know I am a bit late in putting in my Weekly Thought.. but I was
virtually away from my computer all the time. I was always out
dancing or touring Miami with my sisters from Toronto: Shelley,
Lori and Andrea..
So since I
explained that, let's get right into my Weekly Thought:
Let's just say that I have had the most AMAZING birthday I've
ever had! I have to thank each and everyone who showed up at the
1st Invitational CrazyKelvin.com Miami BBQ/Pool Party! The weather
was amazing and totally worked out for all that came.
lets get into what exactly happened this past week when my sisters
flew down to Miami to see me and explore this beautiful city.
One - Thursday
Shelley and Lori fly into Fort Lauderdale Airport and me and the
Tazemaster greet them. I drove
them around for an initial tour of Miami and then we got to my
place. We got prepared for going out that evening. I knew that
we were gonna hit the South Beach clubs, because there is always
something going on there. Around 11pm to 12am we went out to the
SOBE Strip and walked past some clubs. We came up to this club
called "LEVEL". It seemed so dead on the outside, but
the security bouncers had seen that I had arrived with 2 beautiful
ladies and granted all of us free admission. We weren't too sure
about it, since maybe it might be dead inside. So we still went
in to look because that wouldn't hurt. When we got inside, there
was a decent sized crowd. The music was good too. Shelley went
around to see if she could get a guy to buy her a drink......and
to make a long story short, 30 minutes later, Shelley was dancing
on top the bar getting me and Lori free drinks all night long!
The night was unbelievable from that moment on. The bouncers were
totally giving us V.I.P. access (special shout out to Rick) and
so were the bartenders (shout out to Bob). If this was anything
like how the rest of the week was gonna be, this trip to Miami
for these girls was going to be something very memorable. After
Level, we hit another club called "TWIST". It had great
music, but it wasn't our scene. We left 7 minutes later. We then
went to a club called Crobar. It was really big and quite beautiful.
Within 30 minutes, the club was closing and turning all the house
lights on. So we called it a night.
Two - Friday
Friday was a day of shopping a little and going to Sawgrass Mills
Mall in Fort Lauderdale. This mall is HUGE. I know that there
are some big malls in Canada, but geeeezz... this place was really
big. After a full day of walking and shopping, Shelley, Lori and
I went back home to prepare for our second night of clubbing.
There were many choices for Friday. We could hit the Madhouse,
Club Deco Drive, Club Level again or even Crobar. But before hitting
the clubs, we had to pick up the 3rd member of the group, Andrea,
who was arriving into Fort Lauderdale Airport at 10pm. Andrea
arrived around that time and we were already dressed to jam. Since
Club Deco Drive was right around the Airport, we decided to hit
that. Club Deco Drive was free for everyone before 12:45am. On
our way walking to Deco Drive, right beside that club was another
club. There was a gentleman outside handing out cards and saying
that ladies drink free from 12am to 1am. Shelley and I looked
and each other. (the time was just after 12am) We decided to get
a few drinks for free in this club and then head out to Deco Drive
right after. In this club, within 45 Minutes of getting off the
airplane, Andrea had gotten a dinner invitation from some guy.
I think Shelley got a wedding proposal the night before -- oh
yes.. I remember now... even before we got into club Level on
the street, some guy actually was so taken by her beauty, he asked
her to marry him. (of course she said no) Anyways, we head out
to Club Deco Drive and get in for free. This club was really nice.
There were 2 floors. One room playing reggae and the main room
playing calypso. True say, that the general crowd there wasn't
really jamming as much as I would see at a Madhouse crowd. But
the music was hype. My 3 sisters and I were dancing up a storm.
There were even some costumed dancing performers who came and
danced by us all night because we seemed like the only action
in that place! After leaving that club, we drove down to South
Beach to a place called Club Spin. Our bouncer friend Rick was
working the door and told us that we'd be in if we came a bit
earlier. The promoter was charging us $20 each to get in. The
party crowd did not look like it was worth it, so we called it
3 - Saturday
Saturday was a day where all of us drove up to the Thunderbird
SWAP SHOP Flea Market to see what deals they had. The weather
was overcast and we were uncertain if it would continue into the
next day for the BBQ. After the full shopping day, we came back
home to my place and took in the hot tub. Yes...... the hot tub.
