The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show was a special treat, both for me to see all those megaboats, to take part in a boating lifestyle to which I never will be accustomed, and, especially to receive the kudos of my fellow journalist in BWI. This I could get accusomed to. During a formal presentation, I got the top boating award BWI gives to a boating writer: the West Marine Writer's Award. This was for an Ensign magazine story from a book chapter in Broken Seas. The story fascinated me since it was set on Lake Superior where I sailed Persistence so often. (See PDF to get the full magazine story)After the award, I walked the sandy beaches in the 80-degree tropical breezes. Ah, beautiful old Ft. Lauderdale. Later on, after walking the docks of the extraordinary boat show, I came across the rum barge with a steel band playing music and I discovered the Rum Runner, with a Floater! I floated off the barge. Maybe even in time with the music. Who knows?