I was eagerly anticipating my summer vacation. I desperately needed relief from the stress of being a best-selling author (well, in my neighborhood) and a well-respected, industry expert (yeah, really). This year’s destination was Sarasota’s, Siesta Key beach, recently named the second best beach in the entire country!
Except today, as I write this, it is not the second best beach in the country. In fact, it is not a beach at all. It is a cesspool of heavy rain water swirling with the white sands, caused by something awful called Tropical Storm Colin.
Yes, today, Siesta Key would be rated well behind the beach closest to my home. That one is located on Lake Erie, something the locals call the North Coast. The beach on Lake Erie is horrendous. It is cloudy, with a cool wind, and it is covered with craggy rocks which can pierce your buttocks if you are not careful where you sit. And the water is filled with a smorgasbord of unidentifiable industrial chemicals. But today, I could be actually enjoying my vacation on this beach, without paying for costly plane tickets or renting an excessively expensive condo.
My current location would also today rank behind the Jersey Shore, known for its wide variety of washed-up debris, including used condoms. “Look dad, I found a jellyfish!” When your beach is ranked below used condoms, you know you are at a lousy beach.
And this must be a freak tropical storm, because I am not in the tropics, I am in Florida, for St. Petersburg's sake. It’s part of the United States. Maybe this storm is due to global warming, but it should absolutely not be happening right here, while I am on vacation. I think this is just the type of stuff Donald Trump is promising to fix.
And why would you have a tropical storm at the ocean? I mean the ocean already has enough water. It has plenty. Why would it need any more? But it is getting more, lots more, torrents more. More rain than I have ever seen in my life. Children, what did you see on vacation? “I thaw a dolphin!”. “I thaw a pelican!” And how about you Donnie? “I thaw a &!@#ing tropical storm!”
This is an historic storm, the earliest in the season for one starting with the letter “C”. I guess I should feel some prestige in being a part of a momentous event, yeah, maybe similar to a passenger on the Titanic.
They claim the storm started off as a tropical depression and this is absolutely true. Because when you are in the tropics and see those bizarre colors on the weather radar heading straight for your vacation resort, you do get extremely depressed. If I ever meet this Colin guy responsible for this deluge, I’m kicking him square in the nuts, twice.
At first I was determined I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop the festivities, so I grabbed a lounge chair and headed for what used to be the beach. In retrospect, this was a bad idea. I felt like one of those pathetic news reporters they send out to report on bad weather. “Yep, it’s wet out here, with some gale force winds alright!” I will probably completely dry out sometime next week after I’m back in Ohio.
I’m so glad I paid extra for this ocean-side unit. It was supposed to give me an “up-close view of the water” and boy did they ever deliver on that promise, as this photo demonstrates! I love to vacation in Florida for all the fresh seafood and now at high tide, it is now swimming right outside my door. A bit too fresh, I’m afraid.
And the main reason to visit this particular location is the awesome, breathtaking, Sarasota sunsets. Of course I haven’t seen the sun in days. I have no idea if it ever rose or set. For all I know it ran away like a scared little girl when the storm hit.
So I am stuck inside watching multiple episodes of Judge Judy (From the case of The Shitting Shih Tzu):
Defendant: “You said I could have Jerome stay in the apartment!”
Plaintiff: “I didn’t know Jerome was your dog!”
Defendant: “Oh yes you did!”
Plaintiff: “Oh no I did not, you (bleep)”
This vacation is so utterly ruined. You might think I am being selfish and non-caring, since people have died in the path of this storm and millions of people in Africa cannot afford a vacation like this one. Well, I paid lots of money for sunny beaches and I want sunny beaches! Besides, some of those Africans get to live on the beach their entire lives, for free, so in my mind it evens out.
Now you may ask why I am not praying for the rain to stop, since I all but took credit for stopping the rain this way at my daughter’s wedding two years ago. Well you have to save up your prayer markers and pick your spots carefully. Since I am planning to get the Zika virus this summer, (I’ve previously been infected twice, once seriously, with mosquito-borne maladies) I need to be able to save my important prayers for this.
So no, I am not losing my religion, but this Colin storm is ruining my vacation, cue the REM music:
(Ruining My Vacation)
Oh storm, it’s bigger
It’s bigger and wet
And wet is so me
The lengths that I will fly to
The distance in air miles
Oh no, I bitched too much
I set this up
That’s me in the condo
That’s rain on the window
Ruining my vacation
Trying to have fun inside
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’m bored too much
I haven't bored enough
I thought that I heard it storming
I thought that the ocean roared
I think I thought I saw the sun
But that was just a dream
That was just a dream
Ruining my vacaaaaaaaaaaaaaation …….
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