The last day of the year!
A time for thought.
Good year? Bad year? Whatever. May 2010 be better!
I dressed for the cold. Long pants, tee shirt, sweat shirt and jacket. I figured I could always peel down if it got to 73 as projected.
It got to 77! I was down to the tee shirt on the back nine.
Play was slow. Tourists playing. Took us 5 hours.
We played a scramble.Tom, Yankee Jack and me on one team. Don, David and his son on another. My team lost. We were fighting for pars. Never birdies. The ball was never close to the hole. The putts did not drop.
Such is golf! But it was fun! These are good guys!
Last night was Jackie Grimm time. Lucky me!
She had asked me a few days before to join her last night at the Key West Pops Concert at St. Paul’s Church.
Jackie is nice people. I first met her and her husband Roland about 10 years ago when I bought my home in Key West. I had tremendous respect for Roland. Besides being a nice guy, he was the most brilliant economic mind I had ever met. He knew money!
Roland passed on a bit more than a year ago. Jackie has been living in their New Mexico home since. Until two weeks ago when she returned to Key West.
I drove over to Riviera Drive to pick up Jackie. She is renting for a while.
Jackie had told me her new home had a putting green. Did it! The whole front lawn is a putting green. With several holes!
We should have a putting tournament there next week.
Jackie and I started the evening at the Chart Room. Time for one drink. The place was mobbed. Mostly tourists. Captain Peter and Che there. The Hartford couple was in.
We walked over to St. Paul’s Church for the Pops Concert. St. Paul’s is a lovely large old church right on Duval. Right in the center of all kinds of activity. It is an integral part of historical old town as that portion of Key West is known.
St. Paul’s Episcopalian pastor has always made the Church available for public events. Especially those of a musical nature. Monday through Friday each week there is an organist playing Broadway tunes. Locals and tourists alike wander in to sit with God and listen to the best his children have produced.
The Church was a mob scene. I have never seen so many people inside. Standing room only!
I grabbed Jackie by the hand and maneuvered through the crowd. Luck was with us! I found two empty seats in the front row on the right side. We were in business!
The band was on the altar. Singers and other performers also.
The concert was entitiled Home for the Holidays. An appropriate title. Featured performers included Pops alumni who had now grown and had moved on to college and New York musical careers. The kids, now adults, were home for the holidays. And Key West was made privy to their accomplished talents.
What a night! What a setting! What music! What talent!
I have no plans for this evening. I may stay home. Probably will. Might have dinner earlier with Lisa and the family. We shall see.
Enjoy this the last day of 2009! And whatever you do tonight, do it carefully!