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Mud Dawg replied to yesterday’s No prisoners, it costs too much to feed them, although exceptions made for having lots of wives – Key West and beyond post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
you one funny writer! thats ha ha funny i know being key west ya need to clarify time to time. Speaking of clarify! there is 2 BBQ places in key west. One local owned and ran with great service and a working knowledge of southern cuisine learned from throwing crumbled cornbread into a steaming bowl of seasoned just right collared hitting it with spicy vinegar and emjoy food made for gods. Then ya got the boys girls at the tourist trap who for some reason think avacado and seafood belong on a bbq menu or that mango jerk is a bbq sauce really kinda jerk. Just let ya guess which one we are! daddy bones!
ya cant teach talent!
Well, mango jerk might be bbq sauce in Jamaica or St. Vincent, but it ain’t in Alabama or anyother southern state where I ate BBQ. Daddy Bones BBQ reminds me of southern BBQ, not Jamaican or St. Vincent BBQ. Come to think of it, I don’t recall eating pig in Jamaica or St. Vincent, or anywhere in the Caribbean. Mostly, their version of BBQ was chicken, goat or fish. Way yesterday ended up going, I should have pedaled my bicycle to Daddy Bones, instead of to where it got pedaled instead. Just might get my GPS straightened out today, am hankering for southern BBQ and collard greens, which I don’t recall ever having at the same time. Maybe a Key West thing.
Christine Russell wrote yesterday:
Truman Waterfront Advisory Board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
‘MASTER PLAN MODIFICATION” IS THE ONLY THING ON THE AGENDA.
You know Rossi and Cates want the park designed around the motor boat races, so is that what this is about???
TWAB is not televised so I hope the media is there to SHINE a light on this.
The meeting was only posted YESTERDAY afternoon, and the agenda posted this MORNING.
I replied at 6:30 p.m.
I only just now got home and opened your email, don’t know where the meeting is, too beat to try to figure that out and pedal back to wherever it is and perhaps get there after it’s all said and done. Maybe it will be reported in tomorrow’s Citizen. I still think the best use of that land is city parking and a city-run RV/tent camping facility. There is a very nice public park right next door, which should appeal to nearly all mainstream people because homeless people won’t/can’t pay the low daily entrance fee.
Personally, I don’t care for the power boat races because of the noise the boats make. Fortunately, like other super noise events, Bike Week, Goombay and Fantasy Fest, it doesn’t last long.
Paul, who used to live in Key West, sent:
With this note:
I can’t operate Outlook well enough to do a normal attachment with a brief note.
I just tripped over this BYU located site, looking for an online definition. A jewel box he has crafted, i think. He’s got 3 thousand year old definitions of literary devices i didn’t even know had names.
Years ago i read “The Rhetoric” and a couple of commentaries on it and figured my shit was sufficiently together on the subject… ALWAYS VOWING to return to Aristotle, someday, and read the thing with true diligence it still deserves.
Yeeaaah! Dat’s da’ ticket! Shure!
…but this fucking guy, apparently in Utah, is cruising at a whole ‘nother flight level…
Anyway, I thought you might find it, what’s the word? .. trippy?
He could embarrass the Classics Departments ‘back east’ with this site – or renew their vigor, one. Clearly, he’s been at this project for a while. Worth a look from you, i think. He’s fun.
Hi, Paul -
Can’t say I recall ever reading Aristotle, or wanting to read him. Am up to my eyeballs in awful shit right in front of me; sometimes, like today, I don’t even see what it is, but I know it’s there because of how I feel physically. I suppose I spin (thrope) words of common usage into uncommon applications. I have been accused of being a misanthrope and there may be some truth there, as it looks to me humanity, including me, has made a total mess of things and might not deserve to continue having a chance to make an even bigger mess of things. This fellow with the big mind and words, is he trying to help change the big mess humanity is addicted to making, or is he just on a mind trip? I don’t know, which is why I ask you that question.
Trope, er, tripe?, in today’s Key West Citizen:
before the rich kids playground (above), after (below)
Children’s park to reopen soon
Tree removal eliminated shade canopy at beach park
BY TIMOTHY O’HARA Citizen Staff
Monroe County workers removed the last of the old Australian pines from the Higgs Beach children’s park on Monday, and the park could reopen as soon as this weekend.
The park has been closed for more than a month after a 75-pound branch broke and fell, brushing a small child who was playing underneath.
