Strange as it may sound, Key West is a very peaceful place to live.
Most think it is Duval Street night after night. Once for me. No more. The once being when I first started coming to Key West 26 years ago. After a few years, I had it with Duval. Too much for me. The excitement gone.
I still hit a bar or restaurant occasionally. That’s it. Don’t do one bar after another anymore.
Some things I did yesterday and will do today reflect the peaceful existence I enjoy.
Researched and wrote all day yesterday. Chart Room last night. Only the Chart Room. Sat at the bar and chatted with John. For a while with Phil from Minneapolis who sat next to me.
Phil only 36. A hard worker. Ha already made his mark and a bit of a fortune in an intellectual property firm he founded and sold. He is on vacation with an absolutely lovely lady friend. They are staying at the Pier House.
Enjoyed my time with John and Phil. Stimulating conversation.
A tough day ahead today. A haircut and manicure. Several hours apart. I will read and write in between.
Tonight, bocce. Though I no longer play because of my heart, I am still carried on the team roster. I sit on the players’ bench and cheer my friends on. Enjoying a couple of drinks at the same time.
I had to stop playing a couple of years ago. When I bent over to pick up the ball, I fell over. My team mates began doing he bending and handing me the ball. Kind of them. Made me foolish.
Then I started losing strength when I threw the ball. That definitely was the end. I was of no value to the team.
I retired from bocce.
Conch Republic Days begin tomorrow. A many event weekend. Adults playing like children. I will watch some of the activities.
The carrier fleet heading for North Korean waters a continuing fiasco. No one assumes responsibility.
The USS Vinson was more than 3,000 miles away heading for the Indian Ocean for war games with Australia. Has been turned around and is now heading for Korean waters. Still around 3,000 miles away.
An obvious screw up. Trump and his people take the position that they were correct when they said the carrier fleet was heading for Korean waters. They never said when, however. Now that the Vinson has turned around, the fleet is heading for Korean waters.
Ergo, no one was misled.
We all make mistakes! Own up to them when they occur.
Trump came out with another beauty yesterday. He said Korea “actually used to be a part of China.” Truth searchers say no.
Tillerson announced yesterday he is seeking an exception for Russia from certain sanctions. Russia and Exxon-Mobile discovered what may be the largest oil deposit ever in Arctic waters. Saudi Arabia’s deposits minuscule in comparison.
Russia and the oil company are engaged in a joint venture/ownership in drilling for the oil. Work stopped because of the sanctions.
Tillerson says let the work proceed. What is he thinking? Here we are investigating Russia for tampering with our elections. Consider also Tillerson was CEO of Exxon-Mobile for 15 years.
Tillerson forgets he now works for the people of the United States.
Enjoy your day!