Last night, the meal of meals. Stone crabs!
The season opened sunday. It was my first stone crab meal of the season.
Enjoyed with another stone crab enthusiast, Jean Thornton. My great host from Birmingham who sheltered me and several others during Irma.
Jean crazy for stone crabs, also.
We dined at the Conch Republic. My idea. Stone crabs were great there last season.
The stone crabs tasty. Large.
Two complaints. The shells not broken enough and the mustard sauce a blob. We could not eat it. Stuck with melted butter.
Did not spoil the joy of the meal, however.
Priced $44 a pound. Cheap! I expected $60, perhaps even $70. Irma destroyed better than half the traps. I suspect the low price is because there still are not enough customers. Conch Republic half filled last night.
During dinner, Jean tells me she heard stone crabs were $26 a pound at the Pier House’s Pier One. No way! Never that cheap anywhere over the years!
I stopped at Pier One on my way to the Chart Room after dinner. A cute young Philippine hostess told me yes, $26 a pound. Six. Medium.
In the next couple of nights, I will be at Pier One enjoying.
The Chart Room was packed. Tourists galore. A good sign. I am concerned how successful Fantasy Fest will be. My thought is the powers to be should have adjourned it several weeks.
John bartending. Smiling big time. He was going to have a big night tip wise. It has been a long time.
David there. We chatted a while.
Jean, Molly, Ollie and I sat at the round table.
Molly is Kevin’s wife. Kevin on business in Boston till wednesday.
Ollie entertained us with his testicle burial story. A true one. The ladies thought it interesting. The first time they had heard it.
I told the group about Jenny who had a mastectomy and no nipple on the replacement. She intends to have the sunset of Key West tattooed where the nipple would have been.
No one believed me. I felt like an ass.
It was haircut time earlier in the day with Lori. Told her about the nipple/tattoo story. She was very familiar with it. Said many women have it done that way these days.
In a year if I run into Jenny again, I may have to ask her to show the unbelievers her Key West sunset.
After my haircut earlier in the day, shot over to Lee Nails. A manicure with Tammy. Told Tammy about Irma and Me. She was all excited.
We got into reading. Tammy is a successful business woman at 34. She and husband Rick have a booming nail business.
Tammy cannot read.
I was surprised. She was schooled in Vietnam. Not in English, however. Her 11 year old son reads to her if there is something at home she must read.
Terri’s first major milestone reached! God bless!
They have been shooting her big time every day with something to increase her stem cell supply. In order for the bone marrow transplant to begin, she had to have 4 million new stem cells. Tested yesterday. 4.5 million!
Tuesday, the transplant procedure begins. Monday going to be difficult. She will be given a massive dose of chemo. The most ever at one time. Terri has already been warned she will be sick sick! Vomiting, diarrhea, the works, big time.
She’s ready. Ready for everything.
A post Irma update.
The canals are filled with debris. Not just trees. Demolished houses and trailers. Broken boats.
The County passed the necessary legislation yesterday permitting FEMA and other agencies to begin a clean up of the canals.
William Hackley 1856 finds him up earlier every morning recently. Around 4. Out hunting. Appears that was how meat and fowl for the dinner table were obtained back then.
Syracuse enjoyed a major win last week. Beat #2 Clemson. Tomorrow, Syracuse plays Miami. Ranked #8 nationally. Can it happen again? I doubt it. But hope so!
Miami a 16 point favorite.
John Kelly’s press conference yesterday disappointed me. The man a distinguished former Marine general. Well respected. Now Trump’s Chief of Staff. His words re the telephone call and the behavior of the Florida Congresswoman did not ring true with me. Trump has a way of taking good people and somehow making them do what he wants. The good people eventually tarnished by Trump.
I think Kelly was used yesterday.
Let’s see what happens down the road.
Fantasy Fest begins today. Goombay!
Doing it with Joni who I met last week at Antonia’s.
I am beginning to feel like an overdue pregnant woman. Waiting for Irma and Me to be published. Any day now.
Enjoy your day!