My blog for Valentine’s Day 2018 was titled “Pucker Up…..Key West Loves Love.” A special blog for a special day.
I repeat a small portion of it. A reminder that the time may have come for a repeat.
Today, St. Valentine’s Day. Lovers’ day.
The most personal expression of that love is the kiss.
There will be a mass kiss-in tonight at 6 in front of the Custom House. The second year for the event. A success the first year in its first attempt. More than 250 couples participated. More than 500 expected this year.
The purpose of the event is to spread a message to the world. One of peace and love.
The Custom House invites everyone to pucker up at 6 tonight. No charge. Kissing free.
I assume COVID killed further kissing events since 2018. Things are getting better. The time is at hand to have another mass kissing. Too soon for this year. However, the Custom House should put in its planning schedule to go for it in 2024.
A bad species of butterfly has invaded the Keys. It joins iguanas, pythons and lionfish. A danger to our citrus trees. The lime swallowtail butterfly. The species has already begun damaging citrus trees in Key West.
DeSantis continues to be carried away with his radical thinking. Floridians, beware! The man is crazy. His authoritarian actions do not make sense.
His latest gambit is to require Florida athletes to submit their menstrual history on their physical evaluation forms. The requirement not yet formalized. Being debated. Note the new draft of the physical evaluation form mandates menstruation questioning.
The questioning is intended as part of the State’s attempt to roll back transgender rights.
Young ladies have a right to personal privacy. It is not the State’s business to require public menstruation record keeping for State purposes.
The Republican House majority has ousted from its Foreign Affairs Committee Congresswomen Ilhan Omar. Wrong!!!!!
Omar is a Muslim immigrant. Understandably anti-Semitic. Has made such comments in the past. She has apologized for some, others not.
McCarthy says she was ousted for her anti-Semitic statements. Not so. The real reason vengeance. Vengeance for the Democrats having ousted Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar from their committees in time past.
“Whites” dislike Omar because she is different. She represents a multicultural, multifaith, multiracial and multiethnic America. She is considered a threat by them. Omar is so disliked that threats against her life are taken seriously. She is routinely assigned a security detail.
Republicans forget anti-Semitic remarks by McCarthy, Greene and Trump.
Note, I personally am fearful of Muslims. Whether born overseas or here. I have been so for much of my adult life and continue to be so. I find it difficult to look favorably on a government/people who look down on women, chop heads off, stone people to death, lie and are otherwise deceitful. I am generally distrustful even of Omar. Nevertheless, I respect her right to have become a citizen, elected to Congress, etc. I believe her having been dumped from the Committee wrong.
The next time you look at a newspaper, magazine, book or read a report on the internet, think how great the printed word is. How much knowledge, news, etc. can be conveyed by it.
It took and takes a printing press of sorts to get the words out.
Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid 1400’s. So long ago. He died this day in 1468. Gutenberg made it possible for man to educate and entertain himself. Much is owed his memory.
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament began yesterday. Love watching it!
I am fortunate to have played Pebble Beach several times. The most difficult and most beautiful course I have ever played. I watch the tournament every year with a special glee. I know every hole, where I screwed up, my very few successes, etc.
The tournament is also played on nearby Spyglass. I played Spyglass, also. Many consider Spyglass the more difficult course. I did not. However, it made little no difference. I sucked on each.
Two complaints about yesterday’s first day.
One was more was shown of Spyglass than Pebble Beach. I guarantee viewer’s like me want to see the Pebble Beach play. The other is the amateur portion of the tournament. Many stars and celebrities play. Not all necessarily good golfers. The amateur portion is fun to watch. Normally shown also. Not yesterday.
A cold wave is going to hit the northeast today and tomorrow. The coldest in years. Temperatures way below zero. Many areas minus 50 degrees. Some such as the top of Mount Washington minus 100 degrees.
People will die.
Global warming cannot be denied. Strange the name applied to a system that can cause freezing temperatures also.
Enjoy your day!
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