Off to Key West Again!

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    Jan 17, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
    We're leaving within the hour for Key West, just a 193-mile drive away. We'll be down there for a full 7 days. We made the reservations when last down there in November, but the timing turns out to have been fortunate, giving me a little off-duty time following a recent medical scare.

    Only drawback is a cold front, but no rain, should be sunny the whole time. But at right around 70 F the entire week it won't be a big hardship, both my husband & me are hardy cold weather types. If anything it may be a blessing, since sometimes getting him to walk along Duval Street when it's mid-80s under the blazing sun is a hassle, and we have to keep ducking into stores with air conditioning along the way. Not this time I'm sure.

    We'll have the iPads with us, so email me if you think you might come down there. We have our usual suite, which sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, with a fully equipped kitchen, and an enormous veranda overlooking Duval where they do the "Sushi Drop" every New Years on CNN. The additional cost is just $25 per person a night! Can't beat that! And did I tell you daily Happy Hour is free, and male-only clothing optional? icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 17, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
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    Jan 17, 2014 9:34 PM GMT
    And... we're here! Nice easy ride down. Not too chilly, sitting outside wearing shorts and a polo shirt. But Key West seems packed, and our own hotel is full. Glad I made these reservations in November, the manager tells us they've been getting lots of last-minute bookings & inquiries from the parts of the US hit with the bad winter weather that's been making the news.

    This was one of my Christmas presents for my husband (the best presents are ones that you can enjoy, too icon_wink.gif ), since I decided not to give him a potentially stressful cruise this year, following his heart surgery. But now it turns out I'm the one who may need the recuperation more.

    Key West is a short drive nearby, but still has just enough of the different from Fort Lauderdale, no flying required, inexpensive, gay friendly, clothing optional where we stay, home to some of our friends, and we love it, even if it isn't glamorous or fashionable. It suits us perfectly. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 18, 2014 12:44 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    southbeach1500 saidI'll be leaving within the hour for the hardware store to get a new plate for one of the light dimmers. It's my usual hardware store, where I can get premium dimmer plates at wholesale prices.

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    LOL! Thanks! I usually prefer no one quote that hateful & disruptive jerk, who I have on Ignore because of his obsessive stalking of me. But seeing him deservedly ridiculed is entirely welcome. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 18, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    Someday, I hope to get to some of these 'gay meccas'. I'd like to hit Provincetown in the summer too.

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    Well, do something about it! I first went to P-town in 1965, and Key West in 1973. Though curiously I neither knew at that time that THEY were gay, nor that *I* was gay. I hardly even understood what gay was. And yet I was drawn to them, and felt right at home. Imagine that! icon_wink.gif

    P-town today has a very significant lesbian presence. And Key West is losing its gay demographic altogether, much like South Beach did. Gay guest houses are becoming a rarity in KW, bought out and converted to straight family places. We're staying at one of the few remaining ones. If you wanna see Key West do it soon, or you might as well stay in Vancouver.
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    Jan 18, 2014 2:29 AM GMT
    I remember all that trip, happy times icon_smile.gif

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    and the cruise ship port

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    fabulous sunset @ Mallory Square

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    Jan 18, 2014 2:57 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO saidGay guest houses are becoming a rarity in KW, bought out and converted to straight family places. We're staying at one of the few remaining ones. If you wanna see Key West do it soon, or you might as well stay in Vancouver.

    Ironically, full equality in Canada has all but wiped out "gay ghettos". There's just no need for us to cloister ourselves together for 'safety in numbers'. So even in Vancouver, the part of town that is still called the "gay village" is decidedly less 'gay' than it was when I first came out. Guys usually pair up, then go build a nest in the suburbs, just like everyone else.

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    My dear, speak for yourself. LOL!

    No, I understand what you're saying. And I know that safety in numbers isn't the concern it once was in much of the English-speaking world (which explains why Texas can still be a dangerous place for us icon_wink.gif ).

