Sunday, October 05, 2008

This Week on the Island 10/05/2008

'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 a ‘Waterspout’ (tornado at sea). Key West is the waterspout capital of the world. This picture is from Truman Ave (US1) looking across Garrison Bight toward the Navy Barracks. (Waters around the Keys, especially from Marathon past Key West on westward to the Dry Tortugas, probably see 400 or 500 waterspouts a year.

The Weather: Sunday was beautiful. Sunday evening it rained for about 1 hour. We got 1 ¼ inches. The island was flooded for a short period of time. It rained off and on the rest of the week.

The book this week was ‘Emerson’s Essays’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Still reading)

Two subs, made of fiberglass and wood, packed with cocaine have been intercepted in the last two weeks. Each sub can carry 3 to 4 tons of cocaine. They are the latest invention by the drug smugglers trying to get their drugs into the USA.

The weather is cooling off, hurricane season is winding down, and the rainy season is almost over. Almost time to get out the lawn chairs and the grill. (I know you just put yours up.) Nice weather is just around the corner.

Jewish New Year: Lots of Duval Street shops closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

The Casa Marina is now part of the Waldorf-Astoria.

‘Sex on the Reef’, the annual spawning of the coral larvae, was a disappointment this year. The hurricane activity dampened the mood.

Parrot heads: Buffett won in his law suit against ‘The Conch Republic Coconut Telegraph’ of Key Largo. Buffett ‘coined’ the phrase in his 1981 tune by the same name.

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

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