It would seem that my meteorological musings were wrong. Nothing new there. The mountains of Hispaniola did not kill the storm, which has grown and become Hurricane Isaias. The predicted track for the storm moves back and forth from hitting the east coast of Florida, to staying offshore. What this means is the more it moves west, the weaker the storm but more impact on my family (as well as my brother’s). If it stays east, then the storm will be stronger but will impact us less. In either case I am again so extremely glad that I don’t work for the city any longer and will not see any EOC duty this time.
According to this map from the NHC & NOAA we have about a 30% chance of getting tropical storm force winds at about 2000 hours (8 PM) tomorrow evening.
We did a quick grocery store run last night, just to make sure we had our supplies if we lose power (again). In 2004 we had three hurricanes hit us. We were without power after the first storm for about 17 days, then another 11 days from the second storm. I will test the generator later today.
Today (1 Aug 2020) marks the day that MTV launched 39 years ago in 1981. The cable system in our little suburb of Miami didn’t carry it. It was several years later that we were living somewhere we could get it without paying for a higher tier package.
A number of years ago we were sitting in a local restaurant that had a DJ playing music. The DJ had some prizes to give away and was asking music trivia questions you had to answer to win the prize. His first question was to name the first video that MTV played. I jumped up, went to the booth and gave him the answer, but I didn’t want the prize. The prize for this question was tickets to a NASCAR race. I am not a race fan. I have no use for tickets to any event like that. When I told him, I didn’t want the tickets, he couldn’t believe it. Why was I in a restaurant in the middle of the tourist area on a race weekend if I wasn’t a race fan? I can’t answer that. But that’s how it happened.
Here’s that video. Enjoy!