Watch Me Turn 30, by Ashley N.
Question of the year: Is spending your late 20s living on South Beach and island-hopping the Caribbean as a career a) every responsible adult's fantasy or b) totally outlandish and ultimately unfulfilling for a semi-responsible adult who still places an abnormally high priority on fun? Perhaps the mere concept of what constitutes adulthood has been distorted due to my surroundings.

Through this blog, I hope to figure out what being "almost 30" really means to me...hopefully, before the big b-day next January.

Thanks goes to Holly C. for, first and foremost, agreeing to go on one of my press trips to the 'burbs of Fort Lauderdale and ultimately passing this site along to me.
the photo for February 22, 2008
DAY 42  |  February 22, 2008
I had a complete reality check this morning. I realized that as much as I am apt to complain about the bad drivers, shallow people and lack of English speakers on South Beach, coming here to visit makes people really, really happy. Especially in February. The Today Show taped live from the beach near my apartment as part of the Food Network Food & Wine Festival. I decided to get up early and walk down before work to check it out. (For the record, this is an activity I feel I am way too cool to do in New York.) At 7 a.m., it was packed and everyone was stoked. Yet, as much as the hundreds of people there wanted to grab Alís attention to wish their Uncle Ed a happy 85th birthday or whatever, there was no pushing and shoving, no cursing, no slipping some PA a $50 to get close to the front. These people were definitely out-of-towners and it was a nice change.
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