In Key West As Planned

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    Nov 17, 2016 9:57 PM GMT
    With lovely 80-degree, sunny weather. He tolerated the ride pretty well. I rented a small sport SUV (or crossover, or whatever they're called these days), because it sits higher, easier for him to enter & exit with his bad hip. Plus in better shape than our older car.

    He loves it, now says we should buy one, quite a change for him, who always wants the smallest & cheapest car. Which is why he can't get in and out of the one we have now.

    So the weather looks to be perfect for our week here. The SMART Ride arrives Saturday, and we'll be cheering that on, and attending related events. But mostly just chilling out. Letting him rest and get his mind off things. He's napping in our room until 5:30.

    Whereas I'm doing my own chilling out (after a unusually difficult drive here, with heavier-than-usual traffic and especially unpredictable drivers) down by the men-only pool. Nothing like watching hot nude guys while sipping a wine at the tiki bar for de-stressing me. LOL!

    And since this is Key West, I just noticed a rooster strutting past one of the nude sunbathers on his lounge. All we need is a feral cat and the picture will be complete. icon_eek.gif

    Crazy place, although much less crazy and more commercial than it used to be when I first visited here in 1973. But still, we obviously both enjoy it as a change of pace. I hope it'll perk him up after the challenging health news he's gotten.
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    Nov 18, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
    God_Said said
    Oh Bobby, just think of all the Candle Light Suppers, with all the most important people.
    Now Bob, you did pack the Fine Bone China, with the periwinkles?

    Don't let your jealousy get the best of you. I'm sure there's a lot to be said for the lovely dining excerience of fighting for a bone with a dingo in the Outback.

    In the meantime, guys who come to Key West regularly PE me about these matters, and making arrangements, getting the latest information. A lot in KW keeps changing. What to expect here, what to do. Making car rentals, what airport to fly into, and so forth. Sorry you object to me mentioning them here.

    But next time someone expects to be stranded in the Outback (which once happened to my sister for 6 weeks, covered by your press), I'm sure you can advise them about making a canteen of water lasting for a week. Even one decorated with periwinkles.
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    Nov 18, 2016 4:15 PM GMT
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    Nov 18, 2016 6:42 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    Poor sexually frustrated SouthBeach icon_lol.gif

    Yeah, must be tough being something that no one wants.

    BTW, my sister became a news item because it was 2 American women, stranded at an outback station hospital, as I believe they're called. Nothing to do with me. Her girlfriend had an accident slipping into a waterfall, and suffered multiple broken bones.

    They brought her to a station hospital, where there was debate about trying to move her. Her US medical insurance wasn't usable, and her travel insurance carrier balked at the transportation charges. Wanted her kept right there. She wanted to be moved to her US hospital.

    So it was less the medical seriousness, nor their personal status (and certainly not mine), that got the media attention. Rather, it was this weird legal tug of war with the medical insurance that was keeping the friend there.

    My sister, who wasn't injured herself, elected to remain with her friend. Staying with generous locals.

    Years later, when I was motorcycling through Montana, I was stopped at reconstruction of US Hwy 2, through Glacier National Park. Instead of ripping up just 1 lane at a time, they tore out the entire highway for 20 miles through the forest, nothing left but dirt. You got through by "convoy".

    You lined up for nearly an hour, until a "pilot car" with flashing roof lights drove up. Then you followed it, slowly through the ruts and soft soil. Very difficult on a big road motorcycle, feet down much of the time, like riding through a plowed field. You finally reached hardtop road, where another line of cars waited to drive in the other direction, as the pilot car turned around to escort them.

    Point of the story: while waiting, car drivers got out to walk around, and I got off my bike. I met a couple visiting from Australia. We hit it right off (love those Aussies), and in talking about being stranded in a wilderness as we were, they mentioned these 2 American women and their Outback misadventure.

    Wait a minute! That was my sister! You know about that? Oh, yeah, it made all the news there. And this couple went on to give me details I knew, and some I didn't. This big world can be a small place.

    I'm discussing my sister's Australian misadventures while I'm delayed in the middle of Glacier National Park, with an Australian couple I've never met before, who know all about them! Go figure, as my gay mentor used to say.
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    Nov 19, 2016 12:39 PM GMT
    SMART Ride arrives in Key West today, all the rooms here will be taken. We'll be watching the ceremonial arrival. Then the evening party will be held at our hotel here, one of the few times they allow women into the male-only pool area, with the outdoor bar.

