Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thought for the day.

Category: Life

"Your life is a book read by many, understood by few, but lived by none but you." --- Written in 2007 by Otobong Adaise



Monday, December 10, 2007

I got ur momma --------(Read all the way to the end.)

Little Carol came into the kitchen where her mother was making dinner. Her birthday was coming up and she thought this was a good time to tell her mother what she wanted. "Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."
Now, Little Carol was a bit of a troublemaker and had gotten into trouble at school and at home. Carol's mother asked her if she thought she deserved to get a bike for her birthday. Little Carol, of course, thought she did.

Carol's mother, being a Christian woman, wanted her to reflect on her behavior over the last year, and write a letter to God and tell him why she deserved a bike for her birthday. Little Carol stomped up the steps to her room and sat down to write God a letter.

LETTER 1:
Dear God:
I have been a very good girl this year and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one.

Your friend,
Carol

Carol knew this wasn't true. She had not been a very good girl this year, so she tore up the letter and started over.

LETTER 2:
Dear God:
This is your friend Carol. I have been a pretty good girl this year, and I would like a red bike for my birthday.
Thank you,
Carol

Carol knew this wasn't true either. She tore up the letter and started again.

LETTER 3:
Dear God:
I know I haven't been a good girl this year. I am very sorry. I will be a good girl if you just send me a red bike for my birthday.
Thank you,
Carol

Carol knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get her a bike. By now, she was very upset. She went downstairs and told her mother she wanted to go to church. Carol's mother thought her plan had worked because Carol looked very sad. "Just be home in time for dinner," her mother said.
Carol walked down the street to the church and up to the altar. She looked around to see if anyone was there. She picked up a statue of the Virgin Mary, slipped it under her jacket and ran out of the church, down the street, into her house, and up to her room. She shut the door and sat down and wrote her 4th and final letter to God.

LETTER 4:
I
GoT YoUr mAmA.
IF U wANt 2 See HEr AgaiN, SEnD ThE
BikE.
Signed,
YOu KnOW WHo


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Lessons of Love

Thanks to Julie for this.

A ninety-one year old woman died after living a long dignified life. When she met God she asked him something that had long bothered her. If Man was created in God's image, and if all men are created equal, why do people treat each other so badly?

God replied that each person who enters our life has a unique lesson to teach us. And it is only through these lessons that we learn about life, people,relationships and God. This confused the woman, so God began to explain.

When someone lies to you it teaches you that things are not always as they seem. The truth is often far beneath the surface. Look beyond the masks people wear if you want to know their heart. And remove your own masks to let people know yours.

When someone steals from you it teaches you that nothing is forever. Always appreciate what you have, for you never know when you might lose it. And never, ever take your friends and family for granted because today is the only guarantee you have.

When someone inflicts an injury upon you it teaches you that the human state is a fragile one. Protect and take care of your body as best you can, it's the only thing you are sure to have forever.

When someone mocks you it teaches you that no two people are alike. When you encounter people who are different from you, don't judge them by how they look or act; instead base your opinion on the contents of their heart.

When someone breaks your heart it teaches you that loving someone does not always mean that person will love you back. But don't turn your back on love because when you find the right person, the joy that one person brings will make up for all the past hurts put together. Times ten.

When someone holds a grudge against you it teaches you that everyone makes mistakes. When you are wronged, the most virtuous thing you can do is forgive he offender without pretense. Forgiving those who have hurt us is the most difficult and courageous thing Man can do.

When a loved one is unfaithful to you it teaches you that resisting temptation is Man's greatest challenge. Be vigilant in your resistance against all temptation. By doing so you will be rewarded with an enduring sense of satisfaction far greater than the temporary pleasure by which you were tempted.

When someone cheats you, it teaches you that greed is the root of all evil. Aspire to make your dreams come true, no matter how lofty they may be. Do not feel guilty about your success, but never let an obsession with achieving your goals lead you to engage in malevolent activities.

When someone ridicules you it teaches you that nobody is perfect. Accept people for their merits and be tolerant of their flaws. Do not ever reject someone for imperfections over which they have no control.

Upon hearing the Lord's wisdom, the old woman became concerned that there were no lessons to be learned from Man's good deeds. God replied that Man's capacity to love is the greatest gift he has. At the root of all kindness is love, and each act of love also teaches us a lesson.

The woman's curiosity deepening, God once again began to explain. When someone loves us it teaches us that love, kindness, charity, honesty, humility, forgiveness and acceptance can counteract all the evil in the world. For every good deed, there is one less evil deed. Man alone has the power to control the balance between good and evil, but because the lessons of love are not taught often enough, the power is too often abused.

When you enter someone's life, whether by plan, chance or coincidence, consider what your lesson will be. Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality? When you die will your life have resulted in more loving or hurting? More comfort or pain? More joy or sadness? Each one of us has power over the balance of love in the world. Use it wisely. Don't miss an opportunity to nudge the world's scale in the right direction.


Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thoughts and musings on the Power of Words


Current mood: contemplative

Sometimes I think that we don't know the power of those little things we string together to form sentences. They can bring a smile to someone's face or a tear to their eye. What really sucks is when you say something and it is misunderstood. When I say something, it is only meant in a good way. When I offer advice, albeit unsolicited, it is not in a malicious manner. You can mean well and ......

