Last night unusual. Spent time with two great couples. One I had met last year. The other, new.
I was at Aqua for Dueling Bartenders. Crowded. I was sitting alone at a small table. All of a sudden Tom and Clare Keller appeared. Took me a few seconds. We had met last year.
They joined me.
Tom and Clare new residents to Key West. Closed on a condominium in January. All excited. Properly so.
Both retired. Time to enjoy and play. Life without concern. They are ready.
Tom is a former Washington DC attorney. We have a mutual friend. He knows her much better than I. Former Ambassador Amy Bondourant. An Ambassador under Clinton and Bush 2. Amy and her husband relocated from Paris to Key West last year.
Tom and Amy were law partners in Washington.
Tom and Clare two new friends.
The other couple Kristina and John. I stopped at Tavern ‘n Town on the way home. I had not intended. However, my stomach was growling. Enjoyed my diet prime rib.
Sitting at the bar next to me were Kristina and John. A vacationing couple from Mays Landing, New Jersey. Near Atlantic City. A very enjoyable couple. We talked of many things. From the beauty of Jersey beaches and their bikini clad women to whatever.
Both at with the FAA. Kristina a research manager with drones. Sounded interesting. John not at liberty to tell me what he did.
Married. Two children.
They return home this morning. I can’t wait to meet up with them again next year.
Now back to Aqua and Dueling bartenders.
Terri the guest artist.
Two weeks ago, Terri received favorable news from her cancer hospital in Tampa. She is in remission. Her singing last night exhibited a gusto I attribute to the news. She also danced and pranced about. Terri was a Broadway hoofer as well as singer.
She was singing a love song. Came over and threw her arm around me in what was intended as a hug. It was not. My face became imbedded in her left breast. I could not breathe. She did not know.
Bear at Aqua also. His first time. Only 10 weeks old. What a good boy! Sat under a chair and ignored everyone. Probably scared seeing all the people. A never before event for him.
Donna came in later. She has been dieting. Looked good. Tall and thin.
I met at the Aqua bar last year a man from Utica. Not Utica, NY. Utica, Michigan. He was back last night. This time with an oxygen tube in his nostrils. Made no difference, he was whooping it up at the bar having a good time.
While at the bar at Tavern ‘n Town, Fred Tillman stopped by to say hello. Tillman a Key Wester for years. Owned Kelly’s and two other restaurants for years. He catered Lisa’s wedding.
His outstanding achievement from my perspective were the years he was married to Hollywood actress Kelly McGillis. The Kelly McGillis of Top Gun/Tom Cruise fame. Kelly lived in Key West with Fred and they operated the three restaurants together.
Now, long divorced.
I last saw Fred in December at David Wolkowsky’s 98th birthday party. Go David!
I have spoken of David many times. He is the father of modern Key West. Key West would not have developed as it has were it not for David.
An example is the Pier House. David built the Pier House. A section at a time. On the gulf end of Key West that was nothing but a mud puddle. On this day in 1967, David began construction of the Pier House Motel. A few rooms to become a gigantic resort. Big trees from little acorns grew.
Tonight, Lynda Frechette’s Aqua Idol. Five thirty at Aqua. Singing galore. A fundraiser for Lynda’s beloved Waterfront Playhouse.
Mary Lou Hoover busier than normal. She is running for Key West Commissioner. She will be the best Commissioner ever! Her campaign kick-off is February 26 at Salute’s.
Tonight, my podcast. What I describe as an internet radio show. You can see my picture and hear my voice. Nothing moves. Somewhat similar to radio.
I am into my third year. Impressed. I have advertisers. Not solicited by me. They come because of the size of my listening audience. Two of my favorites are GEICO, Ins. and Old Navy.
Showtime tonight is 9. The show a quick moving half hour. I talk about everything. A lot of politics. I am a political junkie.
My opinion generally shared. Love being able to share my thoughts on an issue without concern or permission.
Join me. Guaranteed you will enjoy. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
Enjoy your day!