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    Somebody help me out.

    I won 3.1 Million (not kidding) in April 2007, after paying taxes and 30% split to my cousin, I walked with 1.4. Believe it or not, I am down to just over 300K.

    I want to rent a nice place at the bottom end of South Beach. My buddies want to visit (from Jersey) but if I pay more than about $2000 to $3000 a month I know I won't last a year.

    What kind of jobs are down there? I have done electrician work but am only an apprentice.

    Any suggestions on place to live and Union jobs is appreciated.

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    ^^^ You need to be on a financial management website and not a miamibeach411 website! You burned through $1.1M and have nothing to show for it?

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    I lost nearly 400K in Atlantic City. I bought my mom a home for 350K (2) Cars 1 boat and 2 Jet Skis.

    You don't realize what happens when something like this happens. My sister borrowed $50K to put down on a house which I will never see.

    I'm not complaining, it's just fun and games til you begin to keep track.

    Anyway, do you know about some good deals and possibly some electrician work?

    I'm bringin hardly any money when I come maybe 15 G's if that won't start things up, I might as well stay here and bet on football this fall and shoot the wad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wants2GotoFL
    Dear Sun -
    I think I might really like West if it is like NY but cleaner. Is that near the Whole foods? I was in that vicinity when I was there. So where are the boundaries or where should I look? I would like to see what the going rates are for rentals and to purchase.

    It is so funny to hear you say that las olas got old because I felt the same way after half a day in Ft Lauderdale! That is why I started to think about Miami.
    I would say the first block east of Alton which has some nice mid-rise apartments, and West Avenue and Bay Avenue from 5th north to the river defines the neighborhood. The Wild Oats/Whole Foods (I wish they would change the name already)is part of the neighborhood as are many small restaurants and cafes, multiple cleaners, galleries, cool furniture stores, most fast food places etc., and a great muffin/bagel shop called Taste and its Mexican counterpart Lime. We also have a couple Turkish restaurants (Hakam and Rice) and 2 Starbucks. The block of West between 9th and 10th has a couple of cafes, a kosher meat restaurant, Starbucks, Yogurt, dog grooming, bank, etc., and is a good place to hang out. It helps to have a dog here to fit in, and strollers work also. We have a 25 cent bus seperate from the Miami Transit system for local travel and a local movie theater at Alton and Lincoln. We have the bay, the marina just south of 5th, the beach only 9 blocks east, and we are getting a vertical shopping center with a full Publix market at 6th and Alton, in case the 2 other Publix markets close by are still too far.

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    Dear Lotto3million:

    you are the second person I've "met" who actually won the lotto. I'm going to keep playing that power ball! I dedicate $10 to it when it is over $100 million. Unlike you, I dont think I'll squander $400K at atlantic city if I win. I disagree with burgundy that you need a financial mgmt website - you might need gambling assistance first.

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    Hi Wants2 - hooray! A fellow parrothead! :-) The bird on my shoulder is my sister's. It's also an amazon, but I'm not sure what kind. "Pepita" is 26 years-old. Currently, I am "owned" by a 3 year-old mini-macaw named Samba JalapeƱo. You'll probably enjoy this thread about birds back in '06. Join the party!

    You look great in your avatar, btw!

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    Maria:
    That parrot thread was awesome! I would start crying if I had a flock of parrots swarm into my backyard!! I love the parrots. Belive it or not, there is a flock of Quaker/Monk Parrots that are here. I could never understand how they lived in the COLD but they do! I dont know if you've seen the movie or read the book, but if not, I recommend the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. If you cant find it, I would be happy to loan it to you if you promise to return it. I have the book and the DVD.

    I had an African Senegal named Molly who lived to 13. I was devastated when she passed. I could not take the quiet of the house so we bought the current parrot. His name is really Francis after the saint of the animals but we call him Growley because he growls. He is sort of tempermental but he is a funny chatterbox. This morning he asked for berries when I was packing up my breakfast for work. He saw them and asked: "A berry?" I love when he talks. He says hi to the dogs in the morning "hi Guys! you're a good boy..." "Come on little girl" (We have two yorkies, one male, one female). I will have to dig up a photo of him, he is very pretty.

    As for my avatar, thanks for the compliment! That photo was when I was in french polynesia last year. Talk about wanting to move somewhere! I cried when I had to get back on the plane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wants2GotoFL
    Dear Lotto3million:

    you are the second person I've "met" who actually won the lotto. I'm going to keep playing that power ball! I dedicate $10 to it when it is over $100 million. Unlike you, I dont think I'll squander $400K at atlantic city if I win. I disagree with burgundy that you need a financial mgmt website - you might need gambling assistance first.
    You know the funny part is, I don't even enjoy gambling.

    It's a sickness; and, I suffer the affliction.

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    As long as we are on the subject, what are the best places (besides Hard Rock) to gamble.

    I like blackjack and craps.

    Anyone?

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    Hard Rock is the only place with Blackjack due to this crazy agreement they signed with the governor. If you like Blackjack and Craps the casino boats are really the only way to go with that. SunCruise Casino. Not exactly high class but if you just in it for gaming and not food or entertainment, then they'll get the job done.

    Otherwise Mardi Gras in Hollywood is pretty good, as is the new casino at Pompano Park. Pompano has harness racing as well, and Mardi Gras has dogs.

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    Wow, this thread is all over the place! Parrots and gambling LOL!

    (Note to Gus -- perhaps we should split this bird discussion to my original parrot post ... how does one split a thread?)

    Cathy, A friend of mine gave me The Parrots of Telegraph Hill on DVD. I loved it.

    Have you read The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger? It's a MUST read for parrot owners. Very entertaining but also informative.

    My understanding about Quakers is that they can take the cold, but don't do well in drafts. Since they are the only parrots that build nests, they're protected. But there are parrots in New Zealand that live in cold weather -- the Kias.

    I'm sorry about Molly. I know how it is ... I've lost two Quakers that were like members of the family. I hope Samba and I will have a long life together.

    You would not believe, but I saw FOUR wild blue & gold macaws by the university the other day. They were hanging out on top of a palm tree, eating nuts. INCREDIBLE!

    If you are into tropical stuff -- animals, plants & nature you will love the South Miami area when you live here. (It's more tropical IMHO than the beach.)

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    Oh, and Lotto, as far as finding electrician work....the construction industry down here is waning badly. It is probably the #1 sector where we are losing jobs (don't quote me on that). That being said, you may be able to get on with a contractor who does repairs and whatnot. Being English speaking will be a big plus for you as well. Especially if you can get work up north in like Broward or PBC. But right now is not the best time to be looking for that kind of work down here.

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    Hey Lotto...

    How would you feel about taking some classes? Maybe you should invest some of what you have left towards a degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotto3Million
    As long as we are on the subject, what are the best places (besides Hard Rock) to gamble.

    I like blackjack and craps.

    Anyone?
    I have a really great therapist in Hollywood. Her name is Sloane Veshinski, and one of her specialties ( besides dealing with JAPs who have way too much to say) is addictions.. Ironically enough, you have to drive right by the casino to get there..

    The Sloane Center

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