At sun down tonight, Passover begins. Families and friends will join in what is referred to as a Seder dinner. Passover will last 8 days.
A celebration. Passover celebrates freedom of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.
I will join my dear friend Donna and her family for Seder. Donna has always required her family to join her where ever she is for Passover. They come. Religiously! The one year one of her sons and his family could not make it, they were here for the Seder dinner via Skype. Skyped from both ends.
We are also celebrating Donna’s birthday tonight. Seventy. She does not care I mention her age. She wears it well. She is proud and happy she is still here.
I must mention my Father. Today is his birthday. He would have been 103. He died 5 years ago at 98. I miss him.
Back to Passover. The Hebrew word for Passover is Pesach. Means to pass over.
Moses had visited the Pharaoh. “Let my people go!” The modern version. Actually, “Set forth my people.” Intent of either: Set my people free.
Pharaoh said no. God delivered 10 plagues upon Egypt. All kinds of bad things. The tenth plague was that on this evening the first born of each family would die. Except for Jewish children. Death would pass over their homes rather than enter. The source of the term Passover.
My yesterday began with 5 Guys for lunch. I have been on a diet for 2.5 weeks. Lost 12 pounds. Only problem is I lost 11 the first week. However, I am losing inches. No question. Can wear shorts once too tight. More impressive, I can cross my legs.
The diet high protein.
Lunch consisted of 2 hamburgers, no bread, topped with mushrooms. No fries either.
Then to Walgreens and Publix. The worse time to grocery shop at Publix is sunday afternoon. So many people!
Conch Republic Days begin friday and will last a week. Fun time! Exciting events! My favorite is the Sea Battle. Conch Republic against the forces of the United States. U.S. jets versus pre-World War II bi-planes. Bombs of rolls of streaming toilet paper dropped on U.S. Coast Guard vessels.
The Conch Navy valiantly opposing Coast Guard vessels. Conch pirate ships hosing sea water on the Coast Guard together with eggs, tomatoes and cabbages. Many on the Conch vessels lovely bikini clad young ladies.
An event not to be missed!
I have been opposed to GMOs. I suspect the battle has been lost. A Republican President, Congress and Supreme Court make it impossible to win the fight.
Florida Keys Community College’s Bill Irvin will speak to the GMO issue next sunday at the Botanical Gardens at 1:30. He is a biology professor.
On this day in 1953, the 3-D color film House of Wax appeared on the screen. Starred Vincent Price.
I was a senior in high school at the time. Everyone went to see the movie. Young and old alike.
Especially thrilling was that we had to wear some kind of glasses while watching the film.
The scariest part of the film was not people being killed, dumped in hot wax, etc. It was a fellow on the street hitting a paddle ball. A hand paddle with a rubber ball attached by an elastic string. The ball came flying right out into the audience! Everyone yelped and screamed at the sane time!
Harry Truman time again. On this day in 1950, Truman left Key West after a one month vacation.
Key West loves Harry Truman. Harry Truman loved Key West.
Enjoy your Sunday!