So, in my last post I mentioned that I needed to get back to Key West again soon. Well, “soon” ended up being a week later.
In my never-ending quest to try to do more for myself, I finally have made good on my threat to live in the Keys – well, for a few weeks, anyway. After 8+ years of talking about it, I contacted a few friends in Key West and found someone who was willing to put up with me while I see what life on the island is like. I spend a few days here regularly, but my friend Robyn suggested that I stay a few weeks, if I really want to see what it’s like to live down here.
So that’s where I am. I closed up my beach apartment (my wonderful friend Ginny is watching it for me), loaded a couple of bags of stuff I couldn’t live without into the Solara, and headed south. My generous friend Carolyn greeted me at the end of the highway, and I quickly moved into her guest room. We celebrated my arrival with cocktails, and I crawled into bed on Saturday night ready to see what Sunday might bring.
It brought fun.
Since I bring my work with me, I worked for part of the day, but spent a couple of hours in the morning on my bike, exploring the island, before meeting my friend Koz at the Hog’s Breath for a beer and some great music. Copper Sky had been playing all week and I heard that they were really good, so didn’t want to miss them. And they were indeed fantastic! We ran into a few more friends (it’s a small town), and hung out until the music was done, then wandered to the Smoking Tuna to see who was playing there. We dodged raindrops (the precursor to Tropical Storm Andrea) as we walked the quiet streets, and finally headed home before midnight.
I spent my first day thinking I had made a mistake. I missed my little beach apartment, missed my friends, wondered what the heck I was doing so far from home, why I ever thought I’d want to live down here. But after spending the evening with friends listening to music, instead of sitting home alone, I knew I had made the right choice.
I’m making a list of all the things I love to do down here, and all the things I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t. I’ll hang out with my friends, listen to great music, frequent my favorite bars, and soak up life on the island. And at some point, I’ll make a decision. But right now, I’m just gonna have fun!
Stay tuned for reports on my Life on the Rock!