Dark outside. Very dark.
There cannot be much breeze. I cannot hear wind.
I do hear the water moving, however. I am sitting about 40 feet from the ocean. In the kitchen with the sliding doors open. I can distinctly hear water moving, slapping against the rocks.
The sun was out yesterday morning around 9. I decided to walk. Smathers Beach. Got started and…..it poured! The rain would not stop. Came down big time! For about 20 minutes.
There is no place to hide at Smathers Beach. I got soaking wet. I said the hell with it! I kept walking in the rain!
Afterward it was home to a warm shower.
I spent some time yesterday afternoon at Borders reading. Quiet. Comforting.
Then I decided to go to K-Mart. Tee shirts on sale.
There are not many places to buy male clothes in Key West. Probably because not much in the way of clothes is required. Tee shirts and shorts are the attire of the day. Every day.
Sears is the big store for men’s clothes. However, friend Aaron told me of a tee shirt sale at K-Mart. Only $3 a shirt. I looked. I saw. I bought not. Junk. Terrible material. Thin. And I am sure the shirts would have shrunk 100 per cent after a first washing.
As I was driving out of the shopping area, I saw an old friend. Ann. A newspaper reporter in Utica in the 1960s. Now a resident of Big Pine.
I had not seen Ann in about 6 months.
I beeped. We talked. Decided to talk further. We ended up sitting outside Papa John’s. Only in Key West!
We had a good talk. I hope it is not 6 months before we hook up again.
Chart Room last night! A decent crowd. Susan bartending. I had a couple of drinks and made idle chatter. Ate some pop corn.
I decided on La Trattoria for dinner. I was in need of some Becha attention!
It was not to be. La Trattoria was closed. Pitch black inside. The stools stacked on the bar. Closed for a couple of weeks. As many Key West restaurants are. September is the slow season and many close down for part or all of the month.
I was with a friend. Where to eat? We decided on making it a big night. The Strip House. A fine place for steak. Probably the most expensive restaurant in Key West.
A perfect evening for The Strip House. The weather lovely. We sat on the outside porch. Overlooking the ocean. There was slight breeze. A full moon. The sound of the waves in your ears.
The meal was outstanding! As anticipated!
A sirloin medium rare. We shared it. The portions are large. Onions and potatos. An appetizer to start.
Again, a glorious meal!
Then the bill. Expensive as had been anticipated. $42 for the steak alone.
I noticed an extra $5 charge on the bill. For sharing. I have been a loyal cutomer for years. Never noticed a sharing charge before.
I was pissed! Business is slow in Key West. Because of the time of the year and the recession. Most restaurants are having half price sales on everything on the menu this month. Just to get customers in! And The Strip House has the audacity to now charge $5 extra for sharing a $42 steak!
Someone upstairs in management has their head in their ass!
I said nothing to the waiter. Not his decision.
But I am writing about it this morning. Why?
The Strip House is a chain out of New York City. Someone in New York management is aware each time I mention The Strip House in this blog. It gets back to me. So I am using the blog as a vehicle to let someone upstairs in the chain of command know that this $5 sharing charge is rediculous. An insult. Get rid of it!
Let me further evidence the stupidity of the $5 charge. There is no restaurant in Key West that charges for sharing. From the smallest to the largest. I should know. I have eaten in most if not all of them.
Word has it that a new television station will soon open in Key West. A for real TV station. With drama and comic shows, weather, news and talk shows. Many with a Key West slant.
Sounds interesting! Should be a winner!
Today is Wednesday. Golf day. No golf for me. Unfortunately I have business to attend to this morning. Which means my priorities are screwed up!
Enjoy your day!