When I’m 64

I turned 63 years of age today and spent most of the day in bed watching my two favorite tech shows, The Tech Guy and This Week in Technology, just like I do most Sundays.

Birthdays aren’t the special days they used to be when I was younger and that’s probably true for most of us. Still, I’m looking forward to turning 64 next year.

I think my last birthday of note was 30 when I went to Akashi Japanese Restaurant in South Miami with my sister, brother(-in-law) and two now former friends. It’s very different today than it was back then when each table featured an T Gauge miniature railroad complete with scenery under a glass top. My family and I used to go there often back when my mother’s brother was the founder and CEO of Auto Train Corporation.

Today is the era of Uber Eats and since my favorite restaurants are closed today, I blew my diet out of the water with three half-foot subs (meatball, tuna and Italian) and three oatmeal raisin cookies from a local Subway.

Happy birthday to me. Yay.

Miami Drivers

What can I say? Despite having my turn signal on — yes I still use them — and slowing down to make a left turn onto my property, the idiot behind me decided to go around me on the left side and caused damage all down the driver side of my car.

Captain’s Tavern’s Roaches

Captain’s Tavern, a restaurant I’ve been going to at least once a week for 48 years, was closed by the health department on April 16, 2019 after many months of repeated health code violations.

Sure it passed inspection well enough to reopen the next day, but many of the same long-standing issues persisted.

It was closed almost exactly a year ago for many of the same issues that get mentioned in every inspection so I don’t understand why they’ve been allowed to get away with this for so many years.

I haven’t been there since the most recent closing and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back. Several other longtime customers and friends of mine that I see in other restaurants feel the same way.

In my opinion, the only way to resolve this is for them to close for awhile and completely renovate the food preparation areas. I hope they do that because I can’t imagine not ever being able to eat at a restaurant I’ve loved and felt very loyal to.