Two things are causing me grave concern at the moment.
One is Biden’s trip to Israel tonight. I fear for his life. He goes a step too far. Sick minds around the globe have to be thinking how can we get him. The trip a PR one. He has made his position and that of the U.S. clear.
The other is the possibility of Jim Jordan being elected House Speaker later today. He is a “legislative terrorist.” We do not need him.
A cool front sneaked into Key West early last night. At around 7 pm, it was 76. Cold for me begins at 74. I could feel it at 76. Others, also. Saw people walking around and riding bicycles wearing jackets or sweatshirts.
To feel the cold understandable. The summer was especially hot. Nineties many days. Eighty degree temperature was still with us till yesterday. A drop to 76 significant.
At the moment, the temperature is 70 degrees. High today only 76. The weather man says 80s weather returns tomorrow.
I will be wearing a sweat shirt when I leave the house today.
A loved Key West literary giant has passed on. Tom Hambright. Died at the age of 85. He was the Monroe County Library’s Historian for more than 38 years.
When Hambright retired last year, he was succeeded by my son-in-law Corey Malcom who said in part: “Tom absolutely loved the history of Key West and the Florida Keys, and as anyone who met him knows, he was a walking encyclopedia of Keys knowledge…..what he leaves behind is deep, rich and strong – his work will always be with us.”
Coincidently, an article by Corey appeared yesterday in Keys Weekly re Jimmy Buffett: “Keys Historian Tracks Jimmy Buffett’s First Shows In Key West.” The article part of Corey’s monthly Island Chronicle.
Excellent reading. Suggest you read it. Google News carried it this morning also.
Corey indicates he searched through old issues of the local newspaper for much of the information. As you are aware, Steve Thompson is a dear and close friend. He came to Key West in the early 1970s. Reading Corey’s detailed review of those times was like sitting and listening to Steve relate those old early days. Steve ran with the Buffett crowd back then.
An early dinner with Kim at the Thai bar last night. Good company, good food.
A brilliant criminal conviction occurred this day in 1931. Proving if you can’t get a crook one way, get him another. Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
Through the generosity of Lynda Frechette: “COBWEB – The Old English word for “spider” was “cob.”
Another: “A Shot of Whiskey – In the old west, a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents. So did a glass of whiskey. If a cow hand was low on cash, he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey.”
Another echo test at the hospital today. Heart attention never ceases. I am not complaining. At my age, glad I am getting the medical attention.
Do you get the sense the Republican Party is doing two things? One, attempting to destroy U.S. democracy. The other, burning the House of Representatives down.
Enjoy your day!