Just the two of us
If you've never driven to Key West, you
really should do it at least once. Maybe
even twice. It's beautiful, and a driving
thrill. Driving down from Miami is quite
simple: Once you leave the mainland,
don't head right or left; just head south
until you reach "The Last Resort."
Some vacationers always fly to Miami
and then rent a car to drive to Key West,
but having made the drive a half dozen
times in my life, the next time I will fly one
of the commuter airlines that serves the
island. For the main reason. I can't wait to
Once on the island, relax—have a Pina
Colada and settle into the laid-back lifestyle. The restaurants and bars are great
and varied, and every lodging place offers
something different. It might be a couple
of upstairs rooms in someone's quaint, little Conch house or a full-service guest
resort or compound.
There's more than 50 gay places to stay.
Everybody's pocketbook can be accommodated. My favorite place is the Lighthouse
Court, a compound of restored Conch
houses nestled in lush tropical foliage. It
has it all: old charm, modern facilities,
pool and Jacuzzi, health club, bar, restaurant.
Another favorite of mine is the Lime
House, a smaller and more subdued guest-
Soaking up rays at Lighthouse Court
house. Owners Vern and Bill will pamper
you like royalty, A friend also recommends the Sea Isle and The Pines.
What's there to do in Key West besides
lying poolside soaking up rays and drinking Pina Coladas? The world-famous
Duval Street awaits your inspection and
strolling: Old renovated homes, museums,
theater, quaint ahops. artgalleries, restaurants and bars.
Ride a bike, snorkel in the blue Gulf, fish
or try your hand at sailing. For night-time
entertainment, there are dozens and
dozens of fine restaurants to chose from.
Enjoy a leisurely dinner under the stars
and watch the Key West world stroll by.
Then dance the night away at The Copa or
the Monster. A good cruise bar is 1 Saloon,
while Michael's attracts a piano-bar
The real Key West begins when the sun
goes down. A man strolls by with an
iguana on a leash. Mimes, jugglers, acrobats and magicians perform their feats.
Some people keep time to banjo pickin',
while others celebrate the jungle beat of
congo players. Peddlers sell homemade
banana bread and brownies.
You are watching the Mallory Square
rituals that accompany the world's greatest sunset. The incredible orange ball descends in a flash into the Gulf of Mexico
right before your very eyes. Applause,
please. And the hundreds of spectators do.
Ahh, Key West. It really is an atmosphere of almost sinful indulgence and
ease. Like Ernest Hemingway said,
"Reach into the past for a little peace and
Darn right, I'll be going back. Time and
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April 13,1984 / The Star 9
Pen Pal Scams
SAN FRANCISCO (IGNA) - Some gay
men, seeking to help other gays behind
bars, have recently found themselves the
victims of some scams involving altered
postal money orders. San Francisco Postal Inspector Mike McKim says that about
20 San Franciscans have reported being
taken by the schemes. McKim explains
how the scams usually work. A prisoner
will ask a "pen pal" to cash a post office
money order at a bank and give the money
to a friend of the convict's outside the prison. Invariably the money orders have
been altered to give them a higher value.
"The Postal Service finds out about it
when we get the altered money order from
the bank," said McKim. The bank will
charge the customer for the altered
amount and, by then, the money the victim gave to the convict's friend is long
One victim lost $20,000 in the scam and
national totals of the swindles are in the
hudnrds of thousands of dollars.
Letters from prisoners usually fill a
page of the Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco's largest gay newspaper, and the
page often carries a warning that readers
may be "exploited" by their prison pen
Paul Lorch, BAR editor, said he knew
some readers had been victimized, but
that most of the writers are just asking
"for another chance."
"Some of these people are good people—
they're kids in for drug busts," he said.
"It's pretty obvious you shouldn't go cashing checks for prisoners.'
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