Getting Ready For Super Bowl

We are getting ready for Super Bowl in Miami. Look whose yacht just arrived to get a great spot in the marina below our window. The Bravo Eugenia, owned by Jerry Jones who also owns the Dallas Cowboys. Cost: $225,000,000 —-358 feet long. Story and photo by Eliot Hess.

Miami Beach Building Super Bowl Party Places

Moving On To Some Fun Stuff

Your Smartphone Should Have A Big Stick

A “Lying on the Beach” podcast

Allen Hirsch, a renowned New York City artist, has made every available smartphone much more user friendly and accommodating. No more dropping your phone and losing data.

The new HANDL Stick, from $10 to $20, (depending on the materials used), attaches to the back of your phone (or case) with an adhesive strip. The strip is stronger than Popeye and patented brace and elastic system makes your phone feel like it is floating in your hand. 


Why are we interviewing Allen? We love the HANDL Stick and want everyone to know about it. Allen is a close friend who deserves credit for connecting a painter’s artistic touch to the most advantageous way to hold your cell. HANDL Stick also allows you to use it in landscape or portrait mode. The Stick gives you a hands free option as well for desk use.

Steve Greenberg, a TV personality and Lois Whitman-Hess, a PR expert, interview Allen on their podcast, “Lying on the Beach,” because they got the exclusive information on this marvelous and affordable invention. 

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The Flamingo Costume Contest

We call ourselves the BBQ’s. That’s because we all come from Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Marcia and Richie Grand live in Whitestone, Queens in the summer months and Hallandale, FL during the winter.

They like to do a lot of outdoor activities, so we met them for an outing to Flamingo Gardens, Davie, FL. I always forget how much I love spending time with creatures who fly or hang out in water. Most of us do not spend a lot of time with other living things that need us to look after them. There is a large life out there that we barely think of each day. We need to change that.


People from all over Southern Florida dress up plastic flamingos each year so they can compete for their fashion and entertainment sense. You pick the winner.

Doctors Orders

If you haven’t visited a hospital lately, please be advised, that you should wear a sweater, or even a snowsuit, when you enter the medical facility. It’s freezing in the waiting, patient, recovery and operating rooms.

Hospitals everywhere have lowered the temperatures of their interiors to prevent the spread of germs/viruses. Researchers have discovered in recent years, colder rooms provide more protection. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that patients who are wearing light weight gowns are suffering. They are so cold that they are shivering. Nurses offer as many blankets as they need, but anything less then four or five covers on top of a patient doesn’t seem to warm them up.

The good news is a company named 3M. I’m sure you have heard of them. They now make a portable heater that blows hot air under the patient’s gown. It’s name is the 3M Bair Hugger Heating System. You have to watch the video to understand how it works.

Progressive hospitals everywhere are using these new heat blowers for patients. TV personality Steve Greenberg, just had hand surgery today, at New York Presbyterian, and he said the new heating system was a great comfort. He is even considering buying a unit for cold winter nights in his New York apartment. You can laugh all you want. I bet you will be buying one too in the next year or two.

Deering Estate, Take Two

Here are the photos Eliot Hess took at Alex Nunez birthday party. We celebrated at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, Fl. Watch the flight of migratory birds (Cormorants, Anhingas, and Ospreys) at sunset to safe haven trees ( to protect themselves from predators).

Our Take On CES 2020

CES 2020 — It’s the largest tech conference in the world and “Lying on the Beach’s”  Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess were there checking out some of the latest high tech wonders. That was not an easy feat. In this case we should say “feet.” CES featured 15 miles of aisles with innovative products. It was like visiting a small city and touring every building. We tell you all about it.  

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Happy Birthday Alex

Eliot and I attended the most unusual birthday party ever. Our dear and talented friend, Alex Nunez, turned 36 today and invited friends and family to the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, Fl, to see the flight of migratory birds (Cormorants, Anhingas, and Ospreys) at sunset to safe haven trees ( to protect themselves from predators).

Alex is a painter, writer, photographer, videographer, musician, podcaster and DJ host ( I’m sure much more). She arranged for her guests to wear headsets so that she could narrate the journey of the birds while we listened to the mix of songs she created for the evening. It was totally awesome. 

Everyone got into the swing of things immediately and started singing and dancing. The event was one-of-a-kind that reminds us that sometimes nature can do the entertaining.

The birthday girl was the MC and DJ.

An Alex original

Another Alex original

Birthday girl

Alex and her sensational family.

Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of the Fountainhead Residency

Dan Mikesell, co-founder of the Fountainhead Residency, got in the groove immediately.

Picture Perfect

This is a perfect kind of day. Ron and Andrea Hein and Lois and Eliot Hess visited the sculpture garden at the Raleigh Hotel today on South Beach. The hotel is being renovated but the exhibit is open till April.

The garden is an homage to late French husband-and-wife team Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, also known in the art world as Les Lalanne. Francois, who died in 2008, and Claude, who died earlier this year, were known for their whimsical sculptures and installations.

Last month, a Sotheby’s sale featuring various pieces from the pioneering couple’s personal collection raked in a jaw-dropping $53 million.

The tropical garden is a “gift” to the community from new Raleigh owner/developer Michael Shvo, who bought the 79-year-old beachside hotel from Tommy Hilfiger in February for $103 million.

The surreal garden, designed by renowned architects Peter Marino (of Barneys fame) and local design star Raymond Jungles, will connect all three properties. The Raleigh, South Seas and Richmond.