Wednesday, May 25, 2011

No, this isn't Doris, but I had to share this catch that was in the Keynoter today. This dolphin was 69.8 pounds, and the state record is 81 pounds, the world record, 85 pounds caught in Costa Rica. It took this lady from Naples 45 minutes to bring it in on 20 pound test. She caught it while on Superfish Charters out of Marathon. I bet she used a fighting belt, Doris.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Shopping at Winn-Dixie with Marie, and you just never know who you will run into in the parking lot. Marie fell in love with Sugar, a beautiful cockatiel on her way in to shop with her owner from Coconut Cove Resort up in Islamorada. Sugar showed off a bit for us, and couldn't have been friendlier. The owner offered to take Marie's bird for a week and train it to be just as friendly as Sugar. Marie is thinking about it because she says her bird could use some help in the cordiality department (to say the least).

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Our very own Doris Chinchar did quite well in the Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament with Jason Long of the Best Bet. She brought in this 23.8 pound dolphin by herself and without a fighting belt, using a faulty reel, and having to struggle with a tip-wrapped line. The bottom line is that she landed it along with lots more dolphin for a great day of fishing. One thing I like about Doris and Dave is that they share their catch and we had a wonderful Mother's Day dinner with them at Sparky's tonight. The fish was prepared perfectly and it was a beautiful evening for our last night together with great friends. We sure will miss you both, but we know there are still lots of dolphin out there for you to catch next year.

Friday, May 06, 2011

There's a whale rescue going on off Cudjoe Key this morning. 16 pilot whales were reported stranded at low tide around 7:00 last night. Vet. Doug Mader of Marathon, and lots of volunteers went out to help rescue, but most of the whales will probably not survive. They quickly set up a holding pen in deeper water to tend to the few that will make it and probably will be out there all day today, at least. They took a wrong turn? got mixed up about the tides? Who knows, but the last time there was a pilot whale stranding down here, it was very close to the same spot, back in 2003 when 27 whales were stranded.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

GREMLINS have been organizing the Ocean Room and ran across these photos in The Cay Scrapbook.
Can anyone help to identify these fun-loving people from the Easter Parade in 19??? Boy, they really knew how to have a good time back in the '80s. Are any of these people still alive? I love the guy with the garbage can over his head and a bloody mary close by. Wasn't this a morning event? If you can identify anyone, send me an email or post a comment. History should be recorded, and anyway, we are just curious.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

My friend Brende brought over this beautiful arrangement last week. I like how the purple dendrobium looks so nice with the wide variety of Keys greenery. She has stag horn fern, elk horn fern, fishtail fern, and ric-rac in the front. I love the ric-rac, and was thinking about how popular it was, fashion-wise, to add it as trim to so many clothing items back in the 60s. Everything came from her garden, and it looks like it is going to stay beautiful for several more days.