Archive for 'First Words'

Hard to keep a house beautiful here

Hard to keep a house beautiful here

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine No names here but one. Irma. If you live in South Florida, especially if you own a home, you may never forget it. We first heard Irma outside our [...]

My day with Jay Leno, and the morning after

My day with Jay Leno, and the morning after

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Jay Leno was wearing me out. I’d watched him work a Saturday morning crowd of fans at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. I’d listened to him talk cars that [...]

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 [...]