DAYS 24 and 25…..Greece the First Time
Posted on June 21, 2012 by Key West Lou
I am glad I wore clean underwear.
Wait till you read this story!
First, I could not write yesterday. Sorry. Traveling, etc. No time. Ergo, I have combined this blog to cover two days.
I am in Amorgos. Mykonos behind me. I am glad to have left Mykonos. Overall, it was not one of my favorite places.
Short of returning home, Amorgos was the only place I could get to and get out of when I wanted to. To get to Amorgos, I had to go by boat. A big speedboat. Four hundred passengers.
Because of the strong winds, there had been no boats out of Mykonos for three days. The whole world was waiting to get out.
I arrived at the boat dock one hour before departure as required. Sun boiling hot. Wind still brutal.I found a shady spot next to a building which also broke the wind.
Time came for the boat. Still no boat. However, all four hundred of us were required to form a line up to the dock. We stood there in the hot sun for another hour.
Finally, the boat arrived. We had to wait for the 400 on to get off before we 400 waiting could get on. Another half hour. In the sun.
There were a group of Asians surrounding me. Father, mother and three college age daughters. Behind me about a half dozen Asian teenagers on break. The two groups were not traveling together.
The line started moving. I had my ticket in one hand and was pulling my suitcase with the other. At some point, we were out onto the actual dock. The wind was beating us up. Extremely strong. Little needles of sand blowing into us.
I was wearing a sport shirt, shorts and sandals. And a pair of jockey shorts. The sport shirt was being worn outside my shorts.
All of a sudden, a large gust of wind hit us. The wind swooped my shirt upwards. The shirt was in my armpits and above my head. I immediately dropped the suitcase, held tight to my ticket, and raised my arms up to bring my shirt down. As my arms went up, my shorts went down. To my ankles. There I was. Standing with my arms over my head, my shirt in my armpits and my shorts down around my ankles.
Louis in all his BVD glory.
I was glad I had listened to my mother who told me to always wear clean underwear.
Everything was rapid, but seemed to be happening in slow motion.
The Asian family in front of me starred wide eyed. The father looked grim. I could not see the Asian girls to my rear.
I pulled my shorts up, shirt down. Did not even break a smile. Proceeded on as if nothing had happened.
My next story from yesterday is about a know it all who got hustled. I was the know it all.
The boats had not traveled for 3 days. The wind too strong. I drove the ticket lady crazy every two hours the third day. The winds were supposed to die down a bit and it was anticipated the boats would be able to travel the next day.
It was 9 at night. I am dealing with a hard assed middle aged Greek woman who could care less about the plight I was in. I had to get out of Mykonos.
There was only one boat scheduled for the next day. Amorgos would be the fourth stop. These boats operate like trains and buses.
She could get me a ticket/seat to the first stop. However, there was no room at the inn thereafter. Genius me said why don’t I try to influence her. I took out a ten euro bill. I slipped it towards her on the counter and said…..look again, you might have overlooked something.
Her eyes brightened as she saw the ten euro bill. As she grabbed for it, she exclaimed…..oh, yes I do have one more seat. There was one problem. I would have to change seats at the first stop. No problem!
There was a problem. It became apparent when I went to change seats at the first stop. The new seat was in section P and had a number 401. There was no section P nor seat numbered 401.
I smiled. She had hustled me!
No way was I going to get off the boat. I had a ticket, even though it was a bogus one. I went to the back of the boat and sat on the floor. There were a dozen others who must have been hustled also. We were all sitting on the floor for the rest of the trip. No one bothered us.
My third story involves Demetrius and dinner last night.
When I got off the boat in Amorgos, I was tired. The boat ride had been rocky. There was an outside cafe immediately where the boat dropped passengers off. I went and sat down. I was the only customer. It was around 7 in the evening.
I asked for a drink. Introduced myself. His name was Demetrius. He gave me a drink and some cheese and olives.
I felt sorry for Demetrius. No customers, except for me. I
said I would return for dinner.
Demetrius was a typical looking 60ish Greek Man. White haired, paunchy.
I returned two hours later for dinner. The place was packed!
When I finished my meal, I knew why. Fantastic tasting food!
It was my mother’s cooking.
I had two spectacular dishes.
The first was a mixture of zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes all cooked in a red oily sauce. Actually buried in the sauce.
The first mouthful told the story. It took me back 60 years. The same dish my mother used to make.
I cleaned up the sauce with bread. Not a drop was left on the plate.
The next dish was fried eggplant. I have not had fried eggplant since my mother passed away some 25 years ago.
Hers and Demetrius’, to die for!
My mother used to make parmigiana. I probably spelled the word wrong. On occasion, I can be a poor Italian. The first thing she did was to fry the sliced eggplant. I always loved the fried product. My mother used to holler at me for eating it that way. It was to be part of a larger dish she was preparing.
Last night, I experienced that taste again.
I found a place to stay. Elini’s. I am in a first floor apartment. Across the street is the beach and ocean. My apartment is not a cave as in Santorini, but a quaint little white cottage. I am sitting on the terrace in front writing this blog.
Enjoy your day!
The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference is giving Biden a hard time. Strange. Biden is a very religious person. Has been his whole life. An extremely good Catholic. A Catholic in more than name only.
The Catholic Church is divided as the U.S. is. There is the extreme right group as represented by the U.S. Conference of Bishops. Then Pope Francis’ group. A more liberal thinking one.
Since Francis was elected Pope, the Bishops group has been moving to have his powers reduced. The Bishops obstruct Francis at every turn.
The Bishops walked hand in hand with Trump. They can be characterized as having had a relationship that can only be described as submissive at best and fawning at worst. Typical Trump supporters.
