I attended the Vietnam Living Memorial event at Bayview Park yesterday.
I especially feel an attachment to the veterans of the Vietnam War. I did not serve. However, those who did are close in age to me. Probably why I feel a kindership.
It took a long time for our country to honor the Vietnam vets. They are a sight to behold at any ceremony involving them. Pride. Their faces reflect it.
Picked up Terri at 5. She was to sing as part of Dueling Bartenders at Aqua. Donna working. I played chauffeur.
Dropped Terri off. Did not go in. Instead drove down to the Chart Room.
Met the new bartender Shaun. He was a manager at Rum Barrel. Rum Barrel closed a couple of weeks ago.
A young couple came in. Both worked at Casa Marina. I sipped and listened to their conversation with Shaun. One of them was a bartender at Casa Marina. Bartending the primary topic of their conversation.
Returned to Aqua.
Tom Luna and Terri singing up a storm.Terri starred tree months on Broadway playing the jail matron Mama Morton in Chicago. She sang All That Jazz last night. Wild!
Some of the nicest people live in Key West. Try us and you will understand. Many at Dueling Bartenders are locals. Comradeship exists.
My Facebook video is three months old. Seems I did the right thing. Many people watching. As to locals, four came up to me to comment on the video show, how much they liked it, etc.
Made me feel good.
I am losing friends frequently. Persons who were close to me. Most recently, a judge and police lieutenant. Contemporaries.
Death abounds. A certainty. I do not think about it. The thought would diminish the fun I am having.
Watched Trump lay a wreath at Arlington Cemetery on TV yesterday. His words warm. He was Presidential.
What bothered me was the roaring welcome he received. Had to be a selected crowd. The enthusiasm for him overwhelming.
A little Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.
On this day in 1922, former President William Howard Taft dedicated the Lincoln Memorial. Construction began in 1914 and was completed in 1922. The Memorial impressive.
The Jefferson Memorial was completed in a shorter time. Construction began in 1939 and was completed in 1947. Bronzed in 1947. Equally impressive.
I have always favored the Jefferson Memorial. A tall standing Jefferson. If I recall correctly, 18 feet. Majestic.
William Hackley’s diary interesting this morning. Today’s date in 1856. Hackley noted a man was convicted of larceny. He was sentenced to one hour in a pillory. To expose him to public abuse.
I was surprised the pillory was still in use in 1856. I thought it had disappeared as a punishment instrument years earlier.
Every now and then someone makes a statement in Citizens’ Voice that has no basis in fact. Some ill informed individual wrote that Key West needs to “charge more for the scads of underpriced free parking we have in Old Town.”
The writer knows nothing of that which was written.
Private parking is expensive. Public parking, generally more so.
Municipal lots charge from $3 to $4 an hour. Multiply the numbers by 3-4 or more hours. The dollars add up.
As to free parking, none exists.
It costs me roughly $100 a week to park. I live three islands up, 5 miles from downtown Key West. I drive in at least 5 mornings a week. Three to 4 evenings, also. Morning parking generally 4 hours. Evenings, 4-6.
Do the math. The lots where I park generally in the $4 range. The closer to the action, the more the City charges.
I mentioned an only in Key West occurrence yesterday. Two women fighting because one had failed to give the other an orgasm.
Today, a similar happening reported.
The man was using the men’s room at Bayview Park. Upon leaving, he ran into a former girl friend. She started shouting and grabbed him by the balls. Squeezing hard. He claimed he “experienced immediate pain and discomfort.”
The police were called.
She must have thought she was Donald Trump…..Once you grab them by the crotch, you’ve got them.
My podcast show tonight at 9. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. So many happenings this week, I have a wide range of topics to choose from.
Join me at 9. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
Enjoy your day!