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Green Parrot Shawon-o-meter

A Brief History of Our Shawon-O-Meter, or Go Cubs!

As the snake-bitten Chicago Cubs franchise prepares to take the field today and even-up their NLCS series with The Dodgers, overcome 108 years of failure, and mercifully end the longest World Series drought in MLB history, I thought it timely to again examine the Cubbies section of our Green Parrot Sports Wall, particularly the centerpiece,  an original, authentic  SHAWON-O-METER First, a bit on the […]

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Kentiopsis pyriformis

Emergent Leaf of Kentiopsis pyriformis

I would walk past this small, but lovely, palm each morning, a Kentiopsis pyriformis,  and since it was just feet from our gate, I would pass it several times a day and for months, six months at least, this one emergent frond would look exactly the same, never changing. I knew it was a slow growing palm. one […]

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My Father's day post for The Green Parrot

Father’s Day

Here’s a post I put up last year for Father’s Day that and I still can”t  think of a better way to honor all these Fathers in my family who helped make me a better dad….and a better person. Thank You all. On this Father’s Day I’d like to taken a moment to honor not only my […]

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National Negroni Week

National Negroni Week, first launched in 2013, is the brainchild of Imbibe magazine,  and was devised as a way to encourage bars across the country to serve up more Negronis,  and support an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.  While, not unlike the Aperol Spritz I mentioned last week, you probably won’t be asking […]

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Muhammed Ali “The Greatest: January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

Two of my favorite pieces on the walls here at The Parrot are images of Ali. The photo on the left, taken by Beatles photographer Harry Benson, (which I found in a pile of old photos in a junk store and bought for two dollars I believe) shows Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, […]

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The Aperol Spritzer 1-2-3

I gotta tell ya. you’re probably not gonna order an Aperopl spritzer in the Green Parrot. But I will say is when I stepped out of The Parrot, while it wasn’t steamy, there’s no doubt it was summer,it might have been the last remnants of the day’s heat coming off the asphalt on Whitehead street […]

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June 1st: Time For COLBY’S OFFICIAL GREEN PARROT HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS KIT.

As is our custom at the start of each Hurricane season, a new devotional candle has been placed in the small handmade wooden cabinet next to the Benjamin Franklin shutter just inside the Parrot’s front door. The candle, the centerpiece of The Green Parrot Hurricane Preparedness Kit   sits ready to be whisked off to […]

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Green Parrot Little Free Library: Memorial Day

Sprucing up our  Little Free Library a bit  this morning for our Bootleggers visit tomorrow, as well as curating with the another  holiday weekend in mind, and looking I suppose for some  beach-reads,  I spied among recent donations,  some  vintage hard-backed Earle Stanley Gardner, as well as some Steven King, Other fiction turned up Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover, […]

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Refreshing Summer Cocktail Supplies From Green Parrot Liquors

With summer and Memorial Day upon us,   one of the the first things that comes to mind  is picnics. And when I think of picnics I think of watermelon. I imagine myself reaching elbow-deep, arms stinging, into a washtub filled with block-ice, sodas and beer, and wrangling out a ice-cold watermelon, cutting a deep, […]

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Henricks Gin, Mint and Lime, Perfect Summertime Ingredients

A day as steamy and muggy as today seemed to catch everyone in Key West off guard, so when our bartender Beaver remarked to me this afternoon that he received a text today saying the temperature today seemed liked 111 degrees than the 103 degrees Weather Underground was touting,  it made me think of ways to beat […]

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