2021 June

Friday, June 25, 2021

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[“Wilson’s Barbeque on Petronia”] The writer says in the mid-1970s they’d go to Florence Wilson’s barbeque shack on Petronia Street. I too was there at that time, and I’m impressed with all the intact brain cells the poster walked away with. I remember calling it Mama’s Kitchen. Everything else is spot on. I never had rib sandwiches like that before or since. I also remember she liked schnapps (I think, or maybe brandy?). We always used to take a bottle for her when we went. She did indeed defend her drunk white customers as I can attest.
The Crow scout Curley, the last man on the army side to see Custer and the 7th Cavalry alive, is buried at the Custer National Cemetery of the Big Horn Battlefield in Montana.

Born around 1859 near the Little Rosebud River, Montana, from an early age Curley had participated in fights with the Crow’s hated enemy, the Sioux. Like many of his people, Curley viewed the Anglo-American soldiers as allies in the Crow war with the Sioux. When he was in his late teens, he signed on as a cavalry scout to aid the army’s major campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne in the summer of 1876.
Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry arrived in the Powder River country of southern Montana in early June 1876. As Custer proceeded toward the Little Big Horn Valley, he found increasing signs that a large number of Indians lay ahead. On June 22, Curley and five other Crow scouts were detached from a different unit and sent to Custer to bolster his Arikara scouts.
On the morning of June 25, Curley and the other scouts warned Custer that a massive gathering of Indians lay ahead that far outnumbered his contingent of 187 men. Custer dismissed the report and made the unusual decision to attack in the middle of the day. Both the Crow and Arikara scouts believed this would be suicidal and prepared to die.
Right before the battle began, however, Custer released the Crow scouts from duty. All of the scouts, except for Curley, obeyed and rode off to relative safety. However, since the hills were now swarming with small war parties of Sioux and Cheyenne, Curley initially thought he would be safer if he remained with the soldiers. As the fighting gradually began to heat up, Curley reconsidered. He left Custer and rode to the east. Concealing himself in coulees and ravines, Curley avoided attack and made his way to a ridge about a mile and a half to the east. There he watched much of the battle through field glasses, the last man from the army side to see Custer and his men alive. When it had become clear that Custer’s army was going to be wiped out, Curley abandoned his looking post and rode away to warn the approaching Generals Terry and Gibbon of the disaster.


I got myself a Seniors GPS. Not only does it tell me how to get to my destination, but it also tells me why I wanted to go there.

[Gender Discrimination] I once knew a Tran Am that used to be a Camero. But as everybody knows, you can’t cut off the tailpipe on a Chevy and call it a Pontiac. As for females competing against a transgender man, when it’s your turn to compete, in public and on live tv say, “I refuse to compete against a man, it’s not fair” and let him get his Attendance trophy.

This is only my opinion, if you’ve got “junk” between your legs you are a man. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings but it really doesn’t matter what your feelings are because it is all about what you were born with. Your feelings seem to be a psychological problem and perhaps you should seek appropriate counseling. The alternative would be to have the issue settled the Muslim way: Tie a string around your junk and throw you off a tall building


[Flat Earth Society] people missing after First Flat Earth surfing championships.

[“Wilson’s Barbeque on Petronia”] What  beautiful story of things gone passed. I knew an English girl who lived on Petronia with her daughter back in the 80’s. I asked her if she was worried about being white in a black neighborhood. She just laughed. She said it was the safest place in Key West because there was someone standing on every corner. Prejudice and hatred just take too much energy. We need more BBQ shacks. I’d love to have had a swig with the man on the BBQ. I’m sure he had stories to tell.

[Good Times] The US economy grew at a solid 6.4 per cent rate in the first three months of the year, setting the stage for what economists believe may be the strongest year for the economy in about seven decades. Link

[“Nellie’s & Joe’s Key Lime Juice business”] They used to be on Big Coppitt. Yet another “Keys” company with just a Keys address, much like the smoked fish company on Summerland and Key West Lager and many other edibles found in gift shops—all made somewhere else.
[Sunken Tankers] Coast Guard leads evaluation of 80-year-old sunken tankers. Unescorted vessels carrying ship fuel and other goods central to the Allied powers efforts in World War II were being torpedoed by German U-boats in the travel lanes north of the Dry Tortugas. And in the early morning hours of May 5, 1942, a pair of oil tankers were hit by the same U-507, the explosions tearing gaping holes into their riveted steel hulls and setting off fiery blazes before taking the ships and most of their crews to their graves. Link
I have been in FL since 1983. Enjoy reading articles. I read an article about Molina bakery. I live next to a son of the original Molina. Not too often I meet someone from Key West up here.
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated. Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine. Link
[Gender] I just saw that the NCAA champion hurdler, a transgender man competing in women’s events, has been canceled as ineligible. That’s what they get for pretending to be a woman. Did they think no one would notice?
[Fear] I’ve got an answer to all those anti-2nd Amendment people who don’t want to understand that it’s the criminal that commits the crime not the tool it uses in committing the crime. Since this is a contentious issue, I’ve come up with a solution. I’m going with a belt fed weapon!
[“Original Key Lime pie recipe”] If you’re interested in finding out the original Key Lime Pie recipe go “Lost Recipes found “ and look it Aunt Sally’s key lime pies recipe. Link

Countries and Regions of the World from A to Z. Link


This is China’s Long March 2 booster rocket. The Chinese Government don’t care where they fall as long as it’s in China. Imagine trying to fill out the insurance claim for this one

[Semantics] I’m using the correct language. There are two sexes, male & female. Gender Is used in language to identify the masculine or feminine parts of speech. Hope that clears things up. Anytime I hear or see someone using improper use of language, it just illustrates how uneducated it (gender neutral) is.

[Culture Shock] Ways you will experience culture shock in Japan. Link