It is hard to have a bad night in Key West. Last night was extra special.
It was the company, food, and ambiance.
I was at Berlin’s for dinner with Donna and Terri. Celebrating their anniversary. The event was two weeks ago. The party had to be delayed a bit. Terri was diagnosed with cancer.
Terri has just completed two weeks of chemo. Her last treatment was wednesday. She said she felt well enough to go out last night. Glad she did. She enjoyed herself immensely.
Shane and Gage bartending. The lovely Bria entertaining.
Lynda and Bob Frechette showed up. They were having diner at A&B. Joined us at the bar after their dinner. Two of the nicest people in Key West. Unquestionably.
A lovely young lady came up to me. Striking. Could not recall who she was. I’m George, she said. We hugged and talked.
George is a female. Through and through. Known as George in Key West. Whether her real name, I do not know.
George is Lisa’s friend. George bartends at Hogs Breath. The past 20 years.
I have only seen George 4-5 times in my life. First time was Lisa’s wedding 14 years ago. We met at the martini bar at the reception. Enjoyed a couple of martinis each while chatting. She looks today as she looked then.
I do not recall what we talked about. I believe she does. A mystery surrounds the conversation. She has never shared it with me.
I was glad to see her again. I have made a mental note to stop at Hogs Breath some evening to see her again.
My yesterday began with a 11:15 business meeting. Then a haircut with Lori. My appointment was wednesday. I forgot. Fortunately, I was able to get in yesterday.
I am a quick haircut. All of 5 minutes. Number 1 on the electric razor. My hair gone.
Yesterday was Lori’s last day on Southard. Beginning monday, her business Blown Away will be housed in a new building on White Street. Across from Sandy’s.
Stopped for lunch at the Cuban Coffee Queen. I had not been there for three weeks. Could not eat at the Coffee Queen while dieting.
As to the diet, it is ended. I stopped wednesday night.
I am disciplined till I am disciplined no more. I need to see success on the scale. Lost 8 pounds the first week. Only 3 the following two weeks. Not worth the self denial involved.
I am watching my eating, however. Last night at Berlin’s, I had a small salad and two stone crabs. Plus, three drinks. It’s the booze that does it. Wasted calories.
It is amazing how much better I feel since off the diet. I feel good!
I ordered a cheese toast and Cuban coffee. The cheese toast left me feeling heavy. Understandable. Cuban bread is made with pig lard.
Dinner with Dee tonight. Excellent company. She does not know it yet, but I am taking her to the vegetarian restaurant Cafe on Southard. I am not a veggie. However some one in my party when I was last there enjoyed mussels. I love mussels. And the broth made for bread dunking afterwards.
The weather continues to be perfect. Eighty by day. Seventy by night. No humidity. No need for air conditioning day or night.
Don and Chris have returned! Have not seen them yet. Received an e-mail form Don asking if I wanted to watch the Syracuse game with him tuesday night. Does not work for me. I do my radio show tuesday evenings.
Syracuse has basketball and football games today.
Playing South Carolina in basketball. Both teams undefeated. Syracuse a 6 point favorite.
The last football game of the season with Pitt. Pitt a 24 point favorite. I am glad the football season ends today. Syracuse has won only 4 games.
Now for Installment 22 of my rendition of Wright Langley’s History of the Key West Rotary.
It was May 20, 1950. Armed Forces Day. A parade down Duval.
The Rotary sponsored a float. The float highlighted Rotary International. Four lovely young Key West ladies on the float. clad in full length white dresses.
The ladies would not be so attired today. Not that they would be dressed risqué. Simply, less clothing is worn by all today.
The Korean War ongoing in the early 1950s. Our first war since World War II. America still concerned for their military. Vietnam would later change the feeling.
A December 1951 meeting was held at St. Paul’s Parrish Hall.
Retired Major Earl Dillon appealed to the Rotarians to donate blood. They were running out of blood on the front lines in Korea. The need desperate.
So desperate, front line soldiers were donating blood for their fallen companions.
I was in high school during the Korean War. Never knew of the blood problem.
Dillon had a son serving in Korea. Dillon read from a letter received from his son: “This is no police action. This is war!”
Rotary responded immediately. A special committee was formed to organize the blood donations. The Rotary gave mightily.
Enjoy your day!