Happy Birthday Carol!
September 22, 2011
Eliza, Carol & Sheila
Happy Birthday Carol!
Living in Key West, you tend to meet a lot of people, at least I do. It is a very transient community with people always coming and going and a constant flow of tourists or friends and family of friends who live here visiting all the time. It can sometimes make it difficult to maintain long term friendships as the community of people who live here and have been here for all or most of the twenty years that we have lived here is really not all that big.
Fiona & Liz
Our friend Carol is one of those people who I have known for many, many years. She is one of those people who become part of the fabric of your life and you just expect them to be there, not really considering the positive impact that they have had. Not that she has not had her fair share of coming and going, but she always returns and is one of the people who make Key West such an amazing place to live.
Beth & Anna
Rob & Carol
Bethany, Yajarira & Kathy
So it was indeed a special occasion to be invited to join Carol for her birthday spectacular dress-up bar stroll bike ride. Coming pretty much straight from the Mel Fisher symposium, I did not really have the opportunity to don a costume and I felt pretty out of place when we all gathered at Don’s place to begin the party, but everyone was fairly understanding. The idea was to recycle old Fantasy Fest costumes and we have yet to get ours out of storage yet, though the time is indeed drawing near.
Bethany, Eliza, Kathy, Beth, Carol & Anna
The party was stellar. Almost everyone was dressed in some sort of costume and it was fun indeed riding from bar to bar (with one stop at our friend Sheila’s house for jello shots). It got especially interesting once we hit downtown where thousands of bikers were mingling and had no real idea of what to make of the crowd of costumed revelers. Just another day in Key West.
Carol, Brittani & Eliza
Kathy & Jim
Kathy & I stayed with the group, which had people joining up and dropping out as their schedules allowed during the six hour schedule, for about four hours. Our stops included the Green Parrot and Jack Flatt’s and we dropped out as they were headed to the Smoking Tuna. We had a conflict as we were planning to attend the biker Burlesque show at the Schooner Wharf Bar. It was a great time though and we would have loved to go the distance. We heard good reports from later in the evening and completely missed many who were there just for the later portion. Happy Birthday Carol.
Hilary & Carol
Anna, Beth & Sheila
After a quick pit stop at the Porch, we left the throngs on Duval and headed over for the 6 PM Burlesque Show in honor of the Poker Run. The Key West Hot Heels Burlesque Bash was a quick little show produced by Cowboy Marky of Key West Burlesque and featuring a few of their performers putting on a fantastic little show that gave the bikers and bar denizens a small taste of what locals have come to expect from the fantastic Burlesque troupe.
The show featured all the sexy fun and singing that comes in the full shows with a few twists thrown in to appeal to the biker crowd including the installation of a pole for some amazing demonstrations of pole dancing. Once again it was an incredible show, sexy without being raunchy and the crowd responded well, slightly more reserved and respectful than I might have guessed.
After the awesome show, we had a quick meal at Harpoon Harry’s then closed out the night and a long thirteen hour day out at Finnegan’s Wake listening to some awesome Irish music and kicking back with friends. A pretty much perfect Key West day!