I walked yesterday morning big time!
Up and down Duval, from the Atlantic to the Gulf and in between.
There are people in town. Tourists. More than I recollect at a similar time in the past few years. Has the economy improved? Are they spending money other than for their hotel/motel rooms? When things are tough, many visit Key West who do not do the restaurants and bars. They bring their own hard stuff. Buy beer from a store. Purchase pizzas or subs and eat them in their rooms.
I get the thought that ice cream has discovered Key West. In the past two years, at least 6 new ice cream shops have opened on Duval. We only had two for years. All appear busy!
As I competed my walk and was entering my car at Square One, I noted Bob Burton sitting in the SUV next to me. I opened the door and visited with him for a while.
Bob is 81. He was sitting there with the oxygen thing in his nose and the canteen/bag to which it was attached on the floor. I asked him, “Is this what I have to look forward to?” He laughed. Not so funny from my perspective. I am 76. Only 5 years separates us.
Bob and Jack Baron were a couple. For well over 50 years. Baron was an artist. Jack died about 7 years ago. I miss him. He was wise. He saw things others might not. I used to visit with Jack and Bob six days a week at Jack’s studio. An hour or two each morning. Others would stop in also. We talked about anything and everything. We solved the world’s problems.
Bob and Jack would be legally married today had Jack lived a bit longer. Nevertheless, Bob and Jack lived as a couple and were respected as such. I attended anniversary parties # 48, 49, 50, 51 and 52. All terrific. Generally a couple of hundred people mulling around having a good time.
I worked on Friday’s show yesterday. The Key West Lou Legal Hour. 10 am. http://www.konkbroadcasting.com/. Join me. Another great show!
Topics of course will include Penn State, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. I hope you will be listening to my take on Penn State/Paterno. It may be different from anything you have been subjected to thus far. Other topics will include blocking of graphic displays on cigarette packages, the $8 million artifact collection in the cellar of a building in bankrupt Harrisburg, the art owned by the city, a Chinese hospital screw up, a for real $1 million dollar mistake, the great basketball star Yao Ming, the economic crisis impacting Santa Claus, the Catholic Church changing things again, and more.
Tonight bocce! I will be there! It will take a train wreck to keep me away!
Enjoy your day!