Here I sit again this morning in Starbucks. I am beginning to like this place.
There are several Starbucks in Key West. The one I am frequenting is located in the relatively new North 54 Hotel on the Boulevard.
Note the last time I was in a Starbucks was 10 years ago in Boston.
I am impressed. Cross-currents of society in and out. From all over the world. I rarely hear English spoken. From young families to seniors. Mostly millennials.
The help and I are becoming friends. Most from distant lands.
I sense stories abound. I hope I pick up on one or two in the next few days.
I am a Starbucks regular mornings till July 4. Can’t get Comcast to get me hooked up at the new house till July 3.
After a couple of hours, my ass gets sore. The seats are not that comfortable. Probably not selected for someone like me who is sitting 3 hours.
No TV at the new house. No wi-fi, either. I am lost!
Back in the distant recesses of my mind, I recalled Verizon providing me with a wi-fi app two cell phones back. Went to Verizon yesterday. I was correct.
I can get wi-fi via my cell phone. Terrific! Could be expensive. Only good for six mega bytes. Then $15 an hour.
Whatever, it will fill in some empty/lonely hours at my new home.
Spent the rest of my day time yesterday doing nothing. I continue to be shot!
Last night, Tavern ‘n Town. Very few at the bar. Enjoyed a piece of salmon and read the newspapers.
A new bartender. Simon. Met him for the first time. Told me he used to read my KONK Life columns. Excites me when someone recalls them. Five years of good work.
Some of the early articles formed the basis of the book I published five years ago. The World Upside Down. The world is more upside down today than five years ago.
Names change, but not the illness.
The bubonic plague of yesterday is referred to as the human plague today. Perhaps not to scare those who might be or could be affected?
Santa Fe Country, New Mexico, has three cases of the plague. The first case was a 63 year old man. Then two women: 52 and 62. All three hospitalized and treated. All now out of the hospital.
The plague can be successfully treated if caught early.
Health authorities are still investigating the cause. The plague generally comes from infected fleas, rodents and dead animals.
If my memory is correct, the plague of centuries ago was primarily caused by infected rats. Fleas inhabited the rats. An event preceded the rats becoming infected. The Catholic Church responsible.
For a reason I cannot recall, the Catholic Church decreed rats were no good. Something unholy. Killing cats became the thing.
No cats, more rats. Within a hundred years, the plague overcame the world.
I read an article yesterday concerning world wide global feelings re Trump. He is considered arrogant, intolerant, and dangerous. There is also a feeling that he does not care about ordinary people.
Enjoy your day!