Saturday, March 03, 2012

This Week on the Island 03/04/2012

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 pictures this week (click to enlarge) are ‘Open Air Market on Lazy Lane’ and Key West’s finest on his trusty steed’ the horse was being fed carrots at the pretzel shop. The last picture is a Florida black scorpion.

Weather: Wonderful. In the mid 70’s at night and the low 80 in the day. Clear skies and white clouds.

This week I read ‘Presidential Deal’ by Les Standiford. Another in the John Deal series.

Feb 29th (Sadie Hawkins Day) There was a wedding procession of 6 ‘Pedi-a-ride cabs (tricycles) on Green Street.

February I feel off my diet with Jo’s birthday, Valentines Day, and Sadie Hawkins Day. I did not lose any weight but I did not gain any either. I am still down 10 pounds since the beginning of the year. Now it is back to 2 Banquet dinners a day.

Thursday night I reached over to pull the sheets back to go to bed. I felt like I had put my big toe in an electric socket. I cut on the light and saw a scorpion run and hide under a suitcase in the back of the closet. I removed a bunch of stuff, found the scorpion and killed it. It was big and black and about 4 inches long with another 2 inches of tail. My lips got tingly and then the end of my tongue got tingly. My toe was hurting and I couldn’t sleep so I went to the internet and Googled ‘black Florida scorpion’ and found that it was about like a wasp sting. I stayed up until my toe quite hurting and then went to bed. Welcome to the tropics.

------------------------------Sailing terms--------------------------
We all know that on long sails if you don’t get enough vitamin ‘C’ you can get ‘scurvy’. The British had limes on their ‘man of wars’ because a lime is high in vitamin ‘C’. The men had the lime with their daily ration of ‘grog’. That is why British sailors were called ‘lime-ies’.

Key West, You have got to love it
'Living the life that others dream'
Doug Bennett
Lat 24.5591N, Long 81.8016W

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Sassi dancing to Schooner Wharf Bar Dog.