It’s official. The time has come for all Floridians to hunker down, as the meteorological lingo goes. Although according to Dictionary.com (link to definition), the term hunker down means “to squat on one’s heels,” an alternative meaning is “to hide, hide out, or take shelter.”
That’s exactly what we’re doing now here in Brevard County. We made our final excursion outside before the arrival of Hurricane Irma, and from what we can tell, most others in our area have done likewise.
At 3:30 PM, we streamed an impromptu weather report from Indiatlantic Beach via Facebook Live. This was after I shared a slew of Periscope broadcasts filmed this morning along the canals of Palm Bay.
I made a last-minute ration-run to my neighborhood Publix, and confirmed with staff that area Publix stores would be open until 6 PM tonight—the latest opening hours of any store in my area, to my knowledge. It is now after 8 o’ clock in the evening, so I presume 100% of commercial businesses in town are now closed. Additionally, most if not all churches and houses of worship will be closed tomorrow. Many have opted to take advantage of social media live streams from remote locations instead.
I’m afraid this blog post will be rather short. What more can I say? The whole world knows now that a major hurricane is hours away from making landfall. I don’t think I repeat that fact any other way to make any greater impact than what has already been made.
The acting world lost an indomitable figure yesterday with the passing of Gene Wilder. The actor—who'd given gusto to roles in such films as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and of course, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory—passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, at the age of 83. His mastery of his abilities was evident in each movie he appeared in. He managed to portray an array of personalities in a way that convinced just about every audience, everywhere.
We respect Mr. Wilder for lending his talents for all to enjoy, and may he rest in peace as we honor his contributions to world of entertainment.
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