Wednesday, October 20, 2021


My wife taught Adult Ed and English as a second language in Marathon for a few years. As we lived on Cudjoe it made for an easier commute than driving to Key West, equidistant but packed with slower stretches and more cars. Plus, she was fond of pointing out she got to commute the Seven Mile Bridge.

So when she had her final Physical Therapy appointment for shoulder surgery she took me along to learn a few moves to help her along. I also got the chance to wander Rusty around the back of the strip mall in lovely bright summer sunshine.

I never did get much of a grip on Marathon, beyond understanding the basic geography of the town stretched along ten miles of Highway One. I remember when they created the city and it seemed rather excessive but the reality os the islands here are pretty narrow, so the length of the town I guess helps the tax base.

Residents who choose Marathon often like to make the point that they prefer not to mix with the weirdos in Key West which may have been true the ty years ago. However these days I don't think Key West is full of weirdos un less you count fashionably attired snowbirds driving exotic cars as weirdos. 

These days the divide between the cities seems to come down to working class, Marathon, versus idle rich in Key West. It's a broad generalization as all such must be but there is more truth to it than some might like. 

Marathon has an excellent harbor for boats to stop in and not many destinations close by for day trips. The fishing is as good as anywhere but Key West has terrible anchoring geography combined with lots of offshore islands and reefs. It all seems rather ironic. 

I was put in mind of some grass growing under your feet by the billboard truck above and the weird juxtaposition below was a reminder that you never know what people are thinking or how they think.

Goodbye Marathon, it seems a pity I never knew you.

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