On this day in 1963, President John Kennedy was assassinated. America mourned.

Kennedy was exciting. His family and administration exciting. He brought an excitement to America.

He probably would have gone down as one of America’s finest Presidents. Unfortunately, he was not President long enough. Less than 3 years.

His major accomplishment was the Cuban missile crisis. He avoided what could have been a nuclear war with Russia. Who knows if another President would have handled the confrontation with the same skill he did.

Republicans seem to be screwing up consistently. The weekend found four in the limelight.

ASSHOLE first. Not Trump. Mike Pompeo. Remember Pompeo? Secretary of State under Trump. Graduated first in his class at West Point, magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

Pompeo wants to be President. He has been quietly seeking the Republican nomination for 2024.

He never impressed me as Secretary of State. He impresses me even less today.

In an interview yesterday, he was asked who did he consider the most dangerous person in the world. He replied, “Not Chairman Kim, not Xi Jinping, not Putin. The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten.”

My immediate reaction: Who the hell is Weingarten? She is the head of the American Federation of Teachers Union.

Pompeo has a “thing” about teachers: He is upset with the “filth teacher’s unions are teaching our kids and the fact they don’t know math and reading or writing.”

Turns out right wing extremists dislike Weingarten and teacher unions. Pompeo is selling his soul to the the extremists in his quest to get the nomination. As is everyone else on the Republican side.

Mike Pence failed to distinguish himself on Meet the Press in a sunday interview.

Pence supported Trump in everything up to January 6 while Trump was President. Pence was the “loyal” #2 man. January 6 cleansed his soul. While the insurrectionists were looking for him to hang, the gallows and rope already constructed on Capitol steps, Pence stood strong and refused to do what Trump wanted.

Pence has now decided he wants to be President. He needs the support of Trump at some point and of the extreme right. He has become a whore in his quest. A whore similar to Kevin McCarthy who knocked Trump big time re January 6 and then flew to Mar-a-Lago to kiss his ring. Pence in effect kissed Trump’s ring on Meet the Press sunday.

Among other things, Pence knocked Justice for the search warrant on Mar-a-Lago. Should have been handled differently. How, he never said. He crucified Fauci for his “vaccination” handling of the COVID pandemic.

Pence makes me sick. Strong language, I agree. The man is a religious fanatic. I have never trusted one.

Alito back in the news. Appears he “leaked” another Supreme Court decision before it was published. A 2014 case concerning access to birth control.

I have written several times over the years re Alito. He is a bitter man. Bitter because he was passed over for the Chief Justice position at one point in time. He “suppresses considerable resentment.” He “has turned out to be angry, dark, retrogressive and historically damaging.” He was recently described: “It’s like he has gained a sense of freedom to change the world in the image he has for it.”

Finally, the Donald himself.

Trump is not reacting well to GOP pleas to stay away from the Georgia runoff. Good luck! He’ll go.

Prosecutors in Trump cases continue to give me concern. There are those who are afraid to do their jobs.

Recall Alvin Bragg. Manhattan District Attorney. Soon after taking office, he announced he was dropping the case his office was investigating against Trump. Furor reigned. Two of the Assistants working on the case resigned.

Bragg apparently has now changed his mind. The rope is back around Trump’s neck. May be tightening.

His office announced the case against Trump for the $130,000 2016 hush money paid to Daniels via Michael Cohen was back under consideration. It was being “refocused.” Six years after the event giving rise to the possible charge.

Syracuse basketball.

Syracuse in the Empire Classic being played at Barclay’s in Brooklyn. Opened against Richmond last night. Syracuse won in overtime 74-71.

Syracuse plays St. John’s tonight at 9:30 in the championship game. St. John’s beat Temple last night 78-72.

Syracuse played well last night…..most of the game. Not all.

Girard had the hot hand. Scored 31 points. Twenty one in the first half.

Syracuse played a zone defense. Surprising since Boeheim had the team practicing and playing man to man in previous games.

Boeheim will admit if the opposing team is hitting its 3’s, the zone can be ineffective. It was much of the second half. Richmond was dropping the 3’s in with frequency.

Except, Syracuse’s defense “woke up” with 6 minutes to go and held Richmond to 1 point. In the overtime, Syracuse held Richmond scoreless for 3 minutes.