Henry Brooks Adams said "No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous."

What got me started thinking on this? It was lyrics I heard from the song "Sing For The Moment" by Eminem.

"Yet everybody just feels like they can relate, I guess words are a mothafucka they can be great. Or they can degrade, or even worse they can teach hate''

Surprisingly profound.



Get in the Holiday Spirit

You have to try this; it is funny as f**k. Finally got me in the "Holiday Spirit"!

Happy Holidays everyone.

Elf Yourself

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Quote I came across.

As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.

Jules Renard


Friday, November 30, 2007

WIN 2 TICKETS ALL EXPENSES PAID INCLUDING AIR FARES TO THE 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES IN BEIJING, CHINA

To participate is very easy, just view the attached photo, correctly answer the following questions and send your answers to:
International Olympic Committee, Private Bag, Lausanne, Switzerland.

1. Which student seems to appear tired / sleepy?
2. Which ones are male twins?
3. Which ones are the female twins?
4. How many women are in the group?
5. Which one is the teacher?

Good Luck!
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I guess you are not going either?


Summary of Life


GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats.
2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.



GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.





GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.




THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:

1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.



SUCCESS:

At age 4 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . having a drivers licence.
At age 35 success is . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . .. . having a drivers licence.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.



Pass this on to someone who could use a laugh.

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way;
BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.


Have a wonderful day with many *smiles*


Take the time to live!!!
Life is too short. Dance naked.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Freezing temperatures are here!?


I just had to share. This is from the local newstation's weather report. It started with "Freezing temperatures are here!". The weather reporters are absolutely giddy down here. Just like when the hurricanes are coming. There is this scary look in their eyes.

"Yesterday's cold front has brought our coldest temperatures since last winter. In fact, the last time Orlando was 41 degrees or lower was March 6th. Areas north and west will need to protect plants due to frosty or even freezing weather.

A chilly start to your Saturday then a nice recovery for the afternoon. Highs in the 70s through the weekend."




Thursday, November 15, 2007

When will I ever learn..........

not to become that person who is scary and over-friendly? Who chases people he wants as friends away? Who should know that silence is a nice way of saying "I'm not interested".

I've changed a lot; now know that what was said was true in this comment I just had to save:

"One should hope, "never" would be a GOOD answer to that question. Perhaps that someone is simply busy?

The world is short on friendly these days, Kev. It's not you. It's the universe.

Stay sweet, life's better that way."

Posted by Daze on Friday, November 16, 2007 - 12:47 AM

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I like to.............


Wear a red golf shirt when I go shopping at Target. Confuses my fellow shoppers.



"The Hard Way Every Time" Written by - Jim Croce


I originally went looking for a Jim Croce page after hearing the commercial that features his song "I've Got a Name" and came across this one. It was one I didn't remember until hearing it. Seeing Jim Croce died in 1973, it had been a while since I had really listened to his music. But I listened to this song the other night and damn, that could be me. All my life it seems "I've learned the hard way every time".

Yeah, I've had my share of broken dreams
And more than a couple of falls
And in chasin' what I thought were moonbeams
I have run into a couple of walls
But in looking back at the places I've been
The changes that I've left behind
I just look at myself to find
I've learned the hard way every time

'Cause I've had my share of good intentions
And I've made my share of mistakes
And I've learned at times it's best to bend
'Cause if you don't well those are the breaks
Should have listened to all the things I was told
But I was young and too proud at the time
Now I look at myself to find
I learn the hard way ev'ry time

But in looking back at the lessons I've learned
And the mountains I wanted to climb
I just look at myself to find
I've learned the hard way ev'ry time

'Cause I've had my share of broken dreams
And more than a couple of falls
And in chasin' what I thought were moonbeams
I have run into a couple of walls
But in looking back at the faces I've been
I would sure be the first one to say
When I look at myself today
Wouldn'ta done it any other way



Thursday, November 8, 2007

Sometimes I feel this way

I saw this picture and sometimes I feel this way. I hope that my friends understand.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I Want To Put On My My My My My Boogie Shoes


After watching all the dance shows of late, I now regret scorning dance in my youth. In my days growing up, it was "Death Before Disco", and I was into Pink Floyd (try dancing to that) Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Ted Nugent, Led Zep; you get the drift, so I basically was not interested in dance. People say it is never too late, but.........

who would be my partner? lol


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Amazing Race

Tonight another race starts. I first started watching "The Amazing Race" because nothing else was on. I soon found that it was a very addictive show. For those who have never watched it, you should. Here you can find the rules and history of the Race. I'm also including some of Charlie McCollum's newspaper article:

"Meanwhile, on the weekend TV front, "The Amazing Race'' — which looked for a while like it wouldn't be back until the summer — zips back onto the CBS with its 12th edition Sunday at 8 p.m. (Our thanks for that go to the train wreck that was "Viva Laughlin'' — canceled after just two episodes.

The series, in which 11 teams compete in an around-the-world race, has lost some spark in recent seasons, but it's still the classiest (and at its best, one of the most addictive) reality shows on television. This time, the teams include fathers and daughters, grandfathers and grandsons, dating goths, dating non-goths, married lesbian ministers, sisters and just good friends. Starting from Los Angeles — at the Playboy Mansion, of all places — this season's race will cover
30,000 miles and five countries never before visited, including
Ireland (the first stop) and Croatia.

