Archive for 'First Words'

The 1,447-calorie Banana Spider workout

The 1,447-calorie Banana Spider workout

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine “We find all kinds of weird stuff in there,’’ the man at the Broward Waterway Cleanup said, nodding toward the mangroves at Mizell-Johnson State Park in Dania Beach. “And [...]

Better never than late  – a vintage mistake

Better never than late  – a vintage mistake

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I’d been waiting for a moment like this since blowing my budget on the winning bid at a charity auction a few years ago. You know how those go. [...]

Good advice when formal wear goes bad

Good advice when formal wear goes bad

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Group leader: “Is there anyone here for their first meeting? Please introduce yourself by your first name only. We want to welcome you now.” Me: “Hello, my name is [...]

Three events that make the season special

Three events that make the season special

By Mark Gauert Editor & Publisher I asked everyone this issue what makes the season special here. Diving into a swimming pool in January, I heard, amazing Northern friends who won’t see free-standing water until Memorial [...]

Postcard from the warm center of the world

Postcard from the warm center of the world

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine The lady in the black parka and snow boots had come a long way for this. The monitor above her at the luggage carousel at FLL showed arrivals from [...]

The wonderful people out there in the dark

The wonderful people out there in the dark

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I remember where I was when the Imperial Star Destroyer filled the big screen in Star Wars. I remember laughing so hard with the audience after seeing E.T. hidden [...]

You’ve got to write a letter to get a letter

You’ve got to write a letter to get a letter

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine Most of my mail does not look like the mail you see on this page. Most of my mail begins something like this: “Dear YY” (Public relations firm, forgot [...]

A series of fortunate events

A series of fortunate events

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine I was telling two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd at dinner at the Broward Center last year that I don’t like to drop names. That I consider name-dropping a [...]

Seeing Quebec like a native (in summer)

Seeing Quebec like a native (in summer)

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine At the border with Canada, the U.S. Customs officer asked where we were going. “South Florida?’’ he said, under a bright blue sky and 57 chilly degrees. “Why would [...]

Andy Royston’s beauties from the beach

Andy Royston’s beauties from the beach

By Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine No one said anything about the spinach between my teeth at the party. No one until I saw the photos, a few days after the party. “Is that spinach [...]