Saturday, March 30, 2013

Big Storm

An image of the storm taken by the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite on March 27, 2013.

Two weeks ago it was spring here: Warm days, moderate-to-strong trade winds, cool nights. Then about noon last Thursday, someone threw a switch and instant summer: hot, still, a bit muggy, flat waves. Then this Thursday night hurricane season started: pounding wind, driving rain, cold, power outages. It's not like we didn't need the rain. It has been so dry this winter. But did we have to try to make it all up in one night?

Apparently we have the huge storm that dumped snow on the East Coast this week to thank for this unseasonably cold wet weather. As of  Wednesday this storm stretched from the Canadian Maritimes to Spain and from Greenland to the Caribbean. It's been making spring-breakers' tropical vacations something less than wonderful. Those of us who live here are just saying "what the hell?"

For all that, we had a great night at Ola Lola's last night. Our thanks to everyone who braved the weather to come join us!

Today is a little better. It's warmer and not bucketing rain constantly. But it's still overcast and very windy. Unfortunately, the forecast doesn't get much better for a few days. Ah, well!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Earth Hour update

Just a quick wrap-up from the Earth Hour site:

"Earth Hour has concluded another record sweep around our planet from Samoa on one side of the International Date Line to the Cook Islands on the other, with hundreds of millions again uniting to send a clear message – we are determined to create a sustainable future for our planet.

 The event was observed in more than 7000 cities, towns and municipalities in more than 150 countries and territories, with many of the world’s best known human and natural landmarks going dark as the backdrop to a multitude of “beyond the hour” activities and initiatives generating outcomes for the movement and the planet on which we live."

You can read more on the Earth Hour site,

We are proud to be part of this. We're already looking ahead to next year.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Earth Hour

Last night we were part of the annual Earth Hour. To show respect for Mother Earth, we turned off all the lights at Ola Lola's and operated just by candlelight, moonlight and the occasional flashlight. this is the first - but not the last - time we were part of Earth Hour.

As far as we know, Ola Lola's is the only Earth Hour participant on the west side of the island and may be the only participant on the whole island this year. In 2008, the first year of Earth Hour, one student in Rincon participated. In 2011 several cities on the east side (San Juan, Caguas, Farjado) participated but there is no record of them being part of it last year or this year. There is an Earth Hour organization based in San Juan but they haven't responded to our attempts to contact them yet.

Next year we plan to challenge all the other restaurants in our area to participate. We will also approach the municipios of Isabela and Aguadilla to participate.

It's a little thing - just one hour without light. We operate without lights pretty frequently courtesy of the electric company so it shouldn't be a big deal. But who know what big thing can come out of this little beginning.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Diving at Crashboat with...

Elaine!!!! We don't dive together very often but I love it when we do.

Thanks for this photo, Darryl!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Double fun at Wilderness


Two fun sessions at Wilderness yesterday to close out the month of February. I love shooting there in the afternoon with the sunlight coming through the water.

Need I say it? There are lots more on our website