The Conch Republic

Key West is an interesting place with some VERY interesting characters. The citizens of the Conch Republic can be unique and pride themselves on their ability to express themselves, in particular in their appearance and behavior.

Last night I saw a guy in a pirate outfit with a REAL peg leg. He had it all, including the hat, the patch, the striped pants and the blouse. When I got back to the media center I was told that he usually also walks around with a real parrot on his shoulder.

Then today, as we returned to the harbor I saw a guy on a surfboard with a paddle crossing the channel while all the race boats, photo boats and spectator boats were returning from the races. Mind you, this is the channel in which ocean going cruise ships make their way to Key West. He seemed completely unperturbed. Only in Key West.

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