Originally published May 2017
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Happy Mother’s Day to my mother!
My mother has been gone some thirty-odd years. I still think of her every day.
I have a large painting of my mother that sits over my desk. I see her constantly. I even talk to her on occasion. I vent.
We had a good relationship. She was retired. I would stop by to see her almost every day on my way home after work. Not for long. Fifteen minutes to a half-hour. A bottle of Beefeaters and a glass of ice are on the kitchen table. My mother did not drink. The Beefeaters were for me.
We talked about this and that. Rarely important. Just mother/son chit-chat.
I miss her.
Hurricane season is around the corner. Begins June 1.
The prediction is the season will be slightly below average. Six hurricanes are anticipated. Two which will be major ones.
We have been lucky in recent years. Hurricanes, yes. But they always bent at the last minute and missed us. May that continue to be the case!
Key West Songwriters Festival this weekend. Musicians come from all over. They play just about every bar and location in town.
I walked Duval and the side streets yesterday listening. Occasionally, stopping. I stayed a while to hear the group playing on Duval in front of Sloppy Joe’s. Then to Smokin’ Tuna. Finally, Margaritaville.
The walk, crowds and heat did me in. I had anticipated it would. Knew dinner would be at home for me.
I took out one of Fran’s containers of frozen pork sauce in the morning. Left it on the counter to thaw. Last night, I enjoyed stove pipes buried in Fran’s thick red pork sauce. Covered generously with Parmesan cheese.
Ate too much. I did not care. Good was good.
Fran and husband Tom are in Paris for ten days. I e-mailed Fran and told her how great her sauce was.
Some things I do not understand. Like why a toll on US 1. The only road in and out of Key West.
An Islamorada councilman named Mike Forster went to Washington last week to discuss a toll. He favors it. He is pushing it. Why, I do not understand.
US 1 is generally a narrow two lane road for 140 miles. Key West at the southern end. When I go to Hogfish, Roostica, Geiger Key, Square Grouper, Mangrove Mama’s or to visit my Sugarloaf friends, US 1 is involved at some point.
I have to pay to travel 1/2 mile to 20 miles?
Forster is speaking to the issue tomorrow evening at 5:30 at the VFW on the Boulevard. I plan on attending.
This will be a big week for me. Thursday night the Key West Art & Historical Society is sponsoring a talk at Tropic Cinema. An Arlo Haskell speaking. His topic: The former Jewish underground involving Key West and Cuba. 1918-1939.
Charles Krauthammer is a noted columnist for the Washington Post. A conservative.
He wrote in a recent column re the Trump/Comey situation: “The king asked whether no one would rid him of this troublesome priest, and got so impatient he did it himself.” Henry VIII had Thomas More beheaded.
Comey’s firing no different.
History may speak of it as the beginning of the end of Trump’s Presidency.
Reap the Wild Wind was published by Thelma Strabel in 1940. A story of Key West and wreckers. The Saturday Evening Post immediately serialized it.
Strabel used the Saturday Evening Post money she received to build a home in Key West. In 1940, she obtained a building permit to construct a house at 400 South Street.
At the time, she claimed it was the most southern point in the United States.
The home was later demolished and a larger one built on the site. Strabel was long gone from Key West by that time.
Enjoy your Mother’s Day! Enjoy your Sunday!