Hmmm, I wonder what this FINAL blog of the year will be about… ok, it’s a given… a celebration to ring in the new year. But first a great big THANK YOU! WOW, what a great year it has been being able to write of my family’s love for the Florida Keys and our hometown of Key West while having thousands upon thousands of you read it on a daily basis. I’m happy to say that we keep growing and growing month-by-month! I’m awed to say the least, I TRULY WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
Now back to the blog: I’m in Key West for my 17th year in a row (OK, 17 out of 18) along with an estimated 50,000 people I’ve never seen before getting ready to count down screaming 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… HAPPY NEW YEAR at the stroke of midnight in front of the World-Famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar. My friend Danny M. provided this years pre-midnight countdown photo seen here. Thanks Danny!
Every year in front of Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Duval Street gathers an eclectic collection of total strangers some 50,000 strong that ring in the new year together. They’re total strangers at 11:59pm and then your newest buddy at 12:00am as you hug someone you’ve never met and wish them a Happy New Year… it’s an awesome feeling that all should experience at least once!