Monday, August 13, 2007

Key West In My Mind

I really wanted to go to Key West, Florida this weekend but, alas, I could not make the trip. I wanted a cheeseburger in paradise and a cold margarita while I sat on the beach watching the sun set over the horizon. The good news, however, is that I was able to go to the home of friends who have a pool. It wasn't quite Key West but it was very close. We sat around the pool and swam in the cool water. We drank fruity rum drinks as Jimmy Buffet and Bob Marley music played in the background. It was a wonderful way to beat the heat, relax, and be with pleasant company. As the sun began to set, the aroma of roasting meat wafted from the grill where it was slow cooking. Later, after the sun had set and the days heat subsided, we enjoyed a wonderful meal of pork tenderloin, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and corn on the cob. After dinner, just in case there wasn't enough rum in the fruity drinks, we had a rum cake baked with banana rum that my sister in law Judy carried all the way home from the Cayman Islands. Dinner was enhanced by much storytelling, jokes, and laughter. For approximately eight hours I was in Key West, at least in my mind, and life's problems were on vacation till I checked my cell phone and had five messages from my son Nick telling me his car would not start because the key would not turn in the ignition. Please! More rum!

Note to self: Don't check cell phone messages when having a great time.

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