Let the "Race'' begin!"

I couldn't agree more- Let's go!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

This is why I live in Florida. Fall is finally here. (But for how long?)

This morning when I opened the door I could feel it. It was cooler; there was barely any humidity. I knew from living all my life here what the day was going to be like. Today was the first day it felt like fall. Temps in the low 70's, blue skies with no clouds in them, and like I said, barely any humidity. This will probably last about 2 months, if even that long, then it will get cold. A friend in PA called me today and told me it was sweater and coat weather up there.She lived down here for about a year and is torn. She misses, as she says, "All those Florida things", including the temps (even the 90's), but she is with her family in Bethlehem. Family is first to her.

Hello Fall. Welcome in.




Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Noel- Go Northeast- Go Northeast- Go Northeast- Tropical Storm Noel Advisory Number 15

Issued at: 4:32 AM EDT 10/31/07 (gateway).

Noel now moving north-northwestward, approaching the northern coast of cuba,
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the cuban provinces of sancti spiritus, ciego de avila, camaguey, las tunas, granma, holguin, santiago de cuba, and guantanamo.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the central and northwestern bahamas.
Interests in southern Florida should monitor the progress of noel.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 500 am edt, 0900z, the center of tropical storm noel was located near latitude 22.1 north, longitude 78.2 west or about 50 miles, 85 km, north-northwest of camaguey cuba and about 205 miles, 335 km, south-southwest of nassau.
Noel is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 mph, 11 km/hr. A gradual turn toward the north is expected during the next 24 hours. This motion should bring the center of noel off the northern coast of cuba today and near the northwestern bahamas tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph, 65 km/hr, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours after the center emerges over water.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, 280 km from the center. Guantanamo bay cuba recently reported a wind gust of 43 mph, 69 km/hr.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb, 29.53 inches. Cayo coco cuba recently reported a pressure of 1001 mb, 29.56 inches.
Above normal tides are likely within the warning areas.
Noel is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over hispaniola, bringing total accumulations to 20 to 30 inches. Total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches, are possible over eastern cuba and the bahamas. These rains, particularly in hispaniola and cuba, are expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
Repeating the 500 am edt position, 22.1 n, 78.2 w. Movement toward, north-northwest near 7 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 40 mph. Minimum central pressure, 1000 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 800 am edt followed by the next complete advisory at 1100 am edt.



Friday, October 19, 2007

Haven’t we ALL felt like this at one time? I came across these lyrics from Suicidal Tendencies

ALONE

I scream at the sky, it's easier than crying
I'm shyest when I'm shouting out loud
I feel so alone in a room full of people
I'm loudest when I'm in a crowd
I'm alone, and nobody hears me
Can't nobody heal me, won't somebody help me
I'm alone, I just need
Someone to take my hand and pick me up when I'm feeling down

Someone to take my heart and give it a home
Someone to help me through the times when I'm
down and lonely
Someone to be with me when I'm alone
I'm alone, all alone
Alone is the way I live, it's not the
way I want it but you know
You can't give in, alone is the way I feel,
it's so hard to understand
Why I've got to be alone

Chorus:
If you took a look at my heart you'd see it
I'm trying to be something better
If you look at my heart you'd feel it
I've got to keep moving on
If you look in my heart you'd know it
I'm just trying to make my world better
If you look in my heart you'd see it
I got to do it alone

I've been down, I've been down
I've been down, down, down so low
I've been lost, so lost with no place left to go
I've had emotions, emotions that you
better hope you never know
Sometimes it feels like I just can't take no more

Chorus

Seems like things just keep getting further out of hand
Why can't for once things go as I plan
How dare you, how dare you tell me that you understand
Let me tell you straight out, there
ain't nobody here that can
I'm all alone, I'm so alone, to be
alone, just leave me alone

If you look in my heart, you'll see it
If you look in my heart, you'd feel it
If you look in my heart you'd know it
I'm not trying to make no one bitter
I'm just alone, leave me alone, alone, alone, now leave me

I've lived in places that you wouldn't never ever want to be
Places where for a minute you couldn't ever stand to be
I've seen things, I've seen things you'd never want to see
So what gives, what gives you the
right to be the judge of me
I'm all alone, I'm so alone, to be
alone, just leave me alone

A room full of people, can't nobody hear me, can't nobody
help me, I'm alone
I just need someone to take my hand and pick me up when I'm
feeling down, when I"m down
Someone to take my heart and give it a home, when I'm down
Someone to be with me and help me through the times
I'm down and lonely, when I'm down
Someone to be with me when I'm alone
I'm alone, all alone
Alone is the way I live, it's not the way I want it, but I
Know I can't give in
Alone is the way I feel, there ain't nothing quite as sad as
a person that's alone



Thursday, October 18, 2007

Isn’t Fall here?


I hear you guys up north talking about it. It got a little cooler (mid to lower 80's) for a couple of days. But today, it is 84; Heat Index: 90.

Aahhh- TG for Air Conditioning



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Oooooooooh. A cold front is heading our way.


One last day with highs around 90. Our front arrives Thursday and that means low to middle 80s Friday! The meteorologists down here are so excited. So what. We're leaving our "hot season" and moving into our "not-so-hot season" Whatever.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

The originals always seem to be the best.

