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Riffs, rants, and the upside of investing from way off Wall Street


Category: The Good Life

Spotted in Monaco

Couple of new IIM T-shirt pics in from pro beach volleyball player Saralyn Smith, also known as Sister of Cale In The Keys. She happened to be wearing that haute couture while in Monte Carlo, Monaco for a tournament. She stayed at Le Meridien, which has an amazing casino you may recognize from a recent […]

Real Estate in Key West

Another report from the front lines in Key West real estate. Here’s the latest version of Jim Smith’s newsletter, which shows how Zillow’s data on Keys real estate is often just, well, bad. Plus, three new names on the least expensive condos list and four new properties on the cheapest single family homes list. Starting […]

You Talking To Me?

Saw this sign on the side of an RV parked right outside the office yesterday.

Sam Brown In The Keys Tonight

Heads-up that the Travel Channel’s Great Weekends with Samantha Brown will be featuring the Florida Keys in this week’s episode, which airs tonight, Saturday, August 1, at 10pm E/P. In a nutshell: overseas highway, pirates, margaritas, black powder cannons and that special kind of burlesque that can only be found in Key West. Plus, bugs. […]

Landshark Makes The Cut

Jimmy Buffett will be thrilled. His Landshark Lager made Bruce Owens’ list of “Ten Beers You Must Drink This Summer.” In at number six – Pabst Blue Ribbon. And I think he’s serious. If you’ve never been to the Keys before, a note on ordering beverages: Corona is a fine beer, but let’s not confuse […]

On Florida Bay

More great pics from Pat Ford. Taken during a tarpon fishing trip last Friday on Florida Bay.

Where The Pirates Are Friendly

Our friends Lance and Suzanne just moved their 105′ schooner to a new home at Schooner Wharf in Key West. We took a sunset cruise on the Halie & Matthew last Sunday. Amazing. Gorgeous boat, great crew. Then there was the tropical breeze, perfect music and cold beer…plus dolphins, a black powder cannon, some truly […]

The Fish, Not the Fund

I was feeling pretty smug about my tarpon pictures until Pat Ford sent around some of his own from a recent fly fishing trip. Yeah. I’ll stick to investing.

Geek versus Tarpon

From a trip yesterday afternoon with good friend Captain Ted Wilson. Fantastic time, as usual. ‘Tis the time of year for tarpon in the Keys. Here’s a video of the above, another of the tarpon leaping, and Ted where he’s most at home. Also, from the bow of Ted’s skiff, running through the mangroves. Ted’s […]

Pat Ford’s Recent Travels

Some recent shots from Pat Ford in the Bahamas and Seychelles. Reprinted with permission.