    But if not strictly for safety, I still prefer the company of my own kind over most straights in many situations, for the simple pleasure it gives me. Even if we're not discussing or doing stereotypically "gay" topics & activities, I simply find gay men more fun & entertaining, and easier to get along with, their humor and way of looking at things more like my own. So that we find a friendly common ground and socialize more quickly & easily that I do with non-gays.

    And I suppose it also has to do with my being such a very late bloomer. I had 30 years of living exclusively in the adult straight world, more than any gay man should have to endure. Gay society is still a pleasant improvement for me, even after nearly 20 years. And so I do favor the gay enclaves, where I feel most relaxed, at home and in my element. Making Key West and a gay guest house the perfect place for me to vacation. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 19, 2014 2:56 AM GMT
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    It was really sad to see Atlantic Shores resort close, very fond memories in the short time I was there, I actually snapped a pic of a naked hot guy getting out of the ocean at the end of the pier, icon_lol.gif, their barb-b-q's will be missed icon_sad.gif

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    Jan 19, 2014 10:02 AM GMT
    Thanks for the pics. I know many people, including my husband, who have fond memories of Atlantic Shores. I never used it myself. When single I preferred the all-male cruisieness, nudity and open sex at Island House. And then when I initially started doing the annual bike ride with my new husband he had us go to the Equator on Fleming, which gave him special rates. We'd stay there several times throughout the year, for pre-ride organizing trips we had to make.

    I quickly tired of the limited Equator, however, but by then the Shores was closed, and we started using New Orleans House on Duval, where we are this week. Did you know Big Ruby's? It renamed and went straight in November.

    And the Cypress House, not strictly gay-only nor clothing optional but gay owned and very friendly, became part of a straight-only chain. Had the best free full-featured breakfasts and a great free happy hour every day. They baked their own pastries & breads daily, and the former owner, a Fantasy Fest King one year, presided over happy hour.

    I really enjoyed meeting friendly straight couples at Cypress House, They were so curious about us, we tried to present a favorable impression, once staying a full week there as a gift given to us for our HIV/AIDS charity work. That's all gone now, too, along with Pearl's for lesbians. Key West is turning straight. Once gays develop something the straight investors buy us out.

    And creating the cruise ship docks may have contributed to it, as well. Old Town gets flooded for 8 hours daily with thousands of uptight conservative midwesterners who don't want to see anything gay. It's just like when cruise ships dock at Caribbean Islands, an invading army coming ashore all at once. Although we met a lovely straight couple from Ohio today, in KW for just a few hours off a cruise ship and hitting the obligatory tourist spots.

    We introduced them to our favorite bartender at "Sloppy Joes" we've known for years (that's where all the tourists flock, but we go there solely to meet her every trip down, lovely lady from the UK). We gave the Ohioans our cards, told them next trip they're coming down with more time than a cruise ship permits to contact us first. We promised to propose an itinerary for them we're sure they'd enjoy (suitably straight, of course), all the best attractions, restaurants, and off-the-beaten-path secrets.
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    Jan 19, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    BTW, I got some pics of a contest our hotel had Saturday, but I'll have to find a photo archive service that permits male frontals in order to upload them here. Or else blur their junk, but that takes all the interest out of them.

    Contestants first had to strip stark naked. Then they put pantyhose over their head & face. In one foot of the hose was a baseball, which stretched one leg almost down to the ground in from of them. The other leg hung limp behind their back.

    A loud clock started ticking, and they had 1 minute to knock over 8 Perrier water bottles that were lined up alongside the outdoor pool, using the baseball suspended from their heads. If they used their hands or feet to accomplish the task they were disqualified. All they could do was swing the pantyhose with their covered head, which partially obscured their vision.

    Of course this body swinging action also caused their dicks to swing like pendulums, too, an interesting sight, an intentional consequence of the stunt. I was surprised to see one entrant had manscaped himself totally hairless, but the bald state of his balls & dick didn't inhibit him from stripping in front of the entire bar audience.

    I'm not sure if they ever had anything like that at Atlantic Shores. Though I know from my husband that gays & lesbians got naked together, same as at a nude beach, but that's something I prefer not to see.
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    Jan 19, 2014 7:57 PM GMT
    YourName2000 saidOh, look who's trollin' again! Quelle surprise!

