Sunday, April 11, 2010

This Week on the Island 04/11/2010

'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 ‘Key West Cemetery’. This is a great place for a walk, no dogs allowed. It is on the highest part of the island, 16 feet above sea level, because the old cemetery on the beach washed away in a hurricane. We have the Battle Ship Maine area, we have lots of old gravestones, and we have ‘I Told You I Was Sick’.

Weather: Same as last week. Wonderful, in the high 60’s at night and high 70’s to 80 in the day, clear blue skies and calm seas.

No book this week.

Dogs in Bars: Some folks in Key West are getting their dogs licensed as ‘Service Dogs’ so they can legally take them anywhere they want to go. It cost $60 and I am not sure it is worth it. The last time dogs were banned from Schooner Wharf it took about a month to get everything back to normal. Dogs were band when a local put his dog on the bar while the health inspection people were there.

We spent Easter Sunday with friends at Walt’s house. Everyone brings something and it is sort of like a family reunion. We old folks did an Easter egg hunt and a raw egg toss. I think everyone had a good time. I ate way too much.

Harbor House, the condo development behind Schooner, was sold on the Key West Court House steps. The only bid was from M&I Bank. They were the one’s holding the mortgage.

I find all sorts of ‘stuff’ on the streets of Key West, especially on our early morning dog walk at about 6:00 AM. Most of it is junk, like one ear ring, but sometimes I find something that is worthwhile. This week it was a cell phone. Using the cell phone, I call someone listed on the cell phones recent calls list. I tell them I have the phone, ask them to get in touch with the owner, and then I wait for the owner to call me back. They almost always try to reach the owner by calling the cell phone that is in my hands. I find that ‘common sense’ is not very common.

Sassi, Boca and I went over to Lazy Lane and sat in the little park behind Schooner Wharf to listen to Michael McCloud. It isn’t as good as being there, but it was something.

The Blue Angles, the Navy’s precision flying team, has been practicing at the Naval Air Station on Boca Chica all week. They put on a great show on Saturday and Sunday. They were made honorary Conchs.

For April Fools Day last week we had the Key West Clown Bar Crawl. Interesting.

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Sassi dancing to Schooner Wharf Bar Dog.