Saturday, August 30, 2014

This Week on the Island 08/31/2014

‘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.
Weather: Hurricanes rotate counter-clockwise. The hurricane off the East coast of the US has pushed milder weather from up north down to Key West most of the week. It is back to hot and humid this week end.
No book this week.
Labor Day week end and the island is packed. The island will be deserted starting next week until a week before Halloween. Almost two months and the island will belong to the people that live here.
Last week started with 'Sex on the Reef'. It happens every year about this time. The water is the right temperature, the moon is just right, and the coral starts spawning. This forms new coral. The released substance glows in the dark water at night and looks like thousands of stars.

Saturday morning the dogs and I were visiting friends on The Porch (corner of Caroline and Duval). A bunch of runners came thru for free beer and then moved on. Where else can you get free beer while on the run at 8:45 in the morning.

Saturday at lunch, Jo and I rode our trikes back into Bahama Village to see the dedication of Willie Ward Park and Nelson English Park. It is a really nice park and they had free hamburgers and hot dogs, soft drinks, cotton candy, chocolate chip cookies, pizza, snow cones, popcorn, and probably a few things I missed.

The dogs and I were out for a walk. The city as installed doggie bags at spots around the city. This is one of their bag holders. I wonder what they mean by the last line ‘Don’t forget to recycle’. I just picked up after my dog, what should I recycle and how?

The view from our house has changed in the last fourteen years. Many years ago it was a beach that fishermen repaired their boats on. The dredge and fill that created the Key West Bight was used to fill in all this land. A grocery store and parking lot was on that corner some years ago. It was a Real Estate office when we moved here. Then it was an empty lot. Now it is about to be a 96 room hotel that hopes to open by Halloween for Fantasy Fest.

To quote Jimmy Buffett, ‘In the tropics they come and they go’.

Key West you have got to love it
'Close to Perfect, far from Normal’
Doug Bennett
Lat 24.5591N, Long 81.8016W
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