Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tampa The City Beautiful

After our tax dollars being spent to beautify our fair city in time for the RNC, the Belle of Ballast Point and I were excited to see how our money was spent. So, this afternoon we headed for downtown while we still could.

Even though it was only Saturday afternoon this was not an easy endeavor. We had to exit Bayshore Boulevard way before downtown because the Platt Street bridge was already closed. We rerouted ourselves to MacDill and then to Kennedy.

We crossed into downtown via the Kennedy Boulevard bridge. I was able to get a few photos of our beautiful city from a few of the vantage points that were not fenced off. Traffic was already a challenge and the festivities have not even begun. This will be our last journey into the city until after the heathens go home.

We were greeted by fences and heavily armed law enforcement officers and National Guardsmen. I spoke with a member of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office about the uniforms they were wearing. Regardless of their department affiliation all uniforms were the same for uniformity.

Lady Justice in a box in front of the courthouse building.

Subway in the rain.

The Franklin Street Mall.

After returning home, I found the following in an email from Carnival Cruise Lines, which came as a surprise since we weren't scheduled to go on a cruise (probably a real good thing):

August 25, 2012

Greetings folks!

We know you are looking forward to your cruise on Sunday and are anxiously awaiting news regarding the path of Tropical Storm Isaac.

As you know, we have been closely monitoring the weather. I'm sorry to say the Port of Tampa has now informed us they expect to close the port on Sunday, at 3:00 AM. At this time, they are uncertain as to when the port will reopen. Therefore, we have made arrangements to dock at Port Canaveral instead.

We ask that you proceed to the Port of Tampa and plan to arrive between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The parking garage at the port will be open so you can park your vehicle. We will have busses available to take you and your luggage to Port Canaveral. Please do not proceed to Port Canaveral directly as the ship will be docking in Tampa when we return next week.

It will take approximately two and a half hours to Port Canaveral from the Port of Tampa and no adverse weather is expected. The last bus will depart from Tampa at 4:00 PM and we expect to sail at 8:00 PM.

At this time, our itinerary remains unchanged. However, there is a possibility we may have to make changes, depending on the path of the storm. We'll continue to monitor the projected track of Tropical Storm Isaac and will provide you an update on any new developments.

To stay up to date on any changes that may affect our departure, further port closures, and weather updates, we encourage you to sign up for text alerts by texting CCL2 to CRUISE (278473). If you have already done so during your online check-in, you will automatically receive updates. You can also visit our website and click on the 'Weather Alert' icon on the top of the page.

We're very sorry for this change and apologize that Mother Nature has thrown a wrench in our plans.

We thank you for your understanding and your cooperation. All of us at Carnival are looking forward to welcoming you aboard!

Wow! Between the RNC and Isaac, Tampa has lost a bit of its luster for us. I think we will just hunker down here in SOG City and hopefully just wait out both storms.


  1. Yep. It's been quite awhile since I've been so happy to spend a weekend staying put in Heathen Brandon.

    Do you think Isaac could be a sign that Jesus is upset with the RNC? If he (Isaac, not Jesus) was headed to North Carolina, I'm pretty sure that's what we'd be hearing. ;)

    1. Well, the RNC will have to place the blame for the storm somewhere. Isaac is probably something the Obama administration cooked up to throw a damper on the heathen's circle jerk.

      That's it - it's all Obama's fault.

      You and Underdog stay safe and dry Sweet Polly.