The Hilton Downtown Miami

Augustus Johnston By Augustus Johnston - November 03rd, 2018
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When we arrived at the airport, the snow was coming down pretty heavily.  We entered the Delta ticketing line, and quickly found that our flight had been cancelled.  I didn't know what the consequences of that would be, because I wasn't accustomed to traveling.  Thankfully Delta got us onto a direct flight to Miami with United Airlines.  The Delta flight had a connection in Atlanta, so this actually worked out better for us. 


My first thought after we passed through security was to find a restaurant or bar.  I didn't care, as long as they served liquor.  We settled on "Jimmy's", the same restaurant from the previous year when we went to Las Vegas. 


I drank excessively in order to kill the strong anxiety of flying I felt.


We boarded the plane, it took off, and we quickly moved past the canopy of snow clouds over Denver. 


When we arrived in Miami, I felt like I had really landed on Mars, and we may has well have, it seemed so different to me.  One of  the strangest coincidences was the nice gentleman from the 24 Hour Fitness on Alameda was in the airport.  What were the odds of that.  I saw this guy every other day before I got onto the elliptical, and then to see him there was very strange.


An amazing individual was working the front desk at the hotel, red hair, but probably Cuban.  I tried to avoid staring as my wife looked on from behind.  Her name started with an A I remember. 


The hotel looked dated, and yellow water spewed from the room faucets, but what the hell did I care.  I was in Miami baby.  I was paying employee rate, maybe $35 a night.  It was an amazing experience, but just remember, it was February.  Years later I returned to Florida in August, and that was a different story.  We'll go into that on a future date.