Despite their existentialist philosophy -- free individuals are handcuffed by societys contractarianism -- bikers sure do get together often. And when they do, they inevitably drink a lot of societys beer and ogle a fair number of societys bikini-clad women. The cognitive dissonance continues this weekend in Key West, as 10,000 bikers descend from the specificity of their normal lives into the leather aggregate that is a good old-fashioned biker rally. The 35th annual Key West Poker Run begins its Miami segment Friday at Phil Petersons Harley-Davidson dealerships (19400 NW Second Ave. and 19825 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami), where entrants can register and pick up their poker cards. On the drive south, riders will pick up cards at various locations to make poker hands. The best 10 players this year will be eligible to compete in a hold em tournament; the winner will receive a brand-new Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 custom motorcycle.
Other events over the weekend include a biker bash at Sloppy Joes, a tattoo contest at the Schooner Wharf Bar, a bikini show, and Sunday mornings culminating event, the blessing of the bikes in Mallory Square. Visit www.petersonskeywestpokerrun.com or www.fla-keys.com for more information.