An arborist ruled that none of the 12 pines could be saved and all should be removed, according to Kevin Wilson, who oversees the county’s Project Management Department.
Removing the trees was time consuming, as cutting the branches and trunks was like cutting through iron, and workers went through numerous saw blades, Public Works Director Dent Pierce said.
“A thick watery black goo oozed out of some of the pines that workers cut into,” Pierce said.
The county will grind up the stumps as much as possible and then cover them with sand, Pierce said. The work should be completed by this weekend, Pierce said.
Sounds like those diseased unsaveable Australian pines would have outlived us all, if given the chance. Dent Pierce agreed with me that neither he nor I will live long enough to see the transplanted trees shade that playground. About as puzzling, the dangerous unsaveable Australian pines just outside the playground apparently will not be taken down and their stumps ground down to nubs.
The park will be without shade for some time as the county is still working on its plans to place shading and trees in the small beach-front park, Wilson said.
County officials are considering placing 14- to 16-foot “nursery stock” buttonwood and sea grape trees around the perimeter of the park, and putting some kind of artificial shade structure above the park until the trees grow big enough to provide shade, Wilson said.
Dent Pierce told me sea grape trees are bad news because their leaves never rot. I love eating ripe sea grapes, but by golly, when a sea grape tree gets laden with ripe with fruit
and it starts dropping to the ground, you end up with one big gooey mess and multitudes of various insects competing for the feast.
County workers are working with local architect Bill Horn to make sure the new trees and shades gel with the park’s master plan, which the county has been developing for the past several years. Horn has been the architect on the master plan project.
Actually, this is the second Higgs Beach Park master plan. The first was done a few years ago and then put on a shelf where it sits to this day.
Another county boondoggle kept slipping my mind to report, but not today.
I had heard some of this fiasco from a No Name Key couple at Coco’s Kitchen on Big Pine Key,
but it seemed incomplete. Later, I bumped into Alicia Putney at Coco’s, and she filled in more details. It’s been a while since I saw Alicia, but here’s what I recall.
18 of the 43, I think is the total, homes on No Name Key connected to Keys Energy’s grid after the big battle County Commissioner/Mayor George Neugent
led to get power out there for his sweetheart, based on what he lets her get away with at county commission meetings.
Of the 18 homes on the grid, 3 converted their homes so they could sell their solar electricity back to Keys Energy. A big commotion raised by George’s sweetheart and her allies was they were going to sell their solar electricity back to Keys Energy – how green that would be!
George’s sweetheart’s is not one of the 3 homes selling their solar energy back to the Keys. In fact, George’s sweetheart is not even producing solar energy, because, after her home was put on Keys Energy’s grid, she had somebody come to her home and remove the solar panels.
She must have really taken this likeness to her heart.
George must be truly proud that he saved his sweetheart from experiencing further injury from that terrible solar radiation. Her brother, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, and her father, Marathon Councilman Dick Ramsay, must be really proud, too.
Ditto, Keys Energy, which definitely ain’t growing greener every day, except in its bank account. I wonder if there is another electric company anywhere in the US, or anywhere on this planet, more against solar energy than Keys Energy? I wonder if that is because Key West is adverse to solar energy, because solar panels don’t agree with Key West’s view of its architectural loveliness? And, because all elected Keys Energy board members have to live in Key West, even though its service runs up to just below Seven Mile Bridge?
Moving up the sunshine state food chain, this lovely re-erupted yesterday:
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman told a 911 operator that he never pulled a gun on his girlfriend, and that it was she who smashed a table at the home they shared outside Orlando.
Deputies didn’t buy Zimmerman’s story and charged him with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
Scheibe told deputies that Zimmerman smashed a glass table with his firearm, pointed the gun at her and shoved her out of their home after she asked him to leave.
The arrest was the latest legal problem for Zimmerman since he was acquitted of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen. The case, and claims that the killing was racially motivated, stoked a discussion on racial profiling across the country.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
George Zimmerman was charged with assault Monday after his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.
The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon to say that Zimmerman had smashed a glass table, threatened her with the shotgun and ultimately pushed her out of the house, according to an arrest report. After pushing her out, Zimmerman barricaded the door with furniture and refused to leave, saying that he would talk to police by phone, authorities said.
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Deputies used a key provided by Scheibe to unlock the door and they were able to push through the barricade of items, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference hours after the arrest.
