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Many Things, Catching Up

I prevented myself from goofing around on Live Journal for a few days after getting back because I was so far behind on everything else, namely, getting my writer's critiques done and posted. I need to get back to work on my now closer-to-being-finished NaNo, i.e., piecing together the work I did this year with the stuff on the same basic tale from back in 2010 (the year I didn't finish). In total it's now about 75,000 words, still unfinished but a lot of what I wrote this year isn't really essential, it's just character stuff and I was just letting the words flow for NaNo.

I saw a bumper sticker/car magnet yesterday on a bumper which read, "Merry CHRISTmas!" in that "it's a war on Christmas!" confrontational manner, and I thought, "You guys do know that saying 'Happy Holidays' or 'Season's Greetings' doesn't belittle Christmas or steal anything from Christians. It just includes EVERYONE ELSE. I'm pretty sure Jesus is okay with that."

Why can't I run into one of these "crashers" guys when I'm shopping at Home Depot or Lowe's, so they'll come and gut MY bathroom and give me a new one? I'll let them film here, honest.

Sunset from the plane (the one I mentioned in an earlier post):

I came home at sunset, too; and flying west into the sunset really does last FOREVER. I think it was sunset for the last two-plus hours of the flight!

I was pretty certain right from the first day that the Carnival Freedom was powered by Daleks...

I took a LOT of pictures at Hemingway House:

This is Harry. He'd do tricks for treats. The only rule was you couldn't pick up any of the cats, but if you sat down on any of the benches, they'd get on you as soon as you provided a lap...

This fellow kept going in and out of the hole in the wall behind him; our tour guide told us most of the cats lived under the house in the only storm cellar in the Keys (the house is built on the highest point on the island... a full 20 feet above sea level!).

Sleeping on Hemingway's bed:

This pretty fellow was hanging out on the front porch, and was in fact the first cat I saw:

The little cafe across the street (they did tell us that not ALL the cats have six toes...):

The room Hemingway wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" in (and a few others, as well):

On that old typewriter, even.

The Key West lighthouse:

The Key West cemetery (sadly, the tour didn't have a stop near here, so I just took a few shots as we drove by):

And the Key West Aquarium:

We didn't go in -- we didn't have enough time in Key West -- I have to go back some time, and really explore the place. It was pretty awesome.

A Key West favorite (and pretty good drinks, too... not to mention that Key lime pie w/chocolate):

The same lighthouse, seen as we're sailing away from Key West:


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Dec. 8th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh shoot, he wasn't on the bed. So he must have passed away since 2001. He was a large orange long haired tabby and he loved that bed and room. And yep not all the cats have six toes, some have five, some have seven, and I saw one with eight toes on both of her front feet !!!
Dec. 8th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Nope, never did see a long-haired orange! :( But there was a short-haired orange on the front porch who carries on the ginger!
Dec. 8th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Well if they breeding him, it might have been one of his son's.
Dec. 9th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Found him, have no idea if he is still alive know but he was when I went in June of 2001. I think he is or was one of the few cats allowed totally in the house.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorbob/3261221611/?q=archibald macleish cat
His name is archibald macleish, though their is also apparently a brown cat under that name know. So maybe it's a name that passed from cat to cat.
He was a sweety, and must be at least fifteen or older know.
Dec. 9th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I love his pictures! I missed the little cemetery for the cats -- my, some of them lived good long lives! The tour guide said even with the gate open all day, the cats never leave the property.

They know where they have it good.
Dec. 9th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, the cats definitely have a Pride/Barn cat lookout on life. If a strange cat comes up they will all chase them away. You can only be born into the Pride, and they all live together and know that house is their property, and territory. I know when I visited in 2001, I saw a Tortoiseshell cat who the guide said was 24 years old. She had been born the late 1970's, the same year that the guide had started working at the house. They were old friends, though she didn't do much except sleep in the sun. Alot of their cats lived well into their 20's. Your Silly would have fit right in with them.
Dec. 8th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Megalodon for the win!

Love the kitties - the one you saw first has such an interestingly marked face - and what's the scoop on the license-plate tree?
Dec. 8th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Megalodon rocks.

I know, he was lovely, and he wasn't being cooperative about getting his picture taken (he was under a bench and I used the telephoto to get a good snap of him); he had a lovely pattern.

The decor at the Hog's Breath Saloon was varied and interesting, as places like that tend to be - there were license plates of various kinds, states, etc., tacked up all over that patio, across the top of the bar and the tree, it was kind of nifty.
Dec. 9th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
"You guys do know that saying 'Happy Holidays' or 'Season's Greetings' doesn't belittle Christmas or steal anything from Christians. It just includes EVERYONE ELSE. I'm pretty sure Jesus is okay with that." This, exactly. I've gotten into massive arguments taking this stance.

Love the photos. I was always a little sad I never got to Hemmingway's place when I lived in FL
Dec. 9th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
I told Mom that was the one thing I wanted to see for sure on Key West -- but there really is a whole lot there. I hope we can get back again sometime.

Dec. 9th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
That is one place in FL I wouldn't mind going back to see (i couldn't afford it working at Subways when I was a student down there and we went to the keys but not THAT one)
Dec. 9th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about the "War on Christmas." It's ridiculous and stupid, and something made up by Fox News just to be contrary. Jesus is all-inclusive, whether or not you believe He's the son of God. I ALWAYS say "Happy Holidays" unless I'm absolutely sure of the person's religion and then I'll say whatever applies: "Happy Hanukkah," "As-salaamu alaikum," or "Merry Christmas."

I'd LOVE to run into any of the Crashers, too. Even though we don't actually own our house, I'm sure our landlord would be thrilled. My first request would be to add a porch large enough to accommodate all of our kitties so they can get in and out of our house into the "outside" when they wanted.

If you're ever in Key West in the winter again, my friend plays the Bourbon Street Pub on the weekends (Porsche, the drag queen "with a thousand voices"). He's FANTASTIC and I'm lucky to have known him in high school when Porsche was just an idea in his head.

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