Sunday, December 31, 2006

This Week on the Island 12/31/2006

'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.


The picture this week is just another Key West sunset.

This week's book was 'Sanibel Flats' by Randy Wayne White. I really enjoy his books and the adventures of Dr. Ford. I also read 'Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty' (OK so I am 12 years late).

The Weather: The A/C was on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, then the rains started as a cold front moved thru. Tuesday it was below 70 degrees. Kind of cold for Key West. It was back in the high 70's by the end of the week.

The Winter Solstice was last week (the shortest day of the year). Now there will be more sunshine as the days get longer. It was also the first day of winter.

The island is getting packed as more people arrive for New Years Eve in Key West. There are about 24,000 people that live on this tiny island and by Saturday we had over 50,000 visitors. There are New Years Eve parties all over the island but the three main events were:
(1) Stand on Duval Street in front of Sloppy Joes and watch the Conch Shell drop at midnight.
(2) Stand on Duval Street in front of Bourbon Street Bar and watch Sushi (female impersonator) being lowered in a large pink shoe at midnight.
(3) Stand at Schooner Wharf and watch the Pirate Wench being lowered at midnight.
Jo and I have our own tradition of picking one of these events and then sitting on our front porch and watching the parade of people walking up Caroline Street as they try to remember where they parked their cars.

Key West, You have got to love it
'Meet me at the end of the road' - Conky Tonkin'- Jimmy Buffett
Doug Bennett
Lat 24.5597N, Long 81.8016W

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