Tuesday, March 01, 2005

This Week on the Island 12/26/2004

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

How would you like to spend Christmas, on Key West Island? It actually got cold here before Christmas, Monday night it was 56 degrees, but by Tuesday it was back in the 70's again. Thursday we had to cut the A/C on again. Christmas Day at 7:00 AM it was 68 degrees. And people say we don't have seasons.

Christmas Eve we gave homemade goodies to friends on the island. Each gift had Fudge, Hot Spiced Nuts, Key Lime Pecans, Snicker Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Hot Cheese Crackers, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Brittle, Gum Drop Cookies and a Sea Shell Angle.

Christmas Eve with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. A heavy fog rolled in from the east so we rode the bus (for free) to Benihana's for a little Christmas Eve Dinner. We sat at the table with a family with quadruplet boys (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The father was a wrestling coach and was born in Key West (he had arms the size of my legs). The four boys were 11 years old and were very well behaved. The father was showing the family (now from Tennessee) his hometown of Key West and how much it had changed since he graduated from high school and moved away. We also saw a few other people at Benihana's that we know from around the island. After dinner we went home and swapped Christmas Presents.

The Winter Solstice (http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/WinterSolstice.html ), Dec 21, the shortest day of the year, the beginning of winter. It was 75 degrees and we had 10 hours and 37 minutes of sunlight. I sat in the back yard working on my tan while I finished this weeks book. It was another by Randy Wayne White, 'Ten Thousand Islands'. The ten thousand islands are on the west coast of Florida. This book is about Indian artifacts and murder. Again, I enjoyed the book.

Eileen Ermer is here from the Parrot Head Club of Tidewater (Virginia Beach). I also met a couple of Parrot Heads from the Palmetto Parrot Hear Club on my walk Wednesday to the Library, they were on a cruise ship.

Big Foot, the cat's trial appears to have been delayed until Jan 21.

Key West, You have got to love it
'Meet me at the end of the road' - Conchy Tonkin'- Jimmy Buffett
Doug Bennett

I hope you had a very merry Christmas.