I got to key west on October 27 and it was awesome walking out of the plane to 85 degree weather! Despite being extremely tired on the first day I went out with some friends that I know down there on my first night. The first night I was there was Fogartys red night and
basically everyone in the town wears red so I got to use my red eyes again!
was so exhausted from the early morning plane ride.
Day 2 was a longer day, didn't go out much during the actual day. I actually hung out at a tattoo shop and played Tony Hawk on ps2 like all day long! I dressed as Lady Gaga that night an had my friend Jim body paint me again. I met up with a nice guy named Ian and we ended up hanging out a lot. Saw a lot more crazy costumes and even found another Gaga! After getting additional body paint from another friend, Chris, I ended up sitting outside the Southernmost Tattoo and people watching. I saw a guy trying to break into a building convinced it was his hotel. the cops on him and they escorted him to where he was trying to be. He was really smashed. The best costumes of the night were to gagas instead of togas (it was toga night).
Before calling it a night I was hanging out with Ian and a off duty police officer, probably the safest person to hang out with. We saw a fight break out, I got threatened by a girl an the cop ended up calling more cops, good times I went to sleep around 4am that morning or night, whatever.
Day 3... I rode my bike during the day and i managed to get mooned by an entire tour bus which was cool. That night I was dressed as a purple monstery looking thing with crazy eyes. I got body painted again by Jim and people were taking tons of pictures so that's cool. I was with Ian again and he was dressed as a prisoner, well really he wore underwear and a little hat :). I saw one of my other friends, Geo, he is super buff ;) We ended up outside of a gay bar for most of the evening and people watched again... We were joined by a out of drag drag queen who was dressed like zombie Shaggy from Scooby Doo and spent the night quoting the film Mommie Dearest outside a drag and gay bar. I got to bed around 4am again and noticed something weird with my eye...
My eye was actually infected on day 4! Those crazy contacts left me with what I thought was pink eye... Joy! I couldn't go out much because the sun hurt my eye so much, I had to rock the pirate patch
which was cool because it was fantasy fest anyway. I was in a fun wedding that night so I stayed inside and helped Sherrie make cupcakes for the reception I stayed with her and my friend Gary, they were actually going to be the first couple to ever get married during the
parade that night. Their house is haunted so with each batch of cupcakes we made the oven would open by itself to let us know the cupcakes were done, it was freaky. She was really nervous because she was getting married in front of hundreds of people that night. She and I headed over to where the float staging area was around 5 to get ready for the parade. I was dressed as Joan Crawford, but until the sun went down I had to rock a pirate eye patch because of my "pink eye". I was on the last float in the parade, Bad George Sound. We had 8 stripper poles and a live band, it was awesome. After the parade began around 7pm our float finally left the staging area around 9pm. The parade was great, my one eye wouldn't stop watering and I only had one contact in my eye, but It was so worth it! After the groom almost got arrested, yea, we finally got to where the wedding would take place in the middle of the parade. The ceremony took about 5 minutes and went off without a hitch... We all even got our picture on Reuters and it went all over the internet including aol news, yahoo, and even somewhere in austria, so fun! We got back to the staging area around 2am after the cops led our float down a closed street.I was even asked to drive the huge float and I promptly said, um hell no! We had cupcakes and toasted Sherrie and Gary on their unusual yet totally unforgetable wedding. I mean who else exchanges rubber chickens and has the best man bring them their rings in a jello shot? No one. Believe it or not Halloween was rather uneventful as Fantasy Fest was over. Bad George Sound won best band for the third year in a row though. I dressed up as Sookie Stackhouse, so basically normal clothes. I walked around the island with Ian, met some new people and hung out at the pool at their hotel until about 4am again.
The day after Halloween I basically did the tourist thing and tried to visit all of the people I hadn't seen yet. I went aboard the USS Ingham and visited the chief engineer, chip, and snapped some very myspace pictures of myself. That night I ended up outside of el Alamo bar to celebrate their 1 yr anniversary. I ended up with an ice cream cone a funny balloon hat and a coat hanger around my neck, oh Key West. The town was basically totally empty that night. I actually my bike home around 1:30am and I was able to ride in the middle of the busiest street in town. One day the town is jammed, the next empty... That's just how it is down there.
Overall, a great trip... I can't wait until next Fantasy Fest... The theme next year is Aquatic Frolic... I'm totally being the Little Mermaid!
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