Friday, March 23, 2007

Changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes

Jimmy Buffett's newest CD...$13.99

Margaritaville T-shirt from the Margaritaville store in Key West...$18.95

Not having to listen to 7 more hours of Jimmy Buffett songs butchered by a guy who's off-key and has a microphone down on the docks and instead sitting in the airport waiting for the flight home...Priceless

Meet the Press (or, listen, I can hear the crickets in the still night air)

It’s been quiet here in Palm Beach, press-wise. Most of them seem to be elsewhere though everyone I’ve been in touch with who isn’t here is looking at providing some coverage of the new M-series. We did get a visit from, which shot a feature piece on the M5 yesterday and expects to run it as part of their newsletter next Thursday, but compared to Lauderdale and Miami (so I’ve been told), Palm Beach 2007 has turned into something of a ghost town when it comes to media covering the boat show.

So if you’ve got some spare cash…

What are you to do if you desperately want to own a megayacht but can’t quite scrape up the scratch to buy one outright? Well, have I got a deal for you. For only $775,000, you can purchase a fractional ownership. That’s right, you can buy 1/6 of a megayacht, giving you the right to spend 55 days on it over the course of a year.

Excuse me, sir, but you do know what sort of restaurant this is, don’t you?

Overheard this morning as we had breakfast at a little French café (appropriately named the Paris Bakery and Café) near the boat show:

“Excuse me, do you have any English muffins?”

The look from the delightful proprietress, who was clearly French, was priceless. Needless to say, no, they didn’t have any English muffins but Rick G assures me that he still enjoyed his breakfast a great deal.

Like a family reunion of Energizer Bunnies

Spotted amidst all of the new TracVision systems while walking the docks here at the Palm Beach show…

Two TracVision 3s, our first digital satellite TV system circa 1999…

and a TracVision II (circa 1997)…

and best of all, they’re all still working without a hitch!

The best reason to have a TracNet 100

9 days and counting until opening day!

I know what I'm going to do when I win the lottery

So, you’ve just plunked down a few million dollars on a new yacht. Besides coming by our booth to inquire a new TracVision and TracPhone system (as did the gentleman who closed on his new 55 foot Azimut just yesterday), what do you do to celebrate? How about buy an outrageously priced car? Just across the way from us is an exhibit by Palm Beach’s leading dealer for Ferarris, Maseratis, Jaguars, and…oh my…Aston Martins. I think I’m in love. What else can you say when you see one of the world’s most beautiful cars up close and personal? If someone is looking for ideas, I know what you can get me for my birthday in a few weeks.

OK, so it's a Vantage, not quite as nice as the DB9 with the new sport package, but I'd take it in a pinch. And would someone please tell that guy to get his butt off my car!