ROSEMARY HARRIS: Cross your fingers for good weather in Florida next week because I'll be doing something that I've wanted to do ever since I was a little girl. I'm renting a houseboat.
I haven't seen the movie for years but I think it has something to do with the old Cary Grant, Sophia Loren movie Houseboat. Maybe it was the trips to Amsterdam where the houseboats look like more fun than the hotels.
Or maybe it goes back to the time my coolest friend, Becky, rented one in the Keys and told tales of fishing off the back of the boat, grilling her catch and washing it down with ice cold beers.
Get too warm - just jump over the side. Get hungry - throw in a line. Feel like a little company - just kayak over to that big yacht.
This won't be quite as adventurous as that trip (Becky was single...) but interesting nonetheless.
After the Miami Book Fair, I'll be driving south to the keys. Then, I'll powerboat to a small private island and stay on the houseboat for a few days until the beer and the sunscreen run out. I'm taking a small telescope because the stargazing should be pretty good but during the day I'm going to be sticking to the JR Writers Challenge and working on my word count! For fun I'll dive into one of the books I pick up at the book fair. Hope there's a new Carl Hiaasen to read!
What else should I bring (other than my husband...) What would you bring to a houseboat and private island? Jimmy Buffet cds...margarita mix....