Carl, Tom--where are you? Where's the pics of all the good-looking stuff and, of course, the babes? Some minor observations for those of you in need of warmth and succor. The weather; gorgeous, Chamber of Commerce kind of day for the show start--temps around 79F, plenty of sunshine and a light easterly breeze. A quick walk from the parking garage on Royal Palm & 42nd, in the company of a pretty lady ( Hi Mai Thi!) working the Cranchi/Wider display. A good start. Up the way from the southernmost display (Riviera), past the Ferretti (et. al.) site, including a 80 Enclosed Bridge Bertram and a 50, then up to Azimut/Benetti. Undoubtedly, someone will offer up a pic of the "Diamonds Are Forever", her bow facing the street, arching up to the clouds...wow, that alone worth a visit. The floating docks begin around the Allied display. Met quite a few old friends in the business and interestingly, we had lengthy conversations without interruptions from potential customers. Hmm. There are fewer brokerages in evidence, but still plenty of boats with only a few open spaces. Asking prices are still, IMO, too high to warrant any excitement. Don't think any sales records will be broken this year. The most activity seemed to be taking place at the Viking and Hatteras factory displays. The brokerage display tents had lots of ....brokers. At the north end, where the Trawlerfest boats congregated, and where Kadey Krogen exhibited some new models, there were a few sets of shoes on the swim platforms. Interested lookers? Spent some time catching up with a delivery skipper friend of mine over an $8.00 bottle of Special Water (Show Management brand). Normally very busy, he has time to ride his Harley these days. Just in case you were wondering how they move all those 125+-footers into place without issues, his boat was dinged (3 cm.) by the behemoth moving in next to him; all settled amicably. A sad note from a true foodie; the smells of charcoal smoke, 'burgers sizzling, BBQ chicken, Greek souvlaki aromas--absent this year. A positive note, though: in the past, when Nature called, you'd have to run across Collins Avenue to a hotel or to the stinky toilet trailers up at the main parking lot. This year, there were sprinkled about on the business side of the street these smaller units that were clean and with classical music piped in. Veddy civilized, don't you know. For the uninitiated, you CANNOT pee in any of the boats in the show. Verboten! Didn't ride a bus (there were lots of these in evidence) running to all the various show sites to or fro my parked car (in the shade), looked at everything, yakked with everybody, took my time, and made it back to the car in about three hours. Paid three bucks to park which made for a happy end of the day.