Saturday, February 26, 2005

This Week on the Island 12/07/2003

'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.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

This week I finished 'Reap the Wild Wind' by Thelma Straebel. This was made into a movie by Cecil B. DeMille. It is about Key West back in the old Wreaking Days (1840's) when Key West was one of the riches cities in the USA. They made their money by rescuing ships that when ashore on the reefs that are around Key West. It has a strong Charleston-Key West connection. I also read another book by Laurence Shames entitled 'Florida Straits'. This one is about when the 'Godfathers' son moved from New York to Florida. ( So it seems I read them out of sequence). The son gets involved with the Miami mob. I really enjoy sitting on my front porch reading these books.

The aircraft carrier the USS George Washington is sitting 7 miles offshore this week (the other side of the reef) and allowing its' over 5000 personnel shore time. The sea got so rough by the week end that they had to fly the sailors by helicopter back to the ship.

Monday night in celebration of 'Pirates in Paradise' and the release of the DVD 'Pirates of the Caribbean', we had a large fireworks display at Mallory Square. It was sponsored by Disney and during the fireworks the ship HMS Bounty was docked at Mallory Square.

Buffett is in town recording at his 'secret' recording studio about 1 block from the house. This is suppose to be a Country Western CD. I have been getting calls and email from all over the USA from people telling me to be in Margarittaville on Friday night to see Buffett. Buffett was there. He did play a few songs. The place was packed. Jo and I got home about midnight. He also played at Hogs Breath on Wednesday night.

It is Sunday morning and 58 degrees. Saturday there was a high pressure weather system sitting over New Orleans. It was pulling the cold air out of Canada and sending it right down the state of Florida. By the time it got here Saturday night, it had warmed up to 58 degrees with wind gust up to 30 MPH. We had to close the windows and doors, but it is suppose to be nice and warm again later in the week.

The Christmas Parade was Saturday night. It was COLD. In case you don't know yet it was 58 degrees. No shorts and sandals this year. I wore jeans, socks and shoes, and a coat.

Doug Bennett
Key West, You have got to love it!

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