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A Recession X-Mas
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If you’re a fan of our golden city, but can’t quite afford to buy the
entire Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa on Miami Beach or the
Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, the new special limited-edition
Monopoly Miami & The Beaches game will allow you to do just that
while letting you own, buy or sell the hottest real estate in Miami.
The Miami version of the highest-selling board game of all time
retails for $35 through MonopolyMiami.com and in select retailers
throughout the city. Below are a few things the Miami version of
Monopoly didn’t include but should have:
1. Caffeine Alert:
A cup of caffecito would have made for a popular pewter token…
plus it would have kept everyone alert to the inevitable “cheater.”
The Alligator, New World Symphony Composer, Lifeguard Stand,
Flamingo, Art Deco Building and Airboat just don’t give enough
options for our diverse culture.
2. Housing Crisis:
Even for a Monopoly board, the prices are still a little too low
to be realistic. A mere $350 to buy all of Lincoln Road? Really?
Worse yet, the houses and hotels aren’t up to Miami’s discerning
standards. Mixing up the real estate pieces with different colors
and architectural styles would have been more representative of
our market — and tastes.
3. Pay to Play
One look at the board and any savvy Miamian has to wonder
how many sponsorship deals were cut to allow only a handful
of brands to reserve their space on the board. A more inclusive
variety (paid or unpaid) would have made the game more
authentic and enjoyable for residents and visitors alike.
everything on their holiday wish list this year. It just breaks
my heart to think this will be the first time my husband and
I won’t see them overjoyed when they open up their presents.
I’m worried that they’ll resent us or worse yet: They’ll tell
all their friends they didn’t get what they wanted because
mom and dad are going through some hard times! We’ll be the
laughing stock of the neighborhood! We’ve only been living
on the island for a couple of years, so this is definitely not the
type of PR we’re looking forward to! Is there anything we can
do to diffuse the situation?
A: I always like to say, “There’s always a teaching
moment.” This is certainly the best time to teach your
children, especially pre-teens, how the economy has made a
change on many individuals and families. You are not alone.
Many professionals, bankers, investors, and sales people have
called me with similar problems as yours — and even worse.
Children need to know that life is not always going to be full
of roses. There will always be challenging and difficult times.
By simply explaining to them, without instilling fear, that
money is not everything, they will be learning a valuable
lesson. Although mom and dad are going through some hard
times, being together and supporting each other with and
abundance of love is greater than any wealth in the world.
The economy will always bounce back but the time to be
together and learn from life’s experiences is now.
› is Lisette Licensed Beraja Marriage Beraja and Counseling Therapist
with more than 10 years of experience
working with children, adults, couples
and families. If you have a question you’d
like answered in a future edition of Key
Biscayne Magazine, email it to Editor@
KeyBiscayneMag.com or Lisette@Beraja.com. Due to high volume,
we will not be able to respond to all submissions. All names will be
withheld to ensure the privacy of our readers.
“Not too hot. Extra chocolate.
Shaken, not stirred.”
—Little Elf Judy in The Santa
18 key biscayne magazine
Only 31% of Americans
will buy their bosses
a Christmas present
I Have a Little Dreidel
is considered the most
popular Chanukah song
in the world.
As many as one in four children can
expect to get some coal in their
stocking this year, even if it’s just a
joke from Santa.