Gulf Coast meditations

Southern latitudes, Florida in particular, offer beauty, warm hospitality and friendly charm. Life on the gulf this time of year transcends mere relaxation. The warm breeze is a drug, the lush green landscape a comfortable down mattress. I can see living here and why it has drawn so many millions over the decades. We could be on the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages or the Black Sea in the time of Genghis Kahn. The vast majority of humans are near the salty breeze as they awake each day.

We’re in a gated community. Mexicans, Cubans and blacks tend to our needs. For that reason, I could not live here. Liberal guilt would ruin it for me.

4 thoughts on “Gulf Coast meditations

  1. If liberal guilt is all that is stopping you, then you haven’t consumed enough margaritas. That would make it Gulf Coast Medication. Go all Buffet…. Jimmy that is.

    “Nibblin’ on sponge cake,
    watchin’ the sun bake;
    All of those tourists covered with oil.
    Strummin’ my six string on my front porch swing.
    Smell those shrimp
    They’re beginnin’ to boil.

    Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
    Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt.
    Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame,
    But I know it’s nobody’s fault.”


  2. Two different views of the same musical protest in Key West from the person I have long considered America’s modern day Woody Guthrie.

    The top vid is higher audio quality and shorter but the bottom link shows the context much clearer.

    Steve Clark writes some of the very best in modern protest well as other stuff he likes to write about. I used to catch him touring the North West busking his way around Oregon and Wa. Now it looks as though he’s hanging in Key West keeping it real. Over the years I collected up a few of Steve’s self produced cassette tapes, one of which is called “Song’s From The Gutter.”

    So his lament to his city counsel to let him out of the gutter down on Duval street in front of Jimmy Buffet’s Bar is even more apropos than apparent at first.


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