It was festival time yesterday at the bocce courts. Playoffs! Tents covering players from the blazing sun. Food and drink. Lots of spectators. Even babies.
We played the #1 team from monday night. We were #3 from the thursday night league. Got our asses whipped in the first game. 16-4. We were competitive in the second. Lost 16-15.
We are done.
The team that beat us will probably go on to win the whole thing. Three times. They were good. No question about it. Precision shooting. Missed only one blast.
Joe Quartarone e mailed me. He is an officer in the national bocce organization. He made inquiry of the Key West league via my blog. He wanted to know among other things numbers. How many players, teams, etc. I told him 56 teams, over 500 players.
He wrote back excitedly. Key West has one of the biggest leagues in the country. He is going to visit, etc.
Watched the Preakness at Don’s Place. For some reason, it did not excite me this year.
Probably because I was anxious to get over to the Firehouse Museum. A birthday party. 102 years old. A mamey tree. Purportedly the grandfather of all mamey trees in the United States. DNA proven.
The tree is on the side of the Museum. Majestic. 54 feet tall.
About 200 at the party when I arrived.
The tree’s fruit is used to make ice cream. There was free ice cream. Tried it. Delicious!
During the course of the afternoon before going to the Museum, I asked many if they had ever heard of a mamey tree. No one knew what I was talking about. Guess I asked the wrong people. The 200 at the Museum knew.
While at Don’s Place, Clare and Stan introduced me to Clare’s new boss. John Cary. He is the new President of Dion Oil LLC. Dion’s is now owned by Uphoff Ventures. Uphoff purchased the business from the Dion family several months ago.
Don’t let the oil in the name of the business fool you. Dion’s is best known for its chicken. The absolute best!
Cary a nice guy. Intelligent. He should do well in caring for and expanding Dion’s.
I was home before 8. Wanted to watch the Lyndon Johnson movie on HBO. All the Way. I was disappointed.
Johnson was portrayed in too dramatic a fashion, nutty, and intense.
Johnson was a hard driving individual. However to portray him as a man who did not want to get out of bed when things got tough was an insult to the man and his true history.
Spent yesterday morning researching this week’s KONK Life column. I will write the column this afternoon. To Bee or Not To Bee. Not Shakesperian. It is the story of bees as used in warfare. From centuries before the birth of Christ to present day.
How many movies have we seen of wagon trains? Going west. Did you ever give thought to how long a trip took. I never did.
Read something this morning that evidences the time factor. On this day in 1843, what has been described as the Great Emigration began. A covered wagon trip from Independence, Missouri to Oregon. One thousand settlers and 1,000 cattle.
A quiet Sunday ahead. I have nothing planned.
Enjoy your Sunday!