Saturday, February 26, 2005

This Week on the Island 11/16/2003

'This week on the Island' is written by Doug Bennett and is an update to friends about happenings in Key West last week. Everything is true except for those parts that are lies.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

We have had a strong wind out of the north for the last couple of days. The water is very turbulent with 12 foot seas out beyond the reef. Most of the fishing boats and reef trip boats are staying in harbor. The Fast Cat to the Dry Tortugas has problems with people getting sea sick. It is beautiful on land.

Friday morning it was only 78 degrees. Some of us are cold. Jo and I didn't even run the air conditioning on Friday or Saturday. Thank goodness it has started to warm up a little bit today. It is too early in the year for it to be this cold. I know that you people way up north in places like Miami are much colder, but that is where you choose to live. Those of you even further north must really be cold.

Our local Parrot Head Club (Doug Bennett, President) raised almost $1,500 for charity at our charity auction darning MOTM (Meeting of the Minds) the first of November when all the Parrot Heads were in town. We have adopted 3 class rooms and used corporate matching funds from one of our members to adopt another 3 class rooms. We feel very good about this.

The town in packed with visitors. The hotels are full, the bars are full, there restaurants are full, the streets are packed and we are getting 3 or 4 cruise ships a day. People rent mopeds to ride around the streets. They have drivers license, but have never ridden a moped before. We have lots of accidents. I keep hearing moped horns and ambulances.

Doug Bennett
Key West, you have got to love it..
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------There are lots of bicycles in Keys West. They are chained up everywhere. There are lots of 'dirtbags' in Key West. They are asleep on the sidewalks and in the alleys. If you find your bike with trash in the basket, that means that some 'dirtbag' has marked it to be stolen. If he come back by the next day and the trash is still in the basket then he will steal you bike and sell it for about $15 so he can buy more beer.Keep your bicycle chained and clean.