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Saturday, June 10, 2021

I see by today’s weather report that the first tropical storm of the season is coming together, and heading toward the Florida Gulf Coast. If it gets its meteorological act together, as expected, it will be named Alberto.

Alberto’s not expected to do much more than dump lots of rain. Which is good, because I just got tickets today for a trip down to Tampa in about two weeks, for my first visit back since moving away at the start of the year. Hopefully, whatever mess the storm brings will be mopped up by then.

It’ll be an extended weekend back in my old stomping grounds, to see old friends and check out how much has changed in Hillsborough and Pinellas.

Why? Well, why not? I’ve been going pretty much non-stop for the last couple of months, so I’m ready for a brief getaway. My present consulting assignment runs out by the end of this month, so while I’m weighing my options after that, it’ll be a good time to kick back a little. And coordination is key: Some friends are also arranging what amounts to some free time, so it all dovetails nicely.

No, I’m not sick of New York already. Quite the opposite, in fact: I’m loving my current situation more and more every day. So this quickie trip is just a convenient decompress into familiar territory. I expect I’ll experience a tinge of homesickness, but it’ll pass as soon as I get on the return flight.

Now watch: With my luck, I’ll be flying straight into the one hurricane that finally nails Tampa Bay.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/10/2021 09:03:56 PM
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nothing left to chanceThere he was, walking directly in front of me. Giving me — and the world — a clear sartorial view of his ultra-risk-averse psyche.

But that’s just one of the many fashion/utilitarian assessments you can make about pairing a belt with suspenders.

The gentleman in this photo was a white-haired old geezer. I can only guess at how long he’s been sporting his look, with or without the plaid shirt.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/10/2021 05:31:26 PM
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