The Chart Room was packed like New Year’s Eve last night. Everyone!

My biggest following after the U.S. is Canada. Two separate groups last night. Each religious readers of this blog.

First spoke with Dan and Nancy. They approached me. Advised we had talked in the Chart Room several years ago. Nancy reminded me at one time I was interested in the name of the RCA little dog. The Master’s Voice. She had written me it was Nipper.

They live in Canada one hour north of Detroit. Staying at Banyan Court. Yearly visitors to Key West.

I did not initially recall them. Not til her husband advised he had worked for DOW Chemical. Then the meeting came to mind.

Nice people. Glad they said hello.

As soon as Dan and Nancy left, Jackie and Conrad came by. Canadians, also. Accompanied by Jackie’s sister Donna and Jackie’s daughter.

Jackie I remembered as soon as she related our background. We had not met face to face before last night.

Jackie wrote to me the day Irma hit. Twenty years earlier, she had purchased a toe ring in Key West. Wore it religiously for the 20 years. It cracked the day of the hurricane.

She wrote she was having it fixed. Thought there was an omen involved re Key West

Jackie got the  repaired toe ring back the day the County reopened to visitors following Irma. She wrote again she had it back and was wearing it. Intimating the return of the ring and reopening of Key West had something to do with each other.

I wrote about Jackie and the toe ring episodes.

Last night, she was live in Key West. It was a pleasure to meet her! And her family, also.

Jackie reads me every day. Her sister Donna, also. Love them!

Spoke with Conrad. He and Jackie are frequent visitors to Key West. Conrad said his family has been coming since 1993. They own a condominium at the Galleon.

John bartending. Kevin and Sheila at the bar.

The conversation got into Matthew McConaughey. A major star. In Key West for two weeks making a movie to be released next year. The Beach Bum. McConaughey the beach bum, of course. Movie name Moondog. A marijuana addict.

I left the Chart Room too early wednesday night. Kevin walked Duval around 9 hoping to find the star filming an episode which had been scheduled for Duval.

He saw him! As did his daughter Kati. She videoed him and sent the video to Facebook and her Dad. Kevin showed it to me last night.

McConaughey was attired in a dress, white sneaks, and a sail boat captain’s cap. He was pushing a wheelbarrow full of pot in large cellophane bags. He was eluding the police. He was filmed running from Sloppy Joe’s to St. Paul’s Church and back.

Kevin said when the filming/run was over, McConaughey stood in the middle of Duval laughing his head off.

Naval aviators were in the Chart Room, also. In flight gear.

The Navy is involved in a celebration. The 100th year celebration of Key West Naval Aviation. The first flight was in December 1917. A mere 15 years after Kitty Hawk.

There were more at the Pier House.

I went out to the Beach Bar to get something to eat. Lovely Meri bartending. The Beach Bar can be lonely at night. Not last night. NORMAL had a party earlier. Many were still hanging out at the bar.

NORMAL is short for the National Organization For The Reform of Marijuana Laws. Partying they were. Imbibing. One of the members playing his guitar and singing marijuana ditties.

My day was a bit busy.

Saw my eye doctor. My new glasses a disaster. Seeing clearly impossible up close and at a distance.

He checked the glasses out against his prescription. The right eye lens had three errors. Three situations not consistent with the prescription.

No wonder I could not see!

Immediately went to the optician’s. The man I was dealing with was out sick. I talked with his partner. She thought I was trying to hustle them. It was obvious from her questioning of me. I said, hold up! I’m leaving. I will be back monday when your partner is in.

Then to Publix for diet food. It does not last long. I am on Atkins. High protein, low carb. Protein expensive. Spent $60 for three small bags of edibles.

I am on day 11 of the diet. Eight pounds so far.

I hate dieting! Pure deprivation!

A little later, I was sitting with Tammy. My weekly manicure.

Yesterday’s Key West Citizen editorial page contained an interesting phrase referencing the sexual harassment era we suddenly find ourselves in: “Ghost of harassment past.”

Enjoy your day!


  1. “Biggest following…religious readers…” Vanity isn’t particularly flattering on a fat-ass octogenarian who shuffles around in Crocs and cargo shorts.

  2. President Trump’s Economy is Simply “On Fire”.

    Job numbers released Friday through the end of November show an increase of 2.2 million jobs since last years election and an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. After the same period under Obama, (4.8) million jobs were lost and unemployment skyrocketed to 9.9 percent!

    President Trump’s economic results could arguably be the best all time. The stock market is the highest ever and jobs are being created by the hundreds of thousands each month.

    In June of 2016, The Exalted One, Our Dear Leader Obama said, regarding manufacturing jobs moving to Mexico. “What we have to do is to make sure that folks are trained for the jobs that are coming in now because some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back,” he said.

    He then shifted to talking about Donald Trump, who months earlier on the campaign trail said that if he were elected and Carrier did move the jobs to Mexico, he’d look to impose taxes on all products that were sold in the U.S.

    “ … when somebody says, like the person you just mentioned (Donald Trump) who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back, well how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do?”

    “There’s — there’s no answer to it,” Obama said.

    “He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, how — what — how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer,” he continued.

    Fast forward to 12/8/17. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Jobs Report on Friday, and manufacturing was one of the fastest growing job sectors.

    President Donald Trump said during his campaign that he would bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, and he seems to be delivering on that promise. The manufacturing sector added 31,000 jobs in November, up from a low at the same time last year. Since November 2016, manufacturing employment has increased by 189,000.


  3. Patrick you phony cheap suit – I didn’t say ANYTHING about your so called facts, apart to point out YOUR hypocrisy in now touting data from the same places YOU in the past had disputed as fake, false and manipulated.

    And then you want to accuse me of now accepting the figures of the BLS which I said NOTHING about?

    Can’t you get anything right?

    And stop talking about anything to do with reading comprehension, that’s not something you really understand.

    Get a hold of yourself man, you are embarrassing yourself and the rest of us who wish to read what Lou has to say in HIS blog, not your confusing, off topic dribbles of dubious honesty and integrity.

  4. The most recent report on U.S. third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth estimates that the U.S. economy rose by 3.3% year over year. President Donald Trump sees no reason that growth won’t nearly double to 6%.

    In remarks to at a Wednesday meeting of his cabinet, the president said, “So, we’re at 3.3% GDP. I see no reason why we don’t go to 4%, 5%, and even 6%.”

    But back in June of 2016. Under the Great Exalted One’s economy, The Fed admitted that sluggish growth that caps out at 2 percent is with us for as far as the eye can see, or at least through the next two years. Fed finally and openly acknowledged that sluggish growth is the long term new normal for America. Secular stagnation is here to stay.

    That was, of course, until Donald Trump was elected.


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