, a clerk, an accountant, a broker, a programmer, a system analyst. I graduated from colleges in both countries (the Moscow Textile Academy and Queens College in NYC).
For forty years I hear and read that capitalism is bad and that America is a bad country. I saw all kinds of protesters. I heard a lot of journalists, professors and elected officials who believe that socialism and communism are better. .
Certainly, everybody has right to her/his opinion.
However, as I lived many years In the USSR and the USA it is easy for me to compare what is better.
Let’s look today at facts and make conclusions. Then we can continue to discuss the question in the title of this post.
Several years I am renting during winter an apartment in a condominium in Hollywood, Florida. My landlord is from Cuba. He is a large trucks driver.
He bought this apartment 7 years ago as an investment. He lives with his wife in their own very nice house near Miami.
The photo below shows a deck of the condominium and a beach below. I meet daily people on the deck who own apartments here and have apartments or houses in Chicago, New York and other places. All of these people are working or worked before retirement. They are (or were) teachers, programmers, doctors, nurses, engineers, professors, government employees, etc. Some of them have or had their own businesses.
You can see in the photo a building that is under construction.
Picture #2 gives you a better view of it. The building will be finished soon.
All apartments in it have the same design and the average cost of an apartment is
$1,000,000. The interesting fact is that all apartments are already sold out.
Now, there are hundreds of condominiums in Hollywood and thousands of houses that cost more than 1 million dollars. All of them have owners.
There are many cities all over America like Hollywood or even richer (like Naples in Florida).
How bad is America and how bad is capitalism if people who are working hard and have education can have wonderful apartments or houses, can travel, are free to choose their way and enjoy life?
I am proud that I am American!
“Diplomat” is a huge hotel and spa on the South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida. Eastern side of it looks on the beach, western side – on the waterway.
Some evenings we enjoy coming on the “Diplomat’s landing”. We absorb beautiful views of the waterway, boats and the city beside the waterway. Then we turn our backs to the waterway and take in a view of the “Diplomat’s landing”.
There are two ways to go from the landing to “Diplomat”.
You can use an escalator (it’s on the picture above behind the fountain) and a bridge to cross the street or you can cross the street on the landing’s level.
Here is the escalator.
Below is a view of “Diplomat” and the crossing bridge from the western side of the South Ocean Drive.
In my earlier posts I showed you interesting structures in Manhattan and Queens.
Take a look today on a relatively small American city. It is Hollywood in Florida.
I am color blind.
When I saw that there were photo challenges “Yellow” and “Golden” my first reaction was: “Is not this the same?”.
I went to Google and asked for definition of “Yellow“.
The answer was that it is “the color between green and orange in the spectrum, a primary subtractive color complementary to blue; colored like ripe lemons or egg yolks.
Synonyms: flaxen, golden, gold, blond/blonde.”
After this answer I decided to take part in both challenges. The next step was to choose proper photos.
After long consideration I chose four photos below. Please let me know which of them you like more.
We are now in Hollywood, Florida.
The very first morning here Cee inspired me to make several photos.
By the way, this is the first time in my life that I am in Florida with a digital camera.
Last time I photographed in Florida more than 20 years ago.
I hope that you’ll like two pictures below.
It’s time to reblog this old post. Hopefully, we’ll soon be in the same apartment as last year and we’ll enjoy meeting old friends and Hollywood in Florida.
Years passing and each one brings ups and downs.
It’s your attitude that determines if you are happy! Happiness is in present!
Eight years ago our younger granddaughter and our youngest grandson came to visit us in Hollywood (Florida) during school break. They loved warmth of the sun and the ocean, building sand castles, playing soccer and volleyball on the beach, playing ping-pong in a game room.
Once our granddaughter asked my wife: “Grandma, why don’t you buy an apartment here?”
My wife answered: “We’d like to do it! But we don’t have money for it.”
“Don’t worry, Grandma! After I finish school and college I’ll buy an apartment for you. ”
We were very happy! I did not even buy a lottery ticket after my wife told me about the promise.
Next day my wife asked our 4 years old grandson: “Dear, your sister promised to buy us an apartment here after she starts working. However, she is a girl. She can meet a nice guy and marry him. Then they…
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