Tropical Storm Erika!!!!
I am sure if you are weather savvy….you have been following reports of Tropical Storm Erika, that is dominating the weather stations here in Florida at this time. (see headline below)
Tropical Storm Erika Soaks Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands; Warnings in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas; Uncertain Threat to Florida, Southeast U.S.
I’m sorry…but every time there is talk of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane….the recesses of my mind automatically bring the song, sung by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones era to the forefront!
You might ask why I would think of that song in particular…and it is because of the lyrics below.
I was born in a crossfire hurricane
And I howled at my ma in the driving rain
But it’s all right now, in fact it’s a gas
But it’s all right
I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s a gas, gas, gas
But there is more to this story…..I was not aware of this song…..(Oops! that is going to tell a story in itself)….until the movie Jumpin’ Jack Flash came out on the small TV screen. The movie starred Whoopee Goldberg and it is perhaps one of the most treasured movies in our personal film library.
For those of you who might remember this movie… (No, it was not a blockbuster at the time it came out, ….it became more popular after it left the theaters)….the reason this movie is so memorable, is the character, Terry Doolittle, played by Whoopee Goldberg!
I always smile as I remember the outlandish outfits and all the shenanigans…. the Terry Doolittle character pulled through this journey of solving a mystery.
You might ask why this character spoke to me so much? I believe it is because she was eccentric and …yes, awesome.
She worked behind a computer, with all the typical office workers and yet she proved she was resourceful, super smart, hilarious, and very independent.
I related to all her little Tchotchkes atop her computer. 🙂
She respected the upper management, yet she did her own thing, all the while talking to herself with words many of us would have liked to have said under our breath!
And as a plus, Terry Doolittle had the coolest apartment for a single person living in the big city! I just loved looking at all her un-traditional decorating!
There is no actual hurricane in this comedy of errors….the only mention of a hurricane is in the scene near the beginning of this movie… where Terry Doolittle is trying to play the song over and over and over again to write down the lyrics.
She is looking for clues to solve the mystery.
Of course, had this movie been in our modern day time frame…all one would have to do is go to Google. But I am sure we can all relate to getting lyrics the way Terry Doolittle did in the movie.
And if the comedy isn’t enough…Terry Doolittle was a fashion icon! I really liked some of her iconic outfits, though I most likely would have stayed very traditional office attire….but I couldn’t help but admire her individuality.
But I digress as usual….the reason behind this post is the Tropical Storm Erika.
The Captain and I are not worried at this time….still one has to be prepared for winds and rain and flooding, if nothing else.
And we have our handy dandy hurricane guide at the ready!
AND…we are going to drag out the movie Jumpin Jack Flash and laugh all over again!
Have a great week-end my dear readers.
Brenda ....only daughter says
Well I hope the hurricane stays away from your front door.????????
Jumping Jack Flash is one of my favorite movies as well!!
Favorite line of movie I believe goes like this”dogs barking can’t jump without umbrella” it’s a classic!!
The storm Erika, dismantled herself over the Caribbean and all that remains is a little rain. just a lot of hype by bored weathermen, I believe. Of course it was 10 years ago that hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, so that perhaps helped fuel their banter.
Yes, I looked that quote up because I couldn’t remember just how it went….”Dog’s barking, can’t fly without umbrella” and one of my favorites is when she made a late evening appointment with one of the office personnel and she ends up down on the loading docks (which is scary in itself) and as she walks along the dock she says.
“Do the world a favor! Get yourself an office! With a desk! And a lamp!”
Or the quote when she is in a phone booth calling for help…..”I’m a little black woman in a big silver box. On the top of it it says “phone……Help!!!”.
Great lines from that movie.
Donna Childs says
You did digress:) Hope it is all hype.
Digressing is what I do best Donna! 😉
As you most likely know by now….hype is the weatherman’s forte! Erika seems to have fizzled, although we could get some rain but most likely no more than our usual monsoons.
I was never really concerned….we have plenty of water as I have the 5 gal water jugs (always rotating) for my drinking and cooking water cooler, plus my two freezers are always stocked. My cooking range is gas as well as one of the two water heaters for this house. Our windows are the so called “hurricane” windows and made it through Hurricane Charley without a crack. The Captain readies out his generator at the beginning of the hurricane season and since I use flameless battery operated candles on an everyday basis (I could most likely open a battery store) …..we are pretty much prepared, or as prepared as one could get.
Altho anything can happen and one should always be aware, I don’t worry until I see that the storm is going to hit “tomorrow”, and then I would start taking it a bit more seriously.
Thanks for stopping by!
I laughed at Jumpin Jack Flash, too. I hope it doesn’t rain during the Royals game.
It did rain a little just before the game….good news is we took the hotel shuttle directly to the front gate and inside the “domed” stadium. Nary a drop touched my skin! AND the Royals won!!!!! Yeah!
Sandy, I actually think there were more Royals fans at that game than Rays fans. Only 13,000 there and we Royals fans were certainly loud with our “Lets Go Royals” chant! Kauffman is sold out at almost every game….the Midwest seems to support their teams a bit more than the East coast! (Or in this case, the west coast of the Eastern U.S.) 🙂