I'm heading out for Miami at 6:40 AM tomorrow, and I'm fired up to see live, outdoor, tournament tennis again after so many months. As an added bonus, I finally was able to book into the Silver Sands Motel, the only place to stay on the Key besides the monolithic Trump-ish Ritz-Carlton. I've been trying to get into the Siver Sands for years (literally), but it's one of those dead-man's shoes situations. People who stay at this time of year just re-book as they leave, annually. Bud Collins is the one who turned me onto the place, which he wrote about at his website.
Apparently, the joint is like a classic 50s style beachfront motel, but in an unself-conscious way, and it's been very nicely kept up, without the hipster vibe that helped transform the very similar feeling years ago on South Beach. Anyway, no more fighting that Rickenbacker Causeway traffic with all the windsurfers, sunbathers, and tennis fans for me. I'll be posting tonight from home, and hope to have a live, fresh post from Miami tomorrow night. And, last but not least, how 'bout that Venus!!!