Woke up this morning at 6:15 with Joyce flashing her lights into my bedroom window.  We were suppose to be setting up the water station.  We were to be handing out water at Water stop 8. 

I popped up and threw on my shorts and grabbed my hat. 

Joyce and I purchased hats for this event.  Silly and fun.    There were 750 participants in this years race.  Were at mile 6 of the 13 mile event.   I had worked this race for the last five years and know that you don’t want to work the Gator Ade table. 

 

Stickey stuff that.  After the last runner we packed up and headed back to Daunties to find our husbands.  Ray and John were assisting with the setup and tear down of all the waterpoints.  We didn’t finish until after 1pm. 

Stopped for hotwings at Kelly’s. They were great! 

This weekend there was a craft show downtown.  All really nice stuff.  I found a lovely ring and Ray purchased it for me!    Beautiful hand-made opal. 

We finished the day with a dinner at a restaurant on the beach.

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Ray and I finally stopped by Sandys for sandwiches.  We took them to the beach so we could enjoy the ocean view and visit a bit with some of the folks from Trombo.  They have small Class C motorcoaches and they drive them over to Truman Annex each morning and spend the day just chilling in the sun.  It was nice to catch up a bit.  We will have to go back later in the week.

Friday night we attended the pre half marathon event.  Free beer and appetizers!!  (Pinch me… because this sure sounds like a Legion Conference)  All we have to do for all this and a free t-shirt is get up early and help pass water to the runners.  (Even managed to acquire an extra t-shirt for my sister; thanks to Saundra)  This is our fifth year supporting this event.    Only one person in our group won a door prize.. wasn’t anything but a t-shirt but they were winners non the less. 

Ray and John were still hungry after all the assignments were passed out and all the food was gone so we headed off to Post 28.  They have a great steak dinner, hmmm just like at home.   Joyce and I saved ourselves for a Dairy Queen. 

Weather was starting to warm up so I had a pretty fitful night.

Today, Saturday,got up VERY early and I accompanied  Ray to watch the sun rise.  Not all that great but took a couple of pictures anyway.  I did take one of a volunteer Australian Pine.  They have cut most of these down here on the island but this little guy was fighting for it’s life. 

We also went to the flea market.  Ray really enjoys this… AND he managed to get out without purchasing a t-shirt!  This is a first.  Ray has quite a t-shirt collection and always wants just one more.  I did find a cute shirt we wanted to get for my sister but the brand/quality wasn’t very good.  Shirt stated.  “Wine me up; and watch me go”  Something Ray takes great pleasure in.. 

Stopped on Sugar Loaf Key on the way back to see the Worlds Largest Bathouse”  According to John…but his lips were moving.  We didn’t get back till after 2pm.

Dinner tonight was with the Joyce and John,  Cindy and Cliff and one straggler too.  We had Ruben Sandwiches.  Yum.

Sitting at the laundry mat doing our delicate stuff.  Ray is home watching Fox News.  Tomorrow is an early day, Race Day, and Joyce is coming by at 6am to pick me up so we can be in place for the runners.

Not sure if this sounds like I have been as busy as I feel… but I need a nap!

Spent the evening at the Red Barn watching Women Who Steal

Can’t get over how fast time flys here.  Arrived almost a week ago and have been running ever since.  So far we have managed to have a cuban mix sandwich, cuban breakfast sandwich… and dinner with Joyce and John a couple of times.  I still go to visit her at the Navy Lodge in the mornings for coffee and a quick read of the local paper.

We did have a few people over last night for dinner and we then went to a play at the Red Barn Dinner Theater.  This is in one of the oldest buildings in Key West. 

Went downtown today with my friend Liz.  We had lunch outside at Fogertys and then we went to see Up in the Air with George Clooney.. he sure is cute.  Lunch was good , movie… well… not a happy one that is for sure.

Tonight we had a potluck with our “washer playing” friends.  It always surprises me when there is such a perfect mix of food with no prior planning.  Nice group of people.  Great food. 

