We are waiting to see if 99L turns into a tropical storm or hurricane. Waiting time getting shorter. Tomorrow the day.
The present suspicion is that 99L will remain a tropical wave. Big rain and winds. Rain fall day one 2-4 inches. Wind 25 mph, with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Street flooding.
Bothersome, but no big deal! The storm is presently over the Bahamas. Five hundred miles from Key West.
The last time Key West was hit with any significant storm was Wilma. Eleven years ago. Since then, we have been lucky. There have been more than 150 tropical storms and hurricanes. All passed us by.
Complacency sets in. Why worry?
Even I am guilty. I was to go to Publix and Home Depot yesterday to supply up for the storm. Never went. Figured nothing is going to happen. I plan on going today, however. Better safe than sorry.
I spent yesterday trying to figure out what to write for this week’s KONK Life column. The same every week. A last minute decision.
It looks like Big Pharma at the moment. The drug industry is screwing us! I need not have to tell you.
Mylan is the present company in the news. They have raised the price on something called EpiPen from $1 to over $500. Over a brief period of time. EpiPen is life saving for those who require it.
Politics involved. The CEO of the company is Senator Joe Manchin’s daughter. Skulduggery involved. The mix of business and Washington.
Finally met Bob Saraceno face to face! Bob is a loyal blog reader. Writes me on occasion. From Buffalo. In the insurance business. Wears his Italian ancestry with pride.
He and Sue are visiting Key West for a few days. Leaving today to avoid the storm. We got together last night.
Sue a school administrator. My KONK column about standardized tests came up.
Good people! Loved being with them! Look forward to their next visit!
We began with drinks at the Chart Room. The ever affable John bartending.
Then to Hot Tin Roof for a long casual dinner.
Joseph was back! His first day. Part time. Is doing better. Has graduated to two canes. Hopefully, next week one. Then none.
At the end of dinner while we were sitting around, a couple who had been seated nearby at the bar joined us. John and Susan from London. John is a banker.
Politics and state of the world our post dinner discussion topics.
Trump concerns me. He can win. Bad for the U.S. and the world. Last night, I was alone in so thinking.
Bob and Sue are pro Trump. They disappointed me.
Banker John from London, likewise.
Europeans know more about world events than we do. Aware in detail.
John opened with…..What about Turkey? And then other things happening in Europe. Even Asia. We got into China.
I have found European knowledge of world events superior to mine. In every instance. Has rung true in every discourse I have had with foreigners.
Maybe because Europe is small and the countries comparable to our States.
John was even into our Civil War.
My sense was John favored Trump. Hillary not trustworthy, etc.
I ended up thinking that John ‘s frame of mind must be similar to the English electorate who recently upset their government by voting in what I consider a far right fringe element.
Interestingly, every country worldwide is leaning that way.
My KONK column this week is Teaching To The Test Not Working. The No Child Left Behind debacle.
I mentioned a Florida lawsuit that was on trial last week. Decision expected soon. It came down friday. The result as I expected.
The Judge ruled for the students. Said class grades and teacher evaluation had to be taken into consideration when deciding whether a student should be promoted.
She was also very lawyerish. Decided opening the test booklet and signing one’s name without answering any question was “participation” in the exam.
The details too long and convoluted to set forth here. Go to my Key West Lou website. The article is linked to it. www.keywestlou.com. Read it. Interesting. Sort of a would you believe!
Click the second item in on the top bar. Click again what comes up. There it will be!
The Hackley baby continues to be sick. Feverish. All day and night today. A three day fever so far.
Primary Day tuesday. Better go today to avoid whatever the storm is going to be.
Christopher Rounds is a candidate for Fantasy Fest King. A good guy! Well liked! Will win!
Chris’ distinction is that he was born and raised in Boonville, New York. Twenty miles from my home town of Utica.
Chris owned Antonia’s. Sold it. Bought La Te Da. Has done a magnificent job in remodeling the place.
Enjoy your day!