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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love Wins!

In a landmark opinion, on Friday June 26 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution requires that gay couples have the right to marry no matter where they live.  It was a divided SCOTUS, and the ruling was 5-4.  Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and was joined by the court’s four liberal justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
 “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.”
Kennedy pointed to the idea that marriage was such a longstanding part of humanity, but he framed that differently, pointing out that the men and women who wanted the right to get married were only seeking to join this institution.
“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

The country's views on same sex marriage have slowly been changing over the last decade.  Barack Obama became the first sitting president to openly support marriage equality.  Thirty-seven states and DC already recognized marriage equality, but now the remaining 13 must get on board!  

"The times they are a-changin'!"

Monday, June 15, 2015

Creepy Colonel Sanders

Is it just me, or does anyone else find the new KFC commercials featuring a revamped Colonel Sanders to be just a little bit creepy?  

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Darrell Hammond fan.  During his long run on Saturday Night Live, he was always one of my favorites.  He was born to play Bill Clinton, and his Dick Cheney was so spot on, it was scary.  Come to think of it, I think that may be what bothers me so much about his Colonel is eerily close to the evil, cackling Cheney and it totally creeps me out.

I read that KFC is tickled with the controversy surrounding the revival of their iconic character.  Of course, in the world of advertising, if people are talking about it, then it's a success.  But, I can tell you, for me personally, it does NOT make me want to go out and buy chicken!

What are your thoughts on the new Colonel Sanders?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Featured TV Series: Bloodline

Netflix original "Bloodline" was filmed in the fabulous Florida Keys.

It centers around a family in Islamorada, who own and manage an "Inn" which is actually The Moorings Resort.  The family house is the Main House at The Moorings, which local Keys folks also recognize as a close twin to Pierre's restaurant.  The Moorings, Pierre's & Morada Bay Cafe have the same ownership and architecture.  

The Rayburn family are pillars of the Islamorada community; the parents run the Inn, their daughter is an attorney, one son is a detective and sheriff's deputy, another son operates his own business refurbishing boats at a local marina.  But, things get interesting when the black sheep son comes home, dredging up old family secrets and threatening to both ruin the family's reputation and destroy them financially.

The scenery is amazing, of course!  I enjoyed the story and thought the writing and acting were both good.  Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek are wonderful, again of course!  But all the rest of the cast are strong as well, especially Ben Mendelsohn who plays Danny the bad boy.  The style of filming was also well done and interesting.  Sometimes it seemed that the camera was hiding in the room, observing and seemingly capturing the characters unaware and vulnerable.  Even the soundtrack is good.

While I did really enjoy the story, I got an extra thrill from seeing all the familiar backdrops and scenes set in places I go regularly.
Some of the boating scenes were filmed in the bay right in my "backyard"...

I saw Morada Bay (of course), MM88, The Whistle Stop, Caribbean Club, The Safari Lounge (DAB), Caloosa Cove Marina, Bud & Mary's Marina, Sunshine Market (right across the street from me!), Alabama Jacks, oo-tray's parking lot(!) and more.
The big party in the very first episode was catered by Caribbean Catering and we recognized their lights, chairs, dishes, and Debbie's special touch!  

(Sam & Danny Rayburn in one of the "swingy" tables at MM88.)

(Danny Rayburn with Chelsea and Eric O'Bannon at The Whistle Stop.)

(Danny at Alabama Jacks.)

Bloodline has been renewed for a second season, supposed to premier sometime in 2016.
So far I haven't seen or heard when they will begin filming.  When they were filming the show last summer, we were staying in Boston and missed all the excitement.  Looking forward to being around town when the next season is filmed...who knows, maybe I can sneak on as an extra!  How fun would that be?  

It is only available from Netflix, and only streaming at this time.  I highly recommend this show, it gets 2 thumbs up and 5 stars from me.

What did you think about Bloodline?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Featured Restaurant/Bar/Resort: Chad's Deli

Ask a local where to get the best deli sandwich in the upper Keys and they will tell you Chad's.  Ask a local where to get the best pizza in the upper Keys and they will tell you Chad's.  Ask a local... well you get the idea.  Sandwiches, pizza, burgers, pasta, the best chicken salad (ever, hands down, period) and so much more...ask a local and they will tell you to go to Chad's Deli.  

I can tell you honestly that Chad feeds me at least weekly (sometimes more.)  I'm partial to the chicken salad (did I mention that it's the best ever, hands down, period) on the homemade pumpernickel bread, both the California Cobb and the Santa Fe salads, and Chad's No-Carb Pan Fry is to die for...and mostly healthy!  But, everything is great.  

All of the breads are homemade,
and so are the desserts/pastries.

The list of homemade soups is quite impressive, and every one more delicious than the last.  I do tend to favor the Mushroom Brie, but the Crab & Lobster Bisque is close to heaven.  Their menu is on the website, check it out ( ) and you can see all the soups, breads, etc. - they even serve breakfast every day except Monday.

The staff are all friendly, the service quick and efficient.  They serve beer and wine.  Eat-In or Take-Out, either way, Chad's is a local's favorite.  Be sure and ask for the Locals Loyalty Card.  It's $10 a year, but the proceeds go to Coral Shores High School and it entitles you to discounts, rewards and special offers.

Chad's Deli, Grill and Pizzeria
MM 92.3 (Bayside)
Tavernier, FL 33070

See you at Chad's!