The trip from Los Angeles to the Key West Film Festival proceeds as planned. It’s 6:52 am, and we’re waiting for an Orlando-to-Miami flight to depart in a few. Instead of taking a Miami-to-Key West shuttle, Team HE will do the scenic drive this time. It should take three or four hours. Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key, etc. Warm tropical air, the original African Queen boat, the glistening sea, island to island, no big hurry.

Incidentally: There’s a guy sitting in front of me who keeps shifting his weight and pushing back on his seat and generally acting like an anxious five-year-old. Glaring daggers at the back of his head hasn’t helped.