Big days for the Key West gay and lesbian community. Actually, big days for the entire Key West community.
This is Pride Week. Pride Week salutes diversity in Key West. One of America’s leading gay and lesbian communities.
All kinds of events. The Rainbow Bike Parade tonight. Begins 6:30 at Bayview Park. A Pride Street Fair on the 700-900 blocks of Duval saturday. The Pride Parade sunday at 5. Plus more.
In addition to Pride activities, Miss Gay USofA was recently crowned in Dallas. She belongs to Key West. In order to be eligible for the national pageant, she had to win a local one. She did. In January, Miss Gay Southernmost USofA.
The pageant consists of female impersonators and transgenders. Aurora Sexton represented Key West. Congrats Auora
The key thing is we all live together in Key West as One Happy Family. No question about it.
The White Street Pier was to be renamed in honor of Edward B. Knight. The event rained out. Soon to be rescheduled. Ed Knight deserving of the recognition.
My yesterday began with the anti-gravity treadmill. Jenny caring for me.
Then lunch at the Cuban Coffee Queen. Cheese toast and cold Cuban coffee. Read the newspapers.
I enjoy sitting at the Queen doing nothing.
Headed to Aqua’s Back Door Bar early in the evening. Mark Watson time. Mark had told me Donna and Terri would be there. I have not seen them since they returned.
The door to the Back Bar was locked. Mark had cancelled because of the rain. What rain? A few drops here and there on occasion.
Instead, I had a drink at the inside bar.
The bartender made an interesting observation. He enjoys old silent films. I can’t stand them. He told us about a very risque 1927 silent film he had watched the evening before. Risque permissible because there was not a morality code in effect yet.
Nancy came in. I made a new friend.
Nancy is retired military. Headed straight to Key West the day after she severed from the service. Knew this is where she wanted to live. Lives here with her wife. Not sure when they married.
Nancy has a PhD. Works part time in Key West as a consultant for non profits.
I liked Nancy. Good company. Hope we see each other again soon.
Had to eat. Duffy’s at the bar. Prime rib, as usual.
Saw a disappointing thing at Duffy’s. Actually, sad. A man had ordered a Maine lobster. I assume a tourist.
It was obvious he had never eaten a Maine lobster before. He did not know how to eat it. He used his fork and knife constantly. Never pulled the claws off or removed the tail. Salt and pepper frequently. never saw him dunk the poorly ripped out meat in butter.
I am not being critical of the man nor the way he attacked the lobster. I am being critical of his waitress or someone from Duffy’s. No one helped him, gave him any advice, etc.
Along the way yesterday, I heard some Johnny Cash. A line from Folsom Prison Blues attracted me. I swiftly wrote it down. “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.”
Cash was a long time ago. His yesterday our today. Drugs and crime rampant. Many killed daily for the fun and thrill of it. Nothing has changed, except perhaps for the number of persons killed.
I have been talking about Venezuela for four years. Since the country first ran out of toilet paper. Now, it is food.
I read yesterday that 500 hundred people had looted a food warehouse. The article further stated that the same day, 5,000 had raided a super market.
This morning, I saw a video on the internet. Venezuelan adults and children looking for food in trash cans.
As I have said consistently over the four years, I do not know why the people do not revolt against their President Nicholas Maduro. He is a lot like Fidel Castro in days gone by. Blames the United States for all his problems. Including telling the people on several occasions we were preparing to invade Venezuela.
Enjoy your day!