VERY SATISFYING EVENING

Last night, pleasant and satisfying. A night with Liz.

Began with drinks at her home. Then to Bruschetta for dinner. Followed by a return to Liz’s home for home made Christmas cookies while seated on Liz’s Christmas decorated front porch.

Company and cookies excellent! Bruschetta good!

Bruschetta is a new Italian restaurant in downtown Key West. At 112 Fitzpatrick Street. Decor comforting.

Marco is part owner and operator. From Italy. A warm personality.

The food! Real Italian. A step up. Portions large. We left with doggy bags.

I enjoyed a linguine dish. Liz, a veal one.

Marco is giving a locals’ discount. Ten percent. Not enough. Should be at least 15 percent, if not 20. He apparently does not understand you can’t make it in Key West with out local business. The summers are long. His problem may be he does not realize the generous discounts being given by other restaurants.

The Key West Citizen makes two contributions to today’s blog.

Today In Key West History mentions that the movie Caribe Gold was being filmed in Key West in 1955. Ethel Waters, Coley Wallace and Cicely Tyson starring.

Lisa has a large colored print announcing the movie. Magnificent. It hangs in her living room. The print rare today.

The Citizens’ Voice carries an interesting comment. I repeat it in its entirety.

“No one felt sorry for the public phones when cellphones came around, no one felt sorry for letters when e-mails came around, no one felt sorry for Blockbuster when Netflix came around. Why feel sorry for the taxis because Uber came around?”

Homeless Memorial Day is December 16. Seventy six homeless persons died thus far this year in Monroe County. Their remains will be interred at a prayer service that day at Key West Cemetery. A recognition that everyone should be remembered.

Three years ago, I wrote a KONK Life COMMENTARY Column about Jeanette Rankin.

Rankin was a pacifist. Elected to Congress for the first time when World War I broke out. She voted against entering the war. She was defeated in the next election.

She ran again for Congress in 1940. Won. Pearl Harbor occurred. Rankin was the sole vote on December 8 opposed to declaring war on Japan.

Visitors abounded in the House that day. She was chased from the Chamber to a telephone booth. The police had to extract her and guide her out of the building to safety.

She did not run for re-election after casting her negative vote. The handwriting was on the wall.

Rankin commented as she cast her vote: “As a woman, I can’t go to war and I refuse to send anyone else.”

The House has a year end spending bill. It will be voted on thursday by the House. On friday by the Senate.

Some oddities in the bill.

New York City has increased responsibility guarding Trump and his family. The City asked for $35 million to assist with the protection. The House bill only appropriates $7 million.

Flint still waits for significant financial assistance to assist with regard to its lead contaminated water problem. Politicians are all talk with little help.

The House bill provides for $170 million to communities struck by contamination water problems. Note, not Flint alone. Communities.

The $170 million is also contingent on the passage of a separate water bill authorizing the funds.

Good luck! It will be a long time if at all before Flint receives proper help from the federal government. No one seems to care. The feds see it as a state problem. The state sees it as a federal problem. In the meantime, Flint water remains contaminated.

A newscaster this morning made mention that the Trump cabinet is the most conservative since Herbert Hoover. I hope Trump does better than Hoover did!

Syracuse/BU saturday at noon.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

10 comments on “VERY SATISFYING EVENING

  1. If Uber/Lyft drivers went to the local Registry of Motor Vehicle Dept. and registered their vehicle with the ‘Livery plate’ I doubt anyone would complain. Of course they might also be required to have the auto insurance endorsement.

    An alternative may be having Uber/Lyft lobbyists grease enough political hands to create an exemption and thus not require Uber to be held to the traditional long standing taxi/livery regulations.

    Here in Massachusetts the state legislature did create that exemption for Uber/Lyft etal.
    Yes I have a one car registered livery service here in Massachusetts.

  2. List five Key West restaurants and the local discounts they give. You only go to Harpoon Harry’s, Cuban Coffee Queen, Roostica, La Te Da, Hot Tin Roof,Hogfish and a couple others. None of them offered a locals discount in the 15 years I lived in Key West. If they do, sure as hell ain’t 20%. I officially call bull shit on this. Cite your sources.

    • You see only what you want to see. Hot Tin Roof has a Key Club for locals. Every other drink free and 25 percent off food. Marriott Beachside gives locals 50 percent off entres if you order before 6:30. Martin’s has a terrific Happy Hour. Cocktails and appetizers 50 percent off.

  3. Flint still waits for significant financial assistance to assist with regard to its lead contaminated water problem. Politicians are all talk with little help.
    end quote

    Part of why we now have the new President we do.

    • Patrick – trump will do NOTHING for water quality. And has proved his opinion on the importance of environmental protection and public health with his EPA pick! Are you sane?

  4. Hey mr. Anonymous, try Marriott beachside, 50 percent locals, cafe sole, 50 percent locals, Lucy’s 25 percent locals. The list is too long. If a restaurant is going to survive here, make damn good food and take care of your local clients..

  5. Anonymous on December 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm said:
    Patrick – trump will do NOTHING for water quality. And has proved his opinion on the importance of environmental protection and public health with his EPA pick! Are you sane?
    end quote

    The response was actually to the short last sentence. The people are fed up with politics as usual. Sorry you couldn’t pick up on that. But, only time will show what the incoming admin will do. I happen to be listening right now to our new President now saying he is going to fix the water problem in Flint. We shall see, If he turns out to be a bad President I’ll certainly say I made a mistake. If he becomes a good President are you willing to admit your mistake. Again time will tell.

  6. Anonymous on December 10, 2016 at 1:37 pm said:
    Hahahahahahahahaha
    end quote

    You’re happy with politics as usual I see. And I doubt you’ll admit a mistake if Trump does become a good President. Your statements are telling.

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