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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Remembering a special place




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 Saturdays.

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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5 Comments:

Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Thank you for the memories. Very nice. I was a busboy at The Taurus during high school.

October 26, 2014 8:48 AM  
Anonymous jack said...

Those were the day's my friend. We thought they'd never end but, they did.

October 26, 2014 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about those Martin Burgers???

October 27, 2014 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Deborah said...

After I sent this for publication, I said to myself, "Oh, shoot, I forget to mention Martin." How can one remember everything that went on at the Taurus? It was so sumptuous.

Deborah

October 27, 2014 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I speak for everyone when I say Wuuuuut?

October 27, 2014 2:06 PM  

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