Archive for 'First Words'

The best gifts are not aways tied up in bows

The best gifts are not aways tied up in bows

By Mark Gauert After they received their medals from France last summer for their roles in the Liberation, after sodas and sheet cake to celebrate aboard the USS New York, I shared an elevator at Port [...]

Best not to ask for whom the cell tolls

Best not to ask for whom the cell tolls

On Tuesday afternoon, U2’s new album was just there, waiting for you. Like an IKEA catalogue. Or a jury summons. Or streptococcus. The latest inescapable unpleasantry for anyone who’s chosen to participate in our great digital society — more specifically, [...]

What’s better: A movie at home or theater?

What’s better: A movie at home or theater?

By Mark Gauert “A lot of people have stopped going to the theater to watch movies. But what they don’t realize is that it’s just not the same. Movies are meant to be a shared experience.” [...]

Heart and head slug it out at the boat show

Heart and head slug it out at the boat show

By Mark Gauert Sitting on the dock of the boat show, watching the tide roll away with the superyacht chase boat Crazy Too, I start to think that I’ve been wasting time. I love that boat. [...]

South Florida: see it like a non-native

South Florida: see it like a non-native

By Mark Gauert For years, the only natives we knew here were our children. We had seen them born in the delivery room, so we were sure – at least for in-state tuition purposes – they’d [...]

A pool and his money

A pool and his money

I am sitting by my pool, sipping something cool on a summer’s afternoon, when, suddenly, I start to worry. The water level in the pool does not look right, I decide after long scrutiny from my [...]

A chance to meet Roger Federer is lost at sea

A chance to meet Roger Federer is lost at sea

By Mark Gauert I started to worry I was going to miss my meeting with Roger Federer when the captain slowed the engines, 10 miles off Miami. One minute you’re sitting on a lounger on a Sea [...]

You can run from the AARP, but you can’t hide

You can run from the AARP, but you can’t hide

By Mark Gauert I knew what to watch for in the mail last month because we’d just celebrated a Big Birthday at home. Nobody had prepared me for the letter I received a few years earlier after [...]

The winters of our contentment

The winters of our contentment

  Editor’s note: We’re turning this space over to an actual snowbird this issue – contributing writer Dave Wieczorek, a former South Floridian who now lives in Chicago. It’s been a long, hard winter for him, [...]

How to spot a fake wine connoisseur

How to spot a fake wine connoisseur

By Mark Gauert I’m looking over the wine list at lunch with Shari Gherman, president of the American Fine Wine Competition, and I’m getting nervous. Gherman has just come off judging the seventh annual edition of [...]