Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Brooks Robinson is the most famous Oriole to those who followed the Birds before the Cal Ripken days. Brooks is now in his seventies and still in demand as a speaker.
Recently he was at a local senior home for a speaking engagement and when he walked up to the desk and said to the receptionist, "Hi! I'm here for the luncheon."
"And who might you be?" she asked.
"Don't you know who I am?" he asked.
"No, sir. But if you ask that nice nurse over there, she'll know who you are and take you back to your room."
Monday, October 29, 2012
Last night we got a call from Southwest Airlines. Our flights to Phoenix for Tuesday was already cancelled. So we managed to get a flight on Wednesday afternoon. So not so bad, a 36 hour delay. At the end of the trip we get to visit Mike in LA.
Looking at the forecast last night, She(WMBO) decided it was a good idea to close her office today. And a good idea it was. The state closed the roads to all but emergency traffic. And a strange thing it was, too. We live on a numbered state route. Today there was almost no traffic on the street.
Lights are still on and have been all day. She(WMBO) worked from home and had the TV on all day on a local channel and ... well how many times can you tell me the same things over and over again. Stay off the roads. It's raining. It will be windy tonight and tomorrow. Ocean City is awash. The Jones Falls is cresting. Commercial. (Vote No on Question 7, Vote Yes on Question 7. Be fair, Vote yes on Question 6. Go to nursing school.) Repeat the "news."
And I couldn't go running. Much as I wanted to, it was too wet and windy. The YMCA was closed.
This storm will pass and life will return to normal.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I woke up early enough to get to Arlington, VA, in time to get parked and to the start line for the Marine Corps Marathon so I could see the start of the race. I wasn't running. I was going to enjoy this one as a spectator.
But it was raining lightly at that dark dark dark hour.
And the weather forecast called for the rain to start in earnest around 10:00 AM
I went back to bed. I figured it would continue to rain and since I wasn't running I saw no point in going out and getting wet.
I woke again at about 8:00. The sun was peaking through the cloud deck. Ok, so maybe it was a bad call. I could have gotten a lot of activity walking, trotting, jogging for 10 to 20 miles. The great pictures I could have gotten with runners in front of monuments around the city.
That's OK. In March is the Rock 'n' Roll USA. Next year is another MCM.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Wow! You look at the national news and one would think that we were facing the end of life as we know it. It's a storm! And we have several days' notice. The concerned looks. The clipped tones. The "meteorologists" at the beach: "It's windy here on Cape Hatteras and the rain is coming down hard and wind whipped. It's like little needles hitting you." Then go inside dummy.
It's a big story, but it's not the only story. How's the weather in the rest of the country? I am pretty sure they are having weather in Chicago, St Louis, Detroit, Phoenix, Los Angeles, MIssoula. My niece told me it was snowing in Minneapolis. I would never know from the Weather Channel.
My son in LA thinks he ought to come home to be with us in this "emergency situation." Mike! It's going to rain a lot. It will be windy. We may lose power for several hours or several days. Or not at all. "It's going to last 5 Days!" From North Carolina to Maine, but in any given location, less than 36 hours.
A big snow storm is much worse because you can never tell until it's over and the disruption is more long term. A tornado is much worse because there is no warning and the destruction is locally more devastating.
All that said, I am bagging it for going to DC to follow the Marine Corps Marathon. Rain is supposed to start in late morning and if I'm not running, I'd just as soon not get wet and miserable.
Call me lazy.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Plans were for me to go to DC for the Marine Corps Marathon as a spectator on Sunday. But with the approaching storm, it looks like Sunday may be a washout. Oh the race will go off. But why would I wan to walk around Arlington and DC in the rain.
At least I have the option of bagging it. It's not like I put down $90 to get registered. On the other hand, a jacket and a poncho would get me through. Plastic bag for my camera and I would be all set.
I should have a better idea by this time tomorrow night.
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