    One of the Ride's crew chiefs will be staying with us for 3 nights, in the second bedroom. Good friend of ours, we'll be having Christmas Day dinner at his home. Like my husband, he's one of the co-founders of the Ride, so they've known each other a long time.

    Oddly he's not a bicyclist himself, actually loves to walk everywhere. He's crew chief for the Sweep vehicles, that are SUVs with bike racks that pick-up riders with bike break-downs, mostly due to flat tires. Any personal injuries, which are rare, are handled by an ambulance that also rides along.

    Even though we're no longer directly involved with the Ride, we still like to promote it. Hope some of you may be interested in participating some day. There are provisions to receive shipped bikes, and to reassemble them for you and deliver them to the starting point, then reverse the procedure in Key West when the ride is over.
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    Nov 19, 2016 1:08 PM GMT
    Pleased that you bois could still make the trip.

    Agree on your small SUV/Crossover/Whatever they are called vehicle comments. My sister just purchased a used Mazda/Ford Escape. I like it's overall size, easy of entry and chair height seats. Much smaller and more manageable in traffic than her larger past Ford Explorers.
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    Nov 19, 2016 1:50 PM GMT
    rnch saidPleased that you bois could still make the trip.

    Agree on your small SUV/Crossover/Whatever they are called vehicle comments. My sister just purchased a used Mazda/Ford Escape. I like it's overall size, easy of entry and chair height seats. Much smaller and more manageable in traffic than her larger past Ford Explorers.

    Well, he's a trooper. And he couldn't miss the ride he helped to found.

    A possible bonus may be this revelation to him about crossovers. He's been fixated on this little car idea, like our last one I got him. That I kinda dislike, but partnership is a compromise. Even after his hip gets repaired I'm hoping he's still want something bigger for our next car.
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    Nov 19, 2016 6:58 PM GMT
    Waiting for the arrival of the bicycle parade, beneath our balcony on Duval Street, in a little over 30 minutes. Right now I'm downstairs in back at the pool, watching naked guy organized contests. Sky is cloudless, temperature is 80 degrees, it doesn't get much better than this. icon_biggrin.gif

    I really do recommend Key West for a getaway. It may be going straight, but there's still a lot of gay silliness to be found.
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    Nov 19, 2016 8:20 PM GMT
    SMART Ride bicycle parade just passed, right on schedule. Ordinarily we'd now be at the White Street Pier, where the Key West AIDS Memorial is located, for the closing ceremony.

    But this year I obviously didn't ride, nor did my husband do crew. With his bad hip we're staying right here. Later tonight the party will come to us at this hotel.

    And BTW, yeah, I sought out a gay mentor. Coming out very late, 45, I knew nothing about the gay world. I knew some things about ME, but not about other gays, or that scene. My Army career taught me to seek out those who are experts in things you are not. So he tutored me.

    Helped make my transition from living in the straight world, especially the big change from Army life from which I had retired 6 months earlier, a lot less painless. And also safer.

    He wrote safe-sex articles for the SGN (Seattle Gay News) paper, and he was a fanatic on safe-sex. I owe being negative to this day to him. Despite having had a wild year after I came out. I guess some kind of suppressed reaction or something.

    No, I bless my mentor. Some Angel was looking down on me who sent him to me. Made my quick transition from living straight to living gay easy, painless, safe, and a helluva lotta fun! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 19, 2016 8:28 PM GMT
    Thank god. We were dying for an update. Said no one. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 19, 2016 8:33 PM GMT
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    Thank god. We were dying for an update. Said no one. icon_confused.gif

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    Nov 19, 2016 8:42 PM GMT
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    ekko said
    Thank god. We were dying for an update. Said no one. icon_confused.gif

    Said a meme from an empty RJ profile. Sock, perhaps? icon_razz.gif


    Meme? Empty profile? Sure whatever. But sock? No!!! icon_mad.gif
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    Nov 19, 2016 9:47 PM GMT
    So our SMART Ride crew chief friend arrived on schedule. I was outside in the parking lot, placed an orange cone to block a spot for him. We've all done these things so many times before we know the routine by heart.

    He got the next-to-last space. I had a hotel notice already printed for him to place on his dashboard. I gave him his room key, and his complimentary bar pass, he didn't have to check in at the desk. We pay his extra cost, he'll reimburse us directly.

    Making it kinda hassle-free for him. He just arrives, parks, and walks right into his room, everything done. But then he just did tough duty with the SMART Ride. He's earned some consideration & TLC.
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    Nov 20, 2016 1:17 AM GMT
    And now our party begins. Lovely to see people from all around South Florida. And even beyond.