Wish Syracuse could play an effective defense a whole game.

Syracuse sucked off the boards. Especially the offensive ones. Lucky to have won with that problem.

I will be glued to the TV set this evening from 9:30 on.

Enjoy your day!


Buffalo’s snowstorm dominates the news. Understandable. Six and a half feet.

Buffalo had an even bigger one in 1977. Eight feet plus. Described in inches at the time. One hundred plus.

A three day storm. Biggest ever, before or since.

The snow began falling on friday January 28.

Drifts reached 30 feet in some places. Snow plows were useless. Snow too heavy and deep. Earth moving front end truck loaders were utilized. Brought in from Canada and other U.S. areas.

Snow removal a unique exercise. The front loaders filled dump trucks with snow. Toronto provided 2 huge machines which somehow became part of the dump trucks. The machines melted the snow. The water was dumped into street sewers. The water then ran into Lake Erie.

The process worked till the federal government said stop! Too many environmental issues would result.

By midnight friday, 10,000 cars were stranded in Buffalo. Two thousand on Main Street and eight thousand otherwise on City streets. The stranded vehicles affected snow removal. Buffalo hired 50 tow truck companies to remove them.

Saturday afternoon, dump trucks and payloaders were dumping snow directly into the Niagara River.

President Carter and Governor Carey issued emergency declarations.

The temperature remained a consistent minus 7 degrees Fahrenheit for several days. Winds as high as 51 mph. The winds contributed strongly to the high snow drifts.

On sunday and monday, Buffalo and surrounding communities banned unnecessary travel. A serious banning. Arrests made. Fines up to $500 and 90 days in jail. Necessary. Stranded cars prohibited streets from being cleaned. They ended up being buried under the snow. Could not be seen.

Still snowing on monday.

The sun finally broke through on wednesday February 2.

Schools remained closed till February 14. Closed a total of 10 “school days.”

Besides my research, I have to thank Buffalo’s Fran and Tom Dixon. They lived through the blizzard of 1977 and shared their recollections with me.

This past weekend’s blizzard of no effect as far as the Dixons were concerned. Early reports advised the storm would be 5-6 feet. However, a narrow one in width. The Dixon home was on the periphery. They got all of one inch.

So much for snow.

Key West has a bubba system. Those born in Key West take care of each other. Some families going back 3-4 generations. Bubbas are a closed society. Do business with each other. New residents to Key West have a difficult, if not impossible, time breaking in.

Steve Thompson ran into the bubba system in his early Key West years.

Most of Duval was bordered up in early ’73. A little business on the 200 block was all I could see. I felt lucky to find a location at 208 Duval for my first store.

Key West was just taking off and I couldn’t ask for more. I had a ten year lease and I was happy as could be.

Then they built a pizza place right in front of me. I have to admit it really did suck. But it forced me to find a second spot a few blocks up. It was probably the worst looking building in Key West. When we were finished, it was one of the best.

501 had been boarded up for years and was in bad shape. The landlord said, “Only a 3 year lease, you’ll have to wait.” He wanted to see if I would do what I said I would do. Unfortunately, I think he had some other motives too. He wanted to make sure I would fix his building first.

In my whole life, that decision was my worst. I put in tile floors, sinks, bathrooms, walk in cooler, all to City Code. I installed windows, doors, gingerbread, signs, and I was ready to fold.

The City finally gave me a permit, I was broke and who knows.

B.O. opened a fish wagon across the street with only a hose.

Luckily, the store took off from day one and did very good. My last year I asked the landlord for that extension. He said he didn’t like my manager. He would have to go. I hated to fire him, but I couldn’t say no.

In December, I met my friend Tony in Miami for our annual ski trip.. He handed me a letter from my landlord, and that was just the tip. It said I had two weeks to vacate, there were too many drunks around. I was surrounded by his bars and I didn’t even sell beer.

So that was another lesson learned the hard way. When your lease is up, you are going to pay. B.O. was a bubba and they do whatever they want. I always liked Buddy, but I wasn’t even a freshwater conch.

Enjoy your day!




Happy Birthday Mr. President!

Eighty years old today. He is the first man of his age to serve in the Presidency.

Joe Biden has done an exemplary job so far in his two years on the job. Better and more than many have accomplished in 4 or 8 years.

