April Fools Day was born during the Middle Ages. Which means a lot of people have celebrated the day. Even George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. And Donald Trump, of course. I am sure our President has a sense of humor beyond the guillotine and tweeting.
Periodically, an April Fools joke is created which exceeds all others.
Like the 1957 BBC aired spaghetti grows on trees news report. The BBC had discovered a Swiss family that was harvesting long strands of pasta from spaghetti trees.
Thousands were interested. Though the news report was for real.
The BBC continued the joke by advising callers that all that was required to grow spaghetti was to place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.
A 1998 advertisement by Burger King hit big. Burger King took a full page ad in USA Today. Announced a new menu item. A left handed burger.
Thousands ordered the left handed burger over the next few days.
A date for drinks with Callie last night. At Louie’s Backyard. The place we met last week.
Three hours of good company. I enjoyed, she enjoyed.
Callie runs a catering business. Small dinner parties and cocktail parties. She previously was pastry chef for several years at Louie’s. Got bored doing the same thing every day.
Her company is Provisions of Key West. She can be reached at 305-433-1677.
Callie knows everything about food. Its historical derivations, different ways to prepare, etc. I was impressed. We got as far back as Greece 1300 B.C.
I have been on a diet. Eleven pounds in 12 days. Hate it! Eating little and walking more. Yesterday, I only had two hard boiled eggs and some cottage cheese before meeting Callie. Four drinks later, I had to eat.
Stopped at Outback on the way home. A six ounce filet mignon, sweet baked potato with nothing on it, and steamed vegetables.
Robert has bartended at Outback for years. We have become friends over that time.
As I sat down, he immediately started telling me how his 4 1/2 year old was sick. Down. Experienced me told him not to worry. Children are always sick. They need to get sick to build up immunities to various diseases.
Robert looked at me as if I was crazy. I thought he was a new father. Did not understand me.
I did not understand him. He was talking to me about his dog. A large tumor growing on the dog’s upper gum.
The big race today at noon. The Cow Key Channel Bridge Run. All 300 feet of it. Over 1,000 costumed participants. Record time 23.1 seconds. Several seeking to break it this year.
Such is what we do in Key West! A 300 foot bridge race! The distance is evidence we are normal. The abnormals are those who do 15 Ks and 26 mile marathons.
Following the race, a party at Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens Beer Bash.
Lobster season has ended. Not good this year. Not bad. Mediocre.
Lobster is a $50-70 million dollar business in the Keys. Why the drop off this year?
First, the weather. Too warm. Cold fronts are required to move lobsters forward. Warm weather screws up their normal migration pattern. The result fewer lobsters caught.
Second is price. The Chinese and Japanese are big buyers. Especially prior to and during their holidays.
The Chinese and Japanese smartened up. Learned how to play the game. Became better negotiators. Resulting in less money in the pockets of the fishermen.
Stock Island’s Rusty Anchor has been closed two years. To reopen in May.
The owners of El Siboney bought the restaurant. Fish will be the mainstay of food served. Prepared as Rusty Anchor used to. A few El Siboney Spanish dishes will be on the menu also.
Enjoy your day!