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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!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

I’m Still Standing

November 28, 2018

Elton John


I’m Still Standing

Elton John just might be Kathy’s favorite artist and we have taken just about every opportunity to go see him whenever he tours and visits South Florida. We have also seen two of his residency shows in Las Vegas including his Million Dollar Piano show most recently and the first one called the Red Piano back in 2004. He always puts on an amazing show that basically encompasses the soundtrack to our lives. When he announced that he was going on an extended farewell tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road”, which is purportedly his last major tour ever, I immediately got seats to the two shows in South Florida.

Elton John in Concert

I think I first saw Elton John in 1982 during his “Jump Up” tour, it was back at the old outdoor tennis facility in downtown Indianapolis where the summer tours were held prior to the construction of Deer Creek Amphitheatre. Over the years since then, I have probably seen him maybe fifteen times including his tour with Billy Joel and any number of his solo tours, I saw him play at an early Farm Aid show where he memorialized the late Ryan White and had previously been at a show where he brought Ryan onstage near the end of his life.

He is a brilliant showman and his shows always combine the best entertainment as well as his amazing singing talent and a host of iconic, classic songs that span most of our lives. The show at BB&T was no different, there was no opening act and Elton appeared onstage just after the scheduled 8 PM start time. He would play mostly continuously for almost three hours, a 24 song set that covered every era of his career, but seemed to focus a bit on the “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road” album.


The show opened with a mintage of footage covering John’s storied career, before he and his legendary band launched in to the classic “Bennie and the Jets” to the delight of the sold out crowd. The set was heavy with his hits from the early 1970s which was fine with us, it included classics like “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”, “Crocodile Rock”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Rocket Man” and many more.

It was just a wonderful evening of amazing music and John remains a tour de force as his voice is a s strong as ever. He may not be quite as active as he once was, mostly remaining seated at the piano, which itself was rigged to glide across the stage as he was playing. There were only three costume changes, which is also down a little from some past shows, but the lack of flamboyance was more than made up for by the sheer quality of the presentation.


His band, most who have been playing with him for decades was in top form as well and overall it was just another stellar concert experience. The second night moved over to the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami, and it was pretty much an exact duplicate of the previous night. The setlist, staging and even crowd banter was pretty much the exact same. Normally this would bother me, but it wasn’t bad with Elton John as the show was just so spot on.


Our friends Matt and Deb, who we frequently see at concerts in Miami were on hand as well. I think they enjoy attending concerts almost as much as we do and it is always fun to run into them at a show. John’s farewell tour is scheduled to continue on for at least a couple of more years, they have already booked a return gig in Miami next year, so you should have plenty of chance to check it out. If you are a fan at all, it is well worth seeing.


Wednesday, December 05, 2018


November 27, 2018

Tom, Caitlin, Effie and Greta



Kathy and I have been loath to travel during the holidays lately, there is just too much traffic, crowds and confusion. Airline delays become nightmare scenarios which we would rather avoid altogether by just staying home and enjoying the holidays together and with our friends here in Key West. This Thanksgiving is a perfect example, because as much as we would enjoy spending it with family, there is something comforting and wonderful about just staying home.


Though by staying home, I mean not traveling and not holing up in our house. In fact we had two wonderful invitations to share Thanksgiving with friends that we took advantage of this year. We started the day off at our friends Nadene and Trevor who along with their daughter Meredith have an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Brunch that we love. 


There is always a wonderful selection of food and beverages, but it is the wonderful company that we enjoy the most, so many of our friends are there and it is so fun just to hang out, catch up and just enjoy the company of really wonderful people. We are so fortunate to have a collection of some of the best friends ever and we certainly are thankful for their roles in our life.

Kathy and Nadene

For dinner we were at another amazing gathering, this time at the home of our friends Tom and Greta, it is yet another wonderful, relaxed, enjoyable and fun gathering of friends. This year they had a theme of “A Bacon Thanksgiving” and almost all of the food, even the yummy deserts had some combination of bacon included. It was a delicious twist on the traditional Thanksgiving Feast.


The weekend after Thanksgiving, Kathy and I were headed back to Miami, where we had tickets to see two Elton John concerts, one on Friday Night at the BB& T Center in Ft. Lauderdale and one on Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena. In addition to the concerts, we had time during the day to explore Miami a little.

Kevin and Darci

We started in Coconut Grove where our friend Darci and Kevin happened to be in town for the weekend as well, so we met them for brunch. For some reason, it is always fun to meet with friends from home in another place and we enjoyed a wonderful brunch before checking out the Barnacle State Park in Coconut Grove. The Barnacle is a small park that is the restored home of one of the earliest settlers of Dade County.

It is beautiful home and strip of land on the shore of Biscayne Bay, a tiny natural refuge amongst the massive buildings, hotels and condos that have sprung up all around it. For some reason, neither, Kathy or I had ever been there, even though it is literally right in the middle of Coconut Grove, a place we have visited many, many times.



We also spent time in the Wynwood Arts District, visiting the Wynwood Brewery and walking around the area and checking out the crazy collections of murals and graffiti that cover almost every wall in the area. The artwork is constantly changing and my guess is the work we saw is living on borrowed time with the massive Art Basel show and Miami Art week coming up soon.