Saturday, August 17, 2019

Duval Street

Let's be honest this is not my usual habitat and furthermore allow me to point out I know several people who live in Key West and who actively avoid Duval Street. I don't go that far as I enjoy wandering the street from time to time but hanging in the famous bars downtown is not my bag.
 But I do understand these are the haunts that inspire many people to come to Key West. Sloppy Joe's and Ricks across from each other propel the dreams of many visitors.
The Bull and Whistle is close by with the clothing optional Garden of Eden on the roof. And apparently scofflaws skate boarding ion the street. Mind you there was no traffic in that moment so I think a skateboard was a pretty effective way to get around.
Shorty's Market is the phenomenon that astonishes me. Its just a  basic convenience store with some souvenir stuff for sale and survives and thrives in the midst of the wandering crowds and the bars. 
 I confess that seeing an electric powered delivery scooter surprised me.These electric Zapp scooters have been available for rent though the rental companies got up in arms when the newly arrived green electric tricycles started to get some business. I haven't seen so many Zapps around since then.
The Abbey is a new bar opened at the site of the former Porch in the Porter Building on Caroline. I liked the combination of the private property sign and the welcoming board behind it...Key West and its mixed messages!
 I believe the Abbey is part of the Fogarty's and Caroline's group.
 Always busy:
 Lucy's has migrated successfully from the old Finnegan's Wake location on James Street to tourist central on Duval:
 And Captain Tony's soldiers on just off Duval on Greene Street:
Greene Street named for Pardon Greene one of the four Americans who bought Key West from Juan Salas who got the land grant from the King of Spain.
John Whitehead, John Fleeming and John Simonton where the other three partners none of whom ever visited the island as far as is known. But they did get streets named for them. Salas tried to double sell Key West but his sale to John Strong was invalidated by the US courts later. All these johns must have been confusing even back then. Key West was chartered on November 18th 1828. And now anonymous bike riders use their phones while riding and put their own bones at risk.
I stopped on my way out of Old Town on Fleming Street ( the modern spelling of John Fleeming) to take a picture of the Southernmost Prayer and Faith Church for a scooter tag game I was playing on the Adventure Rider forum.  Such is how we pass the time online...
The Police Chief cornered me at work the other day, So Michael he said, I see you still ride a scooter. Yes I said brightly isn't great how well I have recovered. I'd better not crash again I thought to myself. They might not be so indulgent a second time.