I am 87. I know from experience the problems of functioning at 80 or older. For me, the mind is perfect. It is the body. Like a car as it ages, the parts wear down. So it must be with Biden. Parts are repairable, however. Which means he can handle the job. Proof is his record of accomplishments thus far.

Another evidentiary item is he seems to enjoy the work. He was born to it. His whole life from its political beginnings brought hm to this moment.

Keep up the good work, Mr. President!

I do not understand Elon Musk. He loses money like water running out of a faucet.

He spent $44 billion on Twitter, a business he did not want. In 2 weeks, he sets it on a road to destruction. Fires half the work force, imposes stringent work requirements on those who remain, etc. Worst, he now welcomes Trump back. He claims “the people want him back.”

I have known men of wealth. They covet their money. Protect it. Do not handle it foolishly. Musk deals with his in an opposite fashion.

Forbes reported this week that Musk’s net worth is now $191.4 billion. It was $387 at the beginning of the year. He has lost $195.6 billion thus far this year.

A strange businessman.

Received a call yesterday afternoon. Syracuse friends Don and Chris are in town. Invited me to dinner. I accepted.

Seven Fishes the restaurant.

I am ashamed to admit in all the years I have been in Key West, i have never gone to Seven Fishes. Not the old one or the new. A mistake on my part. I shall make up for the error in the future.

The restaurant is beautiful. Simple modern taste, yet with class.

Met the bartender Eric and host Carl. The meal outstanding. Enjoyed the scallops.

The company of course best. Met Don and Chris at the Chart Room years ago. We hit it off immediately. The Syracuse connection helped.

Don is Vice-President of a South Korean company. He spends much time in South Korea and world wide. Chris works for a company in a similar field.  Both are in sales. Chris just returned from 3 weeks in Berlin.

We enjoyed an early dinner. I was home by 9:30. The Syracuse/Wake Forest game was in its 2nd quarter. Syracuse was leading 21-10. I was a happy camper. Syracuse winning and most of the game remaining.

Typical Syracuse result. Syracuse lost 45-35.

Can’t win for losing!

Enjoy your Sunday!


Three Washington observations.

The first involves Merrick Garland’s appointment of a special counsel to pursue Trump matters involving Mar-a-Lago documents and January 6. Absolutely unnecessary!

Respectfully, Garland should get off his ass and complete the Trump investigations. There has been more than sufficient time to decide whether to indict. As far as I am concerned, Garland is avoiding his responsibility.

The Attorney General staff is sufficiently large for all Trump matters to have been completely investigated by this time.

I saw something like this coming when Garland was appointed. I said then in a lengthy blog and have mentioned several times since that a judge does not make a good prosecutor. Especially a judge of 20 years.

My opinion at the time and to this day is judges are too intent on minute detail to perform the prosecutorial function. They are concerned with crossing every t and dotting every i. No criminal case is perfect. As no defense is. There are problems with every portion. A prosecutor assembles the facts and law available and makes a decision as to whether go ahead. He has a case or doesn’t.

Garland is incapable of so doing. His mind is judicially trained. Rigidly so.

Not knocking the man. Merely saying what is.

A special counsel is only going to contribute to more delay. Provide Trump with new reasons to run to court. Trump is going to teflon himself out of an indictment.

The new House leadership a disgrace. Un-American. Instead of legislating matters of value to the American people, their obvious intent is to investigate/impeach Democratic leaders. Appeal only to MAGA supporters.

I believe their conduct will make their majority control short lived. The clear message from the American people in the mid-terms was stop screwing around, we want things done that will help us. There are more such thinking Republicans than MAGAs. The end result will be the Democrats regaining control of the House in 2024.

Finally and on a positive note, America lauds Nancy Pelosi. As she moves into the sunset, she leaves behind a Speaker record never to be paralleled. She was that good.

The only persons disparaging her are the MAGA Republicans. They know not better. Probably each is quietly aware they are inadequate in comparison.

I agree it is time for new blood on the Democratic side. Fresh new ideas. America will benefit.

The Republicans should try it. They have many young people in their ranks. The problem is they are as a whole generally whacked out. They drink Trump’s special brand of Kool Aid and dance to his tune.

Enjoy your day!




