Category Archives: JBlogger

JBLOGGER: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] versus Myrtle Beach Parking Meters


Myrtle Beach and Parking Meters

Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] 

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I called the Myrtle Beach police department and told them I would like to speak to Officer Smith and explained why. First, in my anger I actually dialed 911 and ranted about what had taken place. 911 transferred me, so somewhere in South Carolina there is a recording of me ranting about getting a parking ticket on tape. I had to leave a message for Officer Smith who did call me back the next day and told me to just drop off the ticket at the precinct and he would take care of it. However, I listened to him in the first place which is how I got into this predicament to begin with.

So I did go to the police department, dropped off the ticket, put it to his attention, and hoped for the best. The next day, I received a voicemail from Officer Smith saying not to worry about it, he had taken care of it. The bottom line is I am expecting that in 60 days I will receive a notice in the mail that I owe the city of Myrtle Beach $60.

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[JR: Laugh. Tell the judge. And pay more. Of course, it’s a scam. By the gang we call Gooferment!]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) on Kelly, Jack [MC1968]


Jack Kelly

My undergraduate school was Manhattan College. Over the past few years, Jack Kelly and I have run into each other at the Chart Room. Jack a Manhattan grad also. A bit younger than me. He graduated in 1968. I, 1957.

The Manhattan College thing provided instant bonding.

Jack once had a home on Cudjoe Key. Long gone. In recent years, he has been taking a week here and there to visit Key West.

Jack was at the Chart Room last night. Always good to see him. We talked a bit about Manhattan and some of the grads. One or two we both know. Then Jack surprised me. He is returning to Key West full time.

Jack is buying a home in Bayview. He is also in the process of closing on three restaurants. That’s returning big time!

One is the former Finnegan’s Wake. Last operated for several days as Backspace. Jack will be reopening it as Cayheuso. A tapas place.

Another is World of Beer. Near Sloppy Joe’s. Jack plans on naming the new establishment Jack Kelly’s Citizen. Such vanity! Not really. Turns out the location was the first home of the Key West Citizen.

The third place is on Front Street. Across from Two Guys. Not Island Dogs. Next door to Island Dogs. An empty two story commercial building.

The name of the new enterprise escapes me. Its purpose not. Jack intends it to be family friendly. In addition to food, etc., the restaurant will provide all kinds of games for the kiddies to busy themselves with. Even the parents.

Jack is retired Air Force. He presently lives in Washington, DC. He remains active with the Arnold Air Society.

Welcome back, Jack! Good luck!

Jack and I hung together for a few hours at the Chart Room. While there, I met Devin Callahan. A snow bird. He is in Key West frequently. Surprising we had not met before.

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

Kelly, Jack [MC1968]

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JBLOGGER: Meara, Bill [MC1981] radio-electronic homebrewers blogger


Sunday, April 5, 2015
Chuck Adams’ Secret Recipe for Muppet PC Boards (and lots of other homebrew tips)

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A few days ago I shared an e-mail from John N8RVE on his re-build of the SW-40.   John used a “Muppet” board, Muppet being a combination of Manhattan and Ugly techniques.  But there is nothing ugly about it really.  I joked in the title of the blog post that the beauty of this technique is almost enough to get a homebrewer to abandon the Manhattan technique.  Now, I was born on Manhattan island, and I went to Manhattan College, and I have been using the Manhattan technique for many years, so there is a lot of homebrew inertia at work here.   But that SW-40 looked good.  John mentioned that Chuck Adams K7QO has a series of YouTube videos on how to make Muppet boards.   This morning as I waited for the bands to open up, I  decided to take a look.

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Meara, Bill [MC????]
Northern Virginia, United States

Author of “Contra Cross” “SolderSmoke” and “Us and Them”, Bill Meara is a career diplomat and a former army officer who lived overseas for 19 years.

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[JR: I also see has self-published on Lulu. Also, a podcaster; something I’ve never tried. I probably have a face for radio and voice best left unsung. Anyone, who’s seen my karaoke on Facebook, will agree.]

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Dear John,

I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1981.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Meara, Bill [MC1981] 

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) Go Jaspers!


Syracuse No, Manhattan Yes
Posted on March 16, 2015 by keywestlou

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Last night was watching the NCAA seeds. I have no Syracuse to pull for. However, my undergraduate school made it. Manhattan College. A small Catholic college at the north end of New York near the Yonkers border.

Manhattan has a tough roll. They must play their way in. They first must beat Hampton. Their reward for winning is Kentucky. Number 1 and number 16 facing each other.

Manhattan’s coach is Steve Masiello. Played college ball for Louisville as a walk on. Got to two Final Fours, one won. Thereafter, he was an assistant coach to Rick Pitino at Louisville for six years.

Go ‘Cuse now becomes Go Jaspers!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JBLOGGER: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) praying about a new opportunity


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My downloads folder contains some fascinating documents at the moment. The most fascinating is a job description that is tailor-made for me, quite literally a dream job. To do it would be challenging and worthwhile and really good for the kingdom of God. To do it would also require some seriously hard work up front; I’d need help… a lot of help. Then, however, that would yield an amazing opportunity to serve. It feels God-sized. It also feels like it would be a terrible thing to get wrong.

So, I’m dusting off the blog to ask for your help – wherever you are, wherever you see this – will you pray about this with me? If you have some encouragement, or some wisdom, or just a like/favorite/comment to share, I’d be grateful to know you’re here. I sincerely believe in the power of community seeking answers together.

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Gibbons, Patti (MC1986)

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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JBLOGGER: Brennan, Sean Patrick [MC1997] “back to college” wish


Finishing Forty
A year-long journey of perspective about my 40th year of life on Earth

I wish I could go back to college
January 19, 2015
Day 264

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Yesterday afternoon, quite unexpectedly, I found myself staring at my college campus for the first time in over 17 years.

The circuitous way this happened is kind of crazy really, but interesting nonetheless.  Andy’s Uncle Fai died in October, and their family friend Kathy spoke at the wake and funeral for him.  She gave a beautiful eulogy in the funeral parlor, and was just a very good, kind soul throughout the weekend.  This past week, Kathy’s 97-year-old mom died, and though I personally might not have attended this wake otherwise, I really wanted to because of how great Kathy was to Andy’s family a few months ago.  And the funeral parlor her mom was waked at?  It was on Broadway in Riverdale, just four blocks south of the Manhattan College campus.  I never would have guessed it would take 17 years and 8 months until I visited my college again, nor that it would have taken the death of my partner’s uncle’s wife’s friend’s mother to do it!

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[JR: I too wish I could go back to college. Sadly, can’t be done. So we continue to trudge on.]

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JBLOGGER: Teare, Brad (MC1983) keeps a journal


Thursday, January 1, 2015
207 The next best step

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I keep a journal. One of the advantages of a journal is tracking success regarding goals you have made. I’ve learned through the years that I’m not very good at accomplishing long lists of goals. My aim changes too quickly. I think it’s an artist’s prerogative to change direction as often and quickly as inspiration requires.

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Teare, Brad (MC1983) 

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Jasper John R.January 1, 2015 at 11:58 AM
Hopefully that journal is backed up or online for posterity?

Brad Teare January 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM
Hi John. My journal is actually a series of physical books. It is fairly archival although I would lose it in a fire, of course. Maybe I should key it into an online depository but that would take a long time. But thanks for the idea. I made a special box to put them in (thirty volumes so far). I will add a photo to the blog.

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