Today is National Pina Colada Day.
Funny, I never drink pina coladas in Key West. Yet when visiting a beach in Europe or the Caribbean, drink several a day. All while lying on a beach under a beach umbrella. I developed a schedule: 10, noon, 2 and 4 o’clock. An extra shot of rum, of course.
Our sins follow us and pop up at later times to cause us concern. A perfect example is Donald Trump’s discussing seizing voting machines and invoking martial law in December 2020 at a White House meeting. Special Counsel Jack Smith is interested. A number of U.S. citizens are interested also.
On this day in 1847, six enslaved men who had been put to work on the construction of Fort Jefferson escaped on a schooner from the Dry Tortugas and attempted to sail to the Bahamas to find freedom.
THE SIX WERE LOCATED AND CAPTURED NEAR INDIAN KEY BY KEY WEST WRECKERS WHO FILED A CLAIM ON THEIR VALUE.
Humans sold as “property.”
The way it was then.
DeSantis’ consistent attacks on LGBTQ, coupled with his recent video, have me wondering if he has “closet” problems.
Some Florida LGBTQ residents are acquiring the mental attitude of better safe than sorry. They are leaving Florida and moving to blue states. One commented: “We sold our home. We are moving sunday or monday. It’s bittersweet. We’re leaving behind a lot of people we love. But I’m excited to live in a state where people of color, where Jews, gay people, and trans people are valued. And there’s a governor who welcomes us.”
Key West is part of Monroe County.
On July 2, 1823, Monroe County was established as the Florida Territory’s sixth county. It was named after the then sitting and fifth President of the United States, James Monroe.
Monroe County was huge back then. Part of it was located on mainland Florida. Its boundaries extended north to the south shore of Lake Okeechobee and west to Charlotte Harbor.
Remember Joan Rivers? Her humor made sense: “I don’t exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”
Enjoy your day!