    All heroes. They pedaled 165 miles to raise money for HIV/AIDS agencies.
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    Nov 20, 2016 4:46 AM GMT
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    art_deco saidSo our SMART Ride crew chief friend arrived on schedule. I was outside in the parking lot, placed an orange cone to block a spot for him. We've all done these things so many times before we know the routine by heart.

    He got the next-to-last space. Had a hotel notice already printed for him to place on his dashboard. I gave him his room key, and his complimentary bar pass, he didn't have to check in at the desk. We pay his extra cost, he'll reimburse us directly.

    Making it kinda hassle-free for him. He just arrives, parks, and walks right into his room, everything done. But then he just did tough duty with the SMART Ride. He's earned some consideration & TLC.


    art_deco saidThis time some pics of me, floating around the hotel pool. It amazes me how light my skin is, living in Florida, but I don't sun bathe, and spend little time in a swim suit. So I have a shorts & T-shirt tan.

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    Artie.....you need to do a better job of wiping yourself.




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    Nov 20, 2016 4:36 PM GMT
    Just made the Key West reservations for November, 2017. Same room, same days. Nice discount. In fact, didn't even have to give a deposit.

    "We know you so well, you come here so often, and a friend of the owner, a deposit won't be necessary."

    Well, OK, I won't argue with that. And our friend the SMART Ride crew chief will also stay with us, now has a place again for next year's Ride. For only $25 a night, which is our additional cost for an extra occupant.

    He gets his own room, use of a full kitchen, and a really nice gay place overall. With unlimited free poolside drinks during happy hour, watching the naked bois cavorting in the water. Not bad for Key West. Especially considering what you pay in season for any lodging in Key West, and some at the other side of the island from Old Town, the historic center of the city where most of the attractions, restaurants & bars are.
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    Nov 20, 2016 5:30 PM GMT
    People are amazing. While sitting on the big veranda outside our suite I saw a pedal tricycle come up and park. I've seen the young guy working around here before.

    He cable-locked his trike to a light post, to include securing a crutch he had on the back. And he always wears a helmet, even when working. I assume some kind of medical thing to protect his head after an injury or surgery, because it's not a regular biker's helmet.

    It brought tears to my eyes. People dealing with these physical problems, these challenges, who find their solutions, their work-arounds. People are amazing. And many to be admired.
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    Nov 20, 2016 11:32 PM GMT
    Going out to an evening supper soon by taxi. If you come down to Key West parking is difficult. Park once, don't move your car during your stay. You'll have trouble finding a parking space at your destination, and when you return your previous space will have been taken.

    You can walk most places. That's the best way to enjoy KW. And like we'll do tonight, take a cab. I don't think they have Uber here.

    But cabs are cheap, clean, reliable, and you're only going a short distance anywhere on KW, it's just a small island. We rarely wait more than 5-10 minutes after calling before the cab arrives. You don't flag it down like in NYC.
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    Nov 21, 2016 3:34 AM GMT
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    art_deco saidGoing out to an evening supper soon by taxi. If you come down to Key West parking is difficult. Park once, don't move your car during your stay. You'll have trouble finding a parking space at your destination, and when you return your previous space will have been taken.

    You can walk most places. That's the best way to enjoy KW. And like we'll do tonight, take a cab. I don't think they have Uber here.

    But cabs are cheap, clean, reliable, and you're only going a short distance anywhere on KW, it's just a small island. We rarely wait more than 5-10 minutes after calling before the cab arrives. You don't flag it down like in NYC.

    I'm sure every single person here appreciates these pearls of wisdom.

    Probably better than your demented pearls of obsession with me. When was the last time you saw a psychiatrist?

    But there are guys here who will vacation in South Florida, including Key West. The one thing you never do here, besides spamming false political propaganda and personal hate against gay RJ members, is assisting RJers with anything.

    You claimed you lived in South Beach. Yet when guys asked for travel advice there, you were silent. Didn't you actually live there, and have up-to-date info on Miami Beach and the South Beach section? Why didn't you ever help anyone?

    And when I try to help RJ brothers you attack and mock me. Seems like you're nothing but a spoiler and disrupter here. Perhaps homophobe might be the more accurate term. A wolf in sheep's clothing among us.
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    Nov 22, 2016 9:36 PM GMT
    God_Said saidOne does hope u packed your Red Hats, in celabrtiion of your Red State. It's the in thing duckies.



