Rainy Day Lovers

May 31, 2020

It’s Saturday morning and a storm is coming through my neighborhood. I hear it slightly in the distance.

So as I was starting to open a couple of windows so I could hear the thunder clap and roll, better, I got a text from my son, Tim, giving me a heads up about the “pretty nice thunderstorm” that was upon us.

I love rainy days, especially if they include thunder and lightening. We don’t get them here like we did in the Midwest, where I grew up. So anytime one rolls in, Tim and I are on “red alert” so we don’t miss it!

I think that a lot of people don’t like rainy days and it’s a negative event for them. Sometimes it spoils the whole day when a planned event has to be postponed because of rain. So rainy days get a bad rap.

But, to me, a rainy day is never sad, gloomy, or limiting. The music and the rhythm of the rain always speaks to my heart. To me it’s a cleansing, life-giving event with the promise of sunshine to follow. It also elicits a sense of romance and comfort within me.

Somehow, rainy days always remind me of my favorite song by Gordon Lightfoot, called “Rainy Day People”.

I like the lyrics and the meaning behind them.

I think he is saying that he appreciates people who are down-to-earth, honest and upfront. People who have gained wisdom and experience through hardships in life who are better able to move forward in life and help others progress as well. People who don’t judge others. People who listen well and are attentive to other’s needs. People who are sincere and humble. People who understand others’ situations because they have experienced similar ones too. People who value others as much as they do themselves.

I think we need more Rainy Day People in this world.

P.S. As I listened to the song and read the lyrics, two lines (that I highlighted) jumped out at me and reminded me of a saying I learned on one of my trips to Zurich, Switzerland, from Andy, a tour guide whom I befriended while I was there. He said…..

“Shared fun is double the fun. Shared pain is half the pain.”

Enjoy the song……..

“Rainy Day People”…by Gordon Lightfoot

Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call.
Rainy day people don’t talk. They just listen till they’ve heard it all.
Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you they’ve been down like you.
Rainy day people don’t mind if you’re cryin’ a tear or two.

If you get lonely, all you really need is that rainy day love
Rainy day people all know there’s no sorrow they can’t rise above.

Rainy day lovers don’t love any others that would not be kind.
Rainy day people all know how it hangs on their peace of mind.

Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you they’ve been down there, too.
Rainy day people don’t mind if you’re cryin’ a tear or two .

Rainy day people always seem to know when you’re feelin’ blue.
High stepping strutters who land in the gutters sometimes need one, too.
Take it or leave it or try to believe it, if you’ve been down too long.
Rainy day lovers don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on.

Rainy day lovers don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot

Rainy Day People lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

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Caribbean Cruise: Day 9 and Day 10

March 29, 2020

Cozumel, Mexico – Day 9 (2/2)

At Sea – Day 10 (2/3)

(Note: I’m bundling these two Days of the Cruise because the last day, Day 10, was a day at sea and was uneventful, as we headed back to Ft. Lauderdale.)

This is the view of Cozumel Island, the most popular destination in Caribbean (Mexico).

This dock was long………a long walk to shore.

From the balcony, before we disembarked, I watched a local entrepreneur giving the passengers a ride to shore on his bicycle carriage.

I liked that idea, so I said, “Let’s ride the bike, Uncle Walt!“My treat!!”

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Caribbean Cruise: Day 8

March 29, 2020

Roatan, Honduras – Day 8 (2/1)

I woke up about 04:15 a.m., as the cruise ship was heading toward Roatan, Honduras, our fifth port on this ten-day cruise.

I had to go out to the balcony to peek at the weather and the view.

We weren’t due to arrive at Roatan until about 08:00 a.m. So it was back to bed after I snapped this picture.

However, we arrived earlier than expected. It was about 05:00 a.m. as we approached the island……

Soon after that we were docked….

The picture above was taken from a beach area (seen below) of Mahogany Bay, at Roatan, Honduras.

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Caribbean Cruise: Day 7

March 27, 2020

Belize City, Belize – Day 7 (1/31)

The cruise ship had to anchor five miles off shore to avoid damage to the coral reef. This is what five miles looks like out at sea.

We boarded the tender boats to get to the dock at Belize City.

We got to Belize City at about 8 a.m.

Our excursion for the day was an airboat ride through the swamps.

As soon as we got to the city we were picked up and delivered to the place where we would get on the airboats and ride through the everglades to see all kinds of wildlife.

They said we might see some alligators, manatees, and a variety of birds.

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Caribbean Cruise: Day 6

March 27, 2020

At Sea – Thurs. (1/30)

I woke up about 04:15 a.m. and tiptoed out to the balcony deck with my camera to capture yet another quiet moment in living color.

Went back to sleep until 0800 a.m. Then I got up and made a beeline for the “Tiger Cage” (the basketball cage) to get some “Air Time on the High Seas” (to play basketball).

After that, Uncle Walt and I had a late breakfast, got back to the room about Noon and went straight out to the balcony to just chill for a little while before we started a full-blown exploration of the ship. We hadn’t done that yet.

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