I was feeling a little blue today, so I was going through my music and came across "The Last of the Independents". And I thought as I listened to this song how it had been covered by Carrie Underwood, Girls Aloud and Gina Glocksen, just to name a few, and how the original just sounded the best.






I'll Stand By You








Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don't be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
'Cause I've seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You don't know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you

So if you're mad, get mad
Don't hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well I'm a lot like you
When you're standing at the crossroads
And don't know which path to choose
Let me come along
'Cause even if you're wrong

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you

And when...
When the night falls on you, baby
You're feeling all alone
You won't be on your own

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you

I'll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you



Monday, October 1, 2007

About F’N Time; I just feel for her kids.

© APBritney SpearsSpears Loses Custody of Her Kids
Oct. 1, 2007, 5:56 PM EST
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears was ordered Monday to surrender custody of her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled that Federline will take custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, beginning Wednesday "until further order of the court."

The order stemmed from an unspecified oral motion made by Federline's attorneys and was handled in a closed-door hearing. The judge's order didn't state the reason for the change in custody and all transcripts of the proceedings were ordered sealed.

Phone messages left for representatives of Spears and Federline were not immediately returned Monday.

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Last month, Gordon said Spears engaged in "habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol." He ordered the pop star to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week as part of her ongoing custody dispute with Federline.

Spears also was previously ordered to meet weekly with a "parenting coach" who was to observe and report back to the court about her parenting skills. Both Spears and Federline must complete the court's "Parenting Without Conflict" class.

Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were wed in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November and it became official in July. The two have joint custody of their sons, but Federline is seeking a greater share of custody.

Since Spears became single, her troubles have played out in the tabloids. First she was photographed at various Hollywood hotspots partying with Paris Hilton.

Some photos captured Spears without panties. Then Spears shaved her head, beat a car with an umbrella and ended up spending a month in rehab.

An MTV Video Music Awards performance last month meant to herald her comeback was universally panned. The following week, Spears' management firm dropped her and her divorce lawyer resigned.

She then was charged with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license for allegedly crashing into a parked car in August.

Spears' new album will be released Nov. 13.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Please keep this circulating.




All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if its to one more person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer. In honor of anyone you know that has battled or is battling cancer. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle. Please Keep This Candle Going, this one I do ask that you send on!


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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Escape by Metallica


Feel no pain, but my life ain't easy
I know I'm my best friend
No one cares, but I'm so much stronger
I'll fight until the end
To escape from the true false world
Undamaged destiny
Can't get caught in the endless circle
Ring of stupidity

Out of my own, out to be free
One with my mind, they just can't see
No need to hear things that they say
Life is for my own to live my own way

Rape my mind and destroy my feelings
Don't tell my what to do
I don't care now, 'cause I'm on my side
And I can see through you
Feed my brain with your so called standards
Who says that I ain't right
Break away from your common fashion
See through your blurry sight

Out of my own, out to be free
One with my mind, they just can't see
No need to hear things that they say
Life is for my own to live my own way

See they try to bring the hammer down
No damn chains can hold me to the ground
Life is for my own to live my own way

Saturday, September 22, 2007

DWS- I’m looking forward to it.

Hopefully there are performances like this one.





Thank you, Lexus

I want to thank Lexus for their commercial featuring Diana Krall. It brought her to my attention. And today I bought her Greatest Hits. Love them. Jazz piano I usually don't go for, but I was in the mood for jazz and saw her CD. I'm in a mellow mood.









Friday, September 21, 2007

Well I’ve think I’ve figured it out.

Current mood: relieved
Category: Life

I listen to a lot of music and relate it to my life. Last night, going though some of my vinyl (yes, I still have hundreds of them) I came across Jethro Tull's Greatest Hits. It brought back memories, and I think this song gave me the reason for why I've been so moody. I wouldn't be surprised if some of you have never heard it. But the last line gives me hope. Peace

"Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die"

The old Rocker wore his hair too long,
wore his trouser cuffs too tight.
Unfashionable to the end --- drank his ale too light.
Death's head belt buckle --- yesterday's dreams ---
the transport caf' prophet of doom.
Ringing no change in his double-sewn seams
in his post-war-babe gloom.

Now he's too old to Rock'n'Roll but he's too young to die.

He once owned a Harley Davidson and a Triumph Bonneville.
Counted his friends in burned-out spark plugs
and prays that he always will.
But he's the last of the blue blood greaser boys
all of his mates are doing time:
married with three kids up by the ring road
sold their souls straight down the line.
And some of them own little sports cars
and meet at the tennis club do's.
For drinks on a Sunday --- work on Monday.
They've thrown away their blue suede shoes.

Now they're too old to Rock'n'Roll and they're too young to die.

So the old Rocker gets out his bike
to make a ton before he takes his leave.
Up on the A1 by Scotch Corner
just like it used to be.
And as he flies --- tears in his eyes ---
his wind-whipped words echo the final take
and he hits the trunk road doing around 120
with no room left to brake.

And he was too old to Rock'n'Roll but he was too young to die.
No, you're never too old to Rock'n'Roll if you're too young to die.



Thursday, September 20, 2007

I’m in another grumpy mood.

Current mood: aggravated

I just heard Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler). I cannot agree more with those lyrics. Right now some things (people) are making me wanna holler Go F*** Yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I took out the dah, dah, dah's.

Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
Fore we see it you take it
Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
This ain't livin',
This ain't livin'
No, no baby, this ain't livin'
No, no, no
Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
I can't pay my taxes
Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Crime is increasing
Trigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God know where we're heading
Oh, make me wanna holler
They don't understand

Mother, mother
Everybody thinks we're wrong
Who are they to judge us
Simply cause we wear
our hair long

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Karma can be a bitch!

Who would have thunk it? O.J. is back in the news. I was one of the people who thought that he got away with murder. LITERALLY! Now he could be facing some time. What comes around goes around.

1994


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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Thank goodness for recordings................

If Janis Joplin had broken into the music industry today, she wouldn't have made it. Sex sells. Record companies aren't looking for talent;Look at who they push at the youth as pop- no-talent posers like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashley, etc.

This is a great version of "Summertime". The trumpet and clarinet intro anticipating her powerful voice mingle perfectly with the sad sweetness of the first minor chords of the guitar.

One of the few songs you can listen to over and over, year after year without ever getting tired of it.
And the lyrics are so simple, and yet so intense.

Timeless grace.
Hey all you young ones out there, listen to that emotion. Rare that you hear that from female singers nowadays.





Summertime, time, time,
Child, the living's easy.
Fish are jumping out
And the cotton, Lord,
Cotton's high, Lord - so high.

Your daddy's rich
And your ma is so good-looking, babe.
She's a-looking good now.
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby.
No, no, no,
Don't you cry, don't you cry.

One of these mornings
You're gonna rise, rise up singing.
You're gonna spread your wings, child,
And take, take to the sky,
Lord, the sky.

But until that morning,
Honey, nothing's going to harm you now,
No, no, no no, no no, no...
Don't you cry -- cry.

Ingrid downgraded to a Tropical Depression

Atlantic Tropical Storm
Tropical Depression Ingrid Advisory Number 17

Issued at: 10:32 AM AST 9/16/07 (gateway).




Ingrid maintaining 35 mph winds,

Interests in the northern leeward islands should monitor the progress of ingrid.

At 1100 am ast, 1500z, the center of tropical depression ingrid was located near latitude 17.2 north, longitude 57.9 west or about 260 miles, 415 km, east of the leeward islands.

The depression is moving toward the west near 12 mph, 19 km/hr, but a turn back to the west-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, 55 km/hr, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24hours.

Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb, 29.71 inches.

Repeating the 1100 am ast position, 17.2 n, 57.9 w. Movement toward, west near 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 35 mph. Minimum central pressure, 1006 mb.

The next advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 500 pm ast.



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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tropical Storm Ingrid Forms

Atlantic Tropical Storm
Tropical Depression Ingrid Advisory Number 13

Issued at: 10:31 AM AST 9/15/07 (gateway).




Hostile winds aloft taking a toll on ingrid, reduced to a tropical depression with a few squalls,

At 1100 am ast, 1500z, the center of tropical depression ingrid was located near latitude 16.4 north, longitude 53.7 west or about 510 miles, 820 km, east of the lesser antilles.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph, 16 km/hr. A gradual turn to the northwest should begin in a day or so.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph, 55 km/hr, with higher gusts. Additional weakening is anticipated during the next 24 hours.

Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb, 29.71 inches.

Repeating the 1100 am ast position, 16.4 n, 53.7 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 35 mph. Minimum central pressure, 1006 mb.

The next advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 500 pm ast.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

It’s a 5 now.

Atlantic Tropical Storm
Hurricane Felix Advisory Number 13


Issued at: 10:31 AM EDT 9/3/07 (gateway).


Felix continues to move rapidly westward and remains a potentially catastrophic hurricane,
At 11 am edt, the government of nicaragua has issued a hurricane warning for nicaragua from puerto cabezas northward to the honduras/nicaragua border. A hurricane warning is also in effect for honduras from limon eastward to the honduras nicaragua border. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A hurricane watch is in effect for honduras west of limon, for the caribbean coast of guatemala, and for the entire coast of belize.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for jamaica and for grand cayman. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 24 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the western caribbean sea should closely monitor the progress of this potentially catastrophic hurricane.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 1100 am edt, 1500z, the center of hurricane felix was located near latitude 14.3 north, longitude 77.8 west or about 265 miles, 425 km, south-southwest of kingston jamaica and about 365 miles, 585 km, east of cabo gracias a dios on the nicaragua/honduras border.
Felix is moving toward the west near 21 mph, 33 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. On this track, the center of felix will be near the coasts of extreme northeastern nicaragua and northeastern honduras early on Tuesday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph, 260 km/hr, with higher gusts. Felix is a potentially catastrophic category five hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Fluctuations in intensity are common in major hurricanes, but felix is expected to maintain category four or five status through tonight and early Tuesday.
Although felix is an extremely powerful hurricane it has a very small wind field. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles, 45 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, 185 km.
The minimum central pressure estimated from noaa hurricane hunter aircraft data is 940 mb, 27.76 inches.
Felix is expected to produce 5 to 8 inches of rain across northern honduras and northeastern nicaragua, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. These rains could produce life- threatening flash floods and mud slides.
Repeating the 1100 am edt position, 14.3 n, 77.8 w. Movement toward, west near 21 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 160 mph. Minimum central pressure, 940 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 200 pm edt followed by the next complete advisory at 500 pm edt.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Here we go again.......... Felix

Atlantic Tropical Storm
Hurricane Felix Advisory Number 9


Issued at: 4:39 PM EDT 9/2/07 (gateway).


