|Jon Breakfield is at the Bull & Whistle|
We were actually thrilled we had made it down the long drive from Miami. No matter how many times you do that drive, as beautiful as it is (despite the new Adult Superstore), I always seem to forget just how long the trip can be. The day was also hampered by the inevitable and gi-normous annual flea market on Matecumbe Key (coupled with the extra, enervating traffic which comes with a long weekend).
'It was great to see the colorful houseboats, and the Conch House Inn looking as great as ever. "Wonder if they still have black carpets?" says my wife, remembering the day we did a guest appearance and cleaned all the rooms on a sweltering day in September with no air conditioning. The hardest job we've ever had!
|Renee's Gallery on Caroline St.|
Over on Caroline St, "My goodness is that Rene still selling his paintings at the Red Doors?"
"I think the Pineapple Apartments need a lick of paint. Popcorn Joe would never have let it look that shabby."
|The former Pinapple Apartments|
We met up with Popcorn Joe doing this thing on the "pier" at Sunset Celebration - 27 years on the job. We were a bit envious that Joe hadn't aged at all since we last saw him - must be the Key West ions (or the bottle of Russian Vodka that he had tucked away under his popcorn cart).
The charm was all still there.
|Geiger Key Marina|
And it was great to be back.