The Big Chill
Greetings everyone! I hope everyone is keeping warm and some maybe even fortunate enough to be able to stay indoors today. Where I am here near the Island of King's it's been below zero for 36 hours and has just recently moved up into positive territory. Last night I spoke with relatives in Tampa, where it was in the 70's yesterday, but fell into the 30's last night (and is supposed to be no higher than the forties today).
It just occurred to me earlier today that exactly one month ago my family and I were in the midst of a record warm streak in Orlando. Thinking back I am indeed grateful that we took our vacation in December and not one month later in January. As we now watch frost accumulating on our windows, I am warmed by memories of languishing in a hot tub. I hope you have warm, happy thoughts in your hearts as well.
Just think... opening day for most parks is just 3 or 4 months away!
As far as the cold, Heck, it was worse in 77-78 of which I walked five miles to school uphill each way in -25* :)
Hope everyone is warm and safe.
Chuck, who's school was really five miles away but was closed for two weeks for the blizzard of 78
And as far as snow in FL/GA, yeah, been there, done that. Christmas 1989 we drove our infant and toddler sons to Tampa to visit the in-laws. It was five degrees when we stopped near of Atlanta. Everyone was freaking out. Next day, we hit black ice in Florida. The governor had shut down the interstate, no one could get on, but those already on the road had only one choice... DRIVE. There were vehicles parked two deep on both sides of I-75. Those who stopped couldn't get going again. Ten hours to drive 100 miles. Arrived in Tampa after 24 hours behind to wheel to rolling blackouts and lots of ppl hospitalized after eating half cooked turkey. Good times.
Rest of the vacation went okay, but the HVAC at work had frozen while I was gone. All hell broke loose. What we're going thru now is really nothing so memorable compared to those days.
See how people who hardly know me..know me?
I had to put air in my front tires this morning. Couldn't do it with the thick gloves I was wearing, so I had to take them off. It took about 30 seconds for my hands to be completely useless. They didn't feel normal until I got o work 45 minutes or so later.
"Island of Kings"...I like that, Rob.
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...