The weather was magnificent yesterday!

I started my day with a long walk along the waterfront. White boats, large and small, meeting the eye. A stimulating sight!

Later I lunched at Paradise Cafe. I was sitting outside reading the papers when the usual company appeared. Chickens! Specifically a rooster and a hen. All of a sudden one of the Paradise staff appeared with a large water gun and started spraying them. Of course, the chickens took off!

The gun is a child’s toy. About 18 inches long. And like all toy water guns, merely emits a small shot of water. Nothing special. Nothing different than what my grandkids play with. He told me they had purchased it for $1.75 at K Mart. Made sense. The purpose was to rid the property of the chickens.

Good luck!

Those 2 may have run off. However the neighborhood and all of Key West is loaded with chickens. I think all he experienced was a momentary victory!

Then to Borders. I was excited. I figured the Scott McClellan book would be in and I could start reading it. Not yet! I was told maybe today or perhaps Monday. So I started reading Richard Clark’s book covering basically the same topics.

Clark’s name is being mentioned these days in relation to McClellan’s book. Clark left Bush’s staff early on over the Iraqi war. He was severely criticizied for his comments at the time. Even McClellan as Press Secretary had some nasty things to say about him.

It is true however that what goes around, comes around! McClellan now is the one being criticized by the Bush people. McClellan and Clark ran into each other the other night. McClellan apologized to Clark for the comments.

All very interesting! Being the political junkie I am, all this stuff going on intrigues me.

Dinner last night at the Yacht Club with Merle and Susan. A good time!

Merle and Susan are from Stuart. They have a second home in Truman Annex. Merle is an economist. Makes his living as an expert witness in lawsuits. Susan is a psychologist.

Afterwards I intended to go directly home. However my wife wanted to stop at La Te Da. So we went to La Te Da.

We spent time there with good friends Donna and Mary Jo. Mark Watson joined us at our table. Mark is a celebrated singer and professionally a drag queen extraordinaire. He generally performs upstairs at La Te Da.

My wife and I even danced. A big night! Reminded me of the Frank Sinatra line in Chicago “…I knew a man, he danced with his wife, in Chicago my home town!”

Today will be exciting. I am anxious for the Democratic Committee to start its meeting at 9 am re seating the Florida and Michigan delegations. I will be glued to the TV set till it is over!

I hung out at the house yesterday morning. Did some paper work. Sunned myself. Read.

I had a 1:00 pm meeting of the Key West Symphony Board. It was at the Westin’s Bistro Restaurant.

I arrived precisely at 1:00. Everyone was finishing their lunch and the meeting was in full swing. The meeting was scheduled for noon and had begun at noon. Was I embarassed!

My dear friend Howard Livingston of Mile Marker 24 fame wrote a song containing these words: “I’m getting in Key West time…” That I am!

Sebrina Alfonso is the Director of the Key West Symphony. Actually she is the driving force behind the Symphony. In ten years she has brought it to a position of prominence and excellence. A difficult job. Sebrina has performed well both in front of the audience and behind the curtain.

One of the other Board members is Diane Schmidt. A lovely person inside and out!

Diane is the General Manager of the Westin. A big deal! She is a local girl who made good! She and the Westin are major supporters of the Symphony.

The thought just occurs to me that Sebrina is a local also. Here are two women who are shining stars on the Key West scene!

I stopped at the Yacht club last night for a couple of drinks. Talked golf with some of the members. I find it interesting that no one talks boats at the Yacht Club. Everything but.

Then to Kelly’s for wings.

The place was empty. Only 8 pm. No one at the bar and only about 3 tables with people. It is obvious the season is over!

I was home to bed and TV. The political junkie in my nature is having a ball! All this stuff about the Scott McClellan book!

Golf was an ordeal yesterday! We played in all type weather!

Normally about 12 guys show up to play. Yesterday only 5. The rest were too smart!

It had poured earlier. It was lightly raining as we teed off. It poured while we played.

Poured does not adequaely describe it! It came down in heavy buckets! It happened twice, 2-3 holes at a time.

You have to understand that those who play golf under any weather circumstances in Key West consider themselves real men. Testosterone types!

I must be one or I would not have palyed yesterday

And then the rain passed. The sun came out. And it was hot! Blistering hot!

The humidity was thick!

I never was so glad to finish 18 holes!

The 5 nuts who played were Larry, Yankee, Roger, Bud and Louis.

In spite of it all, I won some money. Not as much as the $15 of last week. But I walked away happy!

And tired!

Iwent home, climbed in bed and slept all afternoon.