Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Key West - BOs gets a new roof??

That's a brave guy up on top, there can't be much under him for support
One of the most dilapidated establishments in Key West is BOs Fishwagon. Nothing is ever replaced, nothing ever wears out. You know when it's closed because they put a piece of rope across the entrance. The musicians complain that when it rains, their instruments get wet - and that can be an expensive problem for some.

I guess it's okay if the patrons get wet, it's part of the attraction and who cares about the musicians? However, if the cooks get wet, that's another matter! The "repair", if you can call it that, was located over the "kitchen" such as it is. The whole place is just a food cart surrounded by tables and chairs and trees that have accumulated over the years.

All that said, they stay in business because of the excellence of their fish sandwiches. They don't overload their sandwich with sauces and such, it's the fish fried just right on a great bread roll. We plan on going over on Saturday night to listen to Barry Cudo, we hope, if he's back.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Key West - Kapok Tree, BOs, and Dennis

The Kapok Tree - I've only seen one in Key West
You'll never see a Kapok tree much farther north than Key West. The biggest one I've ever seen is near the Green Parrot. The branches go in all directions and occupy an enormous space. It's one of the most photographed trees in the world. I think it's beautiful.

It doesn't look like much but then that's BOs for you - however, they have the best, pure fish sandwich in Key West 
They were working on BOs Fishwagon today up on the roof. It appears they were working to stop one of the many avenues of leakage available to local rainstorms. The repair started out with a blue tarp (what else!) I'm not sure if that's the repair or they intend making something more permanent - but then this is Key West and maybe that's the extent of the repair?

Dennis doesn't sail at night - but has great sails during the day!
One person we've known for the past 10 years is Dennis who runs a sailing charter called, Breezin from our dock. I think he holds some sort of record for five-star reviews, he always makes sure the customer is completely satisfied. If you ever want to get a personal taste of sailing in the Keys, you can't do better than Dennis at Breezin. He's on Dock E, right down our dock. He's a great guy.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Key West - The Green Parrot for jazz on Sundays

Good to listen to!
There are certain places in Key West that you must go to at some time. They are the essence of Key West. One such place is the Green Parrot bar on Whitehead Street. They always have live music but it's special on Sunday afternoons where they feature jazz.

Yep, that's a parachute over the bar
We always make it a point of dropping by Sunday afternoons to listen to their jazz band and whoever happens to drop by to do some solo jazz. This time we found a seat and could actually sit, a rarity at the Green Parrot, usually it's standing room only. I bought each of us a beer and sat back to listen to the music. They also feature free popcorn throughout the day so we had several servings of that too.

I hope they don't run out...
As it turned out, all of the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club members in Key West dropped by too and joined us. We had two former Commodores (Bill and Bill), and two professional party-goers that used to own a vintage wooden boat - well, you know about wooden boaters, not to be trusted after a little imbibing of the spirits. That left just the two of us to keep order in the house and we did just that, I think, the memory is a little fuzzy after the mandatory beers.

At any rate, fun was had by all and we plan on repeating the event next Sunday afternoon, drop by and join us. We'll get there around 1:30 or so and stay until 3:30 or later. Remember, if you're in Key West, you must stop by at least once to pay your respects to a very unique, open-air, bar.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Key West - We see Peter Vey and I'm feeling better

We both love his use of color and light
Today was a day of recovery and I'm feeling much better. So far, Ann has not caught it but it's still early for that and I don't want to jinx the outcome. Mostly, it was just boat work, slowly but progress nevertheless.

The gallery is beautiful but Peter Vey's paintings are the star
The big event of the day was for Ann to see one of her favorite artists in Key West, Peter Vey. He had a reception at Gallery on Greet Street which, by far, is our favorite gallery in Key West. Peter Vey's paintings sell in the $15,000 to $30,000 range so we cannot afford them but we like to look and admire.

Ann comes alive like nowhere else when talking shop with another artist
She was able to talk to Peter for about 15 minutes on painting and she enjoyed every minute of that. Peter paints in oils with a palette knife which gives a unique style to his work. You can see some of his paintings from the website link above. If you're in Key West, be sure to drop by the gallery, it's worth the trip.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Key West - Tiki Bar, still sick

Floating Tiki Bar!
Slept yesterday from 7:30 pm to 7:30 am! I can't remember the last time I did that. I'm still trying to fight it off and it does seem a little better today. So as I sat in a daze on the back of Fleetwing, I see this Tiki Bar come by. They didn't stop to see if I wanted anything... Probably just as well. He goes up and down the fairways in the harbor around sunset.

Meanwhile, I'm persevering. I think I can skip the 7:30 pm bedtime tonight, at least. We are starting to reconnect with people from the Poughkeepsie YC and friends we've known from Key West in the past. There won't be much activity here until I recover so bear with me.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Key West - I get a head cold

Hoolie was the start of the show at Faustus supermarket, everybody wanted to pet him
I came down with a head cold last night and it's miserable. You're not supposed to get sick in Key West, I think there's something in the brochure about that. So here I am in paradise and moping around the boat, not good! It's cold medicine tonight and early to bed for me.

The freeloaders all lined up for the evening feed of fish
The worst thing is that Ann will probably get it too and with her history of allergies, it could turn into something worse.  There's nothing to do now but wait and see. I'm going to bed and it's only 7:15!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Key West - Friends from the frozen northland

A fixture on our afternoon walks. The goldfish is right at the bottom (away from fishing cats)!
We are starting our afternoon walks in the shade earlier than usual. Our saying was, "Walk in the sun in February but walk in the shade in March". We seem to be getting the warmer weather of March earlier than usual. Nevertheless, Key West has never had a frost so it's a tropical climate.

Flowers, complete with a bee
The bathtub fish tank is still there, just like the last 10 years. Some things never seem to change. Last year they had screening over the top to prevent "fishing" by the local cats but it was gone this year. The lone goldfish was at the very bottom of the tank, on purpose? The flowers are coming out too and even the bees as you can see in the photo.

Bill Spencer and Bill Washburn. They don't look frozen but then they've been at Schooner Wharf for an hour.
We had two visitors today from the Poughkeepsie YC so we will explore Key West restaurants with them. We hope to get a sail in this next week so we can test the engine shaft alignment done yesterday but that depends on the wind, it's been blowing 20 kts or more most days. I would like a 10 to 15 kt day to take the boat out.