Tomorrow is the first meeting of the volunteers that assist with the half marathon.  Looking forward to that.

So far I haven’t seen a sunset.  Know it happens because it gets dark.. just haven’t been where I can catch the show or take any pictures.  Will need to do that soon.  The sunsets here are beautiful.

This is the greeting that awaits your arrival in Key West.  Hmm… very strange. 

It has been an eventful 24hrs.  Starting with my inability to send a VERY important email yesterday morning.  Wouldn’t go through from my desktop… tried to send via my BB and still wouldn’t go out… Of course it didn’t bounce.. just didn’t get delivered.  Hmmm…  Tried to send via my iPhone.. nope.  You have got to be kidding me right.  These are the documents needed to kick off this years American Legion Boys State program.  Ok… deep breath… I will do it on Saturday morning.. or so I thought. 

Let me go back to my arrival.  Ray didn’t know I was coming and Joyce, John and I surprised him.  That was nice.  Had a LOVELY dinner at El Siboney my favorite place in KW.  Went back to Joyce and Johns.. stayed for a short bit.. John had a WONDERFUL present for Ray.  He had located two single malt scotch glasses and then made a special box to store them in.  Ray was really surprised and touched by this gesture of friendship.  I was pooped so we left early. 

Woke up to 79 degrees!  Not really that hot but remember I just left 40 degree weather.  Walked down to Joyces for coffee.  Great start of the day. 

Back to trying to send email.  Logged into the wifi here in the campground.. wouldn’t send… took my laptop to the rec center.. wouldn’t send.  I did tell you the HAD to go our right???  Finally sent an email via exite webmail to hosting service.  They helped me adjust the outgoing port and authentication method.  Woo Hoo!  I could finally send!!

Last frustrating moment.. the Generator wouldn’t start.  You need to understand that this means No Air!  No Microwave!  No TV!!  No Wii!!  But even more important.. no charging the batteries that provide us with lights in the evenings.

Lucky for us the guy next door had the same type of generator and knew how to help.  After an hour or so of surging it is finally running smoothly.  Great place to be if you need assistance with stuff.  Next on the repair list is the waterheater.. runs on electric but not gas.  Not a good thing if you are dry camping.

We are heading out to the Sun Set Lounge here on base soon  for dinner and some 50/60s music. 

Wrapping things up here at work today. Don’t want to leave anything unfinished for my coworkers. Ray has the Motorhome on site and is setting up my Wii and Hammock for my arrival. Woo Hoo!!

Tis Saturday morning… getting ready to pack up and head home. Have to admit I am looking forward to heading back to work. I went to dinner with Liz and Joyce last night.

Good Buddies & Good Eats!

Good Buddies & Good Eats!

We went to red fish/blue fish. Dinner was very good. We then went to a play called Bitch Slap about Betty Davis and Joan Crawford. Well performed..but not what I expected.

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Took a couple more sunset shots for Denise. See you all soon! To my Key West Buddies… I will miss you guys!

Tim drove to Miami today with John.. leaving Ray and I alone together all day! We had won a gift certificate to the Parrotdise Cafe at mile marker 28.5 at the Half Marathon party. We finally got a chance to use it today. This restaurant is off the beaten path and we wouldn’t have found this place without having this gift card that we wanted to use.

The view was awsome

The view was awsome

I took a picture of Ray at the bar where it is open to the bay. Great spot! Glad we found it.

Ouch!

Ouch!

I finally got the nerve to get that tattoo I keep kidding him about. So… yep. I did it! (Didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would.) I am just getting ready for retirement.<G>

Joyce cooked up a batch of homemade chicken and dumplings today. Yum.

Tomorrow I am going out with the Girls for one last time.  John was able to find a Wii for Joyce.  Woo Hoo!  She really loved playing Wii bowling.  I promised to show her how to hook it up in the morning.  They aren’t due back till around midnight.

I will try to add one more post prior to my departure on Saturday.