Key West’s 58th Annual Conch Blowing Contest took place over the weekend.
The contestants do not merely inhale deeply, blow hard, and hope a screeching sound will result. Rather the contestants consider the conch shell a musical instrument and “play music” as such an instrument commands.
There was a female and a male winner .
The female winner was Canadian Aliszon Zaichkowski. A resident of British Columbia. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Orchestra where she plays the French horn.
Blowing the conch shell, she played excerpts from several melodies, including Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
The male winner was Big Pine’s Vinnie Marturano. He played a portion of Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance.
My out of house sunday event was Publix. Shopped around 1. The wrong time. Packed. Had to wait a couple of minutes to get a cart.
Caronavirus concerns obvious. The Clorox shelve totally empty. So was another detergent shelf. Publix had signs on both that it was reserving the right to limit purchases.
I stayed in the rest of the day because it was cold. The temperature was ok. Seventy six degrees. However the wind off the Atlantic was powerful and brought the cold ocean air with it. Felt more like 66 than 76.
Clabber. Ever drink it? I never have nor had I heard of it. Clabber first came to my attention this morning when reading of May Johnson’s 1896 Key West exploits on this day.
One was she “drank some clabber.”
Clabber is sour milk that becomes naturally clotted as it sours. Raw unpasteurized milk must be used. Pasteurized does not contain the bacteria necessary for the clotting process to work in forming the sour milk.
Note clabber is not the same as buttermilk.
My evening planned. A manicure at 6:15. Then Dueling Bartenders. Followed by dinner at Antonia’s.
I definitely will be out. My nails are beginning to look like those of the Wicked Queen in Snow White.
Today one of importance. National Napping Day. Much appreciated, especially as one gets older.
Castelvetro is a small town in northern Italy. In the middle of the coronavirus epidemic. Its people quarantined.
Not everything bad, however.
A local winery malfunctioned wednesday. Caused 1,000 liters of ready to be bottled wine to leak into certain of the town’s water pipes. Twenty homes affected.
Wine flowing from all faucets for 3 hours. People bottling that which was emanating from their faucets.
Officials assured no health issues involved.
Some Louis updates re the coronavirus crisis.
Italy in bad shape. Presents raw evidence of how swiftly the virus can spread. Less than 3 weeks ago, Italy had 17 identified cases. Today, 1,700 plus. Deaths 366.
Italy has quarantined 16 million persons.
Will the U.S. move with the same speed, if at all? Not the issue at the moment in what I am about to report.
Northern Italy hit the worse. Milan and most of northern Italy under what Italians describe as a “lock down.” Quarantine to us.
I have visited Milan several times. A magnificent city. Especially its world famous Square. Piazza del Duomo. .
The Square is huge. Bigger than that! Duomo Cathedral at one end.
I have many pictures of me in the Square. In fact, came across them last week. Can’t find them this morning as I write. My intent was to show not Louis, but rather the immense number of people crowding the Square.
Today’s internet photos show a totally empty Square. Not one human being!
There are many events which are part of the Square’s history. Since I am a history buff, the stone building where Mussolini stood on the second floor open balcony yelling “War, War, War” to the Italian people. He was telling them of Italy’s attack on little Ethiopia. The people cheered.
A bully scenario. Something like Trump would pull. Mussolini proud of his invasion. Italy’s planes and tanks against Ethiopia’s camels.
Is Trump panicking? It was suggested on one of this morning’s talk shows. I would not doubt it.
His “Trump world” is crumbling around him.
He denies the breath of the epidemic. His “economy” taking a beating. He blames the Democrats and the media for putting out “false” messages. Likens the virus to the flu. Advises people with symptoms to go to work. Lies about many aspects of the problem. A few days ago, the CDC was ordered to release no further information as to number of deaths.
Many continue to follow Trump. Indisputable. They believe in him. They accept his words that the virus in effect is no big thing.
Such can work to an increased detriment in American society.
An example is a community where an entire family was quarantined. One daughter had had been in contact with the virus.
A school dance was scheduled. The daughter could not go. Nor should any one in the family have gone. However, the father and another daughter went in defiance of the quarantine imposed on them.
Enjoy your day!