Camp Jeep. South Florida Auto Show.

I’ve always thought there were two kinds of people: those who own a Jeep and those who want to own one.

The 41st South Florida International Auto Show is still in full swing at The Miami Beach Convention Center and runs through November 6th. Sure there is all the bling you’d ever want to see. I was in a $153,000 Mercedes S-63. It was perfect. If you’re Diddy.

It was the first time I saw the newly redesigned 2012 VW Beetle in the flesh. Yeah, I could do that. My first one was a ’73 in baby blue. You never forget your first love…

Always great to stroll down Memory Lane. Although below is not exactly how I remember it.

There was the “green corner” which was real nice to see. But this year I didn’t even need to step foot inside. Camp Jeep was set up outside. Wild demos.  Check it out.

You can take the Jeep from the man, but you can’t take the man from the Jeep. Ugh, I want my Jeeps back.


63 degrees and pumpkiny

We’re there people!

After the monsoon rains and a desperate attempt by the Beber Silverstein advertising agency to locate the sun, fall weather is here, the sun has been located and pumpkins have arrived!

Drive by the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade  at 2805 Southwest 32nd Avenue (Dixie Highway) and there’s pumpkins as far as the eye can see.

Twenty percent of the proceeds goes to the the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade. The tent is donated, the workers are volunteers so it’s a great place to scoop one up. I’d go sooner than later because if you miss this one…

Have a great pumpkin season everyone!


What basketball lockout?

As I see it basketball is alive and well.

Drive by any schoolyard, park, rec center or telephone pole with a cut out milk crate as a hoop and you’ll see that it’s game on.

Last Saturday the 11 y/o and under Florida Fire took a grueling and productive 2 1/2 hour workout an an undisclosed location (pics at bottom). And Friday night at Virrick Park in Coconut Grove, FL, 22 players in the 5th and 7th grade brackets lit up the gym at tryouts for the elite Miami City Ballers AAU  team. The crowd went wild when a 7th grader jammed one, but not as loud as when his shot was rejected into the bleachers on the next play. I’m also happy to report that soon to be 10 year old Diego LaMonica had a great tryout.

There happened to be two ex Miami Heat players there, but they were hardly the focus. The focus was where it should have been.

Honestly, I haven’t done thorough homework on what might keep a 2011/12 basketball season from happening. From an economic standpoint, we need this lockout in South Florida just about as much as we need an atomic wedgie.  Without getting all Ben Bernanke on you, the potential fallout just can’t be good. Thousands of livelihoods of all types depend on pro hoops here, right down to the scalpers. And I want to take my son to see his Miami Heat play.

I hope they can figure this all out. But for now, I’m just one father with one kid who is constantly losing pieces of his uniform and not turning his socks right side out before he puts them in the hamper.