I viewed last night’s dinner as my Last Supper. Till tomorrow night. Today, liquids only.
Tomorrow morning, a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I have had them before. The procedure nothing. Knocked out. The prep today the problem. You who have had the procedure understand. Those who have not, your time will come and you will understand.
I enjoyed lamb chops at Antonia’s. The lovely Nicolle bartending. As I think about it, I was enjoying lamb chops last monday at La Trattoria when it became necessary for Carrie the bartender to Heimlich me.
One of the reasons for the procedures tomorrow.
After Antonia’s, It was Publix. I had to buy various liquids to consume today. No food till tomorrow afternoon.
Prior to dinner, I stopped at Aqua. my usual monday evening haunt. Dueling Bartenders. Tom Luna and Rick Dery great. My friend Liz sitting on the other side of the bar enjoying them also. Liz looked great! A new hairdo.
Due to the fun time I shall be enjoying today and tomorrow, some activities/events have been cancelled. My Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou podcast will not be aired this evening. Nor this blog and my Key West Lou Live video tomorrow morning.
Paraphrasing General Douglas MacArthur, I shall return thursday.
Big Pine is 30 miles up the road. North on US 1. Got killed by Irma. Still recovering. Many yet homeless.
Sunday another disaster befell its residents. A raging wildfire. Still burning yesterday. Thought to be under control, but will not be sure until today runs its course.
Smoke covering the Key.
Local, state and federal forestry personnel battling the flames. Fire crews brought in from all the agencies. Including a helicopter which dropped 500 gallons of water at a time.
As of last night, 100 acres already burned. Strong winds encouraged the fire. Dried vegetation left over from Irma fueled it.
A tough fire to fight. The firefighters would put out one area only to find another had begun elsewhere.
Fortunately, losses limited to one house and one garage. No lives.
William Hackley became a part of our lives 2 years ago. Hackley lived and worked in Key West prior to the Civil War. He kept a diary. The Key West Citizen found portions of it and has been reporting Hackley’s life on a daily basis.
I have read 99 percent of the articles. Hackley is moving. Leaving Key West. He has been packing for a couple of weeks. Somewhere along the way, I must have missed a diary entry. I do not know why he is moving.
While in Key West, Hackley and his family enjoyed the life of the well to do. Hackley an attorney holding various positions.
I did a little digging and came up with Hackley’s life after leaving Key West. Only 10 years. He died during a yellow fever epidemic while living in Memphis in 1867.
Hackley left Key West in 1857. Settled in Joliet, Illinois for 6 years. Ran into financial difficulties. Moved to Memphis, Tennessee.
From 1863-1865, Hackley worked as a special agent for the US Treasury and as a cotton agent. In 1865, he became a special agent of the Treasury Department responsible for gathering cotton which had belonged to the Confederate States in Mississippi.
A yellow fever epidemic of great proportion struck in 1867. Hackley infected. He died in Memphis from yellow fever in 1867.
Trump making noises about immigration again. The “caravan” immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala trying to reach the United States. Most seek asylum. They have the necessary paperwork prepared for presentation to US officials at a border point.
Trump announced in recent days that the “caravan” was reaching the Tijuana crossing into the United States. He ordered the Department of Homeland Security to deny them entry.
Typical of Trump, he made it sound like barbarians were at the gate.
The initial group leaving Honduras and Guatemala totaled 1,200. Families, many with children and babies. All walking.
The group reaching Tijuana 50. A handful. With papers.
Trump is going to deny them entry without even a proper review of their papers. Some or all just might qualify for entry.
Trump is a big man physically and a big man in every other respect. A giant. He is beating up little people.
Enjoy your day!