WHEEEE!!!! Key West in an instant!

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    Sep 15, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    Not 30 minutes ago I said to my partner did he still want to spend this weekend in Key West, as we've talked about on and off the last month? Yes, he said. Within minutes I contacted the hotel manager we know, made the reservations, in our favorite duplex, full kitchen, for only some $90 a night, extra special price. We leave tomorrow morning, I can have us packed in minutes.

    Not sure an RJ friend of ours is in KW, I've got a call in to him. But we just needed to get away. I begin my radiation cancer therapy next week, we simply wanted to forget about everything for a few days. Every now & then you gotta do something spontaneous, spur of the moment. And strangely, those often become the best times. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 15, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    I hope your radiation therapy is a success for you! Enjoy your vacation.
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    Sep 15, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    staple_ saidI hope your radiation therapy is a success for you! Enjoy your vacation.

    Thanks! It's as much for my partner as for me. Or maybe more for him. Vacations don't do much for me. I end up being more stressed arranging the vacation, handling all the details, than the stress I was hoping to leave behind.

    But I could see he needed this break, before my radiation treatment begins in earnest, during which we'll be locked in place. And right after that we have to arrange and participate in the SMART Ride, almost 2 weeks non-stop. We scheduled my treatments around it, and as soon as we return home I finish with radioactive seed implants.

    And sometimes I just get tired. But Bob is never authorized to be tired, just like I was never authorized during my military career. Forgive me for being a bit negative, but there comes a time when you just run out off steam, always being the guy who solves all the problems, who does for everybody else but himself. For once in my life I'd like to be the pampered one, but then I realize, no I wouldn't. I'd never sit still for it.

    So thanks for your concern. My cancer radiation treatment will be a success. I made sure I got the best guy there is down here. Rest assured I could not be so meticulous about the rest of my life that I would not ensure that, and just leave such a thing to random chance.
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    Sep 15, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    Be sure to eat at Hurricane bar and grill in Marathon on your way down.

    I flew a friend to Marathon a couple nights ago and ate there (it was the only thing open after 9pm); and the food was great!
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    Sep 16, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    I was thinking of taking a trip to KW soon also, especially since the weather is cooling down. A good 8 hr drive from here. All the hotels seemed really expensive though.
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    Sep 16, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBe sure to eat at Hurricane bar and grill in Marathon on your way down.

    I flew a friend to Marathon a couple nights ago and ate there (it was the only thing open after 9pm); and the food was great!



    Porky's is great in Marathon, too. If you like bar-b-que. Just went to Marathon for my birthday to swim with the dolphins and then on to Key West for a couple of days. Get ready. It was HOT.
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    Sep 16, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBe sure to eat at Hurricane bar and grill in Marathon on your way down.

    I flew a friend to Marathon a couple nights ago and ate there (it was the only thing open after 9pm); and the food was great!

    For the first in a while we're driving down alone, not with friends, who always like to stop in that touristy place on Islamorada that you photographed for us from your plane. I'll consider the Hurricane, thanks.
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    Sep 16, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    zenmonkie saidI was thinking of taking a trip to KW soon also, especially since the weather is cooling down. A good 8 hr drive from here. All the hotels seemed really expensive though.

    Get them off-season. Are you looking at the tourist chains, or the gay guest houses? We always get good deals, like this weekend. They e-mail me directly when they have a light weekend, and are giving the rooms away.
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    Sep 16, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Key West is my favorite place in South FL. You are going to have fun!
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    Sep 16, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    All I have to say is, unlike Bob, I am authorized to be tired...

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    Sep 16, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    JJLeon saidKey West is my favorite place in South FL. You are going to have fun!

    Yep, been going there since 1973. I've already made dinner reservations for Friday & Saturday at 2 of our favorite places, and our local KW friends have been contacted to join us.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    I would really like to go down there someday, but living in Orlando is a HUGE disadvantage!

    It takes forever and a day to drive down there (8 hours, can you believe it?) plus if you decide to fly....ouch! It's about $400+ round trip on AA with a connection in MIA.

    And to prove a point....using hypothetical travel dates (4/23/12 to 4/26/12), the air on US Airways is $725 per person....with a connection in Charlotte!!!

    Double ouch.....
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    jprichva saidVarious well-known RJ members chime in jeer at Art for telling us too much about his personal life in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . .


    Actually, it was a (shockingly) short story and makes an excellent point.

    And both Art and his Partner deserve a break.

    Enjoy your vacation Art. And don't sweat the details.

    And good luck with next week. It will be nothing but a distant memory (and endless posts) before you know it!!!!

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    Sep 16, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidI would really like to go down there someday, but living in Orlando is a HUGE disadvantage!

    It takes forever and a day to drive down there (8 hours, can you believe it?) plus if you decide to fly....ouch! It's about $400+ round trip on AA with a connection in MIA.

    And to prove a point....using hypothetical travel dates (4/23/12 to 4/26/12), the air on US Airways is $725 per person....with a connection in Charlotte!!!

    Double ouch.....



    Yeah, it's a bitch to get to. Flights are always expensive and the drive is long(even from Miami). It's only 4 hours but it seems much longer because you have to drive so slowly and you can rarely pass the car in front of you.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    miamimasseur said
    turtleneckjock saidI would really like to go down there someday, but living in Orlando is a HUGE disadvantage!

