2020 February

Friday, February 21, 2020

Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.

[Sloan’s New Book] Absolutely Amazing Ebooks in Key West recently published my new book, A Southern Lawyer Who Became A Mystic, now available in paperback and Kindle at The book is a trilogy. Part 1. A Few Remarkable Alabama People I Have Known, about 6 larger than life people who influenced me during my formative years.
Part 2. Law & Spirit, about my jolting shift from practicing human law to practicing spiritual law, with flashbacks to my sometimes amusing and sometimes heart-wrenching time in law school and shortly thereafter.
Part 3. Spontaneous Ramblings on Soul Alchemy, essays and correspondence about heaven and earth experiences and perspectives not found in mainstream religion and spiritual texts.Only a small part of the book is about my time in the Florida Keys and Key West, which would be a book unto itself. For people who cannot afford the book, and all others, I published the Preface with links to the trilogy in this post at my blog. Link


[Affordable Housing] Height restrictions. Density restrictions. Minimum size restrictions. These are laws we’ve fought to put in place to protect our quality of life. Developers can now build anything, anywhere and any size they choose if they call it “affordable”. What a travesty to years of trying to protect the Keys and our way of life.

[Kindness] The smallest act of kindness may change someone’s world for the better.  Be kind, care about others less fortunate and always pay forward.


I went to Capital Bank on Big Pine Key today to get a small amount of change. I was informed that because I did not have an account there, they would not give me change.
Are you kidding me? I have been living on Big Pine Key for almost 20 years and I have never been treated so rudely. Capital Bank does not foster good community relations nor good business practices. I will never ever go there again.

[Creedence Clearwater Revival] his powerful film draws extensively on rare concert footage and television performances from the archives, making this the most comprehensive ever review of the work of an American legend. Video
70% of marriage is yelling “What?” from a different room.


Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.

Why don’t they put pot dispensaries in liquor stores where they belong and stop pretending pot is a medicine? If they still think it’s a medicine, put it in drug stores with all the other drugs.

[“Scientists Discover Another New Phase of Matter part 2”]  Recent studies at MIT have shown that Jersey girls are made from another phase of matter called  repellus stincus. This type of matter has the unique property of violently repelling every other type of matter.  Evaluating this new  matter was difficult for the scientists at MIT because no one could get close to it–even robotic dogs were repelled. It was only by a stroke of luck that they discovered a  few individuals with regressed genetic makeup could actually get close enough to take core samples for analysis. Amazingly almost all of these individuals lived in the lower Keys at one time.  These findings may explain why Jersey girls flock to the Keys every winter. As an aside, the MIT experiment resulted in 5 marriages.

The next meeting of the Big Pine Computer Club is coming up this Saturday, February 22, 10 am at the senior center.   Having problems with an electronic device?  Maybe we can help.  Everyone is welcome! Full Menu > Ongoing Events



Jersey girl changes oil. Anyone can do it, it’s so easy.

[High Crimes] After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets. One of the jurors who convicted notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets her decision after learning that he was an unwitting participant in a covert CIA experiment with LSD. Link
In 1828 Commodore David Porter left the U.S. Navy, he was hired to establish a navy for the new country of Mexico. He was using Key West as a base to attack the Spanish shipping around Cuba. His nephew, David H. Porter, commanding officer of the Mexican Navy Ship Guerrero, while sailing to Key West to join his uncle Commodore David Porter’s Mexican Navy Fleet, was killed in a battle with the Spanish ship Lealtad.
[Friday Joke] A cowboy, who just moved to Montana from Texas, walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.”
The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona, the other is in Colorado. When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.”
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn. One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.”
The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs. “Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explains. “It’s just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking. It hasn’t affected my brothers though.”




Is there an adapter that will convert the trailer lights thingy to a cigarette lighter plug so I can plug in an inverter (excuse me, I don’t know what any of these things are called). Newer trucks have these lighter outlets already installed in the truck bed

[Pop Music] This girl has the most unusual voice and style than anyone else.
Tones and I — Dance Monkey
[Kids] United Way of the Florida Keys continues to serve hard-working, paycheck to paycheck residents in the Keys, helping make our community a better place to live and work. Through local partnerships and in-house programs, UWFK is proud of all that has been accomplished for these residents in the last half of 2019, and is grateful to all who have helped make this work possible.
Together, 1,175 children received daycare or after-school programming so they have a safe learning environment while their parents work; almost 20,000 bags of groceries have been distributed and nearly 383,000 meals have been served to reduce hunger in the Keys; and almost 3,200 residents have received medical or healthcare services so we have a healthier community; plus much more.
[Friday Joke] Boss: You failed your drug test.
Me: I had a poppy seed bagel.
Boss: Explain the marijuana and cocaine.
Me: It was an ‘everything’ bagel.
[Faith] I watched a good movie the other night about six missionaries who went deep into the Amazon jungle to “save” a murderous tribe of savages who were killing each other to the point of their extinction. It could have been a shorter movie because the savages killed all the missionaries the same afternoon they arrived.


[Say No To Color] ] Who decided that the new Monroe County fire station at MM 22, Cudjoe Key should look like a conch house?  Really? Robin’s egg blue and gray siding on a fire station? Monroe County’s Big Pine Key fire station looks like a fire station.   What next, we paint all the fire hydrants robin’s egg blue with flowers and gingerbread?  No one would know they are fire hydrants. A fire station should look like a fire station!

Get the facts on coronavirus. Video



I accidentally swallowed a bunch of scrabble tiles. My next trip to the bathroom could spell disaster!

[Tiny Houses] What the developers don’t realize is the value of these “boxes” are below anything any decent person would want to live in. Why developers are grasping poor people to buy these junk boxes is beyond logic. It was always better to build a mansion than a rat trap!
[Salmonella] Stop kissing your chickens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would like for everyone to please refrain from kissing their chickens. And from snuggling them. And from eating with them. And from inviting them in their homes. As a matter of fact, it’s probably a good idea for people to just give their chickens some space. Link




[Blood Thermos] The One Blood Big Red Bus will be at Bealls in the WD Plaza parking lot on Big Pine Key on today, Friday, February 21 from 11-4. Donors received an insulated, stainless steel insulated thermos. Be the wave of change – donate blood. Thank you.

[Friday Joke] The new face of the NRA. Video