A little glimpse inside my personal world – Fort Lauderdale Boat Show & Key West 2015.

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I don’t want to always be serious on this blog because I want to share my experiences as I’m working AND living in this salt lifestyle. So….I’ve been thinking about Key West an awful lot lately. This happens certain times of the year, just like “Jimmy Buffett season” hits me hard at certain times, too.

Last year in November I took about 10 days for a vacation — Fort Lauderdale for the boat show, down to Key West, back home for 2 days then to see my parents in Kentucky. I will be sharing some of my favorite photos from the boat show and boat related in Key West.

For some reason I always get shots like this and they end up my favorite. Every. Single. Time.

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Very boat.

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This was just super duper gorgeous in person.

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I am mad for the 7 engines! Power! Not just my favorite number either ;)!

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Very, very slick look inside:

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I am also mad for the Ulysses Nardin / Midnight Express boat. I have to snap a photo every time I see it.

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This had to of been my favorite display… mostly because of the crab pillow. I was missing my Eisenhower so very much at that point.

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I also loved/favored this Everglades boat too. Super nice looking for fishing… awesome color too. Everglades always end up being my favorite boat at the smaller shows.

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Fort Lauderdale was extremely hot for a November day, so I was lucky that I had a “home away from home.” My company’s Monterey rep allowed me to come in their a/c tent room and I stayed in there reading and working on my book. I’ve seen that same rep several times and he keeps asking if I’ve finished my book. Well, the answer is no, but one day soon. I hope. 

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After Lauderdale, I left for the Keys. A1A was the most beautiful drive I have ever driven. I love that highway. There is something about A1A that made my heart extremely soulful and being surrounded by water made me want to sing all the Jimmy tunes in the world! I was smiling from ear to ear, that’s for sure.

Any trip that I take I play this game of “find the Pirate” and guess what?

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I found the Pirate… inside of the coin shop there.

The next day I went to the famous graveyard. Something else about me, I absolutely love looking at what is said on the tombstones. I imagine what the person is like and sometimes I also write poetry about that too.

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This one has a boat on it, and starts out “Like the waves and time…”

There is something so poetic about the water, and the talk about “time” while on the water; it’s like a song that never ends no matter the silence or sound.

I went other places exploring KW. I came up on the memorial down by one of the waterfronts.

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And found my most favorite poem in the entire world. This is exactly how I have lived my life and will continue to live my life.

I left there and went to Mallory Square area to the aquarium to visit my sea friends.

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He reminds me of some of the fish characters off Spongebob, haha. Of course, I got to see some alligators, seahorses, stingrays, happy lobsters and other creatures.

I hung around Mallory Square for the sunset. This was also such a soulful experience. Nothing in the world mattered besides the happiness bursting out of my heart that I was standing there witnessing one of the best “gifts” in the world.

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Not intentionally but I went and got… fish… after looking around a while. It was super delicious! The place right next door to the Green Parrot.

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Then, I went for a super late night drink at Captain Tonys. I felt his spirit, and Jimmy’s too, but mostly his. I was reaching to the sky for a verse of Last Mango in Paris. I felt the Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street was near, as well. I looked up to Captain Tony for advice, and it seems his words of ‘be your own Captain’ was right. I am steering my own ship and I get to pick the direction.

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I had so much fun between the Lauderdale show and Key West. There’s nothing better than Boats & Keys… keep a look out in the future because that is the title of the book I’m working on, which will be finished some time this year.

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