Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pez Heads

It has occurred to me that I have neglected the Pez Garden. Like so many people who live around here I pay it lip service, I walk by on my way to the theater, or to photograph something more interesting at Mallory Square, or to drink rum at El Meson...but stopping to read the plaques? Moi? Hardly. And its been my loss. This was the only head I saw actually smiling, and with good reason it turns out.
Amid the collection of heads there are of course the heads of the famous, the well known or notorious depending on your point of view. But these heads, two among dozens, celebrate relative obscurity combined with human decency. I like them. Joe Pearlman was a leader of the Jewish community, and a leading light of Florida's oldest synagogue which he held together through the Depression, a time that almost wiped out Key West completely.
This next one reeks of obscurantism. A strong single woman with a feminist agenda and depicted with a mannish hat? Would it be impolite to suggest she was a lesbian before her time? I suggest it not in the spirit of criticism, but with the sadness that comes from acknowledging the impossibility of her being able to come out if indeed that was what she was, and it seems likely.
Whatever sexual preference she was born with, she lived a full life and did her part to help young women in her town. It's a splendid biography cut short by an early death.
I'm going to go back and collect more heads. There's lots to see:
Key West Diary: Pez Garden


Martha Tenney said...

I've broken the hearts of many gay women because I wear hats and am not gay. I'm the original tomboy and I really don't give a damn if men or women don't like what I wear. So, hats off to Lena.

Trobairitz said...

I wouldn't have thought of that as a Pez head garden, but you aptly described it.

Fred said...

Fun name for this place. I usually tell friends and family "Meet me at the heads"... LOL

Conchscooter said...

Welcome to "How to talk like a local" !

Anonymous said...

Not to switch the subject off of the Pez Head Garden, which by the way I LOVE that name. Anyway I have never tried drinking rum at El Meson and I'm a HUGH rum fan, is there something special about it? When ever I have been in KW, the first night I always hit the Lost Weekend Liquor Store on Caroline behind, and part of the Bull and Whistle Bar. They have an epic rum selection!


Conchscooter said...

People like the Cuban-ness of El Meson without having to look for El Siboney. I have heard Run Barrel has a huge selection but Ron Zacapa on ice at the bar at Braza Leña with the meat plate appetizer. I don't go there often but I like the simplicity and value of the mixed grill and the smoothness of the Zacapa. Thanks to Fred for introducing me to it.