Friday, May 8, 2020

Duval Street


I took these pictures a week ago on Duval Street and nothing much has changed so far. While we may find our leaders pushing to get things re-opened the amount of fear in the populace is effectively going to keep most people at home.
Key West lives on tourism, if that wasn't apparent previously it is now. Without millions of visitors this is a very quiet little town. Without bars no activity, with restaurants limited in their seating and selling food to go the sense of life and liveliness downtown is completely absent.
At some level I quite like it, wandering around with my dog, the Omega Man, wandering with my camera, looking not touching, passing other shadows flitting by and not always on the sidewalk.
For instance I have not recently noticed the decorations on the Strand which houses a pharmacy on Duval Street but was created to be a rococo movie theater: 
The Kress building at 500 Duval is also a pharmacy, there are so many of them in town, but like the Strand the original name, in this case a department store, remains:
Dog walking is a solitary pursuit. I find most people with dogs are terrified of their animals coming in contact with Rusty. Personally I find it a bit weird and sad. Dogs are smart enough to know in seconds if they are going to get along. If they aren't they part ways, they don't pull six shooters on each other or insult their parents. Better yet if the dogs are off leash and not feeling like they are defending you. A loose dog is free to avid confrontation unlike humans who seem to seek it out and impose their values on their peace loving animals. Where was I? The upshot of all that is that dog walkers will go to extraordinary lengths to pretend you and your own dog aren't there. It's quite funny. 
I read somewhere this state of affairs (coronavirus not dog walking) may continue for weeks or moths or years. I expect I shall be quite used to dodging packs of chickens and stray leaves on Duval Street by then.