Felix continues to strengthen, now a category four hurricane,
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for jamaica and for grand cayman. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the central and western caribbean sea should closely monitor the progress of this system.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 500 pm edt, 2100z, the center of hurricane felix was located near latitude 13.6 north, longitude 72.0 west or about 440 miles, 710 km, southeast of kingston jamaica.
Felix is moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph, 32 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
Reports from an air force hurricane hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph, 220 km/hr, with higher gusts. Felix is a category four hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles, 35 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, 185 km.
The minimum central pressure estimated from the aircraft data is 956 mb, 28.23 inches.
Felix is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches over the guajira peninsula of northern colombia.
Repeating the 500 pm edt position, 13.6 n, 72.0 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 140 mph. Minimum central pressure, 956 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 800 pm edt followed by the next complete advisory at 1100 pm edt.
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What have we done? Song by White Lion - When The Children Cry & the lyrics



Little child
Dry your crying eyes
How can I explain
The fear you feel inside
´cause you were born
Into this evil world
Where man is killing man
and no one knows just why

What have we become
Just look what we have done
All that we destroyed
You must build again

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
´cause when the children sings
The new world begins

Little child
You must show the way
To a better day
For all the young
´cause you were born
For the world to see
That we all can live
In light and peace

No more presidents
And all the wars will end
One united world under god

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
´cause when the children sings
The new world begins

What have we become
Just look what we have done
All that we destroyed
You must build again

No more presidents
And all the wars will end
One united world under god

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
´cause when the children fight
Then we know it ain´t right
When the children break
Let them know we´re awake
´cause when the children sings
The new world begins


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Those Born 1930-1979

READ TO THE BOTTOM FOR QUOTE OF THE MONTH BY JAY LENO.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's.

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have PlayStation, Nintendo, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them.

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL.

If YOU are one of them.CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"


I have no right to complain..................

But DAMN IT, I'm gonna.

Last night at just after 7:00 (Entertainment Tonight had just started), I caught this "flash" out of the corner of my eye. Another lightning strike. *shrug* Big deal down in Florida. But before I ever heard the thunder, I'm sitting in the dark. Great. No power. Which means no air conditioning, no ceiling fans, no TV, no computer and no lights, etc. And when the power is off, cell phone reception sucks. Power finally was restored at 9:08.

I must be getting soft, cause back in 2004, we went for sometimes up to 5 days with no power (BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE OF THE THREE HURRICANES!!!!!!!)

Now that that's off my chest, PEACE everyone!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

NEXT THREAT?

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OUCH!!!!!!! Hurricane Dean Advisory Number 33

Issued at: 3:57 AM CDT 8/21/07 (gateway).

Category five hurricane dean makes landfall on the east coast of the yucatan peninsula of mexico,
At 400 am cdt, 0900 utc, the government of mexico has replaced the tropical storm warning and hurricane watch with a hurricane warning from west of chilitepec to veracruz mexico.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire coastline of belize and along the east coast of the yucatan peninsula of mexico from the belize/mexico border northward to cancun. A hurricane warning is also in effect along the west coast of the yucatan peninsula and the gulf coast of mexico from south of progreso southward and westward to veracruz. Preparations in the hurricane warning area along the gulf coast of mexico should be rushed to completion.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect along the northern coast of the yucatan peninsula from north of cancun to progresso.
A tropical storm watch also remains in effect for the following provinces of cuba, pinar del rio, la habana, and isla de la juventud.
Interests elsewhere in the southern gulf of mexico should closely monitor the progress of dean.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
Reports from an air force hurricane hunter plane indicate that the eye of dean made landfall on the east coast of the yucatan peninsula near costa maya or majahual around 330 am cdt. This location is about 40 miles, 65 km, east-northeast of chetumal mexico
At 400 am cdt, 0900z, the center of hurricane dean was located just inland near latitude 18.7 north, longitude 87.8 west or about 35 miles, 55 km, east-northeast of chetumal mexico and about 195 miles, 315 km, east-southeast of campeche mexico.
Dean is moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph, 32 km/hr, and a west-northwestward to westward motion is expected today and tonight. On the forecast track the center will cross the yucatan peninsula today and likely reach the southern bay of campeche tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 165 mph, 270 km/hr, with higher gusts. Dean is a category five hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Although some weakening is forecast as dean crosses the yucatan peninsula, dean is expected to maintain hurricane strength throughout the next 24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles, 95 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, 280 km.
The hurricane hunter plane reported a minimum central pressure of 906 mb, 26.75 inches, just before landfall.
Storm surge flooding of 12 to 18 feet above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves is possible near and to the north of where dean made landfall along the east coast of the yucatan peninsula.
Dean is expected to produce storm total rainfall of 5 to 10 inches over the isthmus of tehuantepec and yucatan peninsula of mexico, belize, guatemala, and northern honduras, with maximum amounts of up to 20 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
Repeating the 400 am cdt position, 18.7 n, 87.8 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 165 mph. Minimum central pressure, 906 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 700 am cdt followed by the next complete advisory at 1000 am cdt.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hurricane Dean Intermediate Advisory Number 25a

Issued at: 7:44 AM EDT 8/19/07 (gateway).

