An interesting dinner with Diana Millikan last night. At Berlin’s.
I have known Diana three years. Only met her face to face two times. each for dinner. Last night being the second. We communicate via e-mail.
I find her intelligent and interesting. She has a problem, however. Her mind moves faster than her lips. Or, vice versa. A task to keep up with her some times.
Diana had an agenda. A list of items she wanted to cover with me. I am not sure we got to them all. However, I was tired at the end.
One of the things discussed is a book we hope to do together. Famous Key West buildings/structures of old. Diana’s responsibility to search out old photos and arrange them. Mine to write a brief narrative beneath each.
A famous whore house in the 1930s, a building where the shrimp catch was processed in 1900, the Rose Tattoo House, the public mortuary where bodies were left on ice, etc.
On this day in 1952, Ernest Hemingway completed writing The Old Man and The Sea. He wrote his publisher the same day saying the book was finished and he thought it was the best writing he had ever done.
Bum Farto. His name as familiar in Key West as Ernest Hemingway and Harry Truman.
Farto was the Key West Fire Chief. A popular figure. He had been convicted in February 1976 of drug charges. Jail a certainty.
On this day in 1976, Farto was reported missing by his wife. Never to be found again.
“Where is Bum Farto” became an immediate saying and continues to this day. An integral part of Key West history.
How did the Where is Bum Farto question come into being? From T-shirt sales. Even back then, T-shirts a Key West money maker. A vendor printed T-shirts with the saying.
William Hackley. 1856. His wife Matilda had need of dental services. A Dr. Walton accompanied Hackley home that day. The dentist plugged three of Matilda’s teeth and commenced Aleltas.
What were plugging and Aleltas?
Plugging a dental word. If the decayed part of the tooth was smaller at its orifice than internally, the hole could be plugged. Plugging arrested the disease and preserved the tooth for years.
I find it hard to believe. Closing up the hole without removing the decay?
Aleltas a problem for me. Could not find a word so spelled. The closest and referable to dentistry is Alertas. I could not find a definition for Alertas. If any of you do, let me know what it is.
Did two Facebook Go Live videos yesterday. One about visas, the other robotic soldiers.
An American traveling in Europe has it made. Move from country to country as if back home and going from one state to another. No stopping, show me your papers, etc.
The Eurounion is not happy with what Trump plans to do with regard to limiting/denying access to certain persons. By voice vote this past week, the Eurounion decided to require Americans to obtain visas before traveling through their countries. Goes into effect in two months.
Going to be a pain in the ass! Show me your papers! Stand in long lines to have them examined!
The Euorunion nations fighting back against Trump’s move to further vett those entering our country.
Syracuse/Georgia Tech at 4 today. Both teams have the same number of wins and losses. Georgia Tech beat Syracuse three weeks ago.
The Vegas line has Syracuse an 8.5 point victor. I hope so. Syracuse needs to win to be seriously considered for the big tournament a couple of weeks away.
I will be watching the game at Jack Flats with Dee. Dinner afterwards at Antonia’s or Martin’s.
Enjoy your day!