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Monday, October 04, 2004

Mike and Sonni Standefer

Don't we look like the happy couple? We're also known as "The Hippie and The Heathen" Our fun nicknames for ourselves, so don't take it too seriously. I wrote a song with that as a title shortly after we met in 2000. I'll have to look it up and print the lyrics here in this blog. I'm going to use Quick-Standefer. I've had a few too many names, I think. My business and other stuff is still in the name Quick and I find it a little too daunting to think of changing all that paperwork just yet.

Mike-Sonni  We had obstacles pulling off this ceremony. Who would think that Mike would need his divorce decree from 26 years ago? (One of a few things we had to overcome)

Reverend Shirley officiated. It meant a lot to me to have so much family there. All of the women wore sarongs and the guys wore island shirts. Karen baked me a cake with so much love and personality in it. She even found a little shell that was shaped like a heart for decoration.

The ceremony was close to sunset. The sky was beautiful. Karen's husband Tom escorted me "down the isle". (across the balcony) For the bridal march everyone dum-dum-de dum'd and during the ceremony Melissa's boyfriend Jesse played soft guitar music. I couldn't have planned a nicer evening.

Karen, Tom, Shawn, Melissa and Jesse were there. My grandson Alex, My neice Kelly, husband Chris and son Rylie, my mom, and Chris's mother and three sister's. My nephew Steven and wife Angel and daugher Bently came to the beach house but decided to have dinner with a friend in the area instead of coming to the wedding.

Dancing Alyssa

Alyssa Duenas, my youngest grandchild. Megan and Chris's daughter.

Alyssa  This picture was taken summer 2003, the last time I went to California to visit family out there. She'll be five later on this month. Megan and her family live in Vacaville which is between San Francisco and Sacramento. Megan really doesn't like living there but because Mom-mom, Nana Bunker and Uncle Alan only live about an 1 1/2 hours away she doesn't feel so isolated.

Sonni and Mike at Amtrak

My grandson Alex traveled with us and he is the one who took the picture. He took quite a few good ones.

Amtrak  This was the end of a two day trip by train. A first for all of us and hopefully not the last. We were waiting for Karen and Mom, and Melissa and her boyfriend Jesse to pick us up on their drive down to the beach.

Kelly, Chris and Rylie Martin

This summer, quite a few of us got together at the Outer Banks at a beach house - eight long miles of driving through the sand. I have lots of great pictures of everyone that I will be posting her and there as I scan them in.

Kelly and family  This picture was taken right after the wedding ceremony. The sunset was awsome and made the perfect backround for the picture.

Kelly is my sister Cindy's daughter. Unfortunately Cindy said she wouldn't come to the beach house if I was there. I'm still trying to figure out the rational for that. Nonetheless it was so good to see everyone and introduce them to my "Old Hippie"

Sonni AKA Deby - Vacation 2004

This is me - looking a little pooped. Mike took this when we were on the Belle of Louisville.

sonni  The Belle of Louisville is one of the big old paddle entertainment boats that used to go up and down the Ohio River. It still does - but it didn't have the old fashioned charm that I was expecting - a little romantic fanatisizing. But still it was nice to watch the river. Vacations are hard work - so much on the go - but I enjoyed every minute of it. At this point I think we married a little over a week.

Dorothy Ferden 1917

Dorothy - Aunty Dot - is Lois's next oldest sister. Cute isn't she? She looks like a doll I used to have named Patty that I could hold the hands of and make her walk.

Gene Fritz  Aunty Dot lives in Massachusettes. She's the mother of Cousin Pat (who recently took a trip to Mass with Mom, and Donna.) I haven't seen her in a long time. I tried to visit with her back in about 1998 when I was visitng with a friend in Fall River, Ma, but she discouraged me, saying that I probably wouldn't be able to find her apartment. I wonder if I'll have the chance to see her again in this life time. I have cousins that I haven't seen since they were kids. Family gets so separated.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Current Events in Key West

This has been a long and difficult month to get through. September is generally the slowest month of the tourist season anyway, but having to deal with the upset of weather and tourists concerned about vacations they had planned, there were many cancellations that really hurt the local population. I'm hoping that it is over but that might just be wishful thinking. Thank goodness I had a little cushion so paying bills wasn't a problem. Now I just have to save that money again for the next time.

So many cruise ships were cancelled and other people weren't flying into Miami or Ft Lauderdale and then coming down to the Keys. The town was empty. Most towns don't have a lot of people walking on the streets and lots of bicycles and mopeds - but we do. So it felt weird not seeing a lot of people walking around. Sales at the store were awful - the worst since I took over the management. But still, the sales people needed a paycheck. Commision checks for the month are going to be very low - but at least they had the hourly. Even though there wasn't the need to have 2 people there sometimes, they were still on the schedule. The owners of the store are good people and understood that.

So many people here work at service jobs - restaurants, bars etc. and not only had hours cut, they also made no tips when they did work. Even the businesses have been worried. A small store on Duval street can rent for $14,000 a month (choke) so it wouldn't take much to ruin a business.

Not long ago Robo went from fulltime to parttime at the store so he could work at a restaurant where the tips are really good. He also movedout of the house and got an apartment with lis ladylove. They didn't get a chance to really get on their feet so they're struggling. Other people who I've met since I moved here, and know I do okay must think I have the letters ATM on my forehead because they are crawling out of the woodwork to see if I have any money to spare. Not.

I heard a lot of complaining in town from people who evacuated and then were upset that they did. All I can say is that there were some nasty hurricanes out there. People died and some faced tremendous damage. We were once again spared. Maybe we don't have as much money as we think we should have - but we didn't have anything to clean up. We just needed to unpack what we packed and keep our fingers crossed that we won't have to pack it up again.

Now it's a brand new month. Fantasy Fest (Mardi Gras) is at the end of the month and the tourists will be back in droves. About that time our humidity will be decreasing and we'll stop sticking to everything. The weather will be beautiful. I'll be able to take a break at the store and sit outside and watch the sunset with the sailboats going by. I think that's worth the possibility of a hurricane - don't you?