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Wrestling with Hemmingway in a Dream-HallucinationI sat outside of the Hogsbreath Saloon with my chin in my hand and a newspaper with a headline about Ernest Hemmingways life being celebrated this coming week in Key West It was a hot afternoon and I was groggy after being drunk the night before and I wanted to be in my bed but the little room that my friends and I rented was like an oven in the afternoon tropical heat I was in Florida on vacation with three of my high school friends and we were supposed to leave Florida for New Jersey the week before but we got tropical fever and stayed in Key West for a few more nights I was trying to write a piece for a publication called the Rutgers Ruminations on request of my friend turned publisher who wanted an article on the literariness of Key West The project finally led me to a blue bench outside of Hemmingways Favorite Watering Hole I wish that I remembered how it happened how I dozed off under the sky in front of that bar with my face in the two-page spread recapitulating Hemmingways stay in Key West I dont remember if it was from the dehydration caused by the alcohol in my system or just the plain heat but I fell fast asleep on a bench outside the Hogsbreath Saloon in Key West FloridaThats where he drinks Yup thats it - his barstool and all He just sits there alone all afternoon and drinks Black-label and writes in those three-penny notebooks he has there Never smokes though Constantly boasts about how much he drinks and how many women he has been with Who are you I asked He didnt answer the question but he pointed toward the door of the barGet out of here I am triple the man you are and can drink whiskey long past the time you hit the floor You
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