“She was very concerned for her own safety especially having the weapon pointed at her and then being pushed out,” Lemma said.
Lemma says Zimmerman was compliant and unarmed when deputies came to the house.
“The easiest way to describe it is rather passive. Clearly, he’s had the opportunity to encounter situations similar to this in the past,” he said of the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted earlier this year on criminal charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was charged with domestic aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic battery and criminal mischief. His first appearance was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. He will be housed in a single-person cell and guards will check on him hourly, Lemma added.
Scheibe told deputies that the ordeal started with a verbal argument and that she asked Zimmerman to leave the house. Her account in the arrest report says he began packing his belongings, including a shotgun and an assault rifle. She says she began putting his things in the living room and outside the house, and he became upset. At that point, the report says, he took the shotgun out of its case.
“Scheibe then advised Zimmerman that she was calling the Police because she was nervous about why he pulled out the Shotgun. Zimmerman then pointed the Shotgun at Scheibe for a minute, and asked her if she really wanted to do that,” the report states. “Scheibe stepped back, at which time Zimmerman smashed a glass coffee table, belonging to Scheibe, with the butt of the Shotgun.”
Zimmerman told his girlfriend to leave and smashed a pair of her sunglasses as she walked toward the front door, the report says. Scheibe told deputies that he pushed her out of the house when she got close to the door.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Martin family, was at Harvard Law School Monday with the teen’s mother Sybrina Fulton to speak at symposium about his legacy and self-defense laws.
Crump said they found out about Zimmerman’s arrest from television reports. He said the news of the arrest didn’t affect their mood because they are focused on discussing ways to reform self-defense laws.
“They’re focused on how we can all better deal with conflict resolution. But there is a certain irony in that while they were doing that, at basically the same time that incident was happening with their son’s killer,” Crump said in a phone interview.
Neither Mark O’Mara nor Don West — Zimmerman’s defense attorneys during the trial of the Martin case — is currently representing him, said a spokesman for O’Mara.
A message seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned by Zimmerman’s brother Robert Zimmerman, Jr.
Scheibe’s neighbors said it was frightening to learn that Zimmerman had been living nearby.
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“Just when you thought you heard the last of George Zimmerman,” said neighbor Catherine Cantrell. She said she had twice seen a man who looked like Zimmerman get out of a truck that’s been in the driveway for nearly a month. The truck parked there Monday appeared to be the same one that reporters have seen Zimmerman drive previously.
“I’m in absolute shock. He was never outside. It’s not like he was out flaunting around,” she said.
Cantrell said Scheibe was very sweet and quiet.
Sarah Tyler, 26, also lives across the street from the tan stucco house on a cul-de-sac street of single family homes in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando.
“It’s kind of frightening,” she said.
Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.
He wasn’t charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should have been immediately arrested. The case sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, and demonstrations broke out again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin’s civil rights were violated.
Zimmerman has had other brushes with the law since his acquittal.
Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.
Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.
In 2005, Zimmerman had to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman’s friend.
Later that year, Zimmerman’s former fiancee filed for a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman responded by requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted. No criminal charges were filed.
Associated Press writers Kyle Hightower in Orlando and Suzette Laboy in Miami contributed to this report.
George Zimmerman being sworn in at his bond hearing (left), winking at one of his defense lawyers (right) after he was acquitted of the non-crime of shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin to death
Meanwhile, George Zimmerman’s wife was convicted of perjury she committed at her husband’s bond hearing, apparently put up to it by her husband. She is a convicted felon. He is not.
I wonder who the next jury will believe? If there is a next jury. Maybe the girlfriend will decline to cooperate with law enforcement. However, if she does cooperate and the case is tried and she testifies, all the jury will have before them is her testimony, if Zimmerman does not take the stand in his own defense. He will have to take the stand, therefore, it would seem. Then, it will be a she said, he said, and the jury will have to decide if she was credible, or he was credible, and if neither was credible, another acquittal. So, will the girlfriend prosecute, or will she let it slide?
If the girlfriend prosecutes, will George Zimmerman testify he did not pull a gun on her, like he did not pull a gun on Trayvon Martin, and like he did not later pull a gun on his estranged wife, who did not prosecute? Oh, my pardon, I left out that George Zimmerman barricaded himself in his unarmed girlfriend’s house because he feared for his life. Definitely evidence for him that he feared for his life beyond a reasonable doubt.
