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Another High Wind in Bethesda

Earlier in the week we had an earthquake and last night / this morning we had a hurricane. Someone or someones on Twitter called it the week of the hurriquake.

I fell asleep last night to gentle rain and mild breezes and woke up around 1:30 AM to bursts of rain heavy rain and loud wind gusts. I think that’s what woke me up — either that or the sound of a transformer blowing somewhere nearby. I checked the clock and saw it was still glowing, so knew the transformer was the one that connected to our power lines.

Tweet from Mike Leroy
Tweet from Mike Leroy

Unable to sleep, I went upstairs and logged onto Facebook and Twitter to see how others were doing. Some had lost power, others had seen it go out while on their way home from nights out. Most were just posting from home hoping their power didn’t fail. I posted a couple of updates and then I received my favorite tweet mention of all. It was from Mike Leroy who sang the title song in one of my favorite movies when I was younger, A High Wind in Jamaica. I blogged about this song in my song a day blog and Mr. Leroy commented on that post.

Anyway, we survived and so did our power. Only minor damage to the house (a downspout came loose) and a few downed branches. Nothing much else to report.

Here’s hoping those of you to still meet Ms Irene will come out as unscathed as we did.

52. A High Wind in Bethesda

[Edited March 18, 2021] – Sadly, Mike LeRoy passed away about a year ago, possibly of COVID-19 — the Wikipedia article is unclear. I’m glad I connected with him. I’m sorry the song was never reissued.

It is very windy here in Bethesda today. We’ve lost branches on our trees and shingles from our roof. The wind is blowing into vents on our house, making an eerie sort of music. It’s nearly as bad as when Isabel blew through, but we’ve not [touch wood] lost power.

This wind reminded me of one of my favorite movies as a child, A High Wind in Jamaica. Have you seen it? I saw it several times on television growing up. Then I didn’t see it again until about two years ago. I think I might buy the DVD.

I remember being very moved at the end. And I liked the theme song. I always thought it was Roger Whittaker, but it seems it was a Mike Leroy who sang the lead song which was a ballad kinda song.

I wish I could link to the song. (Hurrah I can now!)

I can see why I thought it was Roger Whittaker. Whittaker sang a song called Last Farewell which was a ballad and involved a ship sailing to England – pretty much what A High Wind in Jamaica is about.