Guest Blog by Dave Barry



The New York Times published this amazing essay by a woman named Pamela Druckerman, who used to live in Miami (she now lives in Paris) and came back to visit for a couple of weeks, then wrote about it. Here's one of the amazing paragraphs:

Most locals also don’t seem bothered that Miami is one of America’s most unequal cities, with lots of very poor people living close to rich ones. Miami’s have-nots are easy to ignore, since — if they’re not cleaning your house or parking your car — you just drive past them.

Isn't that amazing? She's here two weeks and she knows how "most locals" feel about income inequality! I've lived here almost thirty years, and I'd never claim to know that. Probably because I'm not a thinker. I'm referring to this sentence from Ms. Druckerman's essay:

And while there are some thinkers scattered around town, Miami is overrun with lawyers, jewelry designers and personal trainers, all trying to sell services to one another.

That's right: She knows who Miami's thinkers are -- all of them, apparently -- and also knows where they are! "Scattered around town."

I wish the Times had printed a map, so I could go see them.

This is from her final paragraph:

There was a lot of pleasure in Miami, but not enough surprising interactions and ideas. Miami may one day be the city for normal-looking people with semi-intellectual aspirations and a mild social conscience. But it’s not there yet.

So she's saying we have a chance! Not to be New York or Paris, of course, but some day -- if we have a few more "surprising interactions and ideas" thanks to enlightened visitors who deign to visit us -- we might develop semi-intellectual aspirations! And a "mild" social conscience!


I don't know what we would do down here without the New York Times.