Yesterday, a Key West day all day. Rare.
The most important event was taking Terri grocery shopping at Publix. Donna is out of town for a week.
Terri could not take herself. She is not driving any more. Her eye sight is failing.
I had a concern. How was Terri going to maneuver around the store. The first thing that struck me was whether she could direct the cart.
I asked her: Who pushes the cart?
Her response: I PUSH THE CART!
Sorry I asked.
We shopped. Pleasantly.
Next, she wanted to stop at CVS to pick up a prescription. I did not even bother to go in with her. I was confident she could handle it.
Terri was the third scheduled event for the day. I started earlier with a haircut with Lori. It takes all of 2 minutes to cut my hair. She never wants to charge me. I give her $20.
Ran into Lori later in the evening. I was having dinner at the bar in Roostica. There was Lori and her husband at the end of the bar. A good looking couple. We chatted a bit.
Stopped at Sandy’s Cafe for a quick lunch after the haircut. Sandy’s and Lori’s are like 5-6 doors apart on White Street.
Then, it was Terri’s turn.
I had one more appointment following Terri. A manicure with Tammy.
Tammy always a pleasant experience. Admire what she and her husband have accomplished developing their business Lee Nails.
Business was slow. The season over.
Last night, a lecture sponsored by KWAHS at the Custom House. A history of Duval Street from its beginnings to 1970. I was disappointed. Insufficient detail.
Always a smart ass or two in the audience. Three or four asked questions whose answers were known to God alone.
I was early for the lecture. Ran into Karen who was early also. We went across the street for a drink.
A pleasant half hour. Karen and I have not talked alone that long in 15 years.
Then to the Chart Room.
Packed! John busy!
I stayed a couple of hours. I was the only local. Unusual.
Met two charming ladies from New Jersey. Their 16th year visiting Key West. Doing it up big. An ocean front room at the Pier House.
One a hospital comptroller. The other, retired.
I am always interested in how people feel about Trump, did they vote for him, etc. Apparently neither I nor the questions are offensive. People are happy to share their thoughts.
The retired woman a Trump supporter. Voted for him and thinks he is doing a great job. Making up for Obama’s failures. She was also thrilled with her retirement account. The market is up.
My stomach was growling. Time to eat. Stopped at Roostica’s on Stock Island on the way home. Great Italian food at reasonable prices. Seated at the bar next to me was Jim Clark. I have not seen him in a while.
We first met at bocce. I used to hate playing his team. Jim good! He shot first for his team. The polina always long, always down the middle. His ball on top of it. I always followed him. Rarely did I get close.
Jim into into social media, advertising, etc. He publishes Best Key West Restaurant Menus.
The weekly KONK Life publishes an internet paper daily. KONK Life E-Blast.
My column this past week in KONK Life was Black Caesar…..Keys Pirate. It was run this morning on E-Blast. Unusual. I suspect the column was a filler.
Sometimes a piece of news leaves you feeling empty. Following is one that did.
Scott Peterson was a Broward County Deputy Sheriff. He was the deputy on the scene at the Parkland high school shooting three months ago. The only one. He heard the gun shots and ran to them. He never opened the door to enter the school. He remained frozen outside.
Peterson recently retired after 25 years on the job. He is 55 years old. His pension $104,000 a year.
We worry about China and trade wars. Meetings at the moment in Washington between the U.S. and China.
China has been struggling with a declining birth rate over the years. The matter has become of concern to the government. One which limited families generally to one child per couple.
All of a sudden, the U.S. is experiencing a similar problem. The birth rate hit an all time low in 2017. Three million eight hundred thousand. Two percent lower than 2016, the lowest ever recorded in 30 years.
The cause is attributed to economics. Although 2008 is behind us, economic uncertainty remains. Such concern does not bode well for those wishing to have children.
Enjoy your day!