Yesterday was the first time I ever heard the term polar vortex. I assume most had not heard it either.

I was sitting at the kitchen counter. Writing. The glass sliding door leading to the water was open behind me. It was 4 in the afternoon. It started getting cold. A distinct chill. I could feel it in my bones. The wind started to howl.

By 6, it was really cold!

It was the polar vortex. The same polar vortex that had been making the north cold the past couple of days. It had stretched into the Florida keys.

The temperature dropped. It was 80 degrees mid afternoon yesterday. By midnight, it was in the high 50s.

All the morning talk shows today and the weather channel explained what the polar vortex was. Each a wee bit different. I listened and did a little reading also. This cold affecting us is actually Arctic cold air. The polar vortex is a ring of wind that surrounds the Arctic and keeps the Arctic cold confined. Somehow the vortex got distorted. I am not sure what that actually means. In any event, the cold Arctic air has descended on all of us in eastern Canada and the eastern U.S. seaboard. The last time this occurred was some 20 years ago. In the U.S., that is. It happened last year in Europe.

The temperature in Key West  during the night dropped to 57. The high today will only be 61. Tomorrow, we will be into the high 70s.

What a difference as day makes!

Italy celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany yesterday. Really the Italian Christmas. Santa Claus comes and delivers presents to children. Coal to those that have been bad. Except Santa is not Santa. It is a witch who rides on a broom stick. Her name is Behana. Italian families gather and enjoy a huge meal together.

Florida/Auburn last night! What a game! Florida State won 34-31. Auburn had nothing to be ashamed of.

I had planned on watching the game at Don’s Place. The cold was upon us. I said screw it and watched the game from the warmth and comfort of my bed. With a huge quilt covering me.

Syracuse plays Virginia Tech tonight. At Virginia Tech. Syracuse’s first ACC game away from home. Game time is 9. My blog talk radio show is at 9. My game plan is to do the half hour show and then rush over to the Sports Pub to catch the second half of the game.

The blog talk show is called Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. A fast moving and revealing half hour of current events. My slant on each is shared, of course. Join me. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.

The World Upside Down appears to be selling. I received e mails from four people in four different parts of the country yesterday telling me they had bought the book and were reading it.

The book continues to be available for purchase from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

I have some errands today. It will be long pants and a leather jacket.

Enjoy your day!


Key West is a tiny island. Like 1.5 x 4.0 miles. Key West sits with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Weather is wild and uncertain. Changes occur suddenly.

Two days ago, we had a healthy all day and part of the night rain storm. Flooding everywhere. Sun never shone.

This morning the island is at peace. Nothing moving. There is no breeze. The water flat and quiet. Sun shining. A few scattered white clouds. High today will be 80.

I find the weather changes exciting. Always a surprise.

Today is a big day in American history. On this day in 1939, Superman made his debut as a comic strip hero.

The college football game of the year tonight. The BCS Championship Game. Florida State and Auburn. The young men on both teams probably do not appreciate the life time impact the game’s result will have on them.. Those who play on the winning team will remember the night the rest of their lives. In all likelihood, it will be the biggest event in their lives. The experience hard to duplicate. These are lucky men who will be playing. Few of us have the opportunity to know such an experience.

I will watch the game at either Don’s Place or home. Depends how I feel.

Another easy Sunday yesterday. I was up early. Did my blog early. Watched the first half of the Cincinnati game with Don and David. Then to Publix. Out of food again. Sunday afternoon is not the best time to grocery shop. Publix was so packed there were only three carts available. Last night, early to bed and sleep.

I lead such an exciting life!

Tomorrow night at 9 my blog talk radio show. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou. A quick half hour of interesting developments. You can call in if you like.

I plan on dwelling on the huge increase in body cavity searches by the police, the Little Sisters of the Poor’s last minute application to the Supreme Court to get rid of a portion of the section of Obamacare dealing with birth control, the Attorney General continuing to not prosecute bank officials, the perfect example being JP Morgan Chase, how we got screwed again with a bailout, the story of Chrysler, Fiat, and automobile factories to be built in China, and more.

Interesting, revealing, and fun to listen to. Join me.

Enjoy your day!