Key West Tomorrow! (Nov 13)

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    Nov 13, 2015 1:44 AM GMT
    We leave around 9 AM Friday. Have had these reservations for exactly 12 months. Also had other advance reservations for this past Spring, but had to cancel them when my husband was having treatments for his back and couldn't travel.

    So this is the longest spell away since we've been going down there in 8 years. We more typically go 3 or 4 times a year. But then KW is very close, half a day's drive.

    We're taking a friend along, who has his own room I got him in our hotel. He's even older than my husband, and they were friends in Boston 60 years ago.

    I'm not sure how well the friend's gonna do, this may be his last hurrah. We're gonna be using a lot of taxis.

    But I'm gonna make it my mission to make sure he has the time of his life. And in Key West I know how to make that happen, been going there since 1973.

    I'm bringing a ton of stuff, including a folding table and complete table settings, for a sit-down Sunday brunch on our 2nd-floor veranda overlooking Duval Street. The husband will be baking his wonderful quiche in our suite's oven. Joining us will be local KW friends, I think totaling 6.

    paulflexes is also invited, but I'm not sure his flying schedule will permit it. As well as another KW RJ member I hope can show up. But we expect to see Paul tomorrow night (Fri) for cocktails, since he already flew his plane down to KW and is there now.

    We'll also take our friend on a sunset sailing cruise, and bring him to lots of lovely out-of-the-way non-touristy places we know. Our goal is to make him not want to leave Key West, when our 7 days is up. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 13, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    Your lucky that you can afford it. So many are homeless and starving.

    Cheers to a fun holiday.

    Do you drink hot tea?
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    Nov 13, 2015 2:21 AM GMT
    2Bnaked saidYour lucky that you can afford it. So many are homeless and starving.

    Cheers to a fun holiday.

    Do you drink hot tea?

    Actually we donate thousands each year to LGBT homeless causes. Even though we don't have much to spare ourselves. And last month I wrote a hefty check to provide holiday food to HIV/AIDS needy in our community for this coming season.

    I used to buy some holiday turkeys for the needy, but this organization decided that their turkey drive only helps during Thanksgiving, not Christmas. And in many cases poor people can't properly store and cook a big turkey. So now they take money instead, to buy things for their food pantry operation they can better tailor to individual needs, that can be spread over the entire holiday season.

    The cost of this KW trip will be rather modest, as always. We're driving down. We got a nice room rate because we reserved last year, plus we know the hotel owner (who may be attending our Sunday brunch), and he gives us a discount. Right now the same rooms, because of several events happening in Key West this weekend, would be over double the cost we're paying. If you can even find any vacancies.

    No, I know how to live well for little. And to give back to our community. Because I feel a debt. Maybe because of my stupidity in not coming out earlier in life, and ignoring my real people, because of not knowing who I truly am. Maybe because my first gay partner died in my arms due to AIDS, that I could do nothing to stop.

    Yah know you're always growing up and learning. And when you stop doing that, you begin to die. It appears I'm not dead yet. icon_wink.gif

    Oh, about the hot tea: yeah, I do drink it. I've made it quite a ritual. I get my English tea from a gay expatriate Brit friend of ours, who owns a British specialty store here. And sometimes a number of us have tea at "Oscars" tea room, also owned by a gay married Brit couple. No one does tea like the British.
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    Nov 13, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    OK, we're here in Key West, checked into our rooms a couple of hours ago. Easy ride as usual, providing there's no heavy road construction in progress. Stopped for a nice open-air seafood lunch on a boating dock on the Gulf side of Islamarada Key, beautiful 80s weather. Now just waiting for paulflexes to show up for drinks and maybe something to eat.
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    Nov 15, 2015 3:28 PM GMT
    The weather's been pretty shit here in Miami. Hopefully, it's been better in key west.
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    Nov 15, 2015 5:33 PM GMT
    Import saidThe weather's been pretty shit here in Miami. Hopefully, it's been better in key west.

