The charming spirited Laurie Thibaud is Key West Citizen of the Day. Much deserved. The woman has a warm personality.
The best of the best as they say.
Laurie was born in France. Somehow found her way to Key West in the late 1990’s. Emcees at the Aqua Night Club and is affiliated with The Rum Bar.
Her comment printed beneath her picture: “I love Key West because the women are strong and the men are pretty.” Now I know why Laurie likes me. The only problem is Laurie is gay.
Terri White sings tonight at Blue Heaven.
Hurricane Michael is racing up the Florida west coast. Two hundred fifty miles off shore. Key West has been hit 2 days in a row with heavy winds and big time rain. Fortunately for us, that is all we will suffer.
Northern Florida is in trouble, however. Michael will hit the Panhandle and Big Bend wednesday evening. As a category 3. No fun!
I am heavy with concern for those in danger. Caused by my Irma experiences last year. The feeling of dread stays with you.
There was a picture on the internet of cars lined up at a gas station to fill up before evacuating. Just as I recall. Not a straight line to the pumps. Cars maneuvering from every angle. Sometimes voices elevated. People scared. Tensions high.
The preceding is when trying to fill up at a station in a town. There was an organized way. The stations on the Florida Turnpike. State Police directing traffic. Lines straight. No one excited.
The evacuation drive itself a wonder. Sometimes you covered all of one mile in an hour. Patience was a virtue.
I recall having to piss. I was in a rest area on the Florida Turnpike. Already spent 1 1/2 hours waiting in line to get gas. Went inside to the men’s room. Good luck! The line was out the door into the parking area about 100 feet. I felt like a woman. Having to wait in line to go.
I could not waste another hour. Also did not know if I could hold it another hour.
Did the practical thing. Walked outside and into the woods. Relieved myself. I was not the only one so doing.
And so it went. As it will for those in north Florida.
My large flat TV is broke. They’re cheap today. $150-175 will buy a new one from Amazon.
Anna was concerned for me. She had a friend who could repair today’s TV’s. Did it in Honduras before he came to the U.S. Works construction now in Key West.
I figured what the hell. Anna went to get him.
I was impressed! He had all the necessary tools. Knew exactly what he was doing. Basically, 2 small boards and some wires operate today’s TV’s. He tested everything. I watched and learned for 2 hours.
He has isolated the problem. A small piece. Less than a half inch in size. The problem now is if he can find one to buy.
A 5:30 appointment with Tammy for a manicure. Place empty when I arrived. By 6, the women were storming through the door. Tammy says it is that way every evening. The women come in after work.
Manicure done, hurried over to Aqua for Dueling Bartenders. Tom Luna and Heather Mae performing. Rick Dery apparently away.
Lovely Liz at th bar with friends Josefina and Mary. Went over to kiss and chat with Liz.
Spent some time chatting also with Heather Mae between songs. I learn every day. She is a school teacher at Sigsbee School.
Jean Thornton had e-mailed earlier in the day she was returning. Hoped the storm would not prevent her from getting out of Atlanta. No problem. She was up and away on time.
The plane was 8 minutes from landing in Key West. The pilot announced the airport had just closed because winds were more than 50 miles an hour. He circled a half hour before the plane was able to land.
Dueling Bartenders was Jean’s first stop last night. She sat with me. After being hugged and kissed by everyone in the place. The woman is well loved!
We ended the evening with dinner a La Trattoria. Following which I went home and Jean headed over to Vino’s.
While at Aqua, I was viewing my e-mails. Came across a tiger laying under a tree. It was sent by Rick Dery. All he said was he saw a tiger sleeping under a tree.
I assumed he was in India or Africa. Asked those around the bar. Some thought so, also. Finally someone piped up Rick was in Miami and the picture was taken at a Miami zoo.
Key West property increases in value. Commercial and residential. Some hotels selling in excess of $100 million.
The newest properties to be sold in package form include the A&B Lobster House, Berlin’s, Alonzo’s, the White Tarpon Bar, a 45 slip marina, several retail spaces, a 70 space parking lot, and the building housing the Commodore and Boathouse.
Buyers include Attorney Barton Smith, Key West Utilities and the Key West Golf Club.
All comprising a good chunk of the Key West Historic Seaport.
Today is tuesday. Means my podcast show. Tonight at 9. Join me. Listen to me rant and rave about issues and happenings. A quick half hour. You will enjoy! www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
Enjoy your day!