We’re fine. Mondoville isn’t even under any watches or warnings — those start about a county over to our south and east (Real City, for example, is under flash flood warnings until tomorrow.) But as for us, it’s breezy (gusts around 40 mph), and a little rainy, and the power has blinked a couple of times this morning, but really, so far, so good. In fact, the Spawn remains asleep and Mrs. M is getting ready to head to the Y.
However, it would be good to keep the folks along the coast and in the Low Country in your thoughts. Charleston seems to have taken some abuse, and there’s been a tornado touchdown in North Myrtle Beach. The biggest problem along the coast seems to be storm surge, and having had our share of flooding during the Thousand-Year Flood, I know there will be a hell of a lot of cleanup. (Interestingly, the last big hurricane to hit SC — Hugo in 1989 — had a higher casualty toll after it had passed than while it was hitting. Folks were killed by fires, flooding, and electrocution as they tried to reclaim their homes.)
Bon voyage wishes to the Mads, who have arrived in Paris for a first anniversary trip/delayed honeymoon. Be safe, and if y’all want to bring La Giaconda back with you, don’t worry — they’re used to it. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
I seem to have developed some soreness in my upper hamstring and lower glute in my left leg, so I haven’t walked much this week. However, my planned 5K is a week from now, so I’ll probably do a little light strolling this week before I head out with a purpose. Given that when I started this in May, I was only hoping to finish, I’ll be pleased to have been able to do it.
The Berries are heading into a busy period; we have shows on Monday night (a campus show for the Homecoming bonfire, where I’m sure the musical generation gap will be in full effect) and Friday night up in Simpsonville, with a show in Real City (about which I’ll say more in the coming days) a week later. After that, we’re currently open, and will probably use that time to work on some new material.
And things are perking along on the writing front as well. In Sunlight Or In Shadow will be coming out in early December, and there are some book launch events in the New York area scheduled for that. I’ve never been to New York, but I’m hoping to remedy that. Further details as I have them.
I received several terrific CDs for my birthday, and I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing some videos for today’s potpourri. My love affair with Seattle’s Green Pajamas continues to blossom, as I received copies of both their 1990 album Ghosts of Love and their brand new To the End of the Sea. Both are stunning and richly textured works, so here are tracks from each. First, here’s the not-quite title cut from the earlier album:
And from the new CD, here’s “Sea of Secrets.”
See you soon, and stay safe, everybody.