Womenfest has arrived. An international meeting of lesbians and their friends. An annual Key West event.
The weekend will be busy. The ladies take over. Their numbers huge. All kind of fun activities.
Kelly McGillis will be here. She was one of the orangizers of the event back when. You may recall her as the lovely lady in Top Gun opposite Tom Cruise. For several years during her acting career, Kelly lived in Key West. She was an owner of two restaurants with her then husband.
Dancing, singing, pool parties, naked cruises, setting sun cruises, tag football, etc. Go for it ladies! Key West is yours!
Went to bocce last night. To watch. No bocce. The courts were still wet from the morning’s rain. Stopped at Don’s Place. Only Keith from the team there. Talked to him a bit.
Then to the Chart Room. Business good. Chatted with John a while. He is off to Puerto Rico and other points next week. A ten day vacation.
Some Key West from the past.
The Beatles were in Key West for two days years ago. They were flying to Jacksonville to do a show. Hurricane Dora prevented the trip from being completed. They landed in Key West.
The Beatles stayed at the Key Wester Motel. Frolicked in the pool.
After they left, an enterprising young man filled small bottles with water from the pool. Sold them as water the Beatles had swum in.
Bum Farto was a famous Key West Fire Chief. Also a cocaine dealer. He had strong connections with Columbia. He was indicted and headed for jail.
On this day in 1975, he disappeared. Never to be seen again. Many believe he went the way of Jimmy Hoffa.
1855 and William Hackley. Baby better. Expects her to grow soon. Present problem is Baby has thrush. William has a leg problem. Ankle to knee swollen on one leg. No pain. He walks on it.
On this date in 1975, Elvis Presley made his big time TV debut. On the Ed Sullivan Show. The whole world watched. Even me.
Elvis’ moving hips were considered immoral. The TV camera only framed him in from his chest up.
That’s the way it was back then!
I periodically speak of Courmayeur and Chamonix. Places I have visited many times. Places I mention in this blog. Where Anna has been the past week.
Both communities sit on the side of Mont Blanc. The tallest mountain in Europe. Part of the Alps. Awesome appearing!
Anna e-mailed me twice yesterday and the news is talking about the almost disaster on Mont Blanc between the two towns.
Cable cars run up and down the mountain. Go 11,000 feet high.
I did it once about five years ago. From the time the cable car started moving, I was convinced I had made a mistake. As it moved up and I looked down, I knew I had made a mistake. A never ending fall. I was uncomfortable.
Tragedy almost occurred yesterday. Several of the cars stopped half way up. The cables got screwed up. More than 100 people involved. One a 10 year old.
The cable cars are covered gondolas. Helicopters were able to get some out. About 100 were stuck overnight. Blankets, food and water were gotten to them together with a rescue person to keep them calm. All from helicopters.
In the morning, the remaining 100 were able to get down via the cable cars. Things got fixed.
I was right five years ago. You had to be crazy to get on one!
Look at the photos on the internet. The view below the cable cars is like looking into a never ending deep hole in the earth.
This week’s KONK Life column the Star Spangled Banner…..Birth To Today appears in this morning’s E-Blast and has also been linked to my Key West Lou web page.
Enjoy your day!