Snowbirds are back. You can see them, feel them, hear them. All good things.
Snowbirds are those who own Key West homes who do not spend the full year here. They return to Key West when the cold hits up north. Snowbirds also include those who do not own, but return and rent each year during the winter months.
Snowbirds mostly in their 50s and up.
They blend right in. Hook up with old friends. Locals and other snowbirds.
I sensed the time was here for the snowbird influx earlier this week while at the Chart Room. The bar was packed. All senior citizens. I knew then the snowbirds were back. Observed it at the Cuban Coffee Queen yesterday. I stopped for lunch. Did not stay. A waiting line. The benches and stools taken.
I was at Hogfish last night for dinner. The same thing. Standing room. Waiting for tables. I luckily found a seat immediately at the outside bar. The inside bar consisted of fishermen and their ladies. Otherwise, Hogfish was packed with returning snowbirds.
I have gotten into grouper recently. The grouper last night was outstanding!
Key West and the Battleship Maine are intertwined. The Maine left Key West for Cuba. It was blown up while in Havana Harbor. Triggering the Spanish-American War.
Many were killed when the Maine went down. A significant number were returned to Key West for burial. On this date in 1898, a Battleship Maine Cemetery Plot was dedicated in Key West. Ten thousand watched the procession and dedication.
My yesterday began with the anti-gravity treadmill. If it does not kill me, it has to help big time. Body Owners has become like a morning club for me and others being worked on. The staff part of the club. Makes hard work easier.
Then a haircut with Lori. Always enjoy visiting with Lori. She has been cutting my hair for 15 years.
Stopped at Cuban Coffee Queen for lunch. No room.
Went home for lunch. Anna there. Anna has been cleaning my house and doing my laundry for 10 years. A Polish immigrant who worked hard and is achieving the American dream.
Is it only immigrants who achieve the American dream today? Why not American born? Is it because the American born have lost something along the way? What?
A three hour nap. I was tired for some reason. Laid down and fell asleep immediately.
“The nights still belong to Hitler.” One of the quotes/observations in this week’s KONK Life column Helen Sperling…..Holocaust Survival.
I saw the printed column yesterday in KONK Life. Somewhere between me and the printer, the column got screwed up. Sperling’s name was misspelled in the title. Quotes near the end of the column took a beating. One completely left out. Others bunched together. My listed order ignored.
Nothing can bed done. The publisher offered to rerun the column next week. I said, no. Next week should be and will be a new story.
I apologize for the errors/sloppiness. Not of my doing, however.
Staying with the Helen Sperling story, it appears in two additional places today. KONK E-Blast carries it. No errors. The column was also linked to my Key West Lou website. No errors.
I will be interviewed on KONK News at 12:45 today. 104.9 radio. The subject matter will be the Helen Sperling column.
There have been many police/black shootings. More blacks killed than police officers. Most officers not indicted. I read somewhere yesterday that cops have become uncharged murderer’s. I will receive a number of contrary comments tomorrow. However, I agree with the uncharged murderer’s label.
June Hudson…..Don’t break a leg! You will never make it back to the Keys!
Enjoy your day!