Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sunrise Light

My dog ignores this stuff when I take her for her early morning stroll. Sometimes I remember to take my camera and record the moment for posterity. But I never take it for granted.

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Ramrod Key Signs

Some signs I saw when out with Cheyenne. This one struck me as homey, over at the canvas shop.

Prisoners doing the work paid laborers could do. What's a little unemployment tom worry about? Never mind we tax payers pay their modest monthly benefits even as the private sector fails to give them real jobs.

For those with a job there's paradise 27 miles up the road. Who said sex doesn't sell, and I am sick of seeing her head floating above the Overseas Highway every commute.

And what I can't understand is how do cheap t-shirts and sandals pay for these huge billboards?

I wonder what the hell they are laundering and how they get away with it.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Car Talk - Say It Ain't So!

From the news wires this shock horror story:

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's popular "Car Talk" program, will retire in September after decades of dispensing automotive repair and driving advice laced with a side of wicked humor.

The pair, in their guise as the self-deprecating Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers, have been taping the weekly show for WBUR, Boston's public radio affiliate, for 35 years, but say it is time to "stop and smell the cappuccino."

Elder statesman Tom Magliozzi turns 75 this year.

"My brother has always been 'work-averse,'" Ray Magliozzi, 63, said in a statement. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him."

NPR will continue to broadcast the show with material curated from the best of the more than 1,200 episodes recorded by the Magliozzis over the years, with occasional updates from the brothers.

Gary Hunter, who helps manage events for the magazines Classic Motorsports and Grassroots Motorsports, said he would miss the program, and that his girlfriend Sally would miss it even more.

"My girlfriend doesn't work on her car; I do," he said. "But she listens to 'Car Talk' on the way to work on Saturday. I'm always amazed that she is totally not into cars but she enjoys their bantering and people calling in and the scenarios."

The brothers urged their fans not to grieve: "Thanks to all for the nice comments, but this isn't a wake! We won't be taping new shows, but we will still be polluting the airwaves!" they said via Twitter.

"Car Talk" was first broadcast in Boston in 1977 and picked up nationally by NPR 10 years later. It is heard weekly by an audience estimated at more than four million listeners on almost 600 stations.

"The early days of Car Talk was a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and people actually worked on their own cars," the pair quip on their website.

Among the celebrities who have called into the show are broadcaster Morley Safer; actors Ashley Judd and Geena Davis; and astronaut John Grunsfeld, phoning from the Space Shuttle.

At the end of each show, Ray typically warns the audience, "Don't drive like my brother," to which Tom replies, "And don't drive like my brother."

The brothers won a Peabody Award in 1992 for "distinguished achievement and meritorious public service."

Both brothers, veteran car mechanics who operate a garage in Cambridge, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They gave the commencement address to the university in 1999.

The Car Talk offices loom over Harvard Square in Cambridge and is dubbed "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe" after the imaginary law firm featured on the show.

The much-loved broadcast has made its mark on popular culture in the Magliozzi's native Cambridge - referred to on air as "our fair city" - and beyond. The brothers provided the voices for animated cars in the blockbuster 2006 Disney Pixar film "Cars".

The Evolving Truman Watefront

The Mohawk has gone, dragged off to an unhappy fate to be sunk off Samibel Island to make way for a fancy new marina and shopping center planned to occupy the waterfront.

The floating museum is no more, a survivor of World War Two, packed with memories and mementoes of a fascinating life afloat. The space behind the canon is where the Mohawk used to be.

Now it is just empty waterfront.

No doubt the old Navy Warehouse will be the next to go, plans for a farmers market and a tree filled lark have been swept aside in pursuit of a high end development.

The worst of all hazards is to be in the way of Progress.

The old launch that used to sit here, blocked up, has vanished.

I was glad to see quite a few people visiting the remaining floating museum, the Ingham, a rather newer Coastguard Cutter than the venerable Mohawk.

It was a ninety degree afternoon and I had nom clue where to stash my dog were I to take a leisurely tour of the ship.

So I contented myself with watching from afar.

Cheyenne seemed more impressed by the force of the sun,

...unlike the brave visitors on the ship.

She ducked into the shady grass for a rest.

I like the bright white sunlight of summer.

Even the parking lot was full

The common complaint is not many people come by here so they might as well build the expensive marina. It's time tom prove them wrong before the Ingham suffers the same ignominious fate of the Mohawk.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Emma Street, Truman Annex

Lovely isn't it?

Truman Annex is a world apart, a gated community built specifically to separate the sheep from the goats.

This is a garden community with none of the irritations of the real Key West...

No bums, no chickens, no trash, and no spilt beer smell the morning after.

It used to be part of the Navy Base years ago and incorporates old naval buildings, the solidly built officer quarters now luxury condos and this beauty now a guest house

It used to belong to Uncle Sam:

The Little White house is in Truman Annex, the former Navy Commandant's home used by the Commander in Chief during Harry Truman's frequent visits. Little wonder the Annex got it's name.

It is peaceful enough but in claiming exemption from city short term rental restrictions the Truman Annex Master Property Owner's Association (TAMPOA) has opened the flood gates to groups of hard drinking visitors from time to time.

On the whole though this is an adult community, dog free except for residents, gates closed at ten o'clock at night and insulated from the chaos of Duval street crawlers.

The style, initiated by developer Pritam Singh, is Key West cute, including I was surprised to see this mock eyebrow home.

The overhanging roof didn't work as advertised and instead of flowing cool air through the home trapped hot air inside. Here it is reproduced and well air conditioned no doubt.

Ship's port holes...

...nice porches,

...and a stone's throw away, past the guard hut on Southard Street, the real Key West.

Hot sweaty and noisy. And exciting, much better to be a goat than a sheep in my estimation.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Oops! Vespa Down

My wife sent me an e-mail this afternoon "Fell off the Vespa. Not hurt." Apparently she was turning in gravel at one mile per hour and did the classic that we have all done and flopped the scooter over the front wheel, which slid out on the pebbles. She said she had the bike back up before she knew it and was dusting off her undamaged clothes and bruised ego before anyone noticed at her work.

The ET4 suffered no damage but my wife is at home nursing a couple of bruises and a graze on her leg. I asked her how she was doing and she texted: "Sore. Badge of honor."

She's right, and now she's dropped the scooter after 7,000 miles of riding I am a lot less worried about her commuting to her new work site next school year, ten miles up the Overseas Highway. She showed the same determination when she got her motorcycle licence and she has earned the right to ride the 150cc Vespa wherever she pleases.