Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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[Key Deer Blvd] It has been much more obvious recently, that Key Deer Blvd is very much on borrowed time. For the last hundred years ending around 2000, sea level had been rising at the rate of slightly less than one inch per decade.

In 2003, the Larsen B ice shelf in West Antarctica collapsed and the rate increased, also effected by many other ice shelfs and glaciers that are melting.

Since then, the Larsen C ice shelf has also collapsed, which was the size of Rhode Island and about 300 feet thick. The rate of sea level rise has increased accordingly and is more in line with a rate of three inches rise per decade. High tides now, frequently come right up to west side of Key Deer Blvd.

More than forty percent of the population of Big Pine Key travels Key Deer Blvd to reach their residences. Most of the highest residential land on the island is accessed via Key Deer Blvd. These are properties that will still be viable homesteads in ten or possibly twenty years in the future. Unfortunately, Key Deer Blvd, will be under salt water a lot of the time.

The recent storm surge from Hurricane Ian, which was well over 100 miles west of Big Pine Key at its closest passage, demonstrated just how vulnerable it is. The road was reduced to one lane in several areas in the center part of the island for hours. There are no plans by the county to raise Key Deer Blvd


[Love] The most important photo you ever took, and the damned cat licks the damned lens.

‘You Loot, We Shoot’: DeSantis warns criminals not to target hurricane victims. Florida is a 2nd Amendment State. Don’t even think about looting. Link
[No Electricity Electric Vehicles] The consequences of owning an electric vehicle in lee County. I suppose that if your vehicle wasn’t drowned in Ian it will be totally useless for at least a month. No electricity. Aren’t y glad that y spent $70000 for something that will just sit there looking dumb.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. ~Groucho Marx


All My Loving (Beatles Parody) Video

[Ian] We hope you escaped the storm’s worst, but if you did receive damage–minor or major–We are here to help. Give us a call when it’s safe and convenient, or call the number on your policy documents to begin the claims process. A few things to keep in mind these first few days after the storm:
Go ahead and start the claims process now, even if you don’t know the full extent of your property damage. Insurance companies are flooded with claims following a major storm, so the sooner you file your claim, the sooner you’ll be able to put this behind you.
While you wait, read over your policy. The more familiar you are with your policy, the better you’ll understand our written promises to you.Document damage by using your smartphone to photograph and video your property. This evidence can be crucial in substantiating the extent of your loss due to Hurricane Ian.  ~Isaksen Insurance
[Glaring Headlights] Many yeas ago the government ordered all vehicles to be equipped with the 3rd stoplight and it shall be mounted at eye level. This has proven to greatly reduce the number of rear end collisions, which is very good!

Now, it’s high time some serious some regulations be made law regarding these super high power blinding headlights and the allowable number of them. Many of these lights are on those jacked up trucks, which compounds this problem and makes driving even more dangerous. Let’s go Joe!


Homemade vegan cheesecake from the back yard.

Socialism is the fire department saving your ass from your destroyed house after Hurricane Ian. Capitalism is the insurance company denying your claim.


[Haunted House] Sunday, beginning at 9 am, volunteers will continue to work on building the Haunted House for Fall Fest. If you can help please let Steve Estes at the Barometer know.

[“My colonoscopy”] I had the same experience as that other gentleman did plus the Doctor made a video of the procedure for my wife. Now, thankfully, she can see for herself that my head is not up there as she frequently tells me.
[Groceries and Inflation] I got out my calculator and figured out that it is cheaper to order my groceries and supplies from Miami and have them shipped to Cudjoe Key than to buy them at the markets in BPK and KW. No gas or car maintenance costs or dangers of driving 25 miles one way then back either! Also, the prices are much lower and the products fresher.
No good thing ever happened after, “dude, just one more shot…”


The arctic tundra’s fall foliage is as vibrant as it is short-lived. Link

My new SUV has a button that says, “Rear Wiper“. I’m afraid to push it.
Al-Anon is a fellowship of friends and family of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope with one another in order to solve their common problems.
Al-Anon currently meets at the Methodist Church on Key Deer Blvd, room 6, Wednesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 5pm. Meetings are also available virtually on Zoom. The current meeting schedule can be found at and more info is available by calling the Keys Al-Anon hotline at 305-942-3117 Full Menu > Ongoing Events > Al-Anon
[Remap Your Keyboard] If you’re looking to change key functions on your computer’s keyboard in Windows, these three methods can help. Do you need a key to do a particular task? Here’s how. Link


[Fashion Police] The Channel 7 weather it (noun accessible) has ugly knees and should wear longer dresses. And she should get rid of those hooker spikes.

[Election Integrity] 83% of Americans have lost faith in the free election system. Video


[Alt-Month] I believe that’s the month between Septempril and Novembruary.

[Remember This] Long after this disaster has faded from the national news, our United Way will continue to help our neighbors recover, just as we did after Hurricane Irma. Together the community will navigate the aftermath of this devastating storm.

[Pen Pals] North Dakota woman who spent more than six decades as pen pals with the late Queen Elizabeth II has died. Adele Hankey was born the same day as the Queen and received a birthday card from her every year since 1952. Link

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Published 10/4/22 at 9:21 am.