A weather man I am not. Yet I know what happens in upstate New York and Key West based on years of experience. Experience acquired by living in each area for decades.

Key West weather today 72-78. The 72 at the moment is cold. Cold for Key Westers who are accustomed to mid 80’s. Fortunately, snow will not fall. Has snow ever fallen in Key West?

Buffalo, on the other hand, is in for what has already been predicted to be an “historic storm.” Four to five feet of snow. Temperature 27-35 degrees.

Four to five feet a crippling storm. Does not necessarily mean a suffering one for most.

I spent 60 plus years residing in Utica. On the same line as Buffalo. Less than 200 miles separating the two communities. Yearly “major” snow storms generally 1-2 feet. Occasionally, the mother of all storms. Three feet plus. A few really big ones over the years. Could have been 5 feet or better.

I never minded the big storms. Meant everything closed down. Roads impassable. No one could get to work. No one could get anywhere. Everyone home confined. It was a time when families got to know each other again over a three day period. I loved it! Especially when the kids were small.

I had several law offices. One located in Buffalo. A big storm hit. My staff “lived” in the offices for 3 days. Slept on desks and the floor. Somehow were able to get food from here and there.

One concluding observation. When it is “very” cold in Buffalo and upstate New York, it is cold in Key West. Look at Key West’s temperature for today and compare it to Buffalo’s.

Being Catholic has/had its disadvantages.

There was once a time when it was a sin to eat meat on friday. I started doing Confession around 6 years of age. Many a saturday this little boy stood in line waiting to go to confession. Sweating, nervous. I had sinned. Ate meat on friday. Probably a bologna sandwich.

On this day in 1966 U.S. Catholic bishops did away with the rule meat could not be eaten on fridays, except during Lent. When they did, I was in my early 30’s so it made no difference. I did not eat meat on fridays. Probably because I would be embarrassed to confess that as an adult I had committed such a stupid minor sin.

Felt sorry for Lori yesterday. As she was cutting my hair, I asked how her leg was. Lori is a runner. Five to seven miles a day. She had complained to me two weeks earlier her leg was bothering her.

Turns out she has a torn meniscus. No running for six months. Tear small so no surgery. I feel sorry for Lori. I have known her for a quarter century. She has always been a runner.

On the way to Harpoon Harry’s for lunch, I ran into Aaron Wechter. I have not seen Aaron in quite a while. My first real male friend when I arrived in Key West years ago. It was good to run into him. I enjoyed our chat.

Aaron is a very busy man. An extremely busy Notary Public. He marries people. The biggest and best “marrying man” in Key West.

Big day tomorrow at Hogfish! Bobby and Michelle Mongelli are celebrating the 20th anniversary of opening what has become one of the most famous eateries in the Keys. Hogfish.

Festivities begin “around 4 o’clock.”

Syracuse plays football against Wake Forest tomorrow at 8 pm. Syracuse 6-4, Wake Forest 6-4. Syracuse has lost its last 4 games, Wake Forest its last 3.

I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen.

A lot of crazy people in this world. You don’t need me to tell you.

On this day in 1978, the Jonestown deaths occurred. Nine hundred eighteen cult murders and suicides. All promoted by cult leader Jimmy Jones.

Jones had formed a haven for his followers in Jonestown, Guyana.

The cult members are said to have “drunk the Kool-Aid.” All but 2 died from cyanide poisoning which was either drunk or injected. Some are reported to have consumed the cyanide against their will.

Enjoy your day! Eat bologna, don’t drink Jonestown Kool-Aid!



Larceny pays. Crime pays. Evident in the criminal tax trial in Manhattan yesterday against the Trump organization. Note Donald Trump not specifically named as a defendant in the case.

Allen Weisselburg has been the organization’s long time CFO. His CEO Trump. Weisselburg was arrested for accepting “benefits” as part of his income. Benefits that were never recorded as salary. No taxes paid by the payor or payee. He has pled guilty and agreed to testify against the Trump organization. His first trial appearance in the case was yesterday.

His testimony electrifying.

Two items especially so.

First, he testified to receiving $1.76 million in untaxed off the books “perks.”

Second, he testified that his salary was $640,000 a year, plus a $500,000 bonus. The strange part of his testimony was that he has continued to receive the six figure salary since pleading guilty. He hopes he will receive this year’s $500,000 bonus in January.

