Tuesday, December 22, 2020

T’was 2 weeks before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.

The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.

They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.

Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their nerve.

From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
—When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.

Now it’s December
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
Who will see it,
No one but me.

But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.

Christmas is not cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope.

[“For Sale By Owner”] Definitely a very good idea, but avoid any real estate lawyers from Marathon whose first names are Tom or James. They used to be partners, but now act independently. In my case one represented me, the other the buyer. These guys wanted me to sign the HUD report stating that “funds had been dispersed” as well as signing over the deed, but they would “not be “cutting any checks today” telling me that I would get my check in about a week. Our realtor was aware of this, so she was a no show at the closing.
Well, I refused to sign and told them to contact the buyer as to a no sale as per the contract. It stated “Sellers are to be paid at time of closing.” When I tried to obtain a promissory note from the buyers (who were back in Indiana) the attorney Tom who wasn’t at the closing either, even though his office was a block away from James, my attorney’s office that was also refused. So I stayed there for several hours of fighting until a wire transfer was completed. Do you believe these 2 lawyers and my realtor tried to pull off this swindle? My new motto is “seller” beware – especially in the Keys.


Jingle Bells played on mechanic’s wrenches. Video

[Illegally Dumping] Residents who are illegally dumping tree trimmings and other yard waste along U.S. 1 in Key Largo may soon be getting a visit from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is finding large amounts of yard waste along U.S. 1 from Mile Marker 91 to Mile Marker 106. The Sheriff’s Office is looking for compliance first on this issue. dumping yard waste along U.S. 1. is illegal and can result in fines, mandatory court appearances or possibly a visit to jail. There are legal ways of removing yard waste, which can be found at  Link
[Christmas Shopping] A husband and wife are Christmas shopping at a busy shopping mall just before Christmas. The wife suddenly noticed that her husband was missing and as they had a lot to do, so she called him on his cellphone. The wife asked, “Where are you? You know we have lots to do.” He said, “You remember the jewelers we went into about  ten years ago, and you fell in love with that diamond necklace? I could not afford it at the time and l said that one day l would get it for you?” Little tears started to flow down her cheek and she got all choked up… “Yes, I do remember that shop.” she replied.
“Well, I am in the guitar store next door to that.”
FRANCE IS CLOSED” The sign read at the British entrance to the Chunnel. Covid has mutated into a more violent strain and England has been cut off from much of the world as a precaution. Link


[Vaccine] Let me get this straight: you’ve eaten bologna your entire life, but you’ll refuse a vaccine because you don’t know what’s in it?

[Cooking] 13th century pagans tossed flattened dough, like a frisbee, back and forth to each other through a fire to cook the bread. Someone later invented the pan
[Disgusting Coconut Telegraph] Friday’s CT was disgusting! What happened to the real men and woman who used to post real important stuff, not silly air-headed garbage? If this is anything like what the Keys are turning into my family and I are out of here.
(Editor: Sorry to cause you to leave the Keys, I didn’t mean it. Facebook or the National Politics & Conspiracy page is where you should be if you’re only interested in discontent. Merry Christmas, seek enlightenment.)
[Frankenskeeters] Upper Keys group fights release of GMO mosquitoes. Sikora has been distributing signs in the Upper Keys that oppose the release. There is just no communication, so there is a strong assumption that they will be released in Key Largo. These yard signs are basically just us trying to be proactive in not allowing FKMCD to use our properties as a trial area.

Mara Daly, who opposed an initial effort to release GMO mosquitoes several years ago, said posting a sign in her yard is the only remaining option she has to oppose the test trials. “I know this sign is not going to be enough to dissuade them, but I don’t want to be part of an experiment without the due process. Link

[Outages] On Saturday timed out when I tried accessing the Coconut Telegraph. I’ve tried two browsers, cell & wifi. It’s been going on 3+ hours. (Lousy Tech Support: Thanks for taking the time to let me know. I checked it on my phone and it’s okay, but I can’t test it on my computers because Friday I used wire cutters to cut the cable coming into headquarters thinking it was a defunct telephone line. Now nothing works. But that had nothing to do with your loading problem because once the Coconut Telegraph is published it’s no longer connected to headquarters, it’s in the cloud. Cutting the Comcast cable is just one more of my brilliant, well thought out moves. [Comcast came yesterday afternoon an fixed it]).
[Term Limits] It is absurd to allow politicians to vote on term limits! Put it on the ballot and let the voters decide. It will pass the first election cycle. We’re tired of being ruled by corrupt self-centered bureaucrats
Even in 2020, Ringo Starr keeps the peace, love, and music going.
Merry Christmas Deer Ed! Stay well and safe in 2021. Link


[Best of Year] … and this year’s winner for the best license plate goes to Maine!

[Time Warp] Deer Ed, Glad to know you. Friday was the 18th not the 17th!  Cannot wait to get back to BPK. Only 4 months until tarpon season!

~Archie (Editor: Oops, thanks for letting me know. I just changed it. Merry Christmas!)