June 20, 2013

The Conch Republic Is Our New Home!

Key West or Cayo Hueso aka the Conch Republic is an island in the Straits of Florida & part of the Florida Keys at the southernmost tip of the continental United States & officially as of July 1ST will be home for me & my wife Martha Luz!

The Conch Republic was established by secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America, on April 23rd, 1982 in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade setup on highway US1 at Florida City/Homestead just to the north of the Florida Keys. This heinous act effectively isolated Florida Keys Citizens from the mainland since the blockade was on the only land artery to & from the mainland. This roadblock portrayed Keys residents as non-U.S. citizens who had to prove their citizenship in order to drive onto the Florida mainland! 

Our new adventure in life is the beginning of our Conch Republic journey & maybe, just maybe my enjoyment of fishing which begin in Minnesota will take on a life of its own! 

By an act of Congress we will hold dual citizenship as Conchs & as Americans!

"I don't mean what other people mean when they speak of a home, because I don't regard a home as a place, a building, or a house of wood, bricks, & stone. I think of a home as being a thing that two people have between them in which each can nest." ― Tennessee Williams

Our new home & job came about because of a passion within me that was reignited through writing "HOME!" 

"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." ― Ernest Hemingway

My wife & I enjoy the beauty of the Florida Keys & our sacrifice to live & work in Key West & enjoy it's diverse art will be expounded upon in upcoming blogs!

"You want proof there's a God? Look outside, watch a sunset." ― Frank Peretti

The Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is like a carnival & is filled with many characters that call Key West home!

"Love of music, of sunsets & sea; a liking for the same kind of people; political opinions that are not radically divergent; a similar stance as we look at the stars & think of the marvelous strangeness of the universe ― these are what build a marriage. And it is never to be taken for granted." ― Madeleine L'Engle

My marriage is a blessing to me & through this new chapter of our journey will be a blessing to children & youth & maybe even some adults!

B.O.'s Fish Wagon looks like a shack that has survived a few hurricanes but their fish sandwiches with all the fixings on fresh Cuban bread with a Key Lime Mayo are a perfect lunch &/or dinner when paired with hand pulled french fries, cole slaw & a  refreshing Key Limeade!

Key Lime Pie is the most delicious dessert ever & its only rival just may be my very own invention . . . Piña Colada Cake!

Many more photos & thoughts of mine to come in the near future & if you ever need to get out of the cold winter weather, remember that BPK & MLK live in Key West, Florida! 

¡Pura Vida!

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