Yesterday, I received a last-minute telephone call inviting me to fill in a local every Friday elderly ladies party bridge game at the senior center next to the Harvey Government Center on Truman Avenue, in Key West. One of the regular ladies had taken sick.
After I got there, the lady who had called me asked me how I was doing? Not a good question to ask me, I said. She said she had read the article about me in the newspaper, about me sleeping nights in the police station, and it had cracked her up laughing.
I said, I had to excel in something, I excelled in being bad.
We were partners twice yesterday. The second time around we scored a zillion points, and she ended up winning the entire afternoon’s game and claiming the $3 1st prize. We each put up $1. The lowest score, the “booby”, got the remaining $1. I came in 2nd, thanks to that last round with her. During which I made a gamble bid, figuring it was 50/50, of 4 hearts, a game bid, vulnerable, so extra points if we made the bid, she would play it. She nearly fainted. My Ace, Queen, Jack of Hearts were better than hers, but she had the King and 5 more hearts. She played the hand beautifully, made the bid. It made her day. Then, she learned she had won the entire afternoon game.
During the earlier play, she had told us of a time back when she waited too long, her local doctor, an internist, scolded her, to come see him about a blood clot showing on her leg. He told her to go immediately to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. Not to our local hospital. She drove up there the next day, which was Friday. She left Key West early to get there before noon. Mt. Sinai told her it wasn’t an emergency, they only took emergencies on weekends. Go away, come back another day. She drove all the way back to Key West that day, and went back up there another day.
Our hospital could not deal with a blood clot?
Perhaps just in case people who have been reading my ravings at goodmorningkeywest.com lately, who might be newcomers, or old timers suffering ageheimers, or otherwise preoccupied or impaired, are thinking all I’m involved in down here in paradise pretend is homeless dramas, my friend Naja Girard, above, came to me in dreams the night before last and last night, pointing me toward other things to scribble about.
The blue paper, as Key west the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com), published online every Friday by Naja and hubby Arnaud, had a notice up yesterday (Friday) that the editor had come down with the flu in the midst of publishing, and to check back later in the day, and hopefully there would be something new and exciting to read. I didn’t see it last night, but when I went online this morning, there was a blue paper email blast in my inbox, so I opened to the blue paper and found two kick ass articles, the first about resegregation in Key West schools, the second about a cruise ship line being busted by the Feds for dumping their bilges in the ocean.
Below are teasers to the two articles, the links in which you can open and read the articles. Below each teaser is my submitted corroborating reader comment.
The controversy over Key West’s charter schools rocked the school board during last week’s meeting. “How do we know this is not going to be another white-flight school?” asked longtime school board member Andy Griffiths about a new charter middle school. Some fear an exodus of white students toward charter schools will leave the district run public schools with insufficient resources and failing grades. For others, the specter of re-segregation is simply intolerable.
We decided to update and republish our previous investigation into the re-segregation of Key West’s schools; the tricks of the trade:
Monroe County’s Secret Roadmap to Re-segregation
Company to Pay $40 Million and Implement Remedial Measures on All Carnival Companies Visiting U.S. Ports
During the campaign leading to the Key West Channel dredging referendum, the question of the efficiency of cruise ship waste water system came to the forefront of the debate. After years of litigation, the image of wastewater tanks regularly overflowing into the bilge of the Caribbean Princess is reaching the public. The Caribbean Princess is one of the cruise ships that visits Key West during the winter season. Here is the account of a runaway sewer system, secret discharge pipes and onboard monitoring equipment tampering.Continue reading »