Joyous news! The giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a baby panda that survived! Weighed just under 5 ounces. Amazing that such a huge mother delivered such a small baby.

It is reported mother and child are doing well.

The delivery was at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

This is one of those did you know items. Were you aware…..China owns all pandas in United States zoos? China does. As well as us. The United States owes China so much money. We will never be able to pay it back.

Stopped at the Bank of America ATM yesterday. Out of order. I tried the drive in one and fortunately it worked. I was down to $2. I can recall an occasion when all of Bank of America’s ATMs in Key west were down. A tragedy.

Interestingly, Bank of America does not own and operate its ATMs. Nor do most banks. Brinks owns and operates them. I found out once when the ATM would not return my card. Bank of America was no help.

Stopped at Salute around 5 for a drink. A change moment.

Good crowd! Busy! Especially out doors.

I was impressed at the cost of my drink. $6 for a Beefeater on the rocks. Good sized. A bargain in Key West. Most places are in the $8.50-$10.00 range. Except for Don’s Place. $4.50.

Stopped next at Don’s. Only 5:30. Nate bartending. Only 4 people at the bar. I did not know any of them. Chatted with Nate a bit and left. Did not have a drink.

The Chart Room was next. Mary bartending. Me and tourists.

I enjoyed the parting conversation between two couples. They had made plans to meet tonight at Garden of Eden. They were all giggly and excited.

I have only been to the Garden of Eden twice in the many years it has been open. It is a clothing optional bar for adults on a roof top on Duval. I am a voyeur. I was disappointed. Never saw anyone without clothes! Not even a topless woman!

Since Larry Smith has stopped playing, I have not been to the Wine Galley. I walked to the back side of the Pier House to visit last night. The outdoor hostess asked if she could help. I asked if the Wine Galley was open. She said, yes. It is our formal dining room. She insisted on entering with me.

What a joke! A sad one.

The room is the same. Except for three tables and the piano. Gone. The room was deserted. It smelled strongly of disinfectant.

She was gracious. Asked if I wanted a drink. A bartender had suddenly appeared. I said thank you, but no. It would not have been the same.

The front page of this morning’s Key West Citizen had a photo of the drone the Mosquito Control Board is trying out. Small. Weighs only 2 1/2 pounds. I was impressed. Our Mosquito Control Board does a hell of a job. Were it not for them, people would find it difficult to reside in the lower Keys.

Another lapus lingua. I referred to Bradley Manning recently as Bruce Manning. Second time in a week I have made a mistake. The prior one was referring to George Clooney as Robert Clooney.

Dementia must be setting in.

Tonight Tuesday Talk With Key West Lou. My blog talk radio show. At 9. One half hour. Fast moving and interesting. Revealing on occasion, also.

I intend to speak about Bradley Manning and transgendedrism, China owning all pandas in the United States, and a proposal to urine test all high school athletes in Florida.

Join me.

Enjoy your day!


  1. The United States owes China so much money. We will never be able to pay it back.
    end quote
    China ain’t the only one ! We can’t pay ourselves back.

    Garden of Eden ? Hmm, I can’t remember a time there weren’t nekked folks there, even in the middle of the afternoon on St Patty’s day and Easter. Some look good, most not so much so. But, always interesting. I actually go for the view, view of the town from the rooftop this is.

  2. It’s disappointing that Larry Smith is no longer at the Wine Galley.
    My wife, Kathy, and I first met you there last year. We had been to the Pier House prior but had not ventured in before. We did last year and were “hooked” by Larry and his musicianship and personality! We went there several nights during our visit and absolutely enjoyed it. WE even got to here theBartended, Steven sing, “Cry Me A River”. Fabulous! This year, Steve gone and no Larry.:-(
    We walked up to the Wine Galley because there still is a sign that says it’s a piano bar. Thought maybe there was another great talent playing there. The sign is by the restrooms at the beach bar. Prophetic? The Wine Galley is in the toilet! It was deserted and appeared closed although it was around 9 pm on a Saturday night. Very sad to see that and a bad descision by Pier House Management. In the future, I hope Larry will play some of the other venues in town. He’s too good not to continue to share his gift of music…

    Best Regards,
    John from Jersey

  3. Near occasion of sin? Old men should not be eavesdropping.

    Sad when change happens. Sadder still when old friends are dsplaced in the name of “progress”.

    ATMs? A wealthy fellow like you should ave a couple of thou in the freezer. Be your own ATM!


  4. I will miss Larry Smith at the Wine Galley. Key West won’t be the same without him when we return in March. I understand that everything changes, but what’s the point of replacing something that is not broken with an empty room?

    Not that I’ve ever stayed at the Pier House but I will no longer recommend it either. Next thing you know Debra and Patrick at La Te Da will be gone as well.

    • Kate,
      I don’t mean to bad mouth the whole Pier House. We continue to stay there and love it. The hotel and faciltities are terrific and the change in management hasn’t hurt that part of the equation. However we am totally disappointed with the Larry Smith decision. But time marches on.
      Don’t know Debra and Patrick at the La Te DA but we’ll have to check it out.

      John From Jersey

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