It was real relaxing. We just took it in and mellowed out. That
was one of the main reasons my sisters came down. Later that night
my cousins drove down from Tampa and Orlando for the BBQ/Pool
Party the next day. Mark, Ryan, Richard, Terry, and SHADOWMAN.
Yes.. that's what we call him. An obnoxious, stereotype of the
current downgrade of society. They all came to my place and trashed
it. Literally. That night, My sisters and I went over to Club
Space. The previous night, a guy on the street told us that it
would be free and that it was also an open bar. So when we got
to the door, the bouncer said that Armand Van Helden is playing
tonight and its $20 per person. I asked him that I thought it
was free tonight, he then directed me to the other line and told
me to say the words "Sobe" and "Uprising".
So we did that. And to our surprise we were in the club, and yes....
FREE DRINKS! Club Space is huge. I mean HUGE. There were lots
of dance/trance rooms and then there was a hip hop room. That's
where we parked for the night. We definately had a great time
and left quite happy. When leaving, my cousins drove up to where
we were walking and picked us up. When I got home, I found that
my television stand's glass door was smashed. There was bits of
glass everywhere. Apparently when I left, these guys did something
and "accidently" broke it. Were there any drugs involved?
yes. That night, a total of 10 people slept comfortably in my
4 - Sunday
Yes.. the big day of the BBQ/Pool Party!
The weather was definately great. Everyone showed up and it was
a success. Thanks to the following people who came out and helped:
Shelley, Lori, Andrea
Liza, Jolene, Brian, Ron, Tommy, Dan and Shevon
Mark, Ryan, Richard, Jonny, Terry, Shalimar
Carlos, Jose, Garvey and the nice family BBQ'ing
It's just too bad I didn't get much pictures of that event. But
I did get it on video.
We had a live DJ with full club speakers jammin' on the pool deck.
Enough noise to get me noise complaints 3 times from other tenants
of the building at 3pm in the day. The rest of the day was pretty
chill. We all just called it a day and got some rest that night.
5 - Monday
Why is it that I can't remember what happened on Monday? Lori,
Andrea or Shelley.. please e-mail me and tell me what happened!
I think it was Monday night where there was a free jam going on
at Club Level once again. But this was the Jill Tracey Fashion
Show as well. When we arrived at the club, we met the same bartenders
and security who showed us such a good time the first night. While
we were videotaping, right behind us, was John Witherspoon! (Pops
from the Wayans Bros. and Ice Cube's dad in Friday) All of the
girls got to meet him and he also met me! When posing for pics
with me, he did his act! (bang!bang!bang!) It was hilarious. This
definately proved that you can meet almost anyone in Miami. Later
that night we saw Fat Joe and the Terror Squad. We even heard
that Janet Jackson was in the house. We danced and had a great
time that night then came home to chill out.
6 - Tuesday
Tuesday was a full beach day. We all drove down to South Beach
and packed a cooler and brought along some grilled chicken from
Pollo Tropical. After sunning ourselves for hours, we finally
went into the water to take lots of pics and frolic. It was great.
To Lori and Andrea, it was the trip's highlight. After coming
off the beach, we all took a walk down the South Beach strip and
looked at places that we might go for dinner the next night. When
we went home, we all relaxed for a bit because we planned to go
out somewhere. But a whole day at the beach kept us in chill mode
and put Shelley to sleep. Lori and Andrea went down to the jazz
lounge in my building where my friend Garvey gave them a personal
show and seranaded them. When I came down, I missed it but we
had a good time chatting.