Outer bands of dean about to reach jamaica, A hurricane warning remains in effect for the southwestern peninsula of haiti from west of the haiti-dominican border to port-au-prince. A hurricane warning is also in effect for jamaica and the cayman islands. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of haiti north of port-au-prince to the northern haiti-dominican republic border. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for portions of eastern cuba, from the province of camaguey eastward to the province of guantanamo. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effect for portions of central cuba, for the provinces of ciego de avila, sancti spiritus, cienfuegos, matanzas, and isla de la juventud. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. Interests elsewhere in the western caribbean, including western cuba and the yucatan peninsula, should closely monitor the progress of dean. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your local weather office. At 800 am edt, 1200z, the center of hurricane dean was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 74.3 west or about 180 miles, 295 km, east-southeast of kingston jamaica. Dean is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph, 30 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. On this track, the core of the hurricane will be very near jamaica later today. Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph, 230 km/hr, with higher gusts. Dean is a category four hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles, 95 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, 335 km. The estimated minimum central pressure was 921 mb, 27.20 inches. An air force reserve unit reconnaissance aircraft will be reaching the center of dean shortly. Coastal storm surge flooding of 7 to 9 feet above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves, is possible near the center of dean within the hurricane warning area. Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches can be expected over jamaica, with maximum amounts of up to 20 inches. Amounts of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches are expected over the cayman islands. Amounts of 4 to 6 inches are possible over southern hispaniola with maximum totals of 10 inches. The remainder of hispaniola and eastern cuba could receive 2 to 4 inches of rain, with maximum amounts up to 7 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Repeating the 800 am edt position, 16.8 n, 74.3 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 145 mph. Minimum central pressure, 921 mb. The next advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 1100 am edt.

National Weather Service

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hurricane Dean Advisory Number 23

Issued at: 4:24 PM AST 8/18/07 (gateway).

Outer fringes of hurricane dean lashing the south coast of hispaniola, A hurricane warning remains in effect for the south coast of the dominican republic from barahona westward to the haiti-dominican republic border, and for the southwestern peninsula of haiti from the haiti-dominican republic border to port-au-prince. A hurricane warning is also in effect for jamaica. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A tropical storm warning is still in effect along the south coast of the dominican republic from cabo engano westward to barahona, and for coast of haiti north of port-au-prince to the northern haiti-dominican republic border. A tropical storm warning is also effect for portions of cuba, from the province of camaguey eastward to the province of guantanamo. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the cayman islands. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. Interests elsewhere in the western caribbean, including western cuba and the yucatan peninsula, should closely monitor the progress of dean. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your local weather office. At 500 pm ast, 2100z, the eye of hurricane dean was located near latitude 16.1 north, longitude 70.2 west or about 455 miles, 735 km, east-southeast of kingston jamaica and about 165 miles, 270 km, south of santo domingo in the dominican republic. Dean is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph, 30 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours. On this track, the core of the hurricane will continue to move south of hispaniola today and will be near jamaica on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph, 240 km/hr, with higher gusts. Dean is an extremely dangerous category four hurricane on the saffir-simpson hurricane scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles, 110 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles, 370 km. Punta cana in the dominican republic has been experiencing tropical storm force wind gusts for the past several hours. Estimated minimum central pressure is 930 mb, 27.46 inches. Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches can be expected over jamaica, with maximum amounts of up to 20 inches possible. Amounts of 4 to 6 inches are possible over southern haiti with maximum totals of 10 inches possible. The remainder of the dominican republic, haiti and eastern cuba, could receive 2 to 4 inches of rain with maximum amounts up to 7 inches possible. Additional rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible over puerto rico, with isolated storm total amounts of 5 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Coastal storm surge flooding of 7 to 9 feet above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves, is possible near the center of dean in the hurricane warning area. Repeating the 500 pm ast position, 16.1 n, 70.2 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 150 mph. Minimum central pressure, 930 mb. An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 800 pm ast followed by the next complete advisory at 1100 pm ast.

National Weather Service

Hurricane Dean Advisory Number 22

Atlantic Tropical Storm
Hurricane Dean Advisory Number 22

Issued at: 10:55 AM AST 8/18/07 (gateway).


Corrected maximum sustained winds paragraph,

Dean's fury threatens haiti, jamaica and the cayman islands, heavy squalls already approaching hispaniola,

At 11 am, 1500 utc, the government of jamaica has issued a hurricane warning for jamaica. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the south coast of the dominican republic from barahona westward to the haiti-dominican republic border, and for the southwestern peninsula of haiti from the haiti-dominican republic border to port-au-prince.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect along the south coast of the dominican republic from cabo engano westward to barahona, and for coast of haiti north of port-au-prince to the northern haiti-dominican republic border. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

At 11 am, 1500 utc, the government of the cayman islands has issued a hurricane watch for the cayman islands. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for portions of cuba, from the province of camaguey eastward to the province of guantanamo. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

At 11 am, 1500 utc, the tropical storm warning for the british virgin islands, u.s. Virgin islands and puerto rico has been discontinued.

