Hmmm, I wonder what the FIRST blog of the year will be about… ok, it’s a given… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

THANK YOU so much for allowing me to write about 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 it keeps 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 was in Key West for my 18th year in a row (OK, 18 out of 19) 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.

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!


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