Jean Thornton is back! Following a one month European trip with husband Joe.
Jean in Key West for three weeks. Joe back home in Birmingham working.
Ran into Jean last night at the Chart Room. She got in the day before. Took her four days to fly from Birmingham to Key West. Alberto to blame. She made it to Atlanta the first time only to return to Birmingham.
The European trip was grand. They saw everything. Interestingly, never tired.
Jean is the best! She was my hostess for 12 days when I was escaping Irma. She took in 7 evacuees and 3 dogs from Key West.
Jean is Key West famous. She is referred to as the Key West Golden Girl. Some years ago while diving with Mel Fisher, she came upon gold and emeralds. Changed her life!
Love you, Jean! Everyone in Key West does!
The Chart Room busy last night. John bartending. Sheila and Kevin at opposite ends of the bar. Dan and Stephanie came in. From Ohio. they have rented a condo in Key West for a month. We met last week. At the Chart Room, of course.
Tonight, Dan and Stephanie are having a Meet and Greet for candidate Greg Daniels in the courtyard of their residence at 619 Simonton Street. From 5:30-7:30. Drop in and say hello to Greg.
Jean introduced me to Adam. From England. A frequent Key West visitor over the years.
A quick trip to Publix following the Chart Room. Cupboard really bare. Down to bottled water.
The Key West edition of the Florida Weekly selected Tom Luna as Bartender of the Week. The article refers to Tom as “Key West Royalty.” He is.
Tom has been a Key Wester for 30 years. Well loved by everyone. He is half of the Dueling Bartenders who perform monday nights at Aqua. The rest of the week he is tending bar at the Marker Resort.
I am always learning. Luna’s article revealed to me that Tom initially had been a ballet dancer. Trained and so educated. Performed professionally for years.
I am smiling as I type the following: It would be amusing to see Tom in tights today. He has put on a few pounds.
Alberto did do some damage to southwest Florida beaches. Alberto landed further north. However, the water was in turmoil all the way down to the Keys.
Affected on the beaches were turtle nests. Each containing many eggs. The nesting season began May 1. Some nests were washed away, others drowned in water.
Three brave guys. I refer to the three who kayaked from Cuba to Stock Island. In not the best of weather.
The three left Cuba 7:15 in the morning. An overnighter. They arrived on Stock Island 10:30 the next morning. The trip took 27 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds. A new record for solo rowing without stopping and resting.
The weather is getting better. Slowly. Still raining. Not as much. The sun sneaked in a few times yesterday, but not for long. The day gray.
Weather reports tell us the sun will return for sunday and monday.
I love it when merchants check $100 and $20 bills. Too many counterfeits around. There was a time bills were not involved. Nickels were the big thing in the counterfeiting trade.
Today’s Key West Citizen’s Keys History section reported that on this day in 1890 counterfeit nickels were being passed in Key West.
The Trump/Kim Summit still on for June 12. Kim seems to be bending over backwards to make sure the Summit proceeds.
Stomach diplomacy involved.
Kim is aware of Trump’s love of the American fast burger. He wished he could have had the time to arrange for an American burger chain to open in Pyongyang. As a “show of good will.”
Two things are certain. Without fail. Death and change.
Change upon us again. Sears announced early this morning it was closing 72 more stores. The list of stores will be posted later in the day.
The mighty fall. I can recall how unbelievable to me it was when years ago Eastern Airlines closed down. A major U.S. airline. How could it be, I thought.
The next major closing that blew me out was Montgomery Ward.
Change is the way of the world.
This week’s KONK Life is on the stands. Pick up a copy. My article this week one of the best I have written. Much research and thought into it. The column: The FBI of Today The Jews of Yesterday.
Have to hustle. A late morning haircut with Lori.
Enjoy your day!