7 - Wednesday into Thursday
This was the final day of the vacation. We took a walk downtown
to do some shopping and also went to Miami Bayside. When we got
hungry, all throughout the food courts we kept on getting free
samples of foods at each food stand. We got so many that we practically
didn't have to buy anything. But we still ended up getting something.
When we got back to my place, we got dressed to go back to the
South Beach strip to dine out and eat dinner. We stopped at Mango's
restaurant. A really bright and big latin dance club that you
could NOT possibly miss. We ate there and then later went inside
to dance after we ate. I planned for us to drive up to Fort Lauderdale
to go dancing at Voodoo Lounge because Ladies drink for free all
night. But while walking on the strip, a guy came up to us and
gave us free passes to this place called Tanja. He told us with
those passes, it was free for all of us and free drinks. So I
decided not to go to Voodoo. When we got over to Tanja, the
guy at the door let us in with no problems. Inside this really
tiny club thats comparable to the size of a quickie mart, there
was virtually nobody. This club was ghetto. (don't let the outside
appearance fool you) When Shelley went to the bar for her "free
drink", the bartender said that she had to have a wristband
for free drinks. So Shelley went back to the front and got a wristband.
When she returned to the bar, the bartender told her that she
has the wrong coloured wristband. She brought this to my attention
and we decided to bounce from that point. When we were exiting,
Shelley made it known to the entire street how garbage the club
was. When we got to the car, the manager (Hugo) rushed to the
car and tried to invite her back in, and apoligized repeatedly.
He then told her that all of us would have free drinks for the
rest of the night. So, we took him up on that. After jamming for
about another hour, the club closed up. We got back in the car
and vowed not to sleep tonight. We drove around for another hour
and then went back home. When we got home around 5am, we waited
until 6am when the hot tub opened up. We all got out there and
chilled with champagne to toast the great week and my birthday
as well. At around 7am we got up to watch the sun rise in the
east. This was a first for me. I'm always coming home when the
sun rises, but to actually watch it as it first peeks up from
the horizon is something truly majestic! We chilled in the hot
tub, took some more pictures and then we got back up to the apartment
and the girls started to pack their luggage. Shortly after that,
I then drove them to the airport. It was indeed a very sad thing
for me to do. But we all have lives that we have to get back to.
Thanks girls, for bringing so much fun down here in Miami. I look
forward to the next time we all see eachother *
don't understand why u would go back to the club.. i would
have left.. If the place is dead.. and the bartender is
giving u crap about wristbands.. its a **** place to be!
First of all what is this crap about wristbands?? Hello..
if the place is dead.. then the only people that are there
are the people that got the tix to get the free admission
and drinks! What a load of crap.. if i was there.. the only
way the manager would have got me to step back into his
club.. was if he gave me a year's VIP and even then.. i
don't know.. Dead club's VIP?????????? Nevermind.. i would
have gone to the Voodoo Lounge.. we have one here in Van..
and it kicks ass!"
can't believe you mentioned the dinner invitation! That
was funny. I guess it's part of the story for Friday night.
The SHADOWMAN reference made me laugh out loud, and
all your recap needs is a few pictures and a wav file of
"BEAST"! On Monday, we took the "people mover"
and went shopping around the city. Lori also got the modelling
offer that night, and the Toronto Media Group was out in
full force! Maybe that's another secret between us, like
the champagne. Wednesday was the miseducation of Crazy Kelvin
and crew when we visited the museums."
I can't believe you were able to condense our entire vacation
like that. You're pretty skilled still! Tru say, it would've
been more like a novel if you did include EVERYTHING. I
have to tell you something very "camera moment"
that happened on our way home. We were walking towards the
gate for our departing flight, and we were reminiscing about
me at the beach, bending over for pictures! Right there,
in the middle of the airport, whilst walking towards the
gate, bags in our hands, we all stopped in mid-walk, in
sync, and bent over like we were posing for a group picture,
with our batties all cock out!!!!!! Truly a kodak moment,
I wish we had it on camera! "BEACH! BEAST!"
yeah, T-dot representin' baby"
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