Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Week on the Island 08/10/2008

'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 (click to enlarge) is the burned part of Schooner Wharf, next to the upstairs deck, coming down. (It burned in 2001.)

The Weather: ‘The Dog Days of Summer’ hot and humid but with a nice sea breeze. ‘Dog Days of Summer’ ( ) . The star Sirius (The Dog Star) is so bright in the sky that the ancients thought that it was the cause of the hot weather this time of the year.

The book this week was ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ by Mark Twain.

This week started with ‘Battle of the Bars’ and ended with ‘Lobster Fest’.
Sunday was the 15th annual 'Battle of the Bars' on Lazy Lane behind Schooner Wharf Bar. It is a timed race with 2 teams competing at a time. Each team had 7 members. The 1st team member mixes a margarita, The 2nd one carries it to the table, the 3rd one drinks it, the 4th one buses the table and runs to the recycle bins and recycles, the 5th one roll a beer keg to the table and taps it, the 6th one pulls 7 beers, the 7th one carries the beers to the rest of the team that are now in a line, each member chugs their beer and places the cup up-side-down on their head. The whole thing is timed. If your team does not win you can buy your way into the next round by donation money. All the money ($165,000 so far over the 15 years) goes to 'Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Key West. The winning team was the Raw Bar Rowdies from the Half Shell Raw Bar.

The 12th annual Lobster Fest was this week end. It is a street event with merchants lining Duval Street and selling lots of stuff. The main thing sold of course is lobster. Where else can you eat lobster and drink an adult beverage while you sit on the curb in 90 degree heat.

Tuesday night was ‘National Night Out’. Jo and I went to the events held on the new soccer field in Bahama Village next to the new road to Fort Zack and the Truman Waterfront.

A new blog I found click PHOTO at the top of the page and then click START SLIDE SHOW. We ain’t pretty, but we have a good time.

Sunday, Aug 10th, Captain Tony celebrated his 92nd birthday.

Key West, You have got to love it
'Living the life that others dream'
Doug Bennett
Lat 24.55967N, Long 81.80169W

You may join this group by going to