This is my mother Ethel with her Florida G1187
Well now the story gets even better!
Back in 1996, we went to Key West for vacation. While we were there we went sailing on this catamaran.
We had a nice day out on the ocean.
And Roberta even got friendly with the crew!
After a day of sailing we went to this restaurant called the Half Shell Raw Bar. I was taken with the place because the walls are literally covered with license plates. Being a license plate geek, I thought to myself, "Gee, it would be really cool to have one of the old G1187's hanging in here." But I never sent one because... who knows? I didn't know if they'd actually hang it up. I'd never have any proof!
Me in 1996
Fast forward to April 2002. I was talking to this guy about stuff for his Miata and somewhere during the conversation he tells me he lives in Key West. I tell him that I've been to Key West and proceed to tell him the story of the catamaran ride and the bar with the license plates. He then tells me that the boat we were on was probably his. And he knows the people at the bar! The very next day a vintage G1187 plate wings it's way to Key West.
About a week later, "Captain" Sean (pictured above) hangs the now famous G1187 plate in the bar fulfilling a six year dream.
The Day Manager gets in on the Plate Hanging ceremony.
I don't know her name yet but something tells me before too long I will.
Now, remember that picture of Roberta with the crew back in 1996? That was indeed "Captain" Sean (in the tank top)!
The moral of the story: "What goes around comes around".
Updated September 10, 2007
On a recent trip to Florida, I made the pilgrimage to the Half Shell Raw Bar to visit the G1187 shrine.
It's been moved from it's original spot to a lower area of the same wall. After locating it, I sat down at the bar and ordered up a dozen fresh oysters and a beer. I began chatting with the bartender who looked vaguely familiar. I asked how long she'd worked there. "14 years", she groaned. Her name is Judy, the unnamed Day Manager from 2002.
Judy and Larry, 8/24/07
Sean and Larry, 8/24/07
Just by chance I wandered into another bar
(there are lots of them in Key West)
called the Hog's Breath Cafe
and there on the wall was another 1187 plate!
Someone from New Hampshire who was awarded The Purple Heart.
If anyone knows this person, I'd love to hear from them.
The G1187 saga continues to captivate and amaze us...
Got your own 1187 story? Let's hear about it!