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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Key West Cares

September 16, 2019

Billy Currinton

Coffee Butler 

Rob Benton

Robert Albury

Key West Cares

Key West is one of the most generous, giving and loving communities that I have ever encountered. So many worthwhile charities and organizations are supported by the tremendous generosity of the residents here. So when our sister city, Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas took a direct hot and was totally devastated by the recent Hurricane Dorian, it is small surprise that a group of concerned Key West citizens took it upon themselves to organize and assist in any way possible.

Larry Smith


Billy Currington

Tons and tons of relief supplies and a huge amount of cash have already been raised, though all that has barely scratched the surface of what is needed and the efforts are continuing. As is the Key West way as well, the best way to raise funds here is to throw a party, so the organization organized a pair of concerts on the same evening this past Saturday evening to raise funds and awareness of the Bahamas plight.

Billy Currington

Country Music star Billy Currington joined a group of Key West musicians at the Key West Theater for an amazing night of musical entertainment before heading over to Sunset Pier to headline a second concert the same evening. Currington has a house in the Bahamas and filmed a recent music video in Green Turtle so he has a direct connection to the islands that were impacted and was happy to raise funds to help out by performing at both shows.

Clayton Lopez 

Ben Harrison

I attended the show at the Key West Theater that opened with Currington playing a selection of his more than dozen number one country hits before giving the stage over to a local all-star cast of local musicians who were on hand to help the cause out. The local performers included a who’s who of local talent including, Joe Tripp, Rob Benton, Ben Harrison, Nick Norman, the Bubba System, Larry Baeder, Cliff Sawyer, Clayton Lopez, Larry Smith, Robert Albury, Mina Lopez-Martin and the legendary Coffee Butler.

Robert Albury 

Cliff Sawyer

The packed show was an easy sell-out and was really terrific fun. I was especially impressed by the talented Rob Benton with K-Rush and his son Sheldon. I was not familiar with any of them and they were remarkably good and entertaining a meld of country-rock and rap. I can not wait to get out and see these guys play around town again.

Rob Benton, K-Rush and Sheldon

The all-star jam that filled most of the evening was fun too and getting to see both Cliff Sawyer and Coffee Butler perform is always something special. As they are both advancing in years, seeing them perform is getting to be a rarer and rarer treat and they both still have it and were really excellent. Robert Albury is always a treat as well, his deep baritone voice always sounds good whether he is singing riding his bike around town or dominating the stage at the Key West Theater.


Larry Baeder

As amazing as the show was, the cause is even greater and the group Key West Cares had a good night. They have already delivered on their own over 20 tons of good and supplies to the storm ravaged Bahamas, using an old prop DC-3 plane that makes direct flights from Key West to deliver the much needed supplie. The funds raised by the concerts and the massive silent auction that was available during the show will help, but more help is needed and it is going to be a long, long recovery process. If you can help, check out the link below as supplies, money and volunteers are still needed and will be for the foreseeable future.

Craig Cates

Rob Benton

Nick Norman

Historically Horrible

September 12, 2019


Michael and Howard

Historically Horrible

I am not a huge Miami Dolphins fan by any stretch, though I do like to attend NFL games and since I found myself in Miami on the opening Sunday of the NFL season, and the Dolphins were playing at home, hosting the Baltimore Ravens, I decided to check out the game at the Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins are in what is generally called a rebuilding year, but after watching what happened to them, that may be the understatement of the year.


Before heading to the stadium, I took the opportunity to visit my friend and co-worker Howard and his family in nearby Miramar. Howard his wife Najada and their two sons have lived there for a couple of years, but it was my first time is stopping in to visit them since they moved from Key West. Howard recently got back from spending the summer working aboard RPM Nautical’s research vessel the “R/V Hercules” over in the Mediterranean. 

He spent the summer working in Malta, Albania and Sicily and was happy to finally be hone to see the family, who were equally thrilled to see him. It was fun catching up with Howard and Najada and seeing the boys, who continued to grow unabated. We took a nice walk around their neighborhood so they could show me all the fun places near where they live and basically just had a fun morning hanging out.


The stadium is only a couple of miles from where they live so it was an easy drive for me to get to the game prior to the official kick-off and settle in to my lower level club seats on the visitors sideline. The seat was fantastic with the exception that it was in the direct sunlight and the temperature was in the mid-90s with a heat index well over 100. Thankfully I could escape the heat by ducking into the air conditioned sideline club where they had massive tv’s set up as well as delicious food and drinks.

I have been to a lot of NFL games in my day, but this was easily the worst performance by any NFL team that I have ever witnessed. The Dolphins were absolutely pathetic at all aspects of the game. By the end of the first quarter the Ravens were up 21-0 and their qb Lamar Alexander was on his way to a record breaking 17-20 completions for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns all while playing only 3 quarters of the game before he was replaced by RGIII.


By the final whistle the Dolphins were crushed by a score of 59-10 in what really could have been much worse. The Dolphins made the Ravens look like the absolute best team in the NFL when in reality, I think it is just that the Dophins are a historically awful team. The understanding was that they were going to be bad, tanking this season to  get the number 1 pick in next year’s draft, but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the level of awfulness that they displayed.

The good news is, that I had a fun time anyway, getting to watch Alexander and the Ravens put on a spectacular show and even getting to watch the Dolphins play second year back-up QB Josh Rosen for the first time, though his effort was just as futile as the rest of the team. I have serious doubts if they will win a single game this season and I would hate to be the team that gets beaten by them.

Back in Key West, I had the chance this week to meet our friend’s Effie and Cale’s new dog, Chiquita. They just acquired the adorable 3 year old puppy from the SPCA and she is really sweet and adorable, though still a little shy meeting new people and adjusting to her new home. Chiquita is a pretty lucky dog though as she has a fantastic new home and wonderful owners who are already smitten and busy spoiling her already.