Tuesday, March 01, 2005

This Week on the Island 08/29/2004

'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.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sunday was Wyleigh Dog's 11th birthday. We made he a cake from cans of dog food and Milk Bone dog biscuits. She shared it with the other dogs at Schooner Wharf. Michael McCloud sang Happy Birthday to her. She had a good time.

Played golf on Monday. It was the first time in years and the score showed that I need practice. I really got that cost per stroke to a minimum. The course had swarms of black mosquitoes and gnats.

Miami is hosting the MTV Music Awards. One of the female musicians set off the metal detectors with her nipple rings.

My neighbor behind me has started a large construction project on his house. The house across the street in front of me is being demolished so they can move another larger house to the site. It is noisy and dirty but it should be completed in a few months..

On Thursday morning at 9:04 AM one of the Key West Trolley's knocked down the concrete power pole in front of my house. Jo and I and the dogs spent the day at Schooner Wharf listening to Michael McCloud. We got electricity back at 4:45 PM. We got the phone back at 10:35 AM on Friday morning. We got cable back at 3:00 Pm on Friday.

Friday was the Miss Hawaii Tropic swim suit contest at Conch Republic Seafood. It is amazing what will pass as a swim suit these days. The finals were held Saturday night on Duval Street in front of Hard Rock Cafe.

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

The attached 1940's picture is Sloppy Joe Russell's original saloon on Green Street. It is now Captain Tony's. This building is the oldest continually operated bar in the state of Florida. It has had many names, but it has always been a bar. The tree that grows thru the roof inside the bar is the old Key West Hanging Tree. In the early years the bar was used as an Ice House. Since it was an Ice House, it was also the City Morgue. Also since it was the Ice House, it was the coolest place in town and was a very popular bar.