Friday, October 15, 2004


We are fortunate to have both CSPAN and CSPAN 2 on our Comcast cable system. I may have mentioned previously that we get expanded cable service included in our rent. I added high-speed internet to the cable at our own expense.

I like CSPAN for a number of reasons, but principally because one can watch news as it's happening, and because it is truly fair and balanced, one of the very few outlets that I feel that way about.

We live in an apartment that is at the back of an historic five-unit building located in Bahama Village. The apartment was once a garage and shed detached to the back of the main house. Someone, it is said, operated a coffee shop in it at one point in its history. At some time in the past, someone remodeled it by attaching it to the main house with a roof over two bedrooms built into the main house. The main rooms are a living/dining area, a small-ish, pullman style kitchen, narrow but very efficient, and a pretty good sized bathroom. Both sets of french doors, one in the living area and one in the dining area, open onto a narrow patio, where we have a plastic table with three chairs, a tall directors chair, and lots of greenery, highlighted by an hibiscus tree over eight feet tall that drips flowers on the patio every morning. I don't think that the hibiscus has stopped producing flowers since we got here. There's a potted night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) in the corner by the gate. When in bloom, the aroma of a night-blooming jasmine is intoxicating. The gate opens onto Truman Avenue although our address is Thomas St.

We're comfortable here. We just got a new air conditioner put in, to replace one that was failing just a month shy of the end of its warranty. The A/C belongs to the apartment, not us. The landlords (who live in the front of the house) were quite happy about the warranty thing, though.

It's the same place that we lived in until we left Key West in 2002. We got it back through the lucky break of the prior tenants' decision to buy a condo and needing to break their lease. Even Maggie, our dog, seems to recognize that she's been here before, as she was instantly comfortable. She still barks whenever someone comes to the gate, or if another dog passes by while she's on the patio. We're looking forward to the cooler weather when we'll be able to leave the doors open.

Our rent ($1400 a month) also includes water & sewer, trash collection, and gas for cooking. We pay only for electric and the internet connection. Our only phone is a Sprint cell phone plan, with 300 minutes a month and unlimited usage between 7 PM and 7 AM and on weekends.

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