Serene tropical view in South Pointe Park looking toward the Government Cut waterway, Miami Beach, Fla., 4:19 p.m., November 28, 2021
The outdoor images in this entry were taken by me on Sunday in the South Pointe area, as explained in the captions.
A wee hours Tuesday posting ...
I'm home tonight. I spent several hours watching the seemingly endless loop of Robert Stack-era Unsolved Mysteries episodes on that obscure FilmRise channel.
The boulders of the rocky north side of the Governmet Cut waterway, Miami Beach, Fla., 4:28 p.m., Nov 28, 2021
It was a busy chores and work-related day matters to include grocery shopping, doing laundry, and yet another round of edits on an agency report as well as preparing for an accelerated schedule of the next production round of monthly progress reports. Oh, and I had to shower and shave (after three days).
The Norwegian Encore cruise ship departing the Port of Miami via Governmet Cut waterway into the open Atlantic Ocean,
Miami Beach, Fla., 4:28 p.m., Nov 28, 2021
Several of these ginormous cruise ships depart the Port of Miami every Sunday late afternoon and evening.
This floating post-modern pleasure palace was large and fast moving enough that it was literally dragging its own mini-tsunami with it (you can sort of see it in the above image). The tsunami-wake engulfed about half way up the rocky embankment of the waterway's edge and caused the two noisily show-boating and quite annoying jet skiers to have to ride UP and OVER that choppy wall of water. Those kinds of wakes can't be good for the manatees in the channel.
The calendar is on the cusp of December and the weather down here in the Miami area has been about as "fall-like" as it ever gets, or rather, I should say, since this is my first fall season down here, at least I am surmising it is. Following a very weak frontal passage this morning (the second in about four days), it cleared up and was cloudlessly sunny, "coolish," and unusually dry in terms of dew point.
The high was 74°F at KMIA, which is 6°F below the daily normal and, I think, one of the lowest high temps in the 8-1/2 months I've lived in this region, and the dew point got as low as 44°F late in the morning before climbing back up to about 53°F now (at the 1 a.m. hour). The flow remains light north or northwesterly rather than any easterly component. Actually, the KMIA ob has a calm wind.
The Sun is about as low an angle as it gets -- with the sunsets at about their earliest (since those always occur ahead of the actual winter solstice).
Since Nov 22nd, the sunset time for Miami according to the Time and Date.com site has been 5:29 p.m. at an angle of the year at 246° (WSW). The sunset time does not get any earlier than 5:29 p.m. and finally ads a minute on Dec 8th while losing two more degrees to 244° between Dec 13 and Dec 28.
On the winter solstice, the sunset is actually at 5:34 p.m. -- but the mornings keep getting later and the net shortest daylight is the solstice, by definition. Jan 10 to 15 has the latest sunrises at 7:09 a.m. Thereafter, both sunset and sunrise start moving in tandem.
The sunsets and sunrises behave this way everywhere, although, of course, the times and time intervals vary by location. Back in frickin horrible and anti-life Washington, D.C., the earliest sunsets are 4:45 p.m. -- but occurring in a narrower band between Dec 4th and 9th. (Right now, they are at 4:46 p.m.)
Anyway, all in all, it "looked" about as fall as it ever has here in Miami Beach ... And while I always loved the fall season back in the mid-Atlantic, I don't like it here.
The Carnival Freedom just leaving the Port of Miami along the Government Cut waterway, Miami Beach, Fla., 4:37 p.m., November 28, 2021
We finally should get a bit of an easterly component to the wind later today (Tuesday) even as temps moderate into the upper 70s F for highs and lows around 70F (indicating a dew point of about 70F) along with a slight chance of showers by Saturday.
The weather was similar on Sunday although it was a bit warmer ahead of that weak frontal boundary. I went down to South Pointe beach area by the breakwater and went into the ocean. The beach was moderately crowded and the water was still comfortable after a few minutes.
I do need to note that I had a too-close-for-comfort encounter with a three-to-four foot shark in shallow (maybe three foot deep) water swimming in zig-zagging arcs as it hunted for fish by the breakwater. I don't know what type of shark it was, but it most definitely was a shark and was within 8 to 10 feet of me for an instant.
While it paid me no mind, it was still a jarring experience. Other people saw it, too, and it got even closer to another guy who looked like he was Middle Eastern or Hispanic. He was farther out -- it happened quickly, and I didn't yell a warning to him.
In fact, I made so sound at all even when it was near me. (Oddly enough, nobody yelled or screamed, which are the usual reactions of people -- well, women -- in the water when dark shadows zip past them.)
Even more strangely, when the guy saw it, rather than getting scared, he just made this weird hands-in-prayer gesture toward it, and then just sort of waded matter-of-factly back to shore.
Changing subjects ... Later today, I'm actually taking the day off from my at-home de facto office job and taking the Brightline -- that nice, new privately run express train line that represents some competition to the old Tri-Rail line -- up to West Palm Beach to meet Tim for the day. (Brightline is being extended to Orlando via Cocoa and then turning west. Eventually, it may go to Tampa.)
I bought a roundtrip ticket in the $30 "premium" car. The station is in downtown Miami at 600 1st Ave NW, not the Miami Intermodal Center next to the airport.
My friend Sarah and I at Monty's, Miami Beach, Fla., 6:05 p.m., November 28, 2021
Sarah is one of the friends I've made down here in the past six months. She bartends at two different places. It was an pleasant surprise to meet her at Monty's on Sunday. And, yes, I look old now.
My train to WPB is at 9:48 a.m., so I need to leave here by 8:45 a.m., which means I need to be up no later than 8 a.m. My plan is to take a train back to Miami arriving at 11 p.m., and then a cab or an Uber home.
Yes, you have to wear a mask and all that shit. Ditto taking an Uber to the station.
It's way too late, and I'm not even going to try to get into any discussion about Covid and the latest psychotic lunacy of elite big media over the
Nu Xi Omicron variant.
However, here are two embedded videos of commentary by Tucker Carlson and an interview of Sen Ted Cruz by Sean Hannity, respectively, on where things stand with a heavy emphasis on Lord Father Fauci and his latest hyper-political "I AM GOD" outbursts in one of his endless media fan-girling love fests.
Above: Sen Rand Paul's twitter response to Fauci's latest grotesqueries; Below: Sen Ted Cruz's twitter thread response but given as a single block text image.
A true megalomaniac for whom truth and falsehoods are just tools to be employed and reworked at will for the sake of celebrity adulation, Fauci is starting to resemble Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars.
As ever, Florida's awesome Gov DeSantis hit the right note:
OK, that's all for now. I will be quite busy Wed, Thur, and Fri with work related stuff, so I may not post an entry until Saturday.