Big Men and Tall Drinks

The Cackler and I are adapting well to the rythmn of life in South Beach, Miami.

We are fortunate to be staying in one of Miami’s very best addresses: Portofino Tower.  We are guests of Mike Abrashoff, the navy officer whose captaincy changed the culture of a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Benfold. Mike’s book It’s Your Ship became a leadership best seller. Mike is in high demand for speeches all over the world, and so rarely has time to use his luxury condo. The Cackler and I were happy to help him out. It is an all-round good place to be.

The Cackler and I have been taking our “5 a day” mostly muddled and added to a tall glass with either malibu or rum and sometimes both.

We have consorted with the stars, spotting if not Drew Barrymore, Robin Williams and Paris Hilton, then at least passable imitations, for everyone is beautiful or interesting here. We bumped into the real thing yesterday though when the Cackler came across WBA Heavyweight Boxing champion  David Haye on his way to train at the 5th street gym She would be stalking him still except her little white chicken legs can’t keep up with his mighty, manly stride.

We went to the Fifth Street Gym to buy a souvenir T shirt for the Cackler’s friend Mark, almost as much of a boxing fan as she is. The gym, which has been the training ground for world-famous boxers since the 1950s, is now reopened in its original location. We feel they could do with our marketing help as they really didn’t have much in the way of branded items to sell us. Put it like this: they only had one t-shirt in a size medium and they had to give that a good sniff to check it hadn’t been worn before they asked us to pay.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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One Response to Big Men and Tall Drinks

  1. Alex says:

    I just wanted to leave a message thanking you for mentioning the 5th St. Gym on your blog, and I wanted to apologize for the (unusual) incident when you were purchasing a T-shirt. I work for the gym, and we have all been working very hard to get ourselves organized- we’re just a little slow at the moment.

    We just launched a basic online store with our (one and only) gym shirt, but we have several other designs in place. They just need to be approved by Angelo Dundee. The good news is, all of these shirts are shipped directly after they are printed. I will be sending this blog down to the boys in Miami Beach so that they know the impression that they’re leaving.

    I hope you enjoyed meeting David Haye! He really is quite charming, isn’t he??

    Well, take care! Once again, thanks for linking to us, and we’ll continue to work on getting our ducks in a row!


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