The OLD MAN in the Keys - Part-2, Being an Observer
Wind and Palm Trees
Chillin' and Writin', it's what I do.
The Old Man in the Keys - #2
Chillin’ and Writin’
Few people notice another white-haired (or bald?) old man sitting at a bar, or on a beach, or wherever I might choose to place myself as I watch them.
So, here I am, just another one of those white-haired, old men, living in my old motorhome in a very nice campground.
If you happen to see me, you’ll usually find me caught up in my favorite past-times of observing my fellow campers as they go through their hurried vacation days. Or I might be found sitting in one of my favorite Tiki Bars, or maybe just walking along the local beaches.
And when something or someone inspires me, I’ll disappear into my RV and write down notes about what I have observed on these daily wanderings of mine around the Keys.
The inevitable change of the unique
The more popular a unique place becomes, the more that intangible thing that made it interesting in the first place will go through change and commercialization.
The 'Old Keys atmosphere" is changing fast
One thing that is indisputable; the "old Keys lifestyle" is fading away very fast. Probably the leading driver of this change is the constantly rising cost of living down here in this unique tropical paradise.
You see, I have noticed that one of the basic truths in the great world of ours, especially when it comes to real estate is; the more popular a place becomes, the more that intangible thing that made it interesting in the first place, will go through changed and commercialization.
So, the opportunity to buy or rent a small house or even condo in the Keys at a reasonable price is becoming more rare each year.
One of the originally endearing things about the Keys was the fact that you could "get away" there and just relax, maybe read a couple of books, and eat out at some rustic local restaurant enjoying the locally caught seafood.
But as the tourists became more numerous, at the same time the opportunists bought up the available land and homes to replace many of them with larger, more commercial restaurants, condominium complexes and hotels.
Now, the possible financial gains of development and growth have become the goal of the people with money and it's slowly destroying that once rare and desirable peace and quiet of the tropics.
This Old Man is searching for that old Keys atmosphere.
So, my job is a lot harder than it would have been, ten, even twenty or more years ago. Many of the original, rustic, weather-worn, small hotels, restaurants and other truly interesting places may be gone, but their ghosts still exist, here and there.
I just need to be diligent in my searches, and grab what I find that's left and write about it, before it all disappears.
As to myself, one of the great things I have found is the fact that there are still a few campgrounds scattered around the Keys where a person with a motorhome or other style camper can rent a campsite and get into the Keys lifestyle for a significantly cheaper price than what most tourists pay to rent a condo or hotel room for a long period of time.
As I have said, in case you didn't already know it; when you get down here in the Keys and check things out, you’ll find that what I have said is true, the exorbitant prices of land, homes, even condos and small apartments in the Keys are beyond the reach of the average working man.
Because of this, if you’re looking for me you’ll find me living comfortably in my motorhome, kicked back in my lounge char in the evenings sipping on a cold beer or some tropical concoction, mulling over in my head what my next chapter will be about.
I'll be putting the Lime in the Coconut!
My wife and I have been down here before, over the years, but this time I’ve been telling everyone that we expect to be here “for the duration”. For a writer this just means that either when we run out of “fun money” or I’ll have developed a serious case of “Writer’s Block” we are here, in the Keys.
Because our stay is expected to be for a longer period of time, I plan to have a lot more sparks of inspiration to share with you, my readers.
So, to entertain you, my friends, old and new, I’ll be placing my own little Pearls of Wisdom and some of my photography here, in these chapters, for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, the Tropical weather and abundant forms of Nature are so beautiful and visible nearly everywhere you look, some of my pictures will stashed into the chapters, along with my words of Wisdom.
So, until you see my next installment, remember these great words from the popular song; YOU PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT, AND YOU SHAKE IT ALL UP…………..”
I'll be shaking my head and writing what comes to mind.
Don Bobbitt, February, 2017
If you haven't read Chapter-1, click here to go to the beginning.
- The OLD MAN in the Keys - Part-1, Living in the Keys
This is the first of a series of Chapters about the famous travel destination, the Keys. Each will have a different subject and be solely the author's (just an Old Man living here) views and thoughts.
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- The OLD MAN in the Keys - Part-3, Maybe its the Pelicans
When you come to the Keys, and have finally gotten your heart rate and blood pressure down to reasonable levels, you will start to be entertained by such simple things as, Pelicans.
© 2017 Don Bobbitt