Most people believe. Some in a God. Others a supernatural being of sorts.
Some that things happen for a reason. That an individual by his or her actions can compel a result.
I was at the Gardens last night. A sizeable crowd. Peter Diamond entertaining with songs born in my generation.
I was sitting alone in the back when Jackie Tee stopped by to say hello. I last wrote about Jackie a year ago. We met in the Chart Room. Following the meeting, I wrote her story. One involving a broken toe ring and Irma. One based in a religious type belief.
Some background first. Jackie a Canadian. Her first trip to Key West 20 years ago with her husband, 4 1/2 year old son and her sister. They have continued to visit every year for 20 years. Sometimes as much as 4 times a year. Always stay at the Galleon. As Jackie describes it, she is drawn to Key West.
While here 20 years ago, she purchased a toe ring. Wore it religiously for 20 years.
A couple of months before Irma, the toe ring began to split.
The toe ring totally split on September 10, the day Irma hit Key West.
Jackie thought some omen might be involved. A friend who she describes as a “new age spiritual” suggested the ring be repaired. Intimating some good might come as a result.
Jackie had the toe ring repaired. It was returned to her on the same day as Key West was opened for the first time permitting residents to return.
The toe ring have something to do with it? Perhaps. Jackie believes so.
With Jackie last night was her sister Donna. We had met last year at the Chart Room also.
Both Jackie and Donna read my blog every day. Love them!
A bit humid at the Gardens. No breeze last night. I was in need of air conditioning. Left and headed for the Chart Room.
Chatted with Carla and Jerry. First time in Key West. Staying at the Pier House. Both retired. Presently live on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.
Jerry had an interesting career. Spent 31 years with UPS. A welder, his title aircraft master. Retired from UPS and went to work the next 10 years at a company called Alston. It was there he met and married Carla.
They are having a ball! No question, they will return.
John mentioned that another person at the bar was from Utica. My home town. Rarely run into someone from Utica.
His name Tom Burns. We talked a long time. An interesting guy.
Tom is not actually from Utica. From Forestport. Fifteen-twenty miles outside Utica. Otter Lake area. Beginnings of the Adirondacks.
He brought me up to date on the Utica hospital situation. The 3 hospitals are merging and planning on rebuilding. In a place presently covered by an old Police Station building and a relatively new City Court House. Both would be torn down.
I immediately thought how my friend Anthony “Muzzy” Garramone would be upset. Muzzy and I grew up together. He eventually became a Judge. Thereafter, Chief Judge of the Utica City Courts.
Utica desperately needed a new City Court House. Muzzy lead the drive politically. He was primarily instrumental for its design. A beautiful edifice the result.
The building was named after him. The Anthony J. Garramone Court House. Other than his marriage and the birth of his children, the biggest day in Muzzy’s life. Much deserved.
Tom is involved with telephones. Believe he mentioned Verizon. Forty nine years old. Has avoided matrimony. Single.
His first visit to Key West. Obviously enjoying it. Who does not?
I have not been back to Utica in 12 years. I have lost contact with the community. He brought me up to date on the local political scene. Especially the recent Congressional race.
The Republican incumbent the daughter of a deceased New York State Supreme Court Justice. The Judge could be a difficult man to work in front of.
The Democrat the young son of a Utica attorney. An outstanding trial lawyer. Extremely successful in the practice. Made his reputation early in his career representing prominent criminals. Successfully so on most occasions.
Tom told me a major issue in the campaign was the early checkered career of the Democratic candidate’s father.
The district traditionally Republican. The Democratic candidate won.
Enjoy your day!