Aqua and Michael’s last night.
Stopped at Aqua first. Intended to spend time with Mark at the outside Back Bar. David was sitting at the inside bar. Stopped and chatted with him a while.
Then to the Back Bar. Mark always good company.
Where to eat? Decided on Michael’s.
A fair crowd for off season. I was disappointed Suzette was not bartending. I was also looking for Kim who I had met two weeks earlier at Tavern ‘n Town. Kim’s night off also apparently.
Tried the beef boneless ribs. Good. A bone sticking meal. Though no bones. The meat off the ribs buried in a good tasting sauce covering mashed potatoes and some other vegetables.
I have been thinking of getting off gin after 40 years. Wine has been in my mind. I have never been crazy about wine.
The daily special menu showed a special red. The name I do not recall. The composition on the menu took several lines to describe. All kinds of fruit tastes. I ordered a glass. My discerning tongue tasted no fruit.
I was bored at Michael’s bar. Never got a conversation going with anyone. Unusual in Key West to fail to becoming engaged in conversation at a bar.
My yesterday started with the anti-gravity treadmill. Went well. Still going at a slow speed and half time.
I was hungry at lunch hour. Opted for a cheeseburger and fries at 5 Guys.
The afternoon was spent reading and napping. Napping always the best time of the day.
Received two interesting communications yesterday.
Anna telephoned from Milan. All excited. Told me Italy had just passed same sex marriage. While we were talking, I went online to see the story. Anna did not have it quite correct.
Italy approved same sex civil unions. Everything short off same sex marriage. I was not surprised. What did surprise me was that Italy even went as far as it did in approving civil unions. The Catholic Church in Italy has a strong influence regarding same sex anything.
Nevertheless, the approval of civil unions an historical event.
Argos e-mailed me from Athens. I have never met nor communicated with Argos. However, he advised he has been reading my blog since my first Greece trip several years ago.
I have never addressed how Greek’s economic crisis has affected medial care. Argos brought the situation to my attention.
Things are bad! Don’t get sick! Especially seriously ill. Something like cancer.
Government medical plans are paying nothing or close to nothing. Government employees no longer working have no insurance plans.
Hospitals are short in every area. Painkillers and scissors in short supply. Bring your own blankets and sheets when entering a hospital. Cancer operations delayed four months or longer. Regardless of seriousness of the cancer. Many die before time for the operation arrives.
Five thousand doctors and 15,000 nurses have left Greece because they cannot get paid.
If no insurance, the person is put on a waiting list. Months to wait for hospital admission. If one wants surgery earlier, a bribe is required.
I never gave thought to this area of Greek life. Horrible!
Trump/Ryan meeting this morning. I am anxious to listen to the post meeting comments by both. I am a political junkie at heart.
Hillary has to start hitting back. At least through a surrogate. Trump’s charges are building up. Hillary’s quaint smile is not sufficient response.
My Syracuse University is screwed up athletically. Everything seems to go wrong.
Mike Doyle was hired less than a year ago to be Athletic director. Was on the job 310 days. He is taking the AD job at the University of Minnesota.
I blame central administration for the athletic department’s problems. SU is run like a major corporation. Decisions are made by the higher ups and those below are compelled to accept already made decisions.
One example. Boeheim never knew Syracuse was going to the ACC till after it was a fait accompli.
Read a recent article that said municipalities have received $2 billion in surplus military equipment over the past 10 years. State of Florida the most. $300 million.
We all have a general knowledge of that which makes up the military equipment. One item surprised me, however. Bayonets. 5, 638 of them. To use against demonstrators?
Enjoy your day!