One of the most famous Fantasy Fest events is Masquerade March. Thousands participate. More than 10,000. Primarily locals. Dressed, faces painted, etc.
The March starts at the Key West Cemetery and winds its way up to Duval. It became so big that several years ago a second route from the cemetery had to be added.
There are those who walk and those who party. I partied.
I had many friends with homes on Fleming. The original parade route. They all threw parties. Porch parties. Good food and drink. I was always invited to someone’s home.
Those on the street and those on the porches all had fun!
The March starts today at 5. Participate or watch. Either way, you will enjoy.
I no longer watch the March. I no longer have a porch to view the March from. My friends have either passed on or moved away.
My hair appointment with Lori at Blown Away was at noon. Blown Away is on Southard, a few doors down from Duval. No parking anywhere. Took me 15 minutes to find a spot.
Jay is operating his new sandwich shop Cuzzy Bubbaz on Southard next to Bank of America. A soft opening. Working the quirks out before an official opening.
I had lunch at Jay’s. Not run of the mill. Enjoyed three kobe beef sliders. Delicious!
Then to the doctor for my flu shot.
I was driving home when the rain hit. Torrential! Hard to see! Continued most of the afternoon. A cold wind accompanying the rain.
The rain took care of my last night. No toga party for me. As much as I enjoy viewing a woman’s naked body, not in the rain.
Bocce was the other option. Telephoned Don. Rained out as I expected.
My evening was spent home. Dinner was Chinese delivery. Egg drop soup and egg rolls. The balance of the evening spent playing around with my Hackley type installments which will start soon.
A new national law turned out to be a boon for Key West. It was January 1920. The Volstead Act went into effect. Alcohol banned in the United States.
Key West’s economy boomed as a result. Rumrunning. The rum coming in from Cuba to the United States through Key West.
No Syracuse football tomorrow. A bye week. Going to need it. Clemson next week.
Heard from Anna in Novara. I had written telling her that Italian President Renzi was a hit during his recent visit to the U.S. She was upset. Her position is that Renzi is doing a lousy job and disliked by most Italians.
I had written because recently Italy had an earthquake. I was concerned for Anna. Should not have been. It was nowhere near her.
I recall five years ago when I was staying at Anna’s apartment in Novara. An earthquake hit. A big one. The after quakes even worse.
Anna was crazy running around screaming. I too was concerned, but sat quietly till everything was over.
The Statue of Liberty. Dedicated by President Grover Cleveland this date 1886.
I came across a note that the Statue had 354 steps. I went up each one.
I was 4-5 years old. My dad took me. We were going to the top! The top then the crown. The arm had become too weak to proceed further.
The staircase a narrow circular metal round one.
No way was I able to climb all 354 steps. I was a kid. Got tired. My father carried me half the way.
The trip was worth it. My father held me so I could look out the windows in the crown. To me, amazing. The view spectacular. It went on and on. A wow for a young boy.
I sometimes wonder how things can happen.
Luis Carlos Vega is the Chief Magistrate of the Supreme Court of the Mexican state of Jalisco. The chief judge of the highest court.
He took a leave of absence from the position yesterday. Probably never to return.
The Magistrate was convicted of manslaughter in 1984 when he ran over a woman. Killed her. While driving a stolen car.
No jail time. The system was to pay a reparation. He did.
The blot on his record was only recently discovered.
Never would happen in the U.S.! The media knows everything or soon discovers everything.
Tonight. What does it hold for me? I do not know. I do plan on being out.
Enjoy your day!