Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Paradise Lost

Well, hubs and I made our hit-and-run to Key West this past weekend. We drove down on Friday, stayed Saturday, and drove back on Sunday. It's about an 8 hour drive from Orlando...or close to 6 if I drive.

When hubs tells people that he's from Key West, he inevitably gets some sort of response asking WHY in the WORLD would he ever move from such a wonderful place? Well, unless you have a major drinking problem or enjoy working three jobs to stay afloat, Key West isn't all that or a bag of chips. But, it's fun to visit every now and again.

Whenever we go down there, we HAVE to visit Sandy's and either drink a Buche or Colada Cuban coffee. Sandy's is both a laundry mat and a Cuban Deli, but they serve the best damn Cuban sandwiches and Cuban coffee on the island. Basically, Buches are served in the leetle, leetle 1 oz. cups because they are the equivalent of Cuban speed. Over the years, hubs and I have built up a tolerance for Coladas, which are about 4 or 5 Buches in one glass. After one Colada, we're flying for the rest of the day. Don't tell my cardiologist.

Saturday night, we went to dinner with his family for his mom's 85th birthday party. It was really interesting to listen to some of the old "Conchs" talk about what Key West was like back in the 70's and 80's. Waiters and waitresses used to get tipped in cocaine instead of money and the clubs had parties that were basically free-for-all orgies. Good times!

And of course, no visit to Key West would be complete without a picture of a chicken.


OhioMom said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip :)

R.Powers said...

It was different in the Miami Vice days.
Much tamer now.

Marysol said...

One thing I miss about FLA. is their Cuban coffee and their Medianoches. Ok, that would be two things I miss most.
Btw, a mere buche de café is never enough for me. I usually quit when I start sounding like an auctioneer. But, oh so worth it.

Randi said...

When I was in high school( I lived in Plantation, FL), my mom and step-dad got it in their heads that they wanted to move to Key West. They dragged us down there showing us the high schools, etc. We were so upset because we didnt want to leave where we grew up. Thankfully, they came to their senses( or woke up from their high). I love the keys, but I didnt want to live there while I was a teen.


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