Interests elsewhere in the central and western caribbean, including western cuba, the cayman islands, and the yucatan peninsula of mexico, should closely monitor the progress of dean.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

At 1100 am ast, 1500z, the center of hurricane dean was located near latitude 15.7 north, longitude 68.6 west or about 565 miles, 910 km, east-southeast of kingston jamaica and about 210 miles, 340 km, south-southeast of santo domingo in the dominican republic.

Dean is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph, 28 km/hr. A track between the west and west-northwest is forecast during the next 24 hours. On this track the core of the hurricane will be moving south of hispaniola today and early Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph, 240 km/hr, with higher gusts. Dean is a category four hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next 24 hours.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles, 95 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, 335 km.

Latest minimum central pressure reported by an air force hurricane hunter plane was 929 mb, 27.43 inches.

Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches can be expected over jamaica, with maximum amounts of up to 20 inches. Amounts of 2 to 3 inches can be expected over the dominican republic and haiti with amounts up to 6 inches possible. Additional rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible over puerto rico, with isolated storm total amounts of 5 inches. These rains could cause life- threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Repeating the 1100 am ast position, 15.7 n, 68.6 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 150 mph. Minimum central pressure, 929 mb.

An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 200 pm ast followed by the next complete advisory at 500 pm ast.


National Weather Service

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hurricane Dean Update

Category: Life
Hurricane Dean Advisory Number 16
Issued at: 4:30 AM AST 8/17/07 (gateway).

Center of dean passing near st. Lucia and martinique.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for st. Lucia, martinique, dominica, and guadeloupe and its dependencies. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
At 5 am ast, 0900 utc, the meteorological service of antigua has issued a tropical storm warning for the british virgin islands. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the u.s. Virgin islands and puerto rico. A tropical storm warning also remains in effect for the following islands of the lesser antilles, grenada and its dependencies, st. Vincent and the grenadines, barbados, saba, st. Eustatius, montserrat, antigua, nevis, st kitts, barbuda, st. Maarten, and anguilla. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
At 5 am ast, 0900 utc, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the southwestern peninsula of haiti from port-au-prince to the haiti/dominican republic border. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the south coast of the dominican republic from cabo engano to the haiti/dominican republic border. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the central and western caribbean, including jamaica and the cayman islands, should closely monitor the progress of dean.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 500 am ast, 0900z, the center of hurricane dean was located near latitude 14.3 north, longitude 60.9 west or in the st. Lucia channel between st. Lucia and martinique.
Dean is moving toward the west near 24 mph, 39 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 24 hours. This motion should take the center of dean away from the lesser antilles later today.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph, 160 km/hr, with higher gusts. Dean is a category two hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Stronger winds, especially in gusts, are likely over elevated terrain near the path of the center. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles, 35 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, 220 km. Fort-de-france on martinique recently reported a wind gust of 59 mph, 94 km/hr, while barbados has recently reported a wind gust of 55 mph, 89 km/hr.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 976 mb, 28.82 inches.
Storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels, accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves, is possible near the center of dean.
Storm total rainfall of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches in mountainous areas, are possible in association with dean in the lesser antilles. Across puerto rico, storm total amounts of 1 to 2 inches can be expected, with maximum amounts of up to 5 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Repeating the 500 am ast position, 14.3 n, 60.9 w. Movement toward, west near 24 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 100 mph. Minimum central pressure, 976 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 800 am ast followed by the next complete advisory at 1100 am ast

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dean is now a Hurricane

Atlantic Tropical Storm
Hurricane Dean Intermediate Advisory Number 12a
Issued at: 7:56 AM AST 8/16/07 (gateway).

Strengthening dean speeds toward the lesser antilles,
A hurricane warning remains in effect for the islands of dominica and st. Lucia. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A hurricane watch continues for the islands of martinique, guadeloupe and its dependencies, saba, and st. Eustatius. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. Hurricane or tropical storm warnings will likely be issued for some of these islands later this morning.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for barbados. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
At 800 am ast, 1200z, a tropical storm watch has been issued by the meteorological service of antigua for the islands of montserrat, antigua, st. Kitts, nevis, and barbuda. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for st. Vincent and st. Maarten. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. Hurricane or tropical storm warnings could be issued for some of these islands later this morning.
Interests elsewhere in the lesser antilles, the virgin islands, puerto rico, and hispaniola should monitor the progress of dean.
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At 800 am ast, 1200z, the center of hurricane dean was located near latitude 13.5 north, longitude 53.3 west or about 415 miles, 665 km, east of barbados and about 510 miles, 820 km, east of martinique.
Dean is moving quickly toward the west near 24 mph, 39 km/hr, and this motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. This motion should bring the center of dean near the lesser antilles on friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 mph, 130 km/hr, with higher gusts. Dean is a category one hurricane on the saffir- simpson scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. An air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft will investigate dean this afternoon.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles, 35 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles, 110 km.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 985 mb, 29.09 inches.
Storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels, accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves, is possible near the center of dean.
Storm total rainfalls of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches in mountainous areas, are possible in association with dean. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Repeating the 800 am ast position, 13.5 n, 53.3 w. Movement toward, west near 24 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 75 mph. Minimum central pressure, 987 mb.
The next advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 1100 am ast.

National Weather Service

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