I have not been feeling well the past few days. Yesterday was no different. I decided to stay home and relax.
My planned event for the day was to watch the Syracuse/Virginia Tech game at 3:45. I had no expectation of Syracuse winning. A seventeen point underdog. Virginia ranked #17 in the country.
Syracuse won! Decisively! 31-17.
I felt better! Decided to shower and go out.
Ended up at Berlin’s. I craved stone crabs. First day of the season. Enjoyed three jumbo ones.
A Syracuse victory and stone crabs! The Lord was good to me.
Guy deBoer was at Berlin’s enjoying a cigar. We had dinner together.
The nuisance flooding Key West is experiencing is a twice a year event. Spring and Fall. It is called King Tides. The flooding caused by the location of the Earth, moon and sun. Resulting in the highest ocean tides of the year.
The screwworm invasion a burgeoning problem. Locals met at the Big Pine Key Park recently with officials. More and more Key deer are suffering and being euthanized. Also several home pets. The authorities are on the problem. The cure is known. Everything in the works. Time and patience now.
Orchid growing popular in the Keys. Orchids grow well in our climate.
Many homeowners plant orchids on the trunks of their palm trees. I had it done when I purchased my home 18 years ago. A few months later, beautiful orchids! The orchids renewed themselves each year. Mine lasted 10 years till for whatever reason they stopped appearing.
The Orchid Society is having a presentation of their home grown orchids today at West Martello. I have seen the event a few times over the years. Beauty to behold. Worth seeing.
The Presidential election continues to give me concern. No question, I am anti-Trump. The man is demented. How can he talk or suggest the election is rigged, rebellion, assassination, if he loses he will not accept the results, and most recently that Hillary was on drugs during the last debate.
Add to it Trump and Bill’s sex lives. What happened to issues, the economy, fair wages, international problems, the Affordable Care Act, etc.?
“John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave.”
On this date in 1858, John Brown attacked Harpers Ferry. He was captured, tried and convicted. Hung December 2, 1858. Buried December 8, 1858.
No prolonged appeals in those days.
John Brown was buried in front of his home in Lake Placid, New York. Actually the village of North Elbo, a part of Lake Placid.
Fifteen years ago, my former wife and I were visiting Bruce Evans and his wife at their second home in Lake Placid. Bruce lived in the Utica area.
Bruce was my golf partner at our local golf club. He quietly put up with my poor playing for several years.
Bruce belonged to a golf club in Lake Placid, also. He invited me up to play in that club’s member-guest tournament.
We won our flight by the way. It was hard to lose with my gigantic handicap.
We were rained out one day. We took a ride on the back roads. Lake Placid is part of the Adirondack mountains. High up. Cool in the summer. Freezing cold in the winter.
We came upon John Brown’s home and grave. Bruce had not seen it before, either. The grounds now a New York State Historical Site.
Brown was buried in front of his home.
The home tiny. Rectangular. Simple. Two floors. Two rooms downstairs and one up.
Brown fathered 20 children. Thirteen by his second wife Mary Ann Day. His first wife died. When Brown was home, he lived in the small house with Mary Ann and thirteen of his children.
Tight quarters. Everyone had to sleep tight against to each other. Not a bad scenario in the winter when the cold wind and snow came storming down from Canada.
Enjoy your Sunday!