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Mike Offit

Mike Offit has 3 articles published.

began a Wall Street real estate trading career after graduating from Brown University and obtained significant success on the Street. After his departure, he turned back to his original passion: writing. He lives in New York City. Visit Mike's website at: http://mikeoffit.com/

A castaway romance in the South Pacific

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While it won’t happen this year, my wife and I have long vowed to return to the most romantic vacation we ever took, our honeymoon back in 1986 to Turtle Island in Fiji. We both had high-pressure jobs, mine on First Boston’s hectic trading floor, hers at Sotheby’s in their American Paintings Department. While we had been dating off and on for almost seven years, we chose what we hoped would be the most idyllic, remote, and isolated destination possible. Rather than meet the demands of clients, markets or our bosses, we wanted two weeks to focus solely on each other, without disruption. A castaway South Pacific island resort sounded like the perfect tonic, and we vowed to leave directly…

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Take my Palm, let’s (not) see the Beach

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My earliest memory of Palm Beach was a visit with my parents when I was about eight. We stayed at a Holiday Inn (long since razed) on South Ocean Boulevard. My dad loved it for the tennis court, and the pro—named Buck like my grandfather—who taught me the art of the drop shot. Forty years later, I spent two weekends house shopping with a friend, helping him decide to buy a townhouse in a nifty location at Sloan’s Curve, down a shaded private lane inside a large high-rise apartment complex right at the corner where South Ocean Boulevard becomes a stretch of eight-, and possibly nine-, figure homes. It was on the ocean, had a nice private pool and hot…

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Living life in the fast lane

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There was a time when driving fast was my idea of a great time. With my first really big bonus on Wall Street, I leased a shiny black Porsche 911, and promptly collected three speeding tickets from the Southampton police for minor infractions. Having spent my school summers in the company of locals, I certainly understood how much joy it brought the Hamptons’ sleepy cops to pull over obnoxious City people in ridiculous cars that cost more than their annual salary. My third ticket was for doing 28 in a 25MPH school zone on a Sunday. I cut a deal with the town’s district attorney to sell the car and avoid a license suspension. If not for one of the…

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