Friday night, at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, was
special. We go there most Friday nights,
where we see new friends, and old friends who help to bring back great
memories. But, this drizzly, miserable
evening, which started out sparsely attended, ended up being a mini-Taurus
reunion. Not the current Taurus, but,
the pre-March, 2003 Taurus. I feel sorry
for anyone reading this who did not know THAT Taurus.
The current version of The Taurus is a friendly enough
place, which is trying hard to have a neighborhood feeling, but it can never be
anything like the original. It will
never have a shark on the ceiling, whose maw I decorated for every holiday,
like with a Santa or Easter Bunny, or Leprechaun. It will never have body bowling, ring toss,
or blowgun competitions on Sunday afternoons.
It certainly will never have a big red phone booth. How many problems were solved, or created, in
that phone booth! And I doubt it will
ever have a poetry night.
We’ll never experience King Mango Strut preparations there, or
the Strut after party with a couple of thousand people dancing on Main
Highway. There was backgammon in the
back room, and liar’s poke in another.
And, the bands, oh, the wonderful bands we danced to Tuesdays through
And the characters – Sunhawk selling his ingenious wood
carvings, Nassau shining shoes, Neith Neveleson selling her paintings, and
Charlie Brown philosophizing.
There is so much that was so special about the Taurus. We’ll never experience another place like it,
or, another Butch Beamer Warren.
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