Recently I drove to Key West to perform an act of mercy. I went down there to rescue an Executive Client I have and restored four PCs. He got hit by a virus that popped up a window demanding that he buy their “product” not once but twice. I managed to save his data and got all four PCs up to date and running smoothly.
In Home PC Service…
Anyway… on the drive back, I headed through the City of Big Pine. As you cross onto the island you see this series of signs. It used to be more than just this, there used to be a series of speed limit signs saying that they ticket for 1MPH over the limit, its expensive, had a traffic information radio station broadcasting why, and so forth.
The Key Deer are a little bit of a thing. They’re deer that are the size of a dog. I’ve never actually seen one, although I’ve been seen by them, and I am fine with that. If it means they’re safe, the better for them. Now the road is fenced in and there must be less pressure on the little things. The settled area looks like any other in the Keys – strip malls on US1, homes behind it, water that is bluer than the sky, low trees. Once you get out of the settled area, the fence starts and continues until you pass out of Big Pine. Each road that leads out from US1 out of the settled area has grates that are designed to make it difficult for the deer to put their feet on it with little bumps on each ridge. Seems to work, although I’d hate to breakdown in that area.
Driving the Jeep through there, I’d note the signs, slow to 44mph during the day, and watch intently hoping to see one of the little guys first hand. Maybe Next Time, I’d tell myself and plan to actually visit Big Pine on the next trip so I could see them.
Who knows if there will be a next time for me in Key West, but I do hope that the Key Deer will continue. A one of a kind creature in a one of a kind ecosystem, they deserve to survive.