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    You need to get your rear end to Key West and smack that troll upside the head. Most important, you need to have a rip roaring good time in the hot sun chasing all the speedo clad hunks on the beachicon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 19, 2014 8:47 PM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    roadbikeRob saidYou need to get your rear end to Key West and smack that troll upside the head. Most important, you need to have a rip roaring good time in the hot sun chasing all the speedo clad hunks on the beachicon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif

    My dad has been down there for the last 3 months and has been taunting me to come down, lol. Alas, I can't afford to take any time off at the moment. It would be fun though!
    Oh shit, you don't have accrued time at work. That would have been so sweet if you could have gone to Key West and slap that troll upside the head. Just think how much better you would feel after doing that and than chasing after all those speedo clad muscular hunks on the beachicon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 19, 2014 8:50 PM GMT
    OK, bad news and good news. Our favorite Key West restaurant, Michael's, is out. Michael, along with his wife, whom we also know from the SMART Ride, and their kids are vacationing in Colorado. We don't wanna do Michael's when Chef Michael himself isn't in the kitchen.

    So instead we'll do Duffy's. Probably a surf & turf for me, with the local lobster, and their prime rib is highly rated. I haven't been there in almost 20 years, when I took my late father and oldest son there. My husband & I are always talking about going there, but never have. This is the perfect opportunity.

    I checked around and locals tell us it's still great. Not tonight, maybe M-T-W when the tourist crowds are light. I'll report back here if their reputation is still merited. Very close to where we're staying, we may not need a taxi, just walk over.

    Gawd we love Key West. If you're suffering with a bad winter up north, I don't know why you're not down here.
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    Jan 19, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidYou need to get your rear end to Key West and smack that troll upside the head. Most important, you need to have a rip roaring good time in the hot sun chasing all the speedo clad hunks on the beachicon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif

    My dad has been down there for the last 3 months and has been taunting me to come down, lol. Alas, I can't afford to take any time off at the moment. It would be fun though!

    Your Dad? Would he want to meet us? Probably our age. We're here until the 23rd. Where does he stay? PE me. Maybe we could have dinner together, that would be great.
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    Jan 19, 2014 9:08 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO saidYour Dad? Would he want to meet us? Probably our age. We're here until the 23rd. Where does he stay? PE me.

    Their condo is in Ponse Inlet?? Anyway, he's holed up with his 2nd wife and my sister, her hubby and my nephew...so they're bugs in a rug.

    He's enjoying himself though. He actually got hit by a car while riding his bike last year...hit by an ex assistant director of the CIA, hahaha. So the whole settlement thing finally got satisfactorily resolved before Christmas (and he's actually been recovering fairly well for an old dude, lol.)

    The condo is new since I was down last (years ago)...I have no idea where the hell Ponse is, but they love it...small gated community, blah blah blah. That was one tiny benefit for Canadians (and other investors) from the great recession: there were some good deals on housing. icon_confused.gif

    You haven't answered my question. Would he want to meet us in Key West? For dinner, drinks, or whatever. PE me, we don't need to do these arangements in public.

    We're here until the 23rd. If you PE me I'll give you my private email and cell, so they can contact me directly.
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    Jan 20, 2014 3:02 AM GMT
    YourName2000 saidOh SB, if only someone could drag your fat ass out of bed and take you off to Dennys, you might be happier for the experience (and the company, lol). icon_biggrin.gif

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    Maybe you should ask that other pleasant fellow Aristoshark for that date at Denny's. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 20, 2014 6:11 PM GMT
    I love Key West!

    Have fun down there. Sure you will as it's hard not to! icon_cool.gif




  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 25, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    roadbikeRob saidOh shit, you don't have accrued time at work. That would have been so sweet if you could have gone to Key West and slap that troll upside the head. Just think how much better you would feel after doing that and than chasing after all those speedo clad muscular hunks on the beachicon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif

    When I get down there again, I'll have better things to do, hahaha. icon_wink.gif
    Don't forget your suntan lotion and your speedoicon_lol.gif