This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Friday, July 10, 2015
May 30, 2015
Becky, Beth and Kathy
After the month of May, spent in large measure concerned
with Indy 500 events, it was a breath of fresh air to return to Key West and
get on with my normal life- whatever that is. It was really nice to get back
home to my lovely wife and cats, job and friends in Key West and to get back on
the fast-paced wheel that is my life.
Before departing Indianapolis though, I had an extra day,
Memorial Day itself to hang out, see some more old friends and decompress a
little after a thrill-packed race day and also collect the winnings from the
annual Indy 500 race Calcutta- where I cleaned up by scoring both the winner
and last place finisher with Juan Montoya and Conor Daly both of whom I
collected in a single bid of $250. In clearing $2500.00 in prize money, I
multiplied my investment by 10 times. I also scored some additional winnings
when the collective that I was part of another Calcutta scored 5th
place with Graham Rahal.
Nothing like paying for your trip with the winnings from the
Calcutta. Anyway on Monday I spent the day visiting my friend Larisa and her
baby, who were visiting her parents my friends Dan and Zintra. It had been a
few years since I had seen her and it was my first meeting of her adorable
baby. It was a great little visit where we got to catch up and hang out.
Next I was off to another annual Memorial Day tradition, one
that has been going on over 20 years, but that I have never attended as I generally
take a flight home the day after the race, The Luedeman Olympics. The afternoon
long party features a series of fun and games along with drinks and food and a
complete tradition of its own complete with a hilariously altered actual
Olympics opening that is played as part of the traditional opening ceremonies.
It is a fun and funny event and I was thrilled to finally be around to
Kathy, Chuck and Adriana
Upon arriving back in Key West and reconnecting with my wife
Kathy and cats, it was right back in to the swing of things when we attended a
surprise birthday party for our friend Eileen at Uva Wine bar. Not exactly sure
how surprised she was, but it was an evening of good friends, food and fun…and
Sue & Chuck
Jim and Kathy
By the time the weekend rolled around, I was on the road
again, headed this time to catch yet another of my favorite bands, The
Psychedelic Furs at a show at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale. I headed up a
little early because I wanted to stop at the nearby Funky Buddha Brewery in
Oakland Park. I was happily surprised to find that they just happened to be
hosting their second birthday bash at Funky Buddha just as I arrived.
They had specialty brews from tons of Florida’s best
breweries as well as many special releases of their own to honor the birthday
and the party included live music, an assortment of food trucks and thousands
of happy people partying the day and night away under huge tents they had
brought in for the party. I stayed and had a nice selection of yummy beers
before heading over to the Culture Room to catch the show.
The Culture Room is a small, intimate space that is a great
venue to watch live music, I had been there a number of times in the past and
it was the perfect spot to watch the Furs again. I have seen the band numerous
times since the early eighties including a few times in the past four or five
years and they never fail to disappoint. Ripping through their new-wave hits of
the 80s the band looks and sounds as good as they ever have.
It was like a nostalgic trip back in time as big hair, new
wave clothes and a crowd composed of older, slightly paunchier denizens of the
new wave clubs of the eighties were the order of the evening. As retro as it
felt, the music itself was still fresh and fantastic as the band hit all the
right notes as they covered all of their biggest hits.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.