This morning’s Key West Citizen makes mention of Da Vinci’s greatest work, The Last Supper.
On one of my Milan trips several years ago, I was fortunate to view The Last Supper. Overwhelming!
I never realized til the viewing that Da Vinci had painted The Last Supper on a dry wall. It is roughly 15 feet by 28 feet. Contributes to the overwhelmingness.
The Last Supper was painted in the 15th century. Within 60 years, deterioration had begun. Nature, a war, etc. contributed further to its deterioration.
Finally in the 20th century, a 22 year restoration took place. Concluded in 1999.
The painting sits in a large room. The building the room is located in sits next to a large Church. However, The Last Supper is not in the Church. It is in the large room.
I make the distinction because to view The Last Supper before me was like being in Church. Solemn. Respectful.
I sat an hour taking it all in. An emotional time that stayed with me the balance of the day.
My day yesterday began with Lori at Blown Away. Haircut time.
Lori is a runner. Long distance. She recently competed in the KEYS 100 relay race. She ran 16 miles of it.
Lori is a tiny lady. Thin, of course.
She amazes me.
Then around the corner to the Cuban Coffee Queen for lunch and newspaper reading.
I normally enjoy Cuban cheese toast. Yesterday, I sexed it up. Added ham. Did not like it as much as without. I will be back to the cheese toast alone next time.
The Chart Room first last night. The new bartender at work. Emily has quit. She bought a home and some land in Indiana and will shortly be moving there.
Good luck Emily! You are a good friend who will be missed.
The new bartender is John. Appears to be a nice guy.
A fellow named JT came in. We started talking. Thirty nine years old. Went to Marist College. Majored in history. Has a Masters in education. Engaged now with the Poughkeepsie School District.
JT was a walk on with the Marist basketball team. I had attended Manhattan. The two colleges occasionally meet in basketball. The conversation was interesting.
JT and I had dinner together at the Hot Tin Roof bar.
On the way to my car, I passed the Chart Room. Che was inside. I had not seen Che in months. In fact, I had asked John about him earlier in the evening.
Che is not Cuban. His name misleading. He is a New York City Jew. Extremely intelligent.
Che is the only person I run into occasionally in my night time pursuits who is older than me. He is 86.
It was good to see him. And find him healthy!
Key West gasoline prices have risen in the last 5 weeks. Dramatically. From $2.05 a gallon to $2.63. This is how it began several years ago. I filled my gas tank yesterday. Cost me just over $30. The first time in months I have been in the 30s. Better however than the $60 it cost a couple of years ago.
We are into the Memorial Day Weekend. Tons of incoming US 1 traffic yesterday into the evening. Northern Boulevard busy, also.
There is always one! A man was riding a bicycle. The simple foot operated kind. The type that cannot go fast. He was driving down the Boulevard. In the middle of the driving lane. Ambling along. Not a care in the world. Traffic backed up big time behind him.
The wide sidewalk by the water was empty.
God is good! Sometimes even government.
For whatever reason, the road direction in Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is being changed to make way for a new entrance. One hundred fifty five trees to be cut down.
Local bird lovers became incensed. The gray kingbird spends several months a year in the trees. A meeting was held. The problem discussed. The government acquiesced. At least 60 of the 155 trees will not be cut down.
This morning’s Key West Citizen makes mention of Maya Angelou having died this day in 2014.
Maya was in Key West one time, as I recall. Her dear friend Oprah planned a party for Maya’s 86th birthday. A long time Caribbean cruise. Referred to as a floating birthday party.
Oprah planned one day of the celebration for Key West. On Sunset Key.
Enjoy your day!
Having the good fortune to see such a work of art I would think that would have instilled the curiosity to spend the years since looking into the history and controversies over it.