    79 degrees right now and cloudy, a few sprinkles earlier. We just finished a nice brunch on the covered veranda that my husband made this morning in our kitchen. He baked different quiches, along with fruit salad and some other items we brought with us.

    Should be cloudy all day but no rain likely until tonight. The next 4 days until we leave will be low 80s, partly sunny with a chance for rain a few hours each day. Won't interfere with our plans.
  • shutoman

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    Nov 15, 2015 5:45 PM GMT
    I hope you're having a wonderful time Art_Deco.
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    Nov 15, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    I hope there's no internet connection in key west.
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    Nov 15, 2015 6:25 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco saidWe just finished a nice brunch on the covered veranda that my husband made this morning in our kitchen.


    For those not in the know... Mr. Deco does not have a "husband" - despite it having been possible for quite some time now for him to marry his partner. Mr. Deco constantly posts about his "husband" in an effort to improve his gay credibility standing by making it seem like he is in a legal, gay marriage.


    Art_Deco saidShould be cloudy all day but no rain likely until tonight. The next 4 days until we leave will be low 80s, partly sunny with a chance for rain a few hours each day.


    I think anyone who truly cared what the weather was like in Key West could have gone to weather.com. No need for you to provide an official Art_Deco weather report.

    It is most unfortunate that the Paris terror attacks have taken over the RJ membership's attention these past few days, as nobody has come by to congratulate you on your Luxury Veranda Sunday Brunch With Sunset Sea Cruise.

    Sad.

    Wow you really don't care what people here think of you do you?? Lol i dont know what to say.
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    Nov 15, 2015 9:03 PM GMT
    shutoman saidI hope you're having a wonderful time Art_Deco.

    Thanks, we always do down here. I like to share these personal experiences online because a number of RJ members have expressed an interest over the years in going to Key West, and to other vacation spots in South Florida I know.

    And Key West is changing rapidly. Not only the gay scene, but in other aspects, as well.
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    Nov 16, 2015 12:38 AM GMT
    Art, it would be great if you could post some pics. Not necessarily of your personal doings, but of the view from the veranda, beautiful sites that you've seen in KW, sunsets, the water, Duval st, etc..

    And when are you gonna invite me down? I'm good company. icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 16, 2015 1:04 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanChulo saidI hope there's no internet connection in key west.


    Chulo, that new profile pic is just too cute! Just had to tell youicon_biggrin.gif

  • silverfox

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    Nov 16, 2015 3:00 AM GMT
    I was in Key West this weekend as well. This was the weekend of the "Smart Ride" . Not a mention of this event in this post? Considering there were more than 600 cyclists (most gay and lesbian, and friends) surprised not a mention on this thread. Raised a lot of money.

    This is REALJOCK right?


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    Nov 18, 2015 6:32 AM GMT
    silverfox saidI was in Key West this weekend as well. This was the weekend of the "Smart Ride" . Not a mention of this event in this post? Considering there were more than 600 cyclists (most gay and lesbian, and friends) surprised not a mention on this thread. Raised a lot of money.

    This is REALJOCK right?

    There were around 600 participants overall, not riders. There has never been over 600 riders, due to Florida road permit constraints. The riders numbered about 370, down from previous years, along with under 200 crew, also down. The money raised was a few hundred thousand less than last year, and less than the year before that. It failed to break a million, for the first time in several years.

    If you attended the Saturday night after-party at the Bourbon Street Pub we were there. You should have posted something, we could have met.

    I no longer try to recruit for the HIV/AIDS-fundraising SMART Ride here, or even mention its approach, because trolls attack the threads and derail them. As they do with other topics beneficial to gays. In that regard they've partially achieved their goal of taking over and undermining the RJ site.
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    Nov 18, 2015 7:12 AM GMT
    silverfox saidI was in Key West this weekend as well. This was the weekend of the "Smart Ride" . Not a mention of this event in this post? Considering there were more than 600 cyclists (most gay and lesbian, and friends) surprised not a mention on this thread. Raised a lot of money.

    This is REALJOCK right?




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