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GUEST,fox4zero RI Quiz (55* d) RE: RI Quiz 07 Aug 03

Block Island is well populated by bars. The island measures 3 1/2 miles wide and 7 miles long. It is lovingly described as "pork-chop" shaped. Summer population numbers about 3000-5000 souls, and about 500 in winter (mostly without souls). Winter census is carried out on Ground Hog Day in one of the pubs, where everyone is supposed to be counted, in addition to the usual pub activities.

There are at least 3 or 4 "clubs" that have musical entertainment during the summer season. After November the main entertainments are alcoholism, wife-swapping and suicide.

We are also famous for moving an enormous brick lighthouse 150 feet away from the crumbling cliffs, about 4 years ago. Lighthouse buffs
(nuts) came from as far away as Australia to witness the excitment (which gives you a clue as to the limited entertainment in Oz). The move was planned by special engineers and was supposed to be moved a few feet at a time on RR tracks and rollers. But one night free beer was being handed out at Capt. Nick's, and one thing led to another and everyone pitched in and moved her in one push.

If you send me a P.M. with your snail mail address, I'll send you the usual chamber of commerce info and maybe I can find out who books for the Island. The Empire movie theater has live piano before each showing (for whom the hat is passed..the pianisthappens to be Leroy Anderson's grandson).

Jests aside this is a beautiful place, especially in Sept-Oct. The Manasee Indians called it the Island of the Gods. Well we sure taught them a thing or two about that sort of blasphemy...wiped them out in short order!

Night, Larry

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