The deluge has begun this morning. Amazing! So much rain on such a consistent basis.
Interestingly, no one appears to be upset with the rain. Including the tourists. They have been able to sneak in a few hours of sun bathing here and there.
The rain reminds me of Gene Kelly’s singing/dancing scene in the 1952 movie Singin’ In The Rain. A smile on his face.
Though the movie was produced in 1952, the title song was composed in 1929. Took a while to gain popularity.
The movie was not much of a hit when released. It took a few years. Today is considered the fifth best movie of all time.
The song rings in my head. The first 8 lines the most significant: “I’m singin’ in the rain / Just singing in the rain / What a glorious feelin’ / I’m happy again / I’m happy at clouds / So dark up above / The sun’s in my heart / And I’m ready for love.”
A lot of rain is best signified by what has fallen on Key West this month: 9.68 inches to date. The whole year to date: 13.25 inches. The numbers speak for themselves.
Now the good news (written with tongue in cheek). A tropical storm or hurricane is forming. Big rain. Will hit northern Florida sunday night. Alberto. Not expected to be bad. A category 1 if a hurricane.
After Irma, I find it difficult to believe anything re hurricanes. Hurricanes are fickle. They do not move as anticipated. Nor are their winds always as projected. The storm has a will of its own.
Alberto can impact the lower Keys rather than northern Florida.
Alberto will be the topic of conversation in homes, around bars, etc. for the next 48-72 hours.
Spent yesterday afternoon working on next week’s KONK Life column. May actually write it this afternoon.
Driving to the Chart Room last night, I was surprised how little traffic there was. US 1 was not crowded at all, nor was the Boulevard.
It will all change beginning today. Heavy traffic anticipated for the Memorial Day Weekend.
Quiet at the Chart Room. Just John and I for a while. Then Omar came in. Met Omar for the first time.
Omar’s mother of Italian descent. Made for interesting conversation. Which got even better when Omar revealed he had gone to Syracuse University College of Law for a couple of months. He did not enjoy it. Left and got a Masters instead in Economics. Then worked on Wall street for years.
We live in scary times. Uncalled for, except for Trump’s antics.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis gave the commencement address to the Air Force Academy last night. Nine hundred eighty four new lieutenants. Four hundred heading for pilot training.
Mattis told the graduates to prepare for war…..They must be ready to fight and win.
A news item came to my attention this morning. The Air Force is considering calling 1,000 pilots out of retirement. For stints up to 48 months. A shortage of qualified pilots exists.
A U.S. war declaration has to be on most minds these days. The question arises as to who has the right to declare war. Most people believe it is Congress. Technically, yes. However the Presidency has usurped that power since the Korean War.
My KONK Life article on the stands at the moment is titled Right To Declare War. Read it, if you can. It explores the problem.
KONK life also publishes a daily internet news letter. E-Blast. This morning’s news letter carries the KONK Life column Right To Declare War, also.
Good basketball tonight. Cleveland/Boston. Boston up 3-2 in the playoffs. People are saying LeBron James older and tired whereas Boston’s players young and have more energy.
Cleveland has to win tonight or the season is over for them.
Wish you could be sitting with me and hear the rain in the background. The heavy rain driven by the wind. Sort of ominous.
Enjoy your day!