Archive for 'First Words'

Whose life is it anyway on Facebook?

Whose life is it anyway on Facebook?

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Facebook and I parted company recently on the “Your Year on Facebook” project, citing “creative” and “philosophical” differences. I know, I know. Nobody Likes it. I thought you should [...]

A Downton Abbey holiday straight, no coaster

A Downton Abbey holiday straight, no coaster

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I watch Gareth Neame sip water from his glass, and I can’t stand the suspense. Where will the executive producer of Downton Abbey, the award-winning PBS period-piece about life [...]

Grounding my education in boats and boating

Grounding my education in boats and boating

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine It sounded easy. “You’re the lookout,’’ the captain said. “You just ride in the front of the boat and look out.” “Look out for what?” I said. “Anything we [...]

Key lime pie is our gift to civilization, or is it?

Key lime pie is our gift to civilization, or is it?

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I didn’t want the Key lime pie. Didn’t come 4,263 miles from Miami to Edinburgh, Scotland, for a slice I could get 7.6 miles from home at Bob Roth’s [...]

To the summers of our contentment

To the summers of our contentment

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I remember what I said the June day I got off the plane from New Mexico to start a new job here in South Florida. I remember because I [...]

Zen and the art of home bidet installation

Zen and the art of home bidet installation

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine There’s something you should know about installing a bidet in your home that I’ll save for the end. It was not my idea to install a bidet in our [...]

Question I asked Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Question I asked Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I was nervous to ask Marjory Stoneman Douglas my question. I’d heard she could be tough on newspeople. That she had no time for “stupid’’ questions. That you’d better have [...]

Learning my limitations on a big home project

Learning my limitations on a big home project

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Maybe your house is like my house. I did not build my house. I didn’t pour the foundation or hammer the nails or string any wire. I just bought [...]

What drives us to collect old cars? Check the rearview

What drives us to collect old cars? Check the rearview

By Mark Gauert City & Shore PRIME Magazine I remember what Jay Leno said – just before the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance a few years ago – about the car he’d never sell. “My ’55 Buick [...]

Change may be good for you – me, I’m not sure

Change may be good for you – me, I’m not sure

By Mark Gauert I don’t like change. Don’t like changing planes on the way someplace else. Don’t like changing clocks for daylight savings time. Don’t like going to restaurants for the house special only to find [...]