Like thousands of my readers, I have quit watching professional sports: NFL, NBA, and MLB. Also gone from “the daily rotation,” are cable TV, the NYT (Boston Globe, Washington Post included), Google search, and now Amazon!
That’s right, no more Amazon for me, and undoubtedly for many of you. After all, what sort of constitutionally-strong American would support the BLM/Marxist horror package backed by Amazon?
All of which opens up time to hunt down, as I am having fun and great success doing, neat high-tech web sites to replace my Amazon account.
Furthermore, if you follow my lead, you will be able to get going with your serious preparations to depart “Blue State Poison Land” forever.
Over three decades ago, Debbie and I relocated our official residence to the one-square-mile Old Town neighborhood of Key West, just 90 miles from Cuba.
We pay no state income taxes in Florida.
In our early years, we did not own a car in KW. We never really needed one, but kids and grandkids often visit these days, so our four-cylinder 2004 Jeep, with all of 9,000 on it, comes in handy for those odd events.
Most days are sunny and warm (maybe too warm) in Florida’s Southernmost City.
No one would confuse KW with Paris. Our shopping, by example, is pretty much confined to our two-block walk to the local seafood market (loaded) and organic, natural food market. That’s about it for the week’s shopping. And except for sprouted corn frozen tortillas, there is little we buy that is packaged or processed.
Key West had (before Covid-19), a four-screen arts movie theatre that ran from afternoon into the evening. And, as befits Key West, Tropic Cinema serves a nice selection of beer and wine (and popcorn). It will soon reopen, we hope!.
Louie’s Backyard, Café Marquesa, Antonia’s, Thirsty Mermaid, and Nine One Five headline a decent fine to semi-fine dining roster. Not in the same league as Burgundy, but they work for us.
We are fortunate in KW to be able to purchase grass-fed beef, locally caught fish, and plenty of organic produce.
On the wine front is our weekly “white glove” Old Town scooter service. Delivery is from our friend Mark, who, in reality, is a lot more “heavy metal” than “white glove.” You won’t have any trouble making the distinction.
As the fall of 2020 kicks in, you will have a much better feel for why I am advising you to pull the ripcord on professional sports and Amazon, and to instead load up the fam and the critters and pack yourselves off to a friendly, well-defended island, or at least to a red state with super friendly gun laws. Last on the relocation-friendly list is tiny, freezing, and liberal Vermont. So beautiful and so many good friends made over decades. We just duck the issue of politics. Vermont has ONE OF THE BEST gun laws among the fifty states as well as gorgeous, cheap real estate.
Make it a productive couple of months. You’ll be glad you did.