Good luck getting the Florida Stand Your Ground law repealed. The National Rifle Association got it passed, and any elected Florida legislator who tries to get the Stand Your Ground Law repealed can count on not getting reelected. George Zimmerman should run for the Florida legislature. He would get the NRA’s enthusiastic endorsement and win by a landslide.
Right, Curtis and Leroy?
Definitely, Sloan. Definitely.
How to blow a million dollar inheritance raised its pretty head in sometimes whistleblower Nick Anderson’s reply to his starring role in yesterday’s No prisoners, it costs too much to feed them, although exceptions made for having lots of wives – Key West and beyond post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
As your against parking for the 97% of the citizens/taxpayers of Monroe County (note you regularly receive 3% at most of the city and County votes) in approving parking for the 97% of users to the County Library, Which is understandable, as you are also on record as opposing a quality healthfull environment of accmodations and food at the County Jail for Innocent citizens so housed there.
Sloan, You do great at your “Sloan’s Key West Bicycle Tours” $20.00, and passing on your observations to the community of Key West, and I encourage your self-fulfillment of this type of structure,
As a Benificiary to a $50 million Golden Flake Trust, don’t you think this Homeless jive is being a bit over the top?
Dearest Sloan, 3% of $50,000 would Be $1,666.66 per year for County positions, and $480 per year as City Mayor…….
Did you really blow thru $1 million inheireance in 5 years? (2007-2013)
Let me blow mine.
Chair, Committee to move the Key West County Library to Old Harris School
Hi, Nick -
I am not against parking. Old Town Key West is so built out that there is almost no parking for even people who live there, unless they live in Truman Waterfront where the rich folks live, where you once lived until you got tired of paying your upside down mortgage after your move out of your condo and gave it back to the bank.
You told me a few months back that you have more money than you once even knew existed. Why don’t you do everyone a good deed and buy Harris School and give it to the County on condition they turn it into the new county library, with additional millions you also donate to do the massive renovation that will be required?
It occurred to me today that I was mistaken when I wrote to you yesterday that George Neugent is your county commissioner. It might be Danny Kohlage. In 2006, George was really upset about the money being on the Murray Nelson Arts and Government Center in Key Largo. I bet he will be thrilled for you to buy the county a brand new library it doesn’t need, in a more flood-prone area than where the Key West library now is. I bet Danny Kohlage, who pinches pennies like his very salvation depends on it, also will be thrilled to hear of your generosity.
Actually, I have received considerably more county votes in county commission races, recheck those figures. In 2006, I got about 1/3 of the votes against George Neugent, who got 2/3. In 2008, I got maybe 10 percent in a three-way race against Heather Carruthers and Carlos Rojos, in that county commission race. In 2010, I got about 25 percent of the votes running against George Neugent. In the 2012 school board race, I got 112 write-in votes, I think was the number; doubt that was 1 percent of total votes cast. Also recheck your city vote figures, which are higher than what I received in three different mayor races. I think the best I did in a mayors case was maybe 2 percent, in 2009.
Also don’t know where you got the info about my views on the jail. In fact, I have gone on record many times as opposing the lousy diet fed to jail inmates; I wore that out several years ago, but my star witness, a woman forensic psychiatrist, whose old boyfriend was in the jail hollering about the bad food, declined to come down to Key West from a northern state to do the heavy lifting, which she had the credentials to do.
I hope, for your sake, Nick, that you are not accusing me of making up that I was homeless because I had no money. For if that is what you are doing, your karma just might cause you to wish some day, or some life, that you had never met me. Unlike most people, I am not capable of knowingly telling lies. And when I tell something that is not true, unwittingly, or forgetfully, the angels, or some person, straighten me out and I fix my misstatement.
Actually, I am a one-forth beneficiary of my father’s trust, and I have no clue what it is worth, and I have to outlive my stepmother to see a penny of it. Or, if the company is sold, I think that ends the trust and I receive my 1/4. Or, in 2021 the trust ends in any event, I think, and I receive my 1/4. I receive nothing from the trust now, my stepmother is getting it all, as far as I know.
It would be nice to end up with 1/4 of $50 million though, that would be $12.5 million. Plus, on her death, I get a second $1,000,000, if my father’s estate has the money to pay it; the formula for it and the investments left no guarantee that the estate would be able to pay the second $1,000,000. Each of my father’s four children, counting his adopted daughter, were 1/4 beneficiaries in that trust, which, I think, mostly was common stock in his company, which ain’t doing all that well from all I hear.
What would be nice about getting all of that money would be, my second wife, who has lived close to the poor house for many years, would get 20 percent of my 1/4th interest in the trust, and then she might be a lot more comfortable. Most of the rest of it I could give to people and agencies I feel need and/or deserve it. Not the Monroe County Government, nor the Monroe County Sheriff, nor the City of Key West, nor the State of Florida, nor the US Government. People really in need; local agencies helping people really in need, and local agencies going all out to protect the Keys environment.
In 2010, I gave $10,000 to Attorney Lesley Blackner’s Amendment 4 push, which, had it passed, would have brought paving the rest of Florida to a screeching halt.
I gave quite a few homeless people bus tickets to the mainland and traveling money, since I received the $1,000,000 on February 14, 2006. That’s Valentine’s Day. I told my father’s lawyer that was interesting, when he handed me the check. We went to law school and tax law school together. He said it indeed was interesting.
Since maybe June 2005, I have been the sole financial support for a spiritually-gifted but otherwise disabled younger woman, who often has dreams for me, which help me navigate the often really treacherous spirit waters related to what I engage in the Keys, Florida, Alabama, Washington, D.C., and even overseas. I imagine I gave her maybe $250,000 since I started looking out for her.
I gave a Keys family in need $12,000.
I paid $5,000 to Attorney Robert Cintron to represent Seahorse Trailer Park on Big Pine Key in 2006, which was about to be bulldozed by a developer and the resident scattered to the four winds, many would have ended up homeless in the Keys or on the mainland. Cintron stalled it, County Commissioner Mario Di Gennaro leaned on the developer. The developer eventually went busted and Seahorse was not bulldozed, so far.
I spent perhaps $20,000 in filing fees and campaign expenses, and probably $5,000 in website expenses, trying to tell the public what they were not going to hear from anyone else.
I gave $1,000 to Tropic Cinema in 2007, I think, or maybe 2006.
I gave maybe $1,000 to the Key Largo Federation of Homeowners Association in 2006, as I recall, at the solicitation of Kay Thacker.
I put many miles on my car driving up and down the Keys to candidate forums and county commission, school board, Aqueduct Authority and Keys Energy meetings, where I absorbed what I heard and spoke, and for which I received no reimbursement for wear and tear on my car, gasoline, maintenance. I probably spent $10,000 servicing the car, repairs, and two sets of radial tires.
After moving out of my trailer in March 2007 and moving down to Key West, where I had to start paying rent again, I let a destitute woman live in the trailer for nothing, and for almost a year, as I recall, I paid the water, electric and propane bill. I moved back up there in March 2010.
While in Key West, I forwent my homestead exemption, which cost me around $7,000 in additional land taxes for three years. I did that because I was running for office in Key West, and it did not seem right for me to be claiming a homestead exemption on Little Torch Key.
I had stuff come up in Birmingham in 2007, which required me renting an apartment up there for about six months. Counting several drives up there and back and other expenses, that was about $10,000. Most of that 6 months, I let destitute people stay in that apartment for free, and I paid the utilities until the last month of the 6-month lease, when I had the utilities turned off.
Right after I received the $1,000,000 on Valentine’s day 2006, I gave my really old pick up and $10,000 to a Birmingham homeless man I had gotten to know, who was having major medical troubles it soon turned out.
I bought the trailer and one acre on Little Torch at the top of the real estate market, for $375,000, in May 2006. There was no mortgage. I only paid land taxes and utilities on the property until I sold the place August 30 this year for $99,000. I netted $90,000 after the sellers expense and real estate commission.
The day before the closing, I had maybe $750 to my name. I was receiving Social Security since 2004, a little over $700 a month after Medicare was taken out, about $100 a month for that.
I incurred two surgeries when I was living on Little Torch after moving back up there in 2010. After Medicare, I paid about $5,000 to the doctors and hospital in Marathon.
I earned no income during all of that time, other than interest on cash in my bank account. Interest rates were low, the income was negligible. I don’t think I paid any income taxes, and it has been maybe four years since I even filed a tax return.
Although I’m sure I left out some expenditures not for myself, I can’t recall now what they were. The rest of it I spent on rent in Key West, socializing and eating in restaurants, laptops – I had 4 die – phone, internet connection, TV and satellite/cable TV costs, car insurance, utilities, land taxes, movies in Key West, a few live plays. I don’t drink booze or use other drugs. I lived it up, for sure. Most days, including today, I felt like I was dying. Most days I hoped were my last day on earth.
