Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stormy Weather


Day 140 of My Italian Learning Journal*
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This morning we drove over our Harbor Bridge to have lunch with a friend who lives north of our community. His is a small town that received some damage from this year's Hurricane Harvey. At the time of our departure, there was a very light rain. The four of us had a great lunch. We had not seen our friend in several months since he had relocated. After our lunch we traveled a little further to visit our friend's new home -- that's when the rain became a powerful downpour. Upon our return trip, we could see that the Harbor Bridge traffic coming from the opposite direction was blocked and the three-lane traffic reduced to one lane. The rain downpour had caused flooding at the exits of the bridge. Fortunately, our flow of traffic was alright and we were able to get over the bridge and home safely. We were caught in a bit of stormy weather, however, the meal and fellowship were well worth the short trip "over the bridge."

All of this stormy weather reminded me not of previous storms, but of a beautiful song and an amazing big band I had the good fortune to perform with one summer. I played in the trombone section. The year was 1960, the song "Stormy Weather, and the orchestra, that of Luis Arcaraz. I have embedded the Arcaraz arrangement of the song below. Enjoy.


Ascolta Questo:
  • Oggi tre di noi hanno pranzato con un amico che non vedevamo da qualche mese.
    Today three of us had lunch with a friend we had not seen in a few months.
  • Abbiamo viaggiato attraverso il nostro Harbour Bridge per vedere il nostro amico.
    We traveled over our Harbor Bridge to see our friend.
  • Il tempo era burrascoso durante il viaggio di ritorno.
    The weather was stormy on the return trip.
  • A prescindere dal tempo, abbiamo avuto un grande incontro.
    Regardless of the weather, we had a great get-together.
[ Grazie a Miele ]
Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.

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