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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Had a great day today. Motored the boat up to Sombraro Resort, had a difficult time offloading and getting the music equipment to poolside, which is where I performed for an art festival. We had a ball, Mel and the ladies arrived a couple hours after I started playing, the Tiki Bar was packed, and I had the place rockin'. The lady that managed the resort hired me for a job on December 8 and asked if I would be around for the entire winter.

Unfortunately, the payscale in the keys is pretty low, probably because most of the performers are not full time entertainer/musicians. That's OK though. The side benefits more than make up for the lower pay - I got flashed a couple times by young gals at the bar. God, I love my job.

Last night the relative humidity rose a bit, everything exposed to the outside air was damp, which means I'll be visiting the laundramat more often than I would like. Everything, including laundry machines, are expensive here. $3 to wash a mid size load, and another $3 to dry. That's pretty heavy.

Dockage isn't all that cheap either - averaging about $750 a month at the monthly rate. Mooring ball is $300 a month at the monthly rate. There isn't a lot of folks on the hook here, probably because it's very limited space and mooring fields take up much of Boot Key.

With any kind of luck, I've have a good weather window on Tuesday, head out to the outer edge of the reef and try to catch some fresh mahi-mahi for dinner. Lots of great fish to catch here, but a non-resident fishing license is another bad hit - $45, even for old codgers like me.

Another fun day in Paradise,

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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Almost forgot.

Green Coconot Margaretta:

3 ounces Jose Quervo Margaretta Mix (Classic Lime)
1 ounce Melon Liquor
1 ounce coconut rum

Over ice - OH YEAH!
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Green Coconot Margaretta:

3 ounces Jose Quervo Margaretta Mix (Classic Lime)
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Over ice - OH YEAH!
You da man. Classic Lime is the one with tequila already in it, right?
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Yes, that's the one. Also thought you might enjoy seeing the sunsets we see every evening here at Boot Key Harbor.



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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

GRRRRRRRR,,,You deserve it Gary.


June 8 is the Rondevous next year...You are bringing the music again:cool
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

We had great luck fishing between FL and the Bahamas with a blue plastic "flying fish" about a hundred feet back at five knots Gary. Good luck!
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Dave,

I'll be there with the music gear - wouldn't miss it for the world. I'll need a dock with electric so I can get the gear offloaded and keep cool at night.

JRD,

If the weather cooperates, I'll be fishing near Sombrero Light along the outer edge of the reef for mahi, kings and yellowtail snapper tomorrow. The locals tell me I can catch all the grunts I want right under my boat, mainly early and late in the day. Haven't had time to test the waters yet, but there was a monster shark lurking at the mouth of the creek when I came into the harbor - probably about 10 to 12 feet long. That'll give you second thoughts about checking the hull and prop with scuba gear.

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Heres a really old guy who enjoys his work. Gotta' love this job.



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I'm jealous !! You're looking good and inspiring us all.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

If things work out the way I hope, I should be able to book at least 3 music jobs a week here in Marathon, maybe more. That will keep the funds flowing in faster than they're flowing out. Living on a mooring ball isn't at all bad unless the winds are woofing from the east or northeast. Then it can get a bit bumpy in Boot Key when you're trying to sleep.

The lovely Captain Melissa just left and dingyed to her boat, which is about 75 feet away. We enjoyed dinner aboard my boat tonight, no way near the dinner she and her friends prepared for me a few nights earlier. Those ladies can really cook, and they're all outstanding sailors as well.

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