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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk, the long suffering.

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Cash Flow in Fort Pierce 26 DEC 2005

We headed north to Fort Pierce on the East Coast of Florida. We had stayed there some years earlier in a  modest Holiday Inn Express and had a fine fish dinner in a nearby bohemian restaurant where guests were invited to sign a dollar bill and paste it to the ceiling or walls. Every available surface of the restaurant was covered in dollar bills; thousands and thousands of dollar bills. The owner had explained to us that this was illegal as he handed us a felt tipped pen with which to sign a bill out of my wallet. It was our mission on this trip to revisit our dollar bill and have another fine fish supper.

We arrived late and we were surprised to learn that the Holiday Inn Express had been flooded by a hurricane two years earlier. The entire building had been restored back to its former self, but the rates had been inflated to something less than acceptable. We swallowed the bitter pill. and found ourselves paying twice the rate of the Miami Hilton. We were ripped off.

But then it got worse when we made or way down toward the restaurant and our dollar bill, since the restaurant had also been hit by the hurricane, and no longer existed. We assume that our dollar bill had been swept out to sea with all the other memories that it represented. They say, “Never go back.”


Hurricanes   26 DEC 2005

On the journey across Florida, intermittent storm damage has been noted every now and again. Between towns we would occasionally see a forest of skeletal trees stripped of their foliage and all leaning in one direction having been swiped by the storm in one blow.

We came upon some ravaged dwellings daubed by the scrawled threat LOOT AND WE SHOOT.

And so many signs had been attached by the wind including the Miami Hilton sign but everywhere signs were missing the odd letter often to odd or comic effect. GOOD _EAR TIRES for example.

We made a game of it.


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