    It takes forever and a day to drive down there (8 hours, can you believe it?) plus if you decide to fly....ouch! It's about $400+ round trip on AA with a connection in MIA.

    And to prove a point....using hypothetical travel dates (4/23/12 to 4/26/12), the air on US Airways is $725 per person....with a connection in Charlotte!!!

    Double ouch.....



    Yeah, it's a bitch to get to. Flights are always expensive and the drive is long(even from Miami). It's only 4 hours but it seems much longer because you have to drive so slowly and you can rarely pass the car in front of you.


    True, but just playing around some more and using the same travel dates, I found air at $330.80 on AA. Much better, but still..........Nothing against Key West, but I can pay that and go to New York City!
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    Sep 16, 2011 10:06 AM GMT
    enjoy!


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    Sep 16, 2011 12:18 PM GMT
    miamimasseur saidYeah, it's a bitch to get to. Flights are always expensive and the drive is long (even from Miami). It's only 4 hours but it seems much longer because you have to drive so slowly and you can rarely pass the car in front of you.

    We'll take the FL Turnpike into Holmstead/Florida City, that an easy fast drive for nearly 100 miles, especially now that the toll booths are gone (Sunpass transponders only now, totally cashless from this point down). But the next 100 miles are on US 1 through the keys, and that is 2-lane for much of it.

    Likely always will be, because the bridges, including the 7-mile, are all 2-lane, with little chance of widening. You only get 4-lane on some of the bigger keys, to accommodate local traffic along with thru traffic. At least all the drawbridges but 1 are gone after they abandoned the old converted Flagler railroad route, that really would back-up traffic.

    So yeah, that last 100 miles down is a tedious local slog, with little chance for improvement.
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    Sep 16, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    Key West is so awesome. My partner and I were there for the majority of a week in June.. wonderful.

    I'm such a structured person, spontaneous behavior was a foreign concept, but I'm improving. It certainly can be a fun thing. Hope you guys have a great time Bob!

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    Sep 16, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
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    miamimasseur saidYeah, it's a bitch to get to. Flights are always expensive and the drive is long (even from Miami). It's only 4 hours but it seems much longer because you have to drive so slowly and you can rarely pass the car in front of you.

    We'll take the FL Turnpike into Holmstead/Florida City, that an easy fast drive for nearly 100 miles, especially now that the toll booths are gone (Sunpass transponders only now, totally cashless from this point down). But the next 100 miles are on US 1 through the keys, and that is 2-lane for much of it.

    Likely always will be, because the bridges, including the 7-mile, are all 2-lane, with little chance of widening. You only get 4-lane on some of the bigger keys, to accommodate local traffic along with thru traffic. At least all the drawbridges but 1 are gone after they abandoned the old converted Flagler railroad route, that really would back-up traffic.

    So yeah, that last 100 miles down is a tedious local slog, with little chance for improvement.
    Eh.. just look at that azure blue water for the last two hours!
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    Sep 16, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    Shouldn't this thread be in the Gay Men's Health forum?
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    Sep 16, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    Dean_Aane saidShouldn't this thread be in the Gay Men's Health forum?
    No.
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    Sep 17, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    totally jelly!!!


    Love KW.
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    Sep 17, 2011 12:31 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidEh.. just look at that azure blue water for the last two hours!

    Well, my partner could, but I was driving. Looking out for several thousand motorcycles surrounding us, all headed to KW Biketoberfest. It felt like a scene from The Wild One with Marlon Brando. All these bikes passing me in my own lane, cutting me off, most without legal mufflers.

    But no bikers here at gay New Orleans House. Just the usual nude crowd around the the tiki bar and swimming pool. And lovely reception as always, the manager personally carried our bags in from the car, and then directed me to a parking spot he reserved for us, in a gated area usually reserved for employees. We never drive the car while here, and we'd rather not have the car in the open lot other guests use.

    I'm sitting outside on a large veranda as I type this, the same one from which they do the New Years Eve Sushi Drop, that you may have seen on CNN. The bikers are starting to wake up and cruise Duval Street below me with their unmuffled motorcycles, so I think it's time to go into our kitchen and make coffee for hubby & me.

    Key West is a lot like Provincetown on Cape Cod, still very gay, only with 2 sidewalks instead of just one.
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    Sep 17, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    Well, good for you guys! I hope this helps with fond memories after you begin chemo/radiation. Been thru that with 2 family members. It sucks.


    BTW: Bikers with loud exhausts are like red-necks in jacked-up pickup trucks: over compensating for small dicks with a "look at me! Hey, you! Hey! LOOK AT ME, dammit, I'm tough!" attitude.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 18, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidI would really like to go down there someday, but living in Orlando is a HUGE disadvantage!

    It takes forever and a day to drive down there (8 hours, can you believe it?) plus if you decide to fly....ouch! It's about $400+ round trip on AA with a connection in MIA.

    And to prove a point....using hypothetical travel dates (4/23/12 to 4/26/12), the air on US Airways is $725 per person....with a connection in Charlotte!!!

    Double ouch.....


    Drive from Orlando to Ft. Myers and take the jet powered ferry service to Key West, takes about 2 -1/2" hrs (plus drive time to Ft Myers from Orlando). Doesn't cost that much.

    http://ferryservicestokeywest.com/?gclid=CJfM98nNpasCFYTs7QodJ0Fc2A