Well the dirty deed is done - no get your mind out of the gutter - Doug went and got his hair cut!!! It was a pretty traumatic day for both of us - it had been over two and a half years since his last haircut and we both hated to see his ponytail go - after all, who else am I going to share my scrunchies with????
Doug did save the majority of the ponytail which he can attach to random baseball hats whenever he is in the mood to relive his pirate years!!!
We made a quick trip up to Fort Lauderdale where Doug had an interview for a "real job" (see the picture of Doug in a suit - yikes!!!)
- of course we had to make it an adventure so we stayed overnight at the Bahia Mar marina which all you John MacDonald fans will understand is the home of the Busted Flush, Travis McGee's houseboat that he won in a poker game (for any of you that have not discovered these books, you are in for a treat - they are truly one of the greatest series of books ever written and were the first in a subsequently long line of zany, slightly off-based Florida characters although in my humble opinion none has ever come close to the charming, devil may care, dangerous yet oddly philosophical Travis!!!
Upon returning to KW, the independence celebration was still in full gear so we watched the bloody battle (a re-enactment of the Conch Republic navy and US Navy going at it during KW's secession) from the sunset pier - the pleasure boats and schooners armed with super soakers thought they would carry the day until the Coast Guard boats turned their water cannons on them - game over!!! After meeting up with our dockmates Brett and Jill, we had an "early" evening celebratory dinner at Mangia Mangia - who needs a reason to celebrate - we're in Key West after all!!!
No sooner had we returned to the SIG, when our long time friend Mary Ouellette and her boyfriend Jim came into town - just in time for the end of the KW independence celebration too!! We wasted no time getting them settled in before we headed into town for the bed races - yes you read that correctly.
From the bed races, it was on to Guy Harveys,
Sunday after more fun and games (and some recovery time), we wound up at the Green Parrot for soundcheck where our friend Bill Blue was playing - awesome blues, popcorn and good friends!!
Following the great music at the Parrot no one was ready to go home (except Michelle), so we headed over to Louie's Backyard where we were joined by Bill Blue, his wife Bev and the band!!! There is no better place on a warm KW evening to enjoy a few cocktails with friends while watching the stars and being lulled by the rhythmic sound of the waves lapping gently against the shore!! Late night Chinese food was a perfect way to end a great day (yes I've finally found a good Chinese place down here although I had to kiss a lot of frogs first!!!)
Our dockmates Paula and Dave snuck off and got married the other day so it was time to celebrate with them on their boat Bellissimo on Monday - it was also somewhat of a good-bye party as our friends Greg and Karen were leaving the next morning to head back to Michigan via Stuart and the Chesapeake Bay and our friends Terry and Loie on Coconuts who had hosted so many of our Wednesday night sunset parties all winter were heading out the next day for their summer home back in Islesboro, ME!!
Gypsies actually headed out the next morning for a couple days - we went out for some fishing (unfortunately not catching) and headed up to Boca Grande for the night, a gorgeous little island next to the Marquesas and further south on the way to the Dry Tortugas. What a beautiful steam we had with unbelievably clear turquoise water and lots of dolphin, turtles and flying fish to keep us company!!
Plus after a couple days away from the insanity of KW, we were ready to head back into town and hit the Raw Bar for some happy hour oysters, KW pinks and pitchers of ShockTop!!! We headed back for another soundcheck at the Parrot to see the Red Elvises who truly rocked out the house (think cross between the B-52s and the Talking Heads!!!!) Talk about a great show - we had to have their greatest hits cd for the ipod - I'll be working out to their music (sometime when I get my butt back to the gym!!!)
We started out Thursday at the Southernmost Beach Cafe (guess where that was located?) for some music from the Songwriter's Festival - we learned the hard way that the best performers definitely don't play that early in the day although we did get our toes in the sand!! After struggling to listen to songs like "I like cowgirls butts" and such other stimulating lyrics, we headed off in search of alternative fun (I can watch just about any live music but even I struggled with that!) Soon enough it was time for Mary's tattoo at Paradise Tattoo that she had picked out the other day - a blue and black gecko on her ankle!!
But the evening was not over as El Alamo lay in our path back to the car and pork sliders and $1 drafts called our name!
Unfortunately Mary and Jim had to leave Friday morning for the drive back up the Keys and a flight out of Miami - we were so sad to see them leave!! Too much fun was had by all - but we'll see you guys soon!! Love ya!! Their leaving also meant Doug and I could no longer put off boat chores - we are leaving KW this coming Tuesday so we have lots of stuff to get done before then! However all work and no fun (I know, not our problem!!) makes us dull, so we hit Hogfish for happy hour to see Freebo play again!
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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