My Honda Civic, 4′ x 6′ utility trailer, and I arrived safety in Midlothian, Texas sometime around 15:00 (3pm) Sunday. During the drive, I took a one hour nap at a rest area on I-10 near Tallahassee and a 20 minute nap at the Flying Jin Gulfport, Mississippi. At least I think it was Gulfport.
I rolled out of bed at 05:30 Saturday with the intent of packing, loading and going to bed around dinner time. Then get up at 02:00, hit the road 03:00, and make the 22 – 24 hour drive to Texas. But I was packed and loaded by noon. Kyle, Preston, Runowich, and Ian (also a D/FW resident) moved my loaded trailer by hand from the Scuba Chickee to the driveway so I could connect it to the car. I was wring wet with sweat so I took a shower, threw a few final items in the car and headed for the Mother Country. When I went to bed Sunday I had been up for 39 hours, minus the hour and twenty minutes of napping done in the driver’s set of the Civic.
Blah, blah blah. What about the Florida Sea Base Captain Steve?
Saturday was the first day that the construction crew was NOT hard at work since they began over a week ago. I’m not sure if they need a (much deserved) break, were at a point where permission to continue was required from a Village of Islamorada building inspector, or needed materials. Regardless, they have been making phenomenal process. I think the building inspector was out on Friday to check progress. You never know if that is good or bad.
I was lead to believe this would be a quiet week or two regarding tropical weather development. I checked this morning and Invest 92L is approaching the Lesser Antilles and expected to track south of Cuba and Invest 93L has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to track into northern Florida. That makes me think of the Jimmy Buffet song, “Fins”. To paraphrase, storms to the north, storms to the south.
I’m glad I didn’t wait to make the drive. There is very heavy rain along most of my route today. I drove in the rain from Shreveport, Louisiana to the house yesterday.
Former staff member John Livres sent me a brief email to confirm my worry; Dr. Jeff Masters has sold Weather Underground to the parent company of The Weather Channel. All of the above graphics are courtesy of Weather Underground. I’m sure the sale was a huge financial success for Dr. Masters. The impact on the rest of humanity is inconsequential. I am very disappointed. The eventual loss of the Weather Underground radar graphics will have a negative impact on our weather monitoring options at the Florida Sea Base. We will work around it. http://wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2143 I guess I was busy that day and didn’t the the blog. Shame on me.
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Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape