Silly Fun: Cuban Band Headboards

Enough seriousness in the past week with several blogs on historical & educational topics, it’s time for some goofy, silly no harm fun! Ever wanted to play instruments in a Cuban band knowing you have no talent at all? (like us) :-)

These headboards come in all shapes and sizes throughout this vacation wonderland. There’s the common ones that you stick your head into and then there’s these more realistic body shaped types that you put your head on top of. As we posed for a photo, an even sillier idea popped into my head as we switched headboards while a small crowd of 6 or 8 people began to laugh. You know what, after we finished our photo shoot they too posed as the opposite band member proving that laughter can influence others in a spur of the moment to act as silly as you!

You can find these particular Cuban band headboards located on the back side of the ‘El Meson de Pepe Restaurant’ building facing the ocean at Mallory Square here in the heart of Key West tourism.

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Lower Matecumbe Key’s Pay Beach

Wow, was I taken aback upon seeing this sign… ok, I’ll explain. I’ve seen pay beaches before, those have always been up scale, pristine sand with waitresses carrying trays asking me “Would you like another Piña Colada?” :-) This seen here is NONE of the above in a surrounding that I personally wouldn’t consider as prime real estate, clean nor conducive to impressing a companion for a next date! :-) This is the only ‘Pay Beach’ that I’ve run across here in the Keys so far and I hope the next one, if there’s more is better than this one.

Though I don’t know how much it costs, I’ll let you make your own decision on paying for this tiny 60′ x  25′ beach or not… my choice has already been made! Sorry, I’ll pass and head for a more secluded place I found and blogged on earlier called ‘Secret Sunbathing Spot’… oh yeah, my place is FREE, CLEAN & PRIVATE!

You can find this ‘Pay Beach’ behind Robbie’s Marina at Mile Marker 77.5 bayside of US-1 heading south towards the town of Marathon.

    

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Hall’s Explorer Sub

IMG_1721WOW, have you ever wanted to be submerged below the ocean’s depths in a real submarine? Well then, have I got the blog for you!

Seen here is a dive center’s explorer sub parked out from of their business. Though it’s compact and seen here folded up ready for transport to someone’s next adventure, you can inquire within about the costs and timeframe to see if it’s convenient for your vacation.

You can find this compact sub in front of Hall’s Diving Center at Mile Marker 49.8 bayside across the street from the big veterinary building mural.

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The Hurricane Proof Sweeting House!

IMG_0912HURRICANE PROOF HOME!

The great Labor Day hurricane of September 2nd 1935 destroyed almost every building on both Upper Matecumbe and Lower Matecumbe Keys. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Red Cross built hurricane proof houses for the families whose homes were destroyed. The walls were 12″ thick with steel and poured concrete. The Sweetings asked for a different type of structure, one with an apartment on the second floor and a business room below. The building had two apartments, one in which they lived. And get this, in the back yard was a water tank, wash room and two bath houses all hurricane proof outside! :-)

You can find this historical marker and home on US-1 at Mile Marker 81.5 oceanside. It’s 100% FREE to stop on by and look at it for yourself.

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Key’s MOST Popular Drink: Piña Colada

It’s great having your own blog not being tied down to any one topic or attraction. Today we explore something near and dear to my heart and stomach. One of the Florida Keys most popular alcoholic drinks is the World-Famous Piña Colada. Which just so happens to be our drink of choice when we’re in the Keys… “We call it our daily reward!”. :-)

Doesn’t this bring back memories of that Rupert Holmes song from 1979 called Escape, better known as “The Piña Colada Song”. The only words I can remember are “If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain”… and so on and so on. That’s a song you either love or hate, there’s no in-between. With that said, here’s a toast to one of the Florida Keys most popular mouth-watering thirst-quenching drinks that you too can experience on your next visit to the Keys located at Mile Marker anywhere. :-)

P.S. – I’ve been asked MANY times “How come you never show a picture of you?”. Well, today I break that rule… that’s 100% my hand on the left! And there you have it, a photo of your illustrious blogger himself! Hey, at least the drinks attractive! :-)

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Human-Sized Postcard

Key West PostcardThis is awesome! Send your friends and family a human-sized postcard from Key West! You may wait in a small line only 2 or 3 minutes with other couples or families but that’s it! So if you really want to impress them back at the office and make them jealous… then this is your photo!

If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ve noticed that a number of them have been from Harbor Walk which is on Key West’s northwestern side of town just 3 blocks northeast of Duval Street. This is an area that you must put on your list AFTER Duval Street… because you can’t go back to work without saying you walked up and down Duval Street.

The Cuban Coffee Queen where this human-sized postcard greeting is located has a uniquely equal poster pined to their door stating: “FREE COFFEE… all day tomorrow”! But don’t wait in line for the free coffee since in this case… tomorrow never comes. :-)

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Key’s Alternative Energy Center

IMG_1581When you think of our nations alternative energy initiative you don’t think of Key West. So where do you think you’d find the Alternative Energy Center in the Florida Keys? Well, you darn sure would never think of a High School in Key West! In this case that’s exactly where you’d find it!

From Biodiesel to wind turbines this schools does it all. Painted on the outside of the schools Alternative Energy Center are a number of different depictions including several nationally recognized awards listed upon its walls. What’s your local high school doing about alternative energy?

Here’s how to find this ‘Go Green’ High School. The school is located on the corner of Flagler Avenue & Bertha Street with your needed entrance on Bertha. Drive around the back of the school to the entrance beside the outdoor roller hockey arena and head to the baseball field.

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