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  It really does not matter when my day starts or when my week starts….These distinguishable traits are for 9 to 5’ers….People who only work 8 hours a day.  Ha!  Think of all that time I could have, to get more work done, if I only worked 8 hours every day?

     “What do you mean, You are driving to the Keys to play for one night? It is a 5 1/2 hour drive at best!”  I might as well say that I drive for a living.  All I can say is “You just gotta love it to do all this stupid stuff.”

     “Why Not?” I thought to myself.  I seem to disregard all the stuff that other people see.  A perfectly normal day in my life is to drive.  

FULL MOON OVER WATER

     So I was in the Keys playing for 3 nights in a row and staying with a friend of mine (another musician friend of mine….I miss you Mona).  After I had pulled all the equipment out of the car and set it up by myself and played music for 3 hours (should have taken at least one break) tore it all down and put it back into the truck.  Theeen…I got into the car to drive back to Marco Island.  Yes I knew it was a 5 1/2 hour drive….ALL TWO LANE….

     One does see many things that one probably should not see being out at all hours of the night.  I can do it anytime.  I seem to be able to drive for hours and hours and hours….even all night.  I once drove for 34 hours straight.  Yes I saw a 30 foot rabbit sitting on a fence.  How do I know it was 30 feet tall?  It was the same height as the telephone poles….large rabbit it was.  No sleep can make you see crazy things.  But I was still driving…I got lost so it took me a little longer than it should have.  Where is route 21 anyway???

     What a night….or two….that was….what was I saying about the  Keys?…After about 4 hours of driving,  I was in my last hour and a half stretch.  It was the worst road of all (then….of course….. they have fixed it since I did all that driving back and forth to the Keys) 

    While I was there one of my musician friends had given me their new CD.  I stuck it into the music player and after I had heard a few songs, I began to want to write a song of my own…right now….while I was driving….in the pitch black of night….out here all alone on this two lane road….in the swamp land of the Everglades…am I insane???  Not really…not nearly enough to commit myself.

   I got out a pen and a piece of paper ( in a notebook) and I wrote while I was driving…… all these words….could not see a thing I was writing, so every once in awhile I had to turn on the inside light in my SUV and look to see if I was writing anything I could read later…or if the pen was even working.

     Ah, to see the blinking light at the last turn off of the Tamiami Trail.  Drive down the last 8 miles of this really little 2-lane road to my island, turn into my little town, and then to find the gate clicker so I can enter into the yacht club where I live.

     It is always a blessing to pull through the gate of my gated community, of my yacht club, into the parking lot, and get out of the car and shuffle into the head in the bathhouse.  It wakes me up just enough to safely saunter down the dock without falling into the water, not taking anything I would like to, from the car, just my purse and maybe a couple other objects I do not think I can do without until morning.

    I get to climb onto the boat, down the companionway and crawl into the bed over my sweetie (I sleep in the back next to the bulkhead of course).

     It is a great song.

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Welcome to my new blog. I am happy that you have chosen to follow me to WordPress. It is the summer so we, here on the island are getting our lives in order before another tourist season begins again in the fall.

We are currently dealing with Hurricane season and I am going to make absolutely NO comments about it until it is over.  We are all just hoping to have a quiet summer without any “WEATHER WITH A NAME”.  That is what we call it here in the tropics of Florida.

All this hurricane learning came to me when I began playing in the Florida Keys.  I had a steady weekend night on Big Pine Key at Captain Dan’s Key Deer Bar and Grill.  I played in Key West and Stock Island and Geiger Key Marina down by there.  I had steady week night gigs in Marathon(Vaca Key) at the Overseas Lounge ( been there since the beginning of time I am sure).  The building had 16″ walls.  It used to be the train station there and it was built to last foreeeeever.

Sister Kaite's setup at Captain Dan's Key Deer Bar and Grill

Obviously it was the designated spot for all sailboat owners who live on their boats to crash on the floor there in times of hurricanes.  We came with our “stuff”.  We brought our back packs with all our necessary stuff in them and sleeping bags and pillows.  We only had water in there a couple times while I was there.  Of course because I played there weekly I got to crash in one of the bedrooms upstairs until the bartender came up at 6am to go to sleep.  Although, I was nice enough to play music for them for 16 hours, all day, to keep everybody settled and it was like one big happy family.  I also let people sit in and play all day…we had quite a good jam session going.  One of the owners slipped me some money while I was  playing.  They were very good to me in the Keys.

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View from the Stage at Little Palm Island Resort

The business right next door to the bar was called  “The Stuffed Pig”.  That is the best food you can find in Marathon at that time of the morning.  And it is  priced to sell.  Those people could not keep their door unlocked during the storm,s but they were open and would come and let you in and cook for you, and just lock the door again while you were there.  The door was a glass door and it would not stay shut unless it was locked.  They could see through it to see if there was someone standing at the door to get in so it did not matter.  It was not a big place anyway.  In fair weather it had nice little tables outside in the yard and on the patio so you could eat outside.  That place was always packed.  Everyone certainly did use it when there was a storm.

Little Palm Island stage setup

I played everywhere from Key Largo down to Key West.  From some of the bigger hotels to some of the smallest bars…I even played outside at JoJo’s for the Southernmost Chapter of the Abate Club.  It was all fun.  I played benefits for many people and holiday parties.  On St Patty’s day one year I played on 3 different keys in that one day.  I even got to take the employees ferry boat out to play on Little Munson Island at Little Palm Island Resort.  What a great island that would be to live on….if it was not there in the same weather path as the Keys.

I will tell you what.   Every storm that comes anywhere near Florida goes through the Keys at some point.  Whether or not it is before it gets big or after, or if it never turns into a big storm, they ALL go right through there.

I finally came back to my island.  Marco Island has been the best to me.  the Calusa Indians settled here because they say the storms went around it.   I like to believe that is true.

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