My Latest Adventure: New Years Eve in Miami

I’ll admit it, I have been a little nervous to look back on my photos from Miami. Winter here in Connecticut was calm up until the last month or so, and now I can’t find a place to put the snow when I shovel.

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We left for Miami December 30th and got back on January 6th. Our main purpose for the trip was to see four nights of Phish at American Airlines Arena, which was a beautifully located waterfront venue in the heart of downtown. So you’ll see a mix of Phishy pics in the gallery, but I can’t help but share them with you guys! I didn’t think I’d be all that into Miami. I love the beach but I’m a little more low-key than the people I presumed inhabited the place. In actuality, I fit right in. I like good food, warm weather, eye candy… there was nothing to dislike.

 

Anyway, here are some of the photos I snapped during my stay in South Beach and Fort Lauderdale. I can totally recommend Fort Lauderdale (we stayed there for three days at the end of our trip) to anyone who loves an uncrowded beach with seriously clean water. We saw barracudas! Also, if you plan on visiting Miami, check out the plane fare for arrival into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. Miami International wanted $700+something, Fort Lauderdale set us back $200+something… significant difference!

 

Looking to Interview Recipients of Charity

My last semester of college started on Monday and already I’m knee-deep in planning for projects. In my my magazine writing course, my professor handed out an article from December’s New York Times: What Happens to Letters to Santa Claus From New York City Children?

You can read the original story here but the gist of it is about letters to Santa Claus that are answered by members of the United States Postal Service. Operation Santa is not a charity, but rather a gesture of good will by employees of the USPS who have been responding to letters in the New York City area for over 70 years.  letter-to-santa

After digging into the Times’ article, searching for potential follow-up stories on USPS operations, salaries, etc., I thought an interesting piece (and more happier) would be to focus on a child who got a response from Santa, the Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, so on and so forth.

Is there anyone out there who, as a child, received any type charity or warm greeting (gift, card, visit, phone call) which had a lasting impression on their life? You do not have to be a recipient of Operation Santa, perhaps any charitable association who positively (even negatively) impacted your life heading into the adult future.

If you are willing to share your story, please comment below and let me know! Your name will be changed if you wish. Any story I produce will be for mine and my professor’s eyes only.

If you want to contact me anonymously, e-mail sarahmastroni@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Andrea Stella, a volunteer with Operation Santa, choked up while reading children’s letters to Santa Claus with Mike Catsam at the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Andrea Stella, a volunteer with Operation Santa, choked up while reading children’s letters to Santa Claus with Mike Catsam at the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times