Two prominent lay supporters of the Bishops are Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich. Both far right wingers.
Bannon you will recall has one sole purpose in life. To bring down existing governments. The Catholic Church is a government.
Gingrich is a semi-important figure within the Church. Trump appointed his wife the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. Gingrich moves within the Vatican as Trump’s de facto representative.
The Bishops are out to get Biden. They have publicly announced that Biden is to be refused communion. Biden is a frequent taker of the Eucharist. The refusal based on one reason. Biden supports abortion.
Most Catholics do not believe the position of the Bishops is fair.
The Eucharist is a shared meal of joyful thanksgiving and not a reward for doctrinal purity. Christ included Judas at the Last Supper.
The Catholic Church has lost the younger generation. They cannot pick a fight with them. So the Bishops go after the President of the U.S. Query: If the Eucharist is denied Biden, how many other Catholics will walk away? A significant number I dare say.
Note that so far Biden has not been denied Eucharist by any priest. There has not yet been an actual confrontation.
An hypocrisy exists.
It is wrong that Church officials such as the Bishops have allowed the Church’s “pro-life” teachings to devolve into just one thing: “Anti-abortion.” They are all for Presidents and politicians who promote and expand capital punishment, are ok when programs are cut that devastate the poor, are fine with eliminating elementary health care to tens of millions of the poor, support initiatives to deny fundamental human rights to immigrants, see not problems with promotion of laws that incarcerate minorities at vastly disproportionate rates, and are ok to turn a blind eye to sexism, discrimination and misogyny as long as those officials say that they are anti-abortion.
Rafael “Ted” Cruz. Guilty of another mistake. Defecating on the people of Texas.
What occurred in 24 hours beginning wednesday evening an example that he considers himself better than those he is sworn to represent.
Simply stated, Cruz was in Cancun while Texas was without power.
He arrived in Cancun wednesday evening at 10:30. He left Cancun at 6 the next morning to return home. In between, he realized he had made a serious error.
Upon returning, Cruz released a statement confirming he had gone to Cancun with his wife and daughters for a vacation after school was cancelled for the week and they were left without power at their Houston-area home.
Cruz’s return ticket was for saturday. He had it redone for thursday morning. His wife and daughters remained in Cancun.
Enjoy your day!
The Catholic church is in trouble, because it IS political and chooses to interfere with Government, something the US Constitution prohibits. Therefore, it should be denied all of it’s exemptions under our law, immediately.
Let them fight that law.
I doubt Biden is as much PRO ABORTION, as the church and their political advisers want to spin him for political reasons, as he IS pro women’s choice, an entirely different issue. Let’s not forget, Biden has not accused the church as being anti women’s choice.
Wait until Global Warming really gets going. Governments will collapse without any help from Bannon.
AOC is calling for a full investigation into the Cuomo murders.
Of course she would, why not, it is the right thing to do. AOC is not a Republican and therefore more honest and interested in the truth. We all would be far better off if the Republicans in government would do the same (right) thing, rather then ALWAYS looking the other way when it is one of THEIR own.
By the way, calling these “Cuomo” murders is wildly pejorative and unnecessary. Especially considering YOU never complained when DeSantis and others openly suggested that some people, most probably the elderly, were going to need be sacrificed in order to achieve some sort of herd immunity.
You seem more a troll that anything helpful
Cuomo is and will be a convicted murderer. The gov of Fla protected people like my dad. Instead of murdering him and tens of thousands of other dads, moms, grandpas, grandmas, uncles, aunts, brothers and.sisters like Pope Cuomo The Pius did. Look it up dildo. And Fry in hell you piece of excrement. Die. Painfully
You sure seem to be full of hate and bile. It seems to be distorting your relationship with truth and reality. Sad to see there are people like you who feel it is somehow important to spread that kind of hate about things you really don’t know much about, on other peoples blogs. Please seek some anger management help and work towards rejoining society one day in a more positive way. Or, at least wait until your 9th birthday befor posting your nonsense.
Lou your comment “see not problems with promotion of laws that incarcerate minorities at vastly disproportionate rates,” does not make sense. It is the same laws for both black and white and straight and gay. The minorities are simply breaking the laws at a 5 to 1 ratio. And no bias here since I am a Gay Black man.
Sandy, you are soooo full of sh*t.
Stop trying to be cute, it only proves how wrong Republicans are about reality and decency.
Looks like AOC has raised more than a million dollars to help the people in Texas with their crisis.
And Beto O’Rourke has raised more than that too as well as organized an effort to phone older Texans.
Senator Ted Cruz however, has done nothing.
Cruz did do something. He went to Cancun.
The crisis in Texas is a perfect example of why a smaller government without regulations, or too few regulations, or even with self regulations, on businesses and the economy, is always a disaster just waiting to happen. This libertarian view that smaller government is the way to go, just doesn’t work. We need to get back to where government is of the people, by the people and FOR THE PEOPLE – not just for business at all costs.
So it’s now coming out that those foolish Trump supporters who have tried to convince the real world that Trump accomplished at least one of his promises, not to get involved in any more foreign wars, are wrong on this issue too. Trump funded Eric Prince’s now renamed Blackwater private army to go into Libya against all international sanctions and overthrow their government by force.
Republicans got fooled AGAIN, by their own president. You’d think they’d learned somewhere along the line he was duping them on everything.
Trump knew that the militias would be at his DC rally and they did just what he hoped for and encouraged them to do and more.
He is a genius, the evil kind.
He is also GUILTY – not just of sedition but of treason too. And Senate Republicans are complicate as well.