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A Quick Quiz March 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.

What iconic landmark springs to mind when someone says:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

C’mon.  Give it a go!

What world famous building or structure is worthy to be referred to as “Miami’s Eiffel Tower”?

It’s famous.
World famous.

It’s iconic.
It’s a landmark.

It’s located in Miami.

This should be the easiest quiz ever!

Then again, maybe, just maybe, the description threw you off.

Maybe the structure in question is NONE of those things.

Here it is . . .

aerial view of Miami Marine Stadium

Do you recognize it?

Would you describe it by saying:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

Neither would I.

Maybe the inflated description used by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to describe Miami’s Marine Stadium is just ridiculous hyperbole used in an attempt to elevate the mundane to the magical.

Why do people use such ridiculous hyperbole?

To gain airspace?
To get people to tune in and listen?

To raise money for “good causes”?
To assuage low self-esteem?

More to the point ~> how can we make them stop?

I know!  Maybe we need to get better at tuning them out.

Mais oui!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Miami Marine Stadium’s History and Planned Restoration


1. Jill Weatherholt - March 9, 2019

I hope it’s hurricane proof! Enjoy your Saturday, Nancy!

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

Maybe that’s why it’s flat as a clamshell! 🙄

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

I did some digging, Jill. It’s been closed since Hurricane Andrew slammed Miami in 1992. Now, after 27 years of neglect, they claim it’s kissing cousins with the Eiffel Tower. Go figure!

2. rivergirl1211 - March 9, 2019

Seriously? If that’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower they need to keep building…

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

One is tres elegante!
The other is a squat toad-like structure. 😆

No comparison!

3. Tippy Gnu - March 9, 2019

It would help a little if they tilted it perpendicular. Maybe the Eiffel Tower is Paris’s Marine Stadium.

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

Maybe the National Trust for Historic Preservation is trying to save buildings / structures that are better left to the history books.

But why on earth would they do that?
Hmm . . . to justify their existence (and salaries!)? 🙄

Tippy Gnu - March 9, 2019

Perhaps what they do is a living for some, but taxing for others.

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

They are floating a $45 million bond to keep this clamshell afloat. In contrast to that figure: Queen performed there in 1975, when tickets cost a mere $3 apiece.

4. Kate Crimmins - March 9, 2019

Hyperbole, it’s the human thing to do.

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

What an AWESOME observation, Kate!
It’s just FABULOUS that you stopped by this morning.

I wish that we could take a SELFIE together to prove on social media that WE ARE ALL THAT! 😛

Kate Crimmins - March 9, 2019

I got my camera ready. Make duck lips! 🙂

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

I hope you’ve got the right lens, Kate ~> I want to look as skinny as a toothpick!

5. joyroses13 - March 9, 2019

Wow! Not quite sure what The National Trust place was thinking or if they were thinking!
Here is a little fact for you about the Eiffel Tower, when it was first built it was not liked by the French. They thought it was ugly and an eyesore for Paris. There were talks about tearing it down but it was the tallest building in Paris at that time and made a great radio tower, so it was kept and well, the rest is history! 🙂 How many gallons of paint do you think is used every year to repaint it?
Oh I just had a thought, when we were in Paris, the tour guide told us how one time when she was showing a group the Eiffel Tower, someone asked if it was the Real Eiffel Tower? She wasn’t sure what to say. LOL! Maybe that person had seen the “Eiffel Tower” in Miami! 🙂

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

Maybe she was thinking of the Eiffel Tower in Vegas, Baby! 😀

I bet it takes more than a few dozen gallons of paint to repaint it each year . . . and lots of man hours . . . and elbow grease!

I did know that Parisians were not fans of the Eiffel Tower when it was first erected ~ I think I learned that tidbit from my tour guide in Paris in 1975 ~ and now it’s an iconic landmark beloved by most.

I expect that it’s not just the architecture they’re trying to save at Miami’s Marine Stadium . . . it’s the memories. They want to hang on to a simpler (and cheaper) time when concert tickets cost $3 and the internet didn’t exist so greedy meanies had to stand in line if they wanted to buy out the tickets and scalp them.

joyroses13 - March 9, 2019

LOL about the Eiffel tower in Vegas, maybe 🙂
For sure about a lot of man hours in repainting it each year. Oops, I thought I had the number of gallons written down, but I have it written down as tons. 51 tons! That’s lots and lots of gallons. 🙂

Well guess I can’t blame them for wanting to hang onto memories!

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

No blame at all . . .

I’d love to revisit the 70’s and be back on campus attending concerts, playing frisbee and backgammon, etc. College was great fun.

6. mybeautfulthings - March 9, 2019

All in the eye of the beholder, me thinks! I’d have loved to have seen Queen there – or anywhere for that matter! 🙂

nrhatch - March 9, 2019

Attending a concert there would have been great, but not because of the building. I would have attended for the band.

When I went to the Eiffel Tower for a glass of wine ~ the building was the big draw because, let’s face it, wine is everywhere in Paris. 😆

7. Behind the Story - March 10, 2019

What was it used for? An aqua follies? Boat races? There’s something similar but smaller on Green Lake in Seattle that was used to view The Aqua Follies (synchronized swimming) in the fifties.

nrhatch - March 10, 2019

Rock concerts, boat races, boxing, water sports, etc. Per Wikipedia, it “figured prominently in the 1967 Elvis Presley film Clambake, serving as the scene of Elvis’ climatic speedboat race.”

It’s a great location for lots of wonderful events, but ‘m not persuaded that the building itself rises to the level of the Eiffel Tower. It’s the memories surrounding the building that are top notch.

8. Ally Bean - March 10, 2019

Huh? That’s a nothing burger building when compared with the Eiffel Tower.

nrhatch - March 10, 2019

A “burger building” ~> Yes! If I had attended a concert there in the 70’s, I’m sure it would have been the concert, not the building, that stayed in my mind.

9. colonialist - March 10, 2019

My thought is that it is gug-gug-gug-ghastly!
Of course, if one likes Stone Age architecture and culture . . .

nrhatch - March 10, 2019

OMG! You nailed it, Col.

“Flintstones . . . meet the Flintstones . . . they’re a modern stone-age family . . . from the town of Bedrock . . . it’s a place right out of history!”

colonialist - March 10, 2019


nrhatch - March 11, 2019

Yabba Dabba Do!

10. L. Marie - March 10, 2019

That’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower??? I never would have guessed it was that, based on the description.

nrhatch - March 11, 2019

It seems like a S~T~R~E~T~C~H to me too! 🙄

11. Debra - March 10, 2019

You’ve really made me laugh, Nancy. I do agree with you, but I think I’m so accustomed to exaggeration and hype (I do live in close proximity to Hollywood) that I almost don’t notice anymore. Somehow it all comes down to what attracts visitors, I guess. Until recently, Beverly Hills High School housed an oil derrick outfitted to look like the Eiffel Tower. LOL! We are strange-at-times people!

nrhatch - March 11, 2019

Everybody is competing for a bigger piece of the “pie” ~ time, attention, $’s, tourists, etc.

I just watched this video about the removal of the oil well:

I wonder if any of the students miss it? 😛

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