Chinese New Year around the corner. New Year’s Eve February 4. The party lasts till February 19.
The New Year will be the Year of the Pig. All born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 fall into the Pig category.
An honor to be a Pig. Pigs are fraternal in nature. Good at socializing and maintaining relationships.
The partying colorful and noisy. The noise intended to drive evil spirits away.
Finally got out last night. My back and leg felt better. Like 90 percent. Pain seemed to disappear around 2.
This morning I hurt again. Not bad, but enough that I am continuing on the pain and spasm pills.
I did not drink
Began the evening at Aqua for Dueling Bartenders.
Amazing how large the crowd was. More than last week. Other than Liz, Josefina, Sheila, John, and Mary, I knew no one.
Mostly elderly. In the area of my age. I suspect they are snowbirds. Have second homes in Key West and have returned for the season.
A joy to watch them. They whoop it up! Sing, dance, throw their arms around. Things they would not do in public back home. In Key West however, yes.
I have the feeling that Key West is becoming a vacation spot for the elderly.
Gays a problem. Substantially less than when I started visiting 25 years ago. Many have left because of money. The cost of living and the opportunity for a better paying job exist in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Afterwards, Mary took me to La Trattoria for dinner. She suggested we go. When I hesitated, she said she would pay. A nice gesture. I accepted.
Glad I did. I devoured my meal. Ate like I had not seen food in ages. Correct to a certain extent. Between the pain and medication, I have not eaten much this past week.
Aqua Idol tonight. Lynda Frechette’s idea many years ago which has turned into an outstanding success. A fundraiser. This evening at 6. Get there early if you want a seat.
Key West is no different from any other place I guess. The City does good sometimes, bad others.The City Commission did a good thing recently. As of January 1, 2019, the minimum wage has been raised to $15 an hour.
This evening my podcast show. Nine my time. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. A quick moving interesting half hour. I vent, rant and rave. About what I like and don’t like. Guaranteed you will enjoy. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
The weather continues to be a problem and object of discussion.
Cold throughout most of the U.S. Two thirds of the U.S. is experiencing the cold. Described by the weather people as the most extreme cold in a generation.
Key West 56 degrees at the moment. The high today 67. A warm spell in the making!
George Carlin was a stand up comedian and social critic. He died in 2008. He mocked everything and everyone. Re weather: “Weather forecast for tonight: Dark.”
The man was never wrong!
This humongous snow storm is named Jayden. Weather people now name everything.
Jayden is pummeling the plains and the midwest. One thousand eight hundred flights out of Chicago cancelled yesterday. Georgia has closed its state offices and schools. Wisconsin and Alabama have declared states of emergency.
I grew up in upstate New York. Snow like you would not believe. I especially disliked it when my father gave me the responsibility to keep the sidewalk and drive way free of snow. Hard work!
I concluded at some point that snow was good for two things. One was beauty. Nothing more pretty than the ground and foliage covered with heavy snow. The other to sustain Santa Claus in the minds of the young.
For those who do not believe in climate change, I share the following. Arctic ice is melting. Most know. Some refuse to believe, however.
Baffin Island is part of Canada. Actually located in what is known as the Canada Arctic. Baffin has been covered with ice for 40,000 years. No more, however.
The ice has melted. Green grass and other vegetation totally visible.
Climate experts claim we are undergoing the warmest century in 115,000 years.
Means 2 things for Key West. The water is warmer each year. A major contributing factor resulting in more intensive hurricanes each year. The other is the rising water. It is projected that as early as 50 years from now, those with ocean front homes will no longer have them. The ocean will have replaced their homes.
A Happy Birthday to a major celebrity. Oprah Winfrey’s birthday today.
I close with some Venezuela information.
I have followed Nicolas Maduro’s the past 5 years. A lousy President. Involved in all kinds of graft and corruption. To the detriment of his people.
Trump began threatening invasion 6 months ago. His reason to assist the people of Venezuela to get out from under Maduro. A noble undertaking. A phony one, however.
The invade Venezuela talk is getting louder. Too loud. Trump’s desire to help the poor of Venezuela is really a cover for his desire to grab Venezuela’s oil reserves. He is led by the nose in this desire by warmonger John Bolton. Bolton is reported to have said the other day he wants Maduro out and the American oil companies in.
Juan Guaido has declared himself interim President of Venezuela. Like me declaring myself President of the United States. Saying so does not make it so.
In the mean time, Russia is interested in Venezuela also. For the oil, off course. Putin announced yesterday he is sending “security contractors” to Venezuela to protect Maduro. Trump/Bolton have sided with the upstart Guaido.
Face to face, the U.S. in Venezuela. Trump and Putin eye ball to eye ball.
Bolton recently said the U.S. has a “lot at stake” re Venezuela. He believes regime change will make a big difference to the American economy if American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.
You’re doing good Donald. Take from others what is not rightfully ours. The American way? At the same time, bring the U.S. to the brink of war with Russia?
Of one thing I am certain, Putin is smarter than Trump.
Enjoy your day!