PERSONALLY YOURS: Impromptu Key West: Here’s looking at you, kid

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 09:33 AM.

I rushed home and got on cheap ticket sites and began to search. However, it appeared that hurdle would be insurmountable. Way too much money.

My daughter suggested flying standby, so, I called one of the airlines to inquire about the possibility. The representative said "no." As a last-ditch effort, I phoned the second airline. This rep also said "no" to standby, but she offered to help. Amazingly, she offered the tickets at the price I had in mind to pay.

The call to a friend to see if I could get a ride to and from the airport was the final piece of the puzzle. Against all odds, it was a go.

The flights were as smooth as glass and landed either on time or early at their destinations every time.

During the day, while my daughter was working, I enjoyed the hotel's complimentary breakfast, lounged by the pool, did a little reading, and took the shuttle to Duval Street. All those roosters walking around crowing and the strange sights you see on the street there never cease to intrigue me. 

When she left work each day, my daughter took me to quaint little off-the-beaten path restaurants in Old Town, then we walked Duval and shopped or went to Mallory Square and watched the sun set amid the circus-like atmosphere.

The sunsets were incredible, and even though I had visited Key West three times previously, I had never been in the town after dark. In Mallory Square we found a man walking a tightrope without a net or cushion, and a man who had seven or eight cats in carriers, one of which was trained to jump through a flaming hoop. Unbelievable.

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