I tell you all of this Nick, because you asked for me to account for what I did with that $1,000,000, which I have no problem doing from a privacy, it’s none of your damn business standpoint. It was, however, a pain in the ass to sit down and write it all down, as best as I could recall it, feeling like someone has shoved an iron pipe up my ass into my intestines almost up to my stomach. I figure that is either your spirit shit I have taken on, or George Zimmerman’s. Or it’s both of you.
George got arrested today, allegedly for pointing a pistol at his new girlfriend in her home. The news report said he barricaded himself in the house, and police had to get a key from the girlfriend, who had left the house, and they came in the door and through the barricade and Zimmerman surrendered. He is charged with aggravated assault. Or so I read on msn.com News today, after the north George woman called and left a message about Zimmerman being arrested today.
I found myself thinking this afternoon, Nick, or rather, I found myself wondering what happens to all of your money if you die in your sleep tonight? Does it go to people you love and care about? Are there such people? Your brother told me in an email about a month ago, that you have a son. Your brother wrote to me because he was worried about you. I replied I that was worried about you, too, and you have serious medical difficulties, which your brother wrote back and said he did not know about. I told him I was not interested into getting into your and his family dynamics.
I also found myself wondering today, Nick, if you have given any of your inheritance to people in need and/or to agencies trying to do good, which are out there?, although there are plenty of scams disguised as agencies trying to go good. I remember when Ted Turner, after making a killing on the sale of CNN, wasn’t it?, gave $1 billion to the United Nations to reduce what the US owed the UN in fees the US refused to pay, while demanding the UN to do its bidding.
All I ever heard you talk about spending a lot of money on, Nick, was a used private jet and a pilot to fly you occasionally to board of director meetings in your family’s businesses. Inherited money is tricky. It ain’t necessarily great to have. But it sure is better than living on the street in Key West, and elsewhere.
I’m happy to let you blow your inheritance, Nick, but when you falsely accuse me because I won’t be your slave; when you pester me unceasing about stuff you can very well do yourself, and have far more money than I, or anyone I know well, to do it with; and then you bash me about something beyond your knowing, my financial affairs, you ask for a little friendly advice back, which is worth a great deal more than you paid for it.
You can’t take a penny of it with you, Nick. Live each day with that in mind and tomorrow might not come. Jesus said it his way in the Gospels: Take no thought for your own life, or what you shall eat or drink or wear. Take no thought for tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of its own. Pretty stiff advice, which don’t seem to be getting much traction today.
$1 million, Yes $10,000 here, $10,000 there, pretty soon it’s all gone.
I am not being critical of your ways, at least I hope not, but I have my vices also.
One of my most beloved experences in my early life was the times I spent at the library’s while growing up Both the local county library’s and at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
As a youth, I would seek out each as a refuge from the evils of a serious mentaly ill mother, and unhappy home life, When I was a youth, I had a mentor of one Mr. Sam Rayburn, (D-Texas) who helped me in many ways, as a suragot , great Uncle in the intreast he showed to me and others as Cub Scouts pack leader. Mr. Sam as he was known, all ways said, ” The only good Republican is a dead Republican, cus that’s when you get their Money”
Well I’ve taken that to heart, And I Hope to be able to provide some community with the same helping that others were able to provide to me.
When I go to the Key West County Library, on Fleming St, I notice a almost total lack of youth, and mostly persons seemingly one which would be called “homeless”,
How to create a youth friendly space. Within the Key West Community?
Well , Harris School is a Bigger property. and room for parking, with space for many uses.
It’s not about You Sloan.
The #4D bus went from Glen Carlyn to the Federal Triangle, past the pentagon and then a transfer to Capital hill to the Capital and all the musumes and the Library of Congress, all for 25 cents each way.
A pass from Mr. Rayburn’s office and I was all set. My sister now works there. as some high monky- monk. buts that’s another story.
We have all been on different paths in this life, from where we started, to where we are now,
If you want to be on the decision making side get elected, or spend money, or both. you have your agenda I have mine.
You fix the Homeless, I’ll work on the Library. OK.
