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by Lisa Crihfield Dalby

get off the island

inside out umbrella

Tuesday, 19 February, 2002

I woke up several times during the night because of the sound of the wind and rain. We had gale force winds over 50 knots and driving rain - I actually looked outside around 1:30 in the morning to make sure the chairs weren't blowing off the balcony!

The cab driver told us that they had record low temperatures last night - 47 degrees. Despite this, Johnny Barnes was at work at the Trimingham Hill traffic circle outside of Hamilton, greeting the morning rush hour. Every weekday morning he greets motorists from 4:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., waving to the cars and scooters on their way into Hamilton. A retired bus driver, for the past 15 years he has been welcoming people to work just about every morning.

Johnny Barnes

It was really blowing most of the day, although the rains tapered off and we only had a few light showers. Our meetings went well and we finished up with a lovely dinner with our belated friends from last night's mis-scheduled dinner.

I'd love to write more, but I have to send some e-mails back to the office now and then get some sleep, so I'll have to make this short. Hoping that the winds calm down enough for the inbound flight from Philly to land tomorrow so that my flight leaves on time in the afternoon!

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Quote du jour:

"A great wind is blowing,
and that gives you either imagination
or a headache."

-- Catherine the Great (1729 - 1796)

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