Several months ago I had the good fortune to see a documentary at the Tropic Cinema involving the tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Impressive beyond words! Moving!
The Tropic Cinema is running another documentary this week involving Linda Ronstadt. Titled Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.
I plan on seeing it. In fact, I am going to take Terri. She may be blind, but she can hear. And since it is music, appreciate it more than I.
Goombay is less than 3 weeks away. The beginning of Fantasy Fest. A festival recalling Key West’s Bahamian heritage. A family event.
October already. Time does fly. Especially the older one gets. I wish it would slow down.
From 10/5-10/20, the Custom House will be exhibiting 40 Years of Fantasy Fest. From its very beginning to today. Guaranteed to be interesting.
The beginnings will involve Joe Liskza and other prominent Key West figures. The time 1978-1979. Liskza was President of the Tourist Development Association.
There was no Fall business in Key West at the time. The season dead from Easter to the New Year. The merchants wanted to do something. After much discussion, they came up with the concept of a Fantasy Fest.
Little did they expect it to grow into the international event it is today.
Attorney General Barr. His ass is in the frying pan!
What is he doing flying to the other end of the Earth to Australia seeking the factual basis for the Russian interference referred to in the Mueller Report. Barr went to speak with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Did Barr have the same type conversation with Morrison that Trump had with the Ukrainian President?
Oh, so many partners in crime. It was revealed a couple of days ago that Secretary of State Pompeo also was listening in on the telephone call Trump had with the Ukrainian President.
The House Intelligence Committee will secure and listen to similar telephone calls as the one with the Ukrainian President. Included will be the ones with Russia’s Putin.
Russia says wait! The U.S. cannot listen to the recordings without Russia’s permission.
Bullshit! No legal barrier involved. Dirty wash, if any, will all hang out.
Two years ago today, a gunman fired on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at a concert at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Casino. Fifty killed, 800 plus wounded.
Considered the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the U.S.
What effect did the mass killings have on gun control in the U.S. Nothing to date. In addition, there have been other mass killings in the U.S. since.
Time for Republicans to move their asses. Do the right thing.
A significant day in U.S. history. On this day in 1971, Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.
The best has been saved for last. Sex in a sea of tents.
The story involves Donald Trump’s grandfather Frederick Trump. The Trump family patriarch was born March 14, 1869 and died May 30, 1918. One of the first to die of what became the worldwide flu epidemic in 1918.
Trump was of German extraction having been born in Bavaria. He emigrated to the U.S. at 16 and first worked as a barber. Whenever he was “between jobs,” he resorted to barbering.
Several years later, he was in the northwest in a different line of work. The northwest being Seattle, the mining town of Monte Cristo, British Columbia and the Klondike. He owned and operated combination restaurants, bars, and prostitution dens in each place.
The work became the foundation of his fortune. He made a ton of money. Figures vary. However, they run from somewhere in the $20,000’s to in excess of $500,000 in today dollars.
After his days in the goldfields of the northwest, he returned east to live in Queens. where he began buying real estate.
His son was Fred Trump, Donald Trump’s father. The President would be Frederick Trump’s grandson.
Trump followed the gold. He would be with the first entering a newly discovered gold field. He immediately opened tent restaurants. Eventually turned into wood structures.
One of his operations involved the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel in Bennett, British Columbia. The Arctic provided fine dining, lodging, and “sex in a sea of tents.” The Arctic rapidly went from tents to a real 2 story wood structure.
Prostitution was big business. Few ladies available, except for ladies of the night.
Advertising the availability of prostitutes was by signs reading “Rooms for Ladies.” Such was the vernacular across the northwest in those days to advise feminine attention was available.
Another Trump venture involved the White Horse Restaurant and Inn. It was located on a railroad line between Skagway, Alaska and Whitehouse, Yukon.
The White House was Trump’s biggest operation. Served 3,000 meals a day. Provided gambling. And of course, the “Rooms for Ladies” upstairs.
Hotel services were generally paid with gold nuggets. Definitely the prostitution phase.
Bloomberg’s Business Week unearthed an 1899 advertisement for the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel. It included furnished private boxes “for ladies and parties.” The private boxes included a bed and a scale for weighing the gold nuggets used to pay for the services provided by the prostitutes.
Grandfather Trump and grandson Donald share a similar experience. The grandfather Trump left Germany the first time to avoid the draft. Arrived in the U.S. illegally. Several years later when his illegal status was discovered, he was returned to Germany.
Some time thereafter, he returned to the U.S. He eventually became a U.S. citizen.
I admire Frederick Trump. He was an immigrant. Things always tough for immigrants. He had a family to support. He did what was necessary. Though some of his activities might have been illegal, he was never arrested.
Contrast him with grandson Donald. No excuse for anything.
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