A strange deal. On the other hand, nothing appears strange where Trump is concerned.

Canada’s Trudeau and China’s Xi Jinping had “words” publicly at the G20 conference yesterday. The exchange took place following a private meeting between the two. Following which Trudeau made full disclosure to the press of what they had discussed.

Xi Jinping said their conversation was a private one covered by conditions requiring the same. Trudeau disagreed.

The two shook hands afterwards. Apparently a misunderstanding and Trudeau did not intentionally violate what has been described as “conditions.”

Harry Truman left his mark on Key West. Forever remembered. His memory cherished.

It was on this day in 1946 that Truman arrived in Key West for the first time. He vacationed for a week at The Little White House.

Truman loved Key West. He made 10 more trips. His total Key West vacation days 175.

The weather report this morning indicates a cold front arriving friday morning. Temperature will be in the mid to low 50s.

Fortunately, the cold wave will hit mainland Florida. The Keys will be affected, but slightly. Key West temperatures have recently been in the mid 80s. When the cold spell hits, the temperature will drop into the low 70s.

Note 74 and lower is cold for Key West residents. Just the way it is. Tourists will not feel it, however.

Busy day ahead. Haircut with Lori. Manicure with Tammy. Lunch at Harpoon Harry’s in between.

Enjoy your day!



It was instantaneous. The second I heard missiles had landed in Poland, my mind screamed WAR.

Poland all over. It was German troops, tanks and planes that ignited World War II. NATO stood on the ready today in the event Russia went beyond Ukraine. Should it occur, Poland was where the experts thought it would happen.

Cool heads prevailed. Investigation now suggests the cause was  wayward Ukrainian defense missiles and not Russian missiles.

It could have been otherwise. I hope it never will.

Trump announced his candidacy for President again. Reminds me of Harold Stassen. I am old enough to recall Harold Stassen.

Stassen was a young successful Republican politician. In his early years recognized as Presidential timber. Kept running however even beyond his Presidential timber years. He ran 9 times between 1944 and 1992. Never received the Republication nomination. Came close in his early runs, however.

Stassen was a successful gubernatorial candidate. Four times Governor of Minnesota and two times Governor of Pennsylvania.

This is only Trump’s third try. Hope springs eternal, however. Especially with a pompous dreamer. All he has to do is live long enough.

His speech was unimpressive. I watched most of it on CNN. FOX carried parts also. The other networks refused to cover the event.

Two significant observations.

He was consistent in lying. Never a speech without. Numerous wildly incorrect statements. Fact Checks killing him this morning.

His appearance caused me concern. I may not agree with him. Does not mean I want to see him drop dead.

He looked tired. Extremely so. Huge difference from last week prior to election day when he was full of pep and energy convinced of success. Not a wonder. Even Trump got the message. The Republican Party took the worse mid term beating ever. Within hours/days, Republican supporters were abandoning him. Even daughter Ivanka who said she would not be getting politically involved this time.

How much can one human take? Investigations, lawsuits, political failures, etc. Trump has to be beat up physically and mentally. He looked like a candidate for a stroke or heart attack last night.

The only other major die hard remaining is Arizona’s Kari Lake. Will she go quietly into the night or stand and fight?

Artemis I finally made it up, up and away! At 1:47 this morning on its fourth try. The trip to take it around the moon and back.

Lord, why in my old age must I be made to suffer the pain of Syracuse defeats? At least let them win the games the team should.

Basketball season is here. Early games against easy opponents. Last night, Colgate. Colgate won 80-68. Last year, the same. Colgate defeated Syracuse 100-85.

You forget Lord that prior to last year, the last time Colgate beat Syracuse was 1902. What happened? Why have you abandoned Syracuse? A Christian school. Methodist. That should not make any difference however.

Enjoy your day!


Walmart has announced an uncommon act of generosity. Shocking in its broadness. So much so that Walmart can be considered a Thanksgiving Santa Claus.

Walmart is offering this year’s Thanksgiving meal at last year’s prices. Astonishing! Especially when taking into account that turkeys alone are costing twice what they did last year.

Walmart’s announcement: “We’re removing inflation on an entire basket containing traditional  Thanksgiving items. We made significant investments on top of our everyday low prices so customers can get a traditional Thanksgiving meal at last year’s price at Walmart.”

