Stephen Edward Attis has passed on. Known to all as Steve. A good man. None better.
I got to know Steve here in Key west. We had somewhat of a similar background. Both born in 1935. We used to joke that I was older than him. By 2 1/2 months.
Manhattan College frequently came into our conversations. I graduated from Manhattan College. Steve attended Manhattan for a time. He used to tell me he attended several colleges before finally graduating.
Steve born and raised in the Bronx. Manhattan College is located in the Bronx. I also lived for a time at 682 E. 141 St. in the Bronx. We talked how things were then and now in the Bronx.
A bocce player. As the years added on and he had some difficulty with his legs, Larry Smith used to help him stepping on and off the court, picking up the ball for him. In spite of his problems, he shot well.
Steve’s wife, Midge. The two married 61 years. The best of wives. Always with him, always watching out for him.
Steve and Midge regulars at Don’s Place. Loved by everyone.
A New Orleans style funeral procession planned. What else for Steve? Saturday at 12:15. Begins at the Dean Lopez Funeral Home. Onward to St. Mary Star of the Sea for his funeral service.
Never been in a New Orleans type funeral procession. I will saturday.
Spent yesterday afternoon perfecting material for last night’s podcast. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou.
As much as I disliked it, Trump took up the whole half hour. We talk about nothing else anymore.
The show went well. I am anti-Trump so it was easy.
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is Neil Gorsuch. Appears extremely intelligent. Extremely conservative, also. I do not approve of him.
Not important what I think. His problem is getting Senate approval. The Dems are lining up against him. Properly so.
Stephen Bannon has become the ring leader in the White House. Trump relies on him. A bad move.
Bannon is a Rasputin. He will not fuck Trump as Rasputin did the Czarina. However, he will screw the United States. Bannon seeks the destruction of government as we know it.
I have never played dominoes. I have never seen anyone playing dominoes in Key West. Nevertheless, there is a Domino Tournament this saturday at the Southernmost Hotel. The first of many to follow. Sponsored by the Sunset Key West Rotary. Named after and honors the well liked Maury Madruga who recently died.
Remember ZIKA. Hit Florida about this time last year. We were told to beware. ZIKA coming in epidemic proportions.
Where is it today?
Instant fear as with Ebola. Everyone gets excited and jumps to do something immediately. Haste rarely required.
A Sons and Daughters of Italy fundraiser 5-8 friday at Bottle Cap. Italian food, deserts, music, silent auction, etc.
Called Buonasera Venezia. Translated, Good Evening Venice.
Our home grown terrorist Harlem Suarez was convicted on terrorism charges yesterday in Federal Court. Took the jury one hour to convict. Suarez planned on burying a nail filled back pack bomb on Smathers Beach and then detonating it with a cell phone.
He is yet to be sentenced. I suspect a significant sentence. Suarez is going to be an old man when he gets out of jail.
A quote in the World Almanac section of this morning’s Key West Citizen worthy of note. Langston Hughes in Dreams wrote: “Hold fast to dreams / For if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly.”
I enjoy doing Go Live with Key West Lou on Facebook. Every day, several times a day. For a few minutes. I can be seen as well as heard. If you have not, take a look. You might enjoy. Go to Facebook and enter Key West Lou. Voila! Me!
A big evening ahead. Dinner with Liz.
Enjoy your day!