A wonderful evening! Birthday dinner at the Rooftop as the guest of Joseph Lyles.
Joseph, the host extraordinaire. My John the Baptist friend still walking with his seven foot pole.
Joseph has had an extensive career in the food industry. Managed fine dining at places like the Hot Tin Roof and Little Palm Island.
A man held in high esteem by his restaurant cohorts. Clearly evident last night. The owner and chef stopped by the table. The table itself special. Special appetizers selected by Joseph before I arrived.
The chef recommended the snapper special. Joseph and I followed his advice. Did not go wrong.
Courtesy even to a double locals discount. I was impressed.
Joseph is a person of deep intelligence. A thinker. I enjoy his company. We have decided to do it again. Next time at Martin’s for Happy Hour.
A passing comment. I had not been to the Rooftop in at least 10 years. You hear me say this often. Ten years. Key West has many fine restaurants. Plus, I am a creature of habit. Enjoy going to the same places.
I am adding Rooftop to my list of places to frequent. I forgot how good it was.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! So many Happy Birthday greetings. I am a lucky man.
Barbara enjoyed dinner with Joseph and I last night. She left early this morning to return to New York. She was a tremendous help in getting me unpacked, etc.
We lunched together at Harpoon Harry’s yesterday. One of those sudden heavy summer rains occurred. Kept us at Harry’s an extra half hour.
Spent most of the day unpacking. More to go, though not much.
I have been in Key West many years. I feel like I am a part of Key West. The feeling is accompanied with an attitude that I know everything about my island.
I do not. As I frequently learn.
The wall behind the bar at the Chart Room is loaded with photos. Some covering each other.
The other evening, I discovered one of Mel Fisher and Johnny Carson.
Fisher found the Atocha and gold in July 1985. Like $400 million worth. Within days, he was on the Johnny Carson show. July 30, 1985 to be exact.
Soon thereafter, Carson traveled to Key West. He wanted to dive the Atocha. Fisher took him.
Fisher also took him to the Chart Room where the photograph was taken.
In depth knowledge of William Hackley is a bit at a time. On this date in 1856, Hackley wrote in his diary that he received a letter from his mother. Enclosed in the letter was his “quarterly salary.”
Leads me to believe Hackley might have been a trust fund baby.
Hoover Dam…..One of the wonders of the world! Definitely so at the time of its completion in 1935.
Time and other construction has diminished its number one position as the largest of dams. Today, Hoover Dam is the 2nd highest in the United States and 18th largest in the world.
I write about Hoover Dam for several reasons today.
One is that construction began this day in 1930.
Others include the dam being finished two years ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget. A feat impossible in today’s world.
Interesting to note is 21,000 men worked on the dam during its 5 year construction period. Jobs for many during the great depression.
Enjoy your day!