Key West, Florida
Good morning, Nick -
There is no way to fix the homeless and I have never tried to fix them. Others are trying to fix the homeless, it is what they are set up to try to do and they are not fixing them, although from time to time homeless individuals turn around, but only if they are not drinking or using other narcotics. All I do is try to persuade Key West to treat homeless like human beings, one human family members. And, I try to persuade the city not to spend a lot of money trying to fix what cannot be fixed, which is not what the city really is trying to to; it is trying to get homeless out of sound and sight.
Quite a few homeless hang out at the county library. When I was homeless, used the library’s internet computers for the allotted one hour, now it’s one half hour. But I did not hang out at the library much when I wasn’t online. Monroe County has zero interest in buying Harris School for a new library – it doesn’t have the money to do it; it has huge and costly projects it will never be able to afford, so the county citizens are being taxed for sewering the county part of the Keys, and the many polluted canals probably never will be fixed.
If libraries are important to you, buy Harris School; have it turned into a library such as you would like to be able to use; such as you used when you were young. Endow it. Give it to Key West. Not to Monroe County. That would be a truly wonderful thing to do for the people of Key West, and also for people who live up the Keys who can easily get down to Key West.
But, Nick, how this started out of the chute was you came to Key West and were unable to find a parking place; and you turned it into a crusade for everyone else, as if everyone else was having the same problem you were having, which simply is not true. I doubt one percent of everyone else ever worries about not being able to find parking at the Key West library. I doubt even .1 percent worry about it.
When I didn’t fall in love with your agenda, you started badgering me about it. You badgered me about other things. Then, you attacked me about how I spend my money. You went totally out of bounds. You were totally out of line. You behaved like a spoiled three-year-old brat. You have serious medical troubles. Your time may be short. If you really do want to serve the community in the way you think it should be served, get on with it. Not one penny of all that money you were given will you take with you.
I forgot to mention yesterday, as I was dealing with your accusing me of not giving a shit about what jail inmates are given to eat, that I was the primary private supporter of the Art Behind Bars and the Art After Bars projects in Key West. The head of that, Lynn Vantriglia, was my dear friend, and her husband Ernie, who eventually contracted cancer and died quickly. I purchased several of their major art works. I gave them $1,000 and asked others in KW to match my donation. Lynn told me nobody gave them anything after I did that. I suppose, in all, I contributed $5,000 to their project.
As for my place on Little Torch, three different times I offered to give it to agencies I felt were doing something wonderful and needed financial help. The condition was, for so long as I lived there, they could not sell it. But they could use it to collateralize loans. One of the agencies was the KW Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Eventually, the Little Torch land and trailer would be their outpost and research center, a place for a resident botanist and interns to live. I offered it to them first. Their director screwed around and finally the angels told me to pull the offer. Much the same happened with the other two offers, which got pulled because of how the agencies dealt with the offer. If any of those deals had gone though, I would be living on Social Security today, probably sleeping at KOTS. Or maybe I would be living in my SUV. Or maybe I would mercifully be gone from this life.
I failed to tell Nick that my second wife, who has had such a rough financial go for many years, was told by her divorce lawyer that I gave her in our divorce settlement far more than any judge would have given her.
I also failed to tell Nick how I blew a prior $1,000,000, or thereabouts, inheritance. I supported my third wife and her son for eight years, while I was making no income, nor was she; and when she said she wanted us to be apart, I said, as I had promised I would do, because it was what God had told me to do, for her to make the property division. She kept all that she had inherited from her mother, which I had paid her mother’s estate lawyer to take care of, which was a nice farm in Pennsylvania on which the barn-building scene in the movie “Witness” was shot. She gave me $100,000 of my cash and a $100,000 life insurance on my father’s life, which I soon cashed in for about $35,000, and she kept about $900,000 of my money, and that, along with the post traumatic shock, is how I ended up homeless a few years later.
I found myself thinking yesterday after reading Nick’s attack, that he, and lots of people I know, need to give serious consideration to what Jesus said about it being more blessed to give than to receive. Another of his misathrope ideas not getting much traction today.
Photos taken by Rose Dell at Coco’s Kitchen, Big Pine Key, circa 2011; Rose’s mom is Coco.
Sloan Bashinsky, troped misanthrope
P.S. The original draft of this post did not have the Nick-Sloan exchanges in it; I felt that was not for public reading. Instead of publishing the draft, I saved it and took a nap, during which I had a dream that convinced me I should publish the Nick-Sloan exchanges.
Look! No cruise ships!