I attended the monthly meeting of the Sons and Daughters of Italy last night at the Bottle Cap. Always enjoyable. Good food, good people. Interesting conversations.
Giorgi sponsored me in the club. He was elected President last night.
I sat with Paul, Sharon and Donna.
A new member and first timer was a woman whose name I cannot recall. Sorry. She recently arrived from Italy. Her family has been in the gelato business for years. Like three generations. In Italy. A store recently opened in Key West.
A daughter in Key West. She is managing the store for her father.
The family was not happy with the machinery used to make gelato which was available in the U.S. She brought family machinery with her.
The new store is called Gelateria Nuovolfiore Key West. Address 407 e Front Street.
She brought samples for us to enjoy. All terrific!
I have been dieting three weeks. Cheated last night. Big time. Ate everything. Did not feel guilty at all.
Edward Toppino is a Key West icon. A giant. Today around 90 years old. He is a member.
His father built US 1. For real. Ed got into the business. Today his sons and grandsons. Ed a neighbor. Lives around the corner from me.
Ed told us about the 1935 hurricane and its impact on US 1. The hurricane was a 5 and one of the worst to hit the lower keys. Certain railroad bridges down or broke. The road in bad shape. If my memory is correct, over 400 dead.
Ed spoke about some of the railroad bridges resupported and used for the highway. The difficulties in building the highway at that point.
One of the problems was where to live. Tents used prior to the hurricane. Ed’s father built a motel in Marathon to house his family and some of his employees.
The railroad, Flagler Railroad, died with the hurricane. Flagler’s dream no more. The motel in Marathon still stands.
Stopped at the Chart Room afterwards. John off. A new female bartender. She said she would be working four nights.
Friend Ken at the bar. He is in and out of Key West. Leaves tomorrow. Will return in a month.
Met Mark and Jim. From outside Flint, Michigan. Interesting conversation.
Spent the afternoon listening to Trump and Tillerson. I fear they are leading us into a war.
Bocce tonight, depending on the weather. Has been pouring big time all morning. May clear up. If it does soon, the courts will dry by bocce time.
Conch Republic Days begin friday. Seven at Schooner Wharf Bar. A short exciting parade. Lively costumes. Shell Blowing Contest.
The famed commentator now dead Charles Kuralt was a frequent visitor to Key West. Schooner Wharf was his favorite place. He referred to it as the “…..center of the universe.”
Sarin gas has been in the news since Assad bombed his people with it. Sean Spicer got sarin gas and Hitler screwed up two days ago. The news has been following his mea culpas.
No one has mentioned that Hitler was in fact involved with sarin gas. The Nazis developed it. Then stockpiled it. Hitler refused to use it against the Allies.
The gas used in the death chambers was not sarin.
I spoke of Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions and his Civil War Confederate namesake General P. C. T. Beauregard yesterday.
A follow up re the General.
The General bombarded Fort Sumter for 33 hours. The Union force was not prepared for the battle. Little ammunition, cannons, food, etc. The Union surrendered.
Turns out Beauregard was a gentleman. He did not take the Union forces and contractors working on the fort prisoner. He permitted them to leave and march north.
There were 118 military and 43 construction workers. Not one had sustained an injury during the fight. The South lost a dog during the battle. Plus one soldier who was killed by an accidental explosion after the battle.
Robot, robots, robots! They are everywhere! Moving in on everything we do.
Today, chess. An expert chess team played two robots. The robots won most of the matches.
Enjoy your day!