Saturday, September 27, 2014

This Week on the Island 09/28/2014

‘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: I live on an island. Since water temperature stays fairly constant, it is hard for the temperature over the island to change much from day to night. Therefore if it is 85 degrees in the day, then it will not drop much when the sun goes down. Also when the cold fronts comes thru in the winter and the temperature drops, the water remains warm and it doesn’t take it long before the temperature is back to normal.  I love living here.
This week I read ‘In the Key of West’ by Sir Peter Anderson. Sir Peter was the Secretary General for the Conch Republic. He left the island this year and will be missed by many.

Koda has escaped from her harness 3 times since we got her. I looked for escape proof harnesses on the internet and found the difference was an extra belt around the dog’s middle. I found an old 6 foot lead with an adjustable grip and used it to make an extra belt for Koda’s middle. It seems to be working as she has not escaped since I made it. The clip hooks this belt to the ring on the harness that I hook the lead too.

The plastic windows on the convertible top for out 2002 Chevy Tracker were pretty much burned out by the sun. I found window plastic for boats for $19.99 for one yard by 55 inches. I found plastic glue at the hardware store for $3.49. Jo and I cut out the old windows and glued in some new windows. They look great. We also replaced our old ‘skull and crossbones’ tire cover with a ‘Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude’ tire cover.

Friday night, Jo and I went to Smokin’ Tuna for the cigar club meeting. I had a light Dominican and she had a Partigas Black. We each had a few adult beverages and lots of good company. Life is good.

The Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson (1846) are 70 miles west of Key West. The Spanish named the place the Tortugas for all the sea turtles that nest there. Dry because there is no fresh water. Fort Jefferson was built by the Union during the Civil War to control the southern sea lanes. It was never completed.
MOTM (Meeting Of The Minds), Jimmy Buffett fans will be coming to Key West the last of October thru the first part of November. Here is a music schedule you may find interesting.

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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