The offer extends through Christmas ending on December 26.

An abortion. A Key West abortion. A Key West dog abortion.

It was 1993. Two main characters: Rocky a 7 pound Chihuahua and Camella an 80 pound Rottweiler.

Rocky found love on a neighbor’s deck. His love attention Camella. Camella was in heat. Rocky impregnated her.

Camella had been left on her owner’s deck. Her owner Kevin Foley. He had left her alone while he went inside to get her something to eat. That is when Rocky and Camella became involved.

Camella got pregnant.

Foley was upset. He had planned on breeding Camella “to an acceptable male so that a litter might be sold.” He sued Rocky’s owner Dayami Diaz for $2,567.50.

Foley had left Camella tied on the deck. Rocky intruded. There was no evidence Camella tried to avoid Rocky’s charms.

The facts showed an animal control officer was passing by. He stopped to observe. Little Rocky engaging sexually with the big Camella grabbed his attention.

Foley took photos while the animal control officer tried to separate the dogs with a hose.

One month later it was discovered Camella was pregnant.

The world would never know what the pups would look like. Foley had Camella aborted. The term back then for a dog abortion a hysterectomy. A litter of 10 pups were terminated via the abortion.

The hysterectomy left Camella sterile. Diaz defended Rocky by casting aspersions on Camella’s character. Other visiting male dogs.

Camella apparently had a thing for smaller dogs. One was an inadequate Shih Tzu with an injured hip. Nevertheless, the judge was convinced Rocky was the culprit and awarded Foley $2,567.50.

Harry Truman loved Key West and Key West loves Harry Truman.

Truman Avenue was so named this date in 1948: To honor a visit to Key West by President Truman.

The roadway was previously named Division Street. Better named as Truman. Has remained so all these years and will remain so for all the years to come. Key West will never forget Harry Truman.

Significant day today. The Earth’s population reaches 8 billion persons. The number based on UN projections.

The 8 million represents the largest number ever.

No boredom tonight. Syracuse/Colgate basketball at 7 and Trump’s announcement at 9.

Enjoy your day!


“Call me Ishmael.” Opening line to Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. One of the most famous opening lines in literary history.

Melville published Moby-Dick this day in 1851. A failure. Turned few on. Melville died in 1891. Moby-Dick still an economic flop.

It took to the 1920’s for Moby-Dick to become a literary success. It was “discovered.” Actually, Herman Melville the author was discovered. At the same time in the 1920’s, his first novel Billy Budd became a popular best seller.

I envy Steve Thompson that he came to Key West in the 1970’s and became a part of the island. At the same time that he discovered Key West, he likewise discovered the Chart Room. A winning combination!

Steve became friends with Phil Tenney.

Phil was a Chart Room regular in the ’70s. One of the nicest people I met in the Keys. He shared his 19 foot Mako with all of us and showed me how cool catching lobsters was.

His dad was a diplomat overseas for a while. His mom drove a Porsche and I sure liked her style. They talked about living overseas and strange places. All the ancient cities and mysterious faces.

Phil had a woodshop on Caroline Street. The door was always open and it was really neat. He had all the best stuff from band saws to jointers.

His index finger was shaped like a spiral pointer. He said he looked up when a car honked his horn. He was on the drill press and he saw the bandages torn. He had a wire in his finger from a previous repair. He said it reminds him to pay attention when working there.

Phil now owns probably the best restaurant in the Keys. Everyone knows it by its first name, Louie’s. Louie’s Backyard.

Phil and his wife Pat bought Louie’s in 1983. Today, Phil and his son Jed run the place.

I experienced a bit of a calamity a few days ago.

I live on the golf course. Two blocks in from the 18th fairway. There is a whole block of houses across the street from me that are directly on the golf course. All homes are 2 stories.

In the five years I have rented here, my home has been hit by errant golf balls 5-6 times a week. A loud noise. Never any damage. Till last week.

My bedroom on the second floor. A golf ball hit and broke a bedroom window. Glass all over the floor, a dresser, TV set and my bed sheets.

Called the realtor who manages the property. He said your house too far in to be hit by golf balls. Just what I needed. Bullshit! Anyhow, the manager is now trying to determine who is responsible for replacing the window. The homeowners association or my landlord.

