Rusty resting at the monument to Norberg Thompson, the man who created Key West Bight and commercial fishing they say. From the Key West Historic Marker Tour which you can see all around town:
"Norberg Thompson was a man of initiative and enterprise who always seemed to be ahead of the times. By shaping much of the economic infrastructure that gave growth to the town in the first half of the 20th century, he significantly influenced the development of Key West.
In an early business venture, he was involved in the sponge industry, having taken over for his father as the representative of several New York sponge buyers. At its peak, local spongers held a monopoly on the sponge industry- supplying 60% of the sponge demand nationally. Thompson was responsible for a good portion of that success.
Most of Thompson's businesses were located in the Historic Seaport District. His business, Thompson Enterprises engaged in fishing, ice production, cigar box manufacturing, pineapple and guava canning, turtle soup production, sponging, and hardware sales. Over time, business after business would emerge, flourish, decline and be replaced by another. Thompson's various business ventures are a reflection of changes to Key West during the early 20th century.
At the peak of his career, Thompson owned most of the Historic Seaport. His greatest achievement was the thousands of local jobs his businesses supported for nearly 50 years."
Of course when I chose to sit on a bench and Rusty decided to pause and watch the world go by a local resident took our decision badly. I don't know why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird because they do like to dive bomb passersby for no apparent reason:
From Harper Lee's novel we get that quotation that you can shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hit them but it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. Which is a shame as jays aren't nearly as aggressive. Rusty just ignored the irritant. Maybe he's read the book?
From the history blog Facing Today this observation:
"The longest quotation about the book's title appears in Chapter 10, when Scout explains:
"'Remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy…but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
So, who is the symbolic mockingbird? Later in the book, Scout explains to Atticus that hurting their reclusive neighbor Boo Radley would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird." Mockingbirds are not the only birds in the book. Finch, the last name of Scout, Jem, and Atticus, is a small bird. Like mockingbirds, they are also songbirds."