Two of my dearest and long time friends were Jim and Sara Van Sickle. Some 20 plus years. Jim and Sara owned a small motel in New Hartford, NY, when first we met.
I remember them lucking out with the motel. A huge shopping center was to be built. The motel sat right in the middle of one of the two entrances to the shopping center. Later on, they operated a small neighborhood grocery store.
Both now gone.
Last night, I met their son Ron and his wife Betty. Strange as it may sound, I did not recall Ron. As soon as I saw him, I knew he could be no one else but Jim’s son. A dead ringer for his dad.
The three of us sat and chatted at the round table in the Chart Room. Much of the Van Sickle family came to mind. Ron’s sister Joyce who I knew. She and I are now FB friends. Her husband Bill, who I also knew. Lisa. Not my Lisa. Their Lisa. Knew her through her college and early teaching years. Lisa was Jim and Sara’s granddaughter.
I especially miss Jim. We had a strong bond. We were always there for each other. At the very least, communicated with each other by phone daily.
Jim and Sara…..One of the special relationships in my life.
While we were chatting, in came Sheila and Charlotte. Two lovely ladies. Charlotte spending the weekend with Sheila. Charlotte is here to run the marathon.
Ran into Dave in the Pier House parking lot. He was nearing the end of his friday night bar crawl.
I ended up having dinner at SQ 1. At the bar.
A special article ran this past week in KONK Life re SQ 1. Pictures of some of their special dishes featured. One was Shanghai spicy calamari. It looked so good, I had to try it.
The photo did not lie. Outstanding taste! A bit spicy, but good.
Nodded a hello to Mandy as I entered. Never saw her the rest of the evening. David bartending.
A fellow sat near me. Was eyeing my calamari. Asked if it was good. Absolutely! He ordered it.
His name T.J. Federer. From Louisville. Works for Humana.
His last visit to Key West 25 years ago.
We talked of many things. Horses, obviously. We hit it off. I stayed a bit longer enjoying the conversation with him.
There was a third gentleman near us. He joined the conversation near the end. Turned out he is Mandy’s husband. Mandy, the manager of SQ 1.
My morning yesterday was the anti-gravity tread mill. I am feeling that fourth day recently added on. The fourth day makes it three days in a row. I will adjust in due course. And then go to five days a week! Probably around Thanksgiving.
Rushed to do my portion of the KONK News Hour on 104.9. I get 10 whole minutes to discuss my weekly column with Guy. No radio show. Mechanical problems.
Fantasy Fest two weeks away. Crazy time! Begins with Goombay October 23.
Congressman Paul Ryan is in the news. I hope he does not succumb and take the Speaker’s post. The man is quality. Presidential timber. Although a conservative Republican, I like him. The Speaker’s job could make him enough enemies that someday down the road he would not be able to get the Republican endorsement.
Syracuse football today! Syracuse and Southern Florida. Three thirty. I am assuming I will be able to get the game on television. Hope so.
Syracuse a 2.5 point underdog. Why, I do not know. Syracuse is 3-1 and Southern Florida 1-3.
Enjoy your day!