I woke to bad news this morning.
Tom and Cindy are dear friends. Key west friends. They are from Iowa. Used to spend three months a year in Key West during the season.
They both read the blog. We arranged to meet on one of their trips. I remember our meeting distinctly. It was this time of the year. I was watching basketball at the Sports Page Bar when they showed up.
We became instantaneous friends. And have been so for many years.
I noticed Cindy only had one leg. I soon discovered she had had something like eight surgeries for five different cancers. Her leg was gone right up to her body. A couple of operations involved brain tumors.
The woman never complained. Always a smile on her face.
Tom is not only the husband of husbands, he is totally in love with Cindy. His care and concern are obvious.
Tom and Cindy stopped spending three months a year in Key West several years ago. Instead, they are spending their time in Largo. Fortunately for me and many others, they take one month out to travel to Key West from Largo each season.
We are at opposite ends of the spectrum politically. Being from Iowa, they are true 100 per cent conservative Republicans. We never the less get along.
I love them both.
I woke to an e mail from Tom this morning. Cindy fell on a wet floor at a restaurant in Largo. She broke her one and only leg and shattered her hip. Tom says he has never seen her in such pain. It has to be bad!
Recover swiftly, Cindy! Your many friends in Key West miss you. We will be cheated this year. I doubt you will be able to spend a month this with us.
Interesting revelation yesterday. I was getting a manicure with Tammy at Lee Nails. It dawned on me that many Vietnamese who have come to the United States are nail people. I asked Tammy where and how they learned in Vietnam. I was surprised to learn that the talent is not native Vietnamese. They do not learn it in Vietnam. It is when they come to the United States and are looking for work, that they join with the many who have come before them. They go to school here and learn how to do nails.
Great game last night! I watched it from my bed. Stayed up too late. Enjoyed the talk shows afterwards.
Connecticut was the best team! The best team won. Plain and simple.
The Connecticut players are lucky. How many have the opportunity to be #1 and a champion in something. Anything. These young men will remember the rest of their lives the victory. The high point in their lives.
My blog talk radio show tonight. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Nine my time. Join me. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
Topics tonight include interesting Ukraine updates, China in trouble economically, an Atlanta bishop giving up his $2.2 million retirement home, Iceland arresting more big bankers, Venezuela really in the toilet, and more.
Enjoy your day!
My 20-something daughter is in Vietnam right now sleeping in a hotel in a bed that looks like a microwave oven. ha.
I like Cindy and Tom’s political leanings.
I stumbled upon your blog by complete accident, read it because of its title, and love Key West. Plus you write well. 🙂 So I am going to subscribe.
Your one-legged friend is courageous and inspiring. Thoughts and healing prayers to her.
I am a musician from Wisconsin who will live warmly vicariously through your blog.
Cindy B from the Wisco
Welcome and thank you!