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4 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last night Gotham held its first Virtual Gotham Battle of the Bands (BOTB) competition sponsored by Jason Greenberg and The Phoenix Adjusters Group, Inc. and the Winners were: Tara O’Grady-First Prize($2000 and Show Case at Cafe Wha?), Parkway South-Second Prize ($1000) and Sound Judgment-Third Prize ($500).   It was the first Virtual BOTB and hopefully the last, as we look forward to holding it next year, as in the past-all together, in William Skody’s iconic Cafe Wha? We...
18 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I continue to keep on living my Forever Young fantasy, I realize that, however I may really look, my countenance is naturally masked by my beard. Quite an advantage males have in this respect!Is my face sagging, do I have aged lines?   I have no idea, as my face is grown over. What’s more, a smile is quite an umbrella :)Yes my mask is silver, but nobody is perfect!...
53 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

We’re Home!

Home to the real World!

Home to Family!

Home to our day to day responsibilities (and to commuting)!

Home to Spring (in time to plant our garden)!

Home to new experiences!

You can always come home again!

There’s no place like Home Sweet Home!

60 days ago 28 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Saturday I went sailing with my friends David Berger and Guy deBoer (pictured).  If the name Guy deBoer is unfamiliar to you, mark it well as he will be world famous at the end of next year when he (and his boat Spirit) will be the first American solo sailor to win the around the World Golden Globe Race which starts in France.  David and I are supporters who took the opportunity on a beautiful sunny day to enjoy sailing on Spirit.   Only problem was that almost as soon ...
68 days ago 32 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
If you’ve ever telephoned or Zoomed with me lately you’ve probably heard the chickens.  Well, Key West is over run with chickens. Legend has it that once cock fighting was banned they were released and the rest is history (there is early morning crowing and chicken poop everywhere as they run free).   After a while one becomes inured to them (for better or worse).   And then it happened! I was taking a shower and over the sound of the water I heard a once in a lifetime shriek...
74 days ago 34 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I recall my last pre pandemic hand shake with my Mate Andrew Ambrose.   Since then I have religiously refrained from doing something which comes so naturally and can mean so much.  I even wondered if the ritual would go out of style and be relegated to the rubbish heap of history.  Then we got vaccinated and the thought cropped up.  Would I shake hands and if so with whom?  Then Charcoal had a medical emergency and the Veterinarian was closed for the weekend and I texted the ...
81 days ago 42 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My birthday was Tuesday.  Years are the mile markers of life! Thank you Erin McKenna (and Guy deBoer and Joanne) for allowing me to mark another year (pictured-Erin McKenna photo).   My goal is to, at least, reach Key Largo and who’s to say? With Juice Plus (Shelley Simpson), Tequila (5:30 with Bergers), massage (Jill McFadgen), before Pilates Pilates (Molly Ross), daily walks and bike rides (Charcoal and my 2 wheeler), regular exercise (push-ups, crunches, planks, wall squat...
88 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I never think of myself as a snob, but then I got to thinking about biking.   I flat out love biking on my basic 1950s era “2 wheeler”.  The type on which I learned to bike ride way back when.   My problem is that where I am everyone bikes, but many pedal tricycles and the sight of a man wearing a helmet tooling along smoking a cigar on a tricycle rankles me.  Somehow a woman on a tricycle doesn’t bother me as much.   I’m Old School for sure and I suppose I’m just a snob!...
95 days ago 33 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We did not cut the line(a subject for another day) and Joanne and I received our second Moderna vaccination on March 7th and we are patiently waiting out the safe harbor, post shot period before re-emerging and being out and about! Thank you Dr. Carla Fry, your nursing student cadre and The College Of The Florida Keys for stepping up in the vaccination roll out! The timing was perfect prelude to  the celebration of my March 30th (maskless) birthday! So much has happened in th...
102 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We are at a loss as to understand why Charcoal barks at some passing dogs and not others.   She’s a little dog, but she packs a wallop barking loudly indiscriminately at big dogs and small dogs as they pass.  Though not all dogs! Yes, she is territorial and she’s watching over us, but I can only imagine what the neighbors think.   Is it the sex of the target dogs or something else?...
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