No Reason to Fear Fay

Tropical Storm Fay’s track has turned east and once again Tampa Bay has been spared of yet another hurricane.  Last night, I anticipated Fay throwing a monkey wrench in this week’s training, but morning brought beautiful blues skies and I seized the opportunity for a quick 5 mile run.  During my run, I enjoyed watching white feathered clouds float across the sky, probably distant cousins to the bands related to Fay.

Today’s quick run compared to resistance training with 12 mph winds and all the moisture in the air as a result of Fay.  Oddily enough, I didn’t spot my usual neighbors much wildlife many gators or sandhill cranes, perhaps they still sensed something and remained bunkered down for the storm.  I did happen to notice a few vultures and that’s never a good sign when running.

Even though my part of Florida has seen very few hurricanes, I felt precautions for Fay were necessary and therefore stocked up on few supplies, such as batteries, wind-up radio, flashlights, Parmalat Milk, water, ice and of course, beer.  I also located the ingredients for my Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for a Hurricane.

1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger amaretto liqueur
1 fluid ounce light rum
1 fluid ounce dark rum
6 fluid ounces orange juice
6 fluid ounces pineapple juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 dash grenadine syrup
1 orange, sliced into rounds (Lime works well, too)
1 maraschino cherry

Fill a 16 ounce glass with ice. Pour in amaretto, light rum and dark rum. Pour in orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice. Stir, then top with a dash of grenadine and garnish with an orange slice (or slice of lime) and a cherry.

Here’s to hard runs on hurricanes days!  Cheers y’all!


  1. sandworm says:

    Having moved from Orlando to San Francisco this past year I’m happy for you that it moved on…. I actually used to live in Brandon, Brandon High ’86, and rode out many a storm there as well…

    The year I bought my house in Orlando ’99, we had a hurricane blow over us the week we closed in August… Then of course in ’04 we had the fun year with 4 storms, the centers of 3 went right over our house that year….

    Glad you guys got spared!

  2. Lori says:

    Glad to hear you were able to get your run in. Fay helped me out by allowing Larry to go into work late and I was able to run this morning. The turkey vultures did not want to move out of my away when I passed them at the front of the neighborhood. I guess I interupted their morning breakfast. The breeze made it feel a little less humid to me.

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