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Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.

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We offer home furnishings and decor for every area of your home,both inside and out, always striving to bring you the most current design elements being used by today's top designers, at a fraction of their retail cost. Whether you are completely redecorating an area of your home, looking for the perfect accent piece to finish off an existing room, shopping for a unique gift, or simply "window shopping" to get design ideas, Avant-Garde is the place to go for everything modern & contemporary for your home.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sailing to Miami Day 3..... Improvements and better conditions

Day 3: Sunshine & Hope - Things get better.. 

So day 3 started off much better after what appeared to be a bad end of day two. Jessica was crying due to the fact that the engine seemed unrepairable and after spending all day trying to fix it she had a really bad sunburn badly, I mean really badly. She was completely over it. After Wal-mart we had dinner and I was so tired I passed out with in two minutes of hitting the sack. It was a long tiresome day for both of us. One with intense heat and disappointing endings.  

Inside the cabin as you enter the sleeping chambers


Today things seemed much better as I woke up. I had a great unexpected night's rest due to our new fans from Wal-mart. Our mosquito nets worked miracles and our citronella candle was fantastic. We bought plastic bins and organized the place and the musty old smell turned into a citrus orange as we bought gelling spray fresheners and spray as well. Bought new carpets for the floor and all of the sudden the little boat looked like something different. No longer hot and humid with a musty air but nice, comfortable due to us using the fans with a combination water ice bowl that made the air blow through them instantly giving us a refreshing cool air inside. With 4 fans we thought we were in heaven and so started our laziest after noon yet. I actually slept from 3:00-6:00 and woke up just minutes ago.

Our Traveling Companion Kiva a 10 yr old Macaw

But still no engine means we will be driving down to Miami tomorrow to get a few things and run a few errands before we attempt this trip again.. At least I think. I still have to talk to Jessica, who alongside me is munching away at chips with dip. Hopefully she will have good news on our departure from this lazy old town called Smirna Beach where it seems 7:00 is the closing time for everything as downtown is deserted after 8:00 PM with not a single person in sight and it seems everyone even in their homes are sleeping for you see no light coming from inside. New concept for me coming from Miami, or the city that never sleeps.

Fresh Fruit in the cabin

Radios for emergencies and other First Aid Stuff





 So finally tonight the engine is being worked on and it looks like we will be ready to go.. Finally good news from our little sailboat.. Stay tuned for our actual voyage.. Finally I Hope.. 


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