    You really do need to refresh your knowledge of Dixie geography, Pattison, dear. Florida may indeed be a red state out in the boondocks, where the alligators, pythons, snakeheads, and redneck crackers live. But Key West is, in all likelihood, a blue enclave. Art Deco doubtless has many compatriots there who are, at this moment, commiserating with him over the outcome of the election, and he's surely enjoying congenial company for the holiday.
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    Nov 22, 2016 10:43 PM GMT
    carew28 said
    God_Said saidOne does hope u packed your Red Hats, in celabrtiion of your Red State. It's the in thing duckies.



    You really do need to refresh your knowledge of Dixie geography, Pattison, dear. Florida may indeed be a red state out in the boondocks, where the alligators, pythons, snakeheads, and redneck crackers live. But Key West is, in all likelihood, a blue enclave. Art Deco doubtless has many compatriots there who are, at this moment, commiserating with him over the outcome of the election, and he's surely enjoying congenial company for the holiday.
    Key West along with both Miami and Fort Lauderdale are blue urban enclaves in the overwhelmingly red, republican State of Florida.
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    Nov 23, 2016 2:19 AM GMT
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    carew28 said
    God_Said saidOne does hope u packed your Red Hats, in celabrtiion of your Red State. It's the in thing duckies.



    You really do need to refresh your knowledge of Dixie geography, Pattison, dear. Florida may indeed be a red state out in the boondocks, where the alligators, pythons, snakeheads, and redneck crackers live. But Key West is, in all likelihood, a blue enclave. Art Deco doubtless has many compatriots there who are, at this moment, commiserating with him over the outcome of the election, and he's surely enjoying congenial company for the holiday.
    Key West along with both Miami and Fort Lauderdale are blue urban enclaves in the overwhelmingly red, republican State of Florida.


    NY/NJ liberals move to south Florida to escape the high taxes in Northern states.....then vote for high tax democrats once they arrive.

    Liberals are very dumb.
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    Nov 23, 2016 3:39 AM GMT
    S2Ki said
    roadbikeRob said
    carew28 said
    God_Said saidOne does hope u packed your Red Hats, in celabrtiion of your Red State. It's the in thing duckies.



    You really do need to refresh your knowledge of Dixie geography, Pattison, dear. Florida may indeed be a red state out in the boondocks, where the alligators, pythons, snakeheads, and redneck crackers live. But Key West is, in all likelihood, a blue enclave. Art Deco doubtless has many compatriots there who are, at this moment, commiserating with him over the outcome of the election, and he's surely enjoying congenial company for the holiday.
    Key West along with both Miami and Fort Lauderdale are blue urban enclaves in the overwhelmingly red, republican State of Florida.


    NY/NJ liberals move to south Florida to escape the high taxes in Northern states.....then vote for high tax democrats once they arrive.

    Liberals are very dumb.
    You forgot about the CT/MA liberals who have also moved to Southern Florida to escape the high taxes but import them south.icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 23, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
    Got home today (Wed) around 1:15. We left before 9. Wanted to both return the rental car on time, and also avoid the heavy Thanksgiving holiday traffic that was predicted.

    As I wrote earlier, got a rental car which sits higher than our own, so he could enter & exit easier while he's awaiting hip surgery in 2 weeks. Plus our car is getting a bit old & worn for longer trips (actually, so are we. icon_redface.gif) A 2016 crossover was nicer.

    Traffic went fine. With mostly only single lane for 120 miles the traffic jams can form quickly and be epic. The Florida Turnpike on the mainland can also go parking lot at times, especially with accidents. We avoided both.

    If you drive down to the Keys choose your days & times wisely. In over 40 years of driving them I've learned to always avoid Fridays going down, and Sundays leaving. Tue-Wed-Thu are usually best, except before major US holidays. The SMART Ride somewhat chose our dates for us this trip, causing us to depart on Thanksgiving eve.

    Or if you must travel those 2 days, depart virtually at dawn, if it'll get you onto the Keys by mid-morning, and off the Keys NLT noon. But still no guarantee you won't have heavy traffic.
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    Nov 24, 2016 12:14 AM GMT
    That's odd - when I made that last post above I had to go to page 2. When I just came back to check something in it I had written, there's only 1 page with 28 posts. Seems like a whole bunch of posts suddenly got deleted.

    I've been out of the net most of today while traveling and doing after-stuff like unpacking, plus getting ready for Thanksgiving with friends where we all bring an assigned dish, and I was also pretty busy yesterday. Haven't been online much this week. Was there some kind of turmoil during that period?