My first stop last night was a first.
Jimmy Olson entertains thursday evenings at the Gardens. Inside. Sits at a baby grand, plays and sings. Impressive. His singing and the ambiance. I recommend the evening to you.
Guy de Boer made an appearance. Shooting pictures for KONK Life.
Kate Miano holding court outside. A lovely and pleasant woman always. Her company a pleasant experience.
There was a political gathering in the gardens around the pool. Met Andrew Korge. Husband, father, civic leader and now the Democrat candidate for State Senator. Korge hails from Miami. Involved in real estate.
Korge and I talked a bit. He espouses Democratic values. Something I like.
One admonition to Korge, don’t forget us in Key West because we are a small island far from the mainland. Some representatives have.
Dinner was at the bar at Michael’s. First time in a long time. I do not know why I do not go to Michael’s often. The place is first class in every regard.
Suzette bartending. Have known her for years. She never changes. Always lovely.
Big game tonight. Syracuse/Gonzaga. Sweet Sixteen. The game is at 9:40. Gonzaga a four point favorite.
I hope for two things. Syracuse wins. I stay awake to see the whole game.
Canastota is the onion capital of the world. It is a small village lying between Utica and Syracuse. Four thousand residents.
Besides being the onion capital, it has two other distinctions. It is the home of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was the home of Carmen Basilio.
Basilio at one time was the welterweight and middleweight world boxing champion. He beat Sugar Ray Robinson for the middleweight championship. Robinson regained the championship in a 15 round decision fight this day in 1958.
Basilio was the pride of central New York during his fighting years and thereafter.
Robinson’s mother lived in the Bronx. Around 232nd Street and Broadway. Robinson visited her often. His pink Cadillac convertible parked in front of her home.
I attended Manhattan College. Located at 242nd Street. Often on a walk, my friends and I would see Robinson’s car. A few times the Champion himself. Always a wave and smile and a hello guys.
How did the United States come to acquire Key West as its own? On this day in 1822, a Lt. Matthew Perry of the U.S.Navy planted an American flag on Key West. The action formally made Key West a property of the United States.
It is the little things in life that aggravate. Yesterday around noon, I received a telephone call from the Fraud Protection Bureau. Someone was using one of my cards. The card was automatically canceled.
I had to go to the bank to get a temporary card. While there, I was advised there appeared to be other improper charges.
Such is his life.
Enjoy your day!