John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Key West Memories

Key West Memories

 My bother Larry came to visit me in Cape Canaveral with his girlfriend Skyy recently and triggered memories of my time in Key West in the seventies. He returned from a side trip to the Keys with photos of the old "900 Bar" where I used to play my guitar and sing. I could have played "Sloppy Joe's but needed to book in advance and we only stayed a month. During the day, we would dive for conch shells on Smather's Beach and sell them to the tourists and at night, I would play music. It was a carefree lifestyle at the time but everyone grows up eventually :-) I still remember playing my guitar at Mallory Square while watching the sunset celebration with my guitar case open ready to accept tips. Read my short story "Shark Tooth Music". (Reader Discretion Advised)

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I played what was then called the 900 bar on Simonton St. in 1976. It is now "Bobby's Monkey Bar" and apparently is very "gay friendly". My brother Larry took the following photos on his trip to the Keys with his girlfriend last week but opted not to go inside :-). How times change!  

Key West 900 Simonton 

 I played my guitar on top of the horseshoe bar until 4 am and still had shots of tequilla and peppermint schnapps lined up in front of me as tips. They were three for a dollar!!

 Key West 900 Simonton

 Fortunately, I had a designated driver and vowed never to drink tequilla again :-)

 Key West 900 Simonton

Me playing the Cocoa Beach Pier in the nineties.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsJohn Mayer • January 07 2014 10:53AM

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What great memories to have - aren't you glad you did all this before you had to "grow up"?

have a great night

Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Rob - I'm a responsible adult now and all grown up (I think) :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 6 years ago

John ...Do we ever? LOL

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 6 years ago

John, It does sound like it was a great time in your life!  Memories are fun to revisit every once in a while!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi John,

Thanks for sharing some great memories in your life with us. Good thing the bar, Bobby's Monkey Bar is still open and popular as so many close up or become a 99 cent store. Love the picture of you paying your guitair.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 6 years ago

Great pictures, as always, John!  I love Key West, especially visiting the 6 toed cats at the Hemmingway House.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi John, These photos bring back a lot of memories. Sloppy Joe's, I can't belive is still there. Love it!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 6 years ago

Looks like you have some find memories.  The Keys are awesome.  I went to Key Largo in the 80's but never made it down to Key West.  I wish I had.  Looks like an awesome place.

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI (North Sky Realty LLC) almost 6 years ago

Hi Tony - It was definitely a lesson in survival back then.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Kristin - Many businesses come and go in Florida because owners don't do the proper DD. There's a lot of competition for tourist dollars.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 6 years ago

Hi Myrl - My brother opted not to pay to go inside Hemmingway's house but I'm sure he saw the cats. Key West was and always will be an expensive tourist trap but it has a charm that's hard to resist.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 6 years ago

Hi William - They wanted to book me at Sloppy Joe's but I would have had to wait at least a month and I wasn't sure how long we were staying. I kind of regret it now.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 6 years ago

Michael - Key West is worth a visit. Maybe you will get there one day....maybe during "Fantasy Fest" :-) ...google it. 

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 6 years ago

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