George Mira – Local Legend & Hero

George Mira (born Jan. 11, 1942 in Key West) is a former professional football player. A quarterback drafted in the 2nd round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers from the Univ. of Miami. Mira played in eight NFL seasons from 1964-1971 for four different teams (49ers, Eagles, Colts, & Dolphins) plus an additional 6-yrs in the Canadian & World Football League with Montreal, Birmingham, Jacksonville, & Toronto. He was a backup quarterback in Super Bowl VI with the Miami Dolphins. With the 1974 Birmingham Americans (WFL) he played in their version of the Super Bowl and was voted MVP.

Mira’s best game of his collegiate career came in the 1962 Gotham Bowl against Nebraska. Despite playing in 20-degree weather in front of less than a 1,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Mira threw for 321 yards—at the time, a Miami school record—and was named the bowl game’s MVP despite losing to the Cornhuskers, 36-34. His son George Mira, Jr. was an All-American linebacker at the University of Miami.

 It’s funny, I can remember as a child eating at George Mira’s Pizza Huddle for some good hometown pepperoni pizza! He’s still in the food industry supplying restaurants with some of the best & freshest conch fritters! My parents have long known the Mira’s and my aunt & uncle still speak to him as a friend not as someone who’s played in America’s biggest sporting event, NFL Super Bowl.

You can find his namesake football stadium in the heart of New Town at the corners of Flagler Avenue & Kennedy Street in Key West.

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What, A Chalet Rental In The Florida Keys?

IMG_1389Want something different to rent for a weekend besides your standard hotel room? Well then, here’s a one-of-a-kind free-standing single room Chalet-type rental with a full balcony! OK, I really don’t know what it’s called! 🙂

This is in fact a hide-a-way rental as posted on the balcony railing and can be yours for a romantic night if the price is right. While here, check out the ‘Keys Unique Bottle Wall’ located directly to the right of the Chalet.

To see this ‘Single Room Chalet’ go to Mile Marker 62.8 bayside turning onto South Conch Avenue and make the loop 1/2 way around… you can’t miss it. The road is NOT marked with a street sign at the intersection of US-1 so you must pay attention going by the mile markers.

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Long Painted Fence

img_4915 Welcome to one of Key West’s newest artistic paintings! This is no small painting either, it encompasses the entire expanse of this long fence dividing two properties. Believe me, there’s NO missing this art work I promise!

An eclectic collection of sites and scenery delight your senses as you go panel-by-panel looking at each of the artists offerings. You’ll be enlightened by the many different types of homes ranging from Bahamian to Island favorites seen throughout Key West.

You can find this ‘Long Painted Fence’ at the corner of Bertha Street & Flagler Avenue here in the sunshine capital of the Keys.

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Key West’s Most Beautiful Railing House

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is the most beautiful example of a stained & varnished oak stair hand railing home in the entire city of Key West. I stood in wonder and amazement as I looked upon such expensive use of a high quality product such as oak hand railing used outside in the harsh elements as intense heat and rainy weather in Key West. Front porch, back porch, first floor, second floor & stairs… everywhere you look is beauty to your eyes.

These handrails, spindles (called balusters) & posts (called newels) are made for indoors and yet I’ve never seen such a beautiful eye-catching example of exterior use in such awesome display of spectacular splendor. If you’re wondering how the car seen here in the carport gets out… well, the complete railing assembly raises up on a pulley above the height of the car and then lowers once out of the carport. I’ve seen it in action, way too cool!!!!

You can find the wooden wonder of oak stair railings at the corner of Whitehead Street & Caroline Street in Key West. It sits exactly across the street from Top Gun’s Kelly McGillis’ Restaurant and the Historic Pan American Airlines former headquarters.

    

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History Of Valentine’s Day

heartHAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Do you know how and why Valentine’s Day came about? I do and now you will too! 🙂

The most popular martyrology associated with Valentine’s was a Christian saint named Valentinus that was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed (others say fell in love with) the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote a letter to her that included the words “From Your Valentine” an expression still used today.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering candies, and sending greeting cards (known as “Valentines“). Today’s Valentine’s Day symbols include hearts, doves, and winged Cupids.

Isn’t it GREAT to be just a wee bit smarter today! Now go and impress your mate by showing your knowledge of this most romantically evolved day of the year!

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Key’s FREE Learning Pond

IMG_1663Welcome to the ‘Learning Pond’, and as the sign seen below says “Bring The Kids”!

The ‘Learning Pond’ is an educational tool aimed at the younger generation to teach them about different kinds of local fish and feeding them. Seen here is the lucky child chosen to toss a sardine into the pond full of hungry fish awaiting their free meal. There’s an expert teacher nearby with a headset instructing the boy and telling the audience about the differences between the species in this man-made 30′ x 40′ pond. The FREE feedings and lessons commence daily at 4:00 pm sharp.

You can find this educational ‘Learning Pond’ outside of Captain Hooks at Mile Marker 53.0 oceanside.

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This Blog Is Straight Up Old School :-)

IMG_1620Now that I’ve given my best attempt at being hip and current on today’s lingo by using the above title, even though I probably failed, here’s today’s blog! 🙂

After years of zipping around town running errands, sightseeing and joy riding I suddenly saw a historical sign that I’d never seen. I asked myself “How did I miss it after all of these years?” Now I know!

After years of debate, testimony, paperwork, research and a list of “I promise It’s ALL TRUE!” statements about the school’s 1860 history, the city of Key West finally approved a new historical landmark sign. Remember, the Florida public school system wasn’t organized until the 1870’s to prove any of it. With that said, here’s Key West’s newest historical landmark ‘The Oldest Schoolhouse’ also known as the Patterson-Baldwin House.

The Bahamian architecture home was built in 1847 and is one of the oldest surviving structures in Key West. The school bell hanging above the second story porch is a clue to the house’s original use. It was moved to this location after the devastating hurricane of 1846 by once Mayor Alexander Patterson. Mr. and Mrs. William Pinkney rented the small two-room house from the mayor where his sister, Madame Passaloque, began conducting classes in the island’s first schoolhouse until 1860.

You can find Key West’s Oldest Schoolhouse at the corner of Duval Street & Eaton Street.

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