Sigh... I've returned from my vacation in Key West and am struggling to get back in the work spirit...The above picture is from Ernest Hemingway's bookshelves in his home in Key West. Beautiful!
I must tell you all that if you have never visited Key West, Florida, I highly recommend it! Normally, the tourist season is the highest during November through February when it isn't searingly hot, but I go in July to support my father in the Ernest Hemingway Look Alike contest. This is one of the funniest and most fun competitions that is supported and followed by many, and Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West hosts this event every year. This was the 30th year of the event, and not only is it a competition of older gentlemen with white hair and a beard and mustache, the money generated from the auctions and other events goes towards the Scholarship fund that is awarded to a local Key West student! Not to mention, the winner is interviewed by several major news outlets! It's a wonderful event, and we also had a wedding to attend as well -- so much to do!
Dad made the finals, but sadly, didn't win the honor of being a Papa Hemingway this year -- however, it's the 3rd year in a row that he's made the finals, so maybe next year, right? A post will be coming soon for a quick overview of the event and the trip. Although not a very bookish review, it is however, a trip that is prompted by one of the great writers in history for the Hemingway Days Festival! Click here to see the events overview and pictures of the winner!
I lazed around in hot Key West and didn't really read too much -- I had hoped to finish The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff, but spent each day surrounded by family and friends for the Hemingway Contest and the wedding, and then fell fast asleep as soon as my head hit my bed and breakfast pillow at the Angelina Guest House...however I was able to jump back into it this morning and I'm excited to finish this.