Yesterday, a carpenter showed up. To fix the window? No. To cover the entire window with a piece of plywood. The board was drilled into the house.

Nothing is simple in Key West. Probably take months to resolve the issue.

I got my cleaning lady Sylvia and her husband Jose over to clean up the mess, change the sheets, etc.

Harpoon Harry’s own a boat that was in the Powerboat Races. Big stuff! Boats expensive to purchase. Expensive also to maintain and operate. Not kid stuff.

The Harpoon Harry boat won the friday races. A big deal! Congratulations in order.

Donald Trump has advised he will be announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President in 2024 tomorrow. Woe is we!

He can’t win. He’s lucky he won the first time.

If he loses a primary, he will run independently to be a spoiler. If he wins a primary, I cannot believe the people will elect him again. The odds actually are he will lose a primary and run independently.

Even a good and talented person like Theodore Roosevelt could not win as an independent.

What Trump will succeed in doing is helping to elect the Democratic candidate.

Enjoy your day!


There was a time when an education represented in most instances the ticket to economic success. Unfortunately, no longer the case. Not as much a certainty.

It was for me. It was for Steve Thompson.

Steve knows and openly admits it.

When I got out of the Air Force, I enrolled in Seattle Community College in accounting.

There was a taco stand in Seattle called the Outrageous Taco Co. It was a small storefront in the University District. They expanded all over the city in the next two years. I went there dozens of times and studied the whole operation.

A large corn tortilla on a flat grill with all the fixings and sour cream on top. You could watch the whole process right in front of you.

Not only did I think it was the best thing I ever ate, I thought I could run that operation myself. That’s how clueless I was. A couple of years of Accounting in Junior College and way too much confidence.

My twin brother invited me to Fort Lauderdale and that was all it took.

My girl friend and I hitchhiked to Florida. That was 1971 and the last time in my life I ever hitchhiked anywhere.

My folks suggested I go to work for a restaurant before investing in one. That turned into the best advice of my life. I went to work for Taco Viva in Fort Lauderdale for $1.62 an hour. Not only was that job extremely physical and mental, I realized immediately I knew nothing about the restaurant business. 

After six months of hard labor and sleeping on my brother’s couch, I went to work for the first disco on Fort Lauderdale Beach. It was called the Village Zoo. It was a whole new world for me. Bell bottom pants and celebrities. I served Alice Cooper, Della Reese, Joe Namath, Jerry Lee Lewis, and met dozens of really neat people.

I kept hearing about Key West and how laid back it was. After a year at the Zoo, I had enough saved up to open my own taco stand. Or, so I thought.

A couple of trips to Key West and I found a location on the 200 block of Duval. 

My good friend Dave Moran who I met in Lauderdale came down to help me. I had no idea he was a master carpenter and I owe everything to him.

A lot of help from friends like Dave and a lot of luck and I got open in March 1974.

After years of planning to get open, I could not accept that from now on life was just one taco after another. That was the day I realized I had to keep opening stores or I’m going to go nuts.

And finally, all those accounting classes started paying off. The second store was in Gainesville across from the University, 500 miles away. The third was in Cocoa Beach, 350 miles north. The next three were in Key West: 501 Duval, Sloppy Joe’s, and Key Plaza Shopping Center. The last two were Satellite Beach and Merritt Island next to Cocoa Beach.

In 1981, I married Cindy the love of my life. We immediately had two lovely daughters and I realized right then and there, this is the only really important thing I will do in my life. 

One at a time, the stores disappeared as the rent went through the roof. Cocoa Beach was the last to close in 1996.

The Gainesville store is still operating under the name Burrito Brothers. It’s across from the University of Florida football stadium, The Swamp.

One thing I realized after 50 years in business, the fun is in creating, not maintaining. 

The Democrats have sealed control of the Senate with the win in Nevada. The win small, less that 1/2 point. Whatever, a win is a win.

The Democrats now 50 seats. Republicans, 49. The Georgia run off next month. Regardless of who wins, the Democrats will retain control because of the Vice-President’s vote.

Despondency is upon me. Syracuse lost again last night. Blown away by Florida State 38-3.

After winning the first 6 games, Syracuse has lost the last 4. The second half of the season has been a slow death.

Enjoy your Sunday!