It is a bad storm - bigger than Charlie, Frances, and Matthew. Fortunately, I am inland and on high ground as Florida is concerned. The biggest dangers for me are tornados and loss of power.
There are already long lines at the grocery stores for water and canned goods. Gas has gone up 40 cents a gallon in the past week, and everyone is filling their gas tanks. I've got the canned goods but need to get water tomorrow before it's all gone.
I have a long history with hurricanes. When my family moved down to Florida from New Jersey 57 years ago, my mom had four kids and was pregnant with me. I was supposed to be born Sept. 8, the day Hurricane Donna hit my hometown. I eventually arrived on the 14th. Thankfully, I was born male, so my parents were never tempted to name me Donna after the hurricane.
We went through three hurricanes 13 years ago. I managed to keep my power and cable throughout, but many of my friends were not so lucky. I remember all the TV news people telling everyone to "hunker down" so often that it became a drinking game. Whenever you heard it, you took a drink. I had quit drinking, so I didn't play along.
I do appreciate the offer, andie. Don't think I can leave, but I might reciprocate when the blizzards and earthquakes come.
obobfla glad you're on high ground. In florida, that means twenty feet or so? 🙄
I get the same response from relatives in Palm Beach. Usually they say, yeah, we've been through this before. If it gets bad, we'll start driving northwest. I suppose it's the same with us and blizzards. But Irma is a mean looking bitch and I am a worrier.
Coincidentally, I've actually heard my brother-in-law say 'hold my beer' from time to time.
I started preparing last weekend and it's a good thing. Stores are running out of water and gas and do not know if they will get more. I'll probably go to my ex's house on Sunday to ride out the storm with him and the kids.
Most of my friends are going on with life as usual, but as usual, I have a hard time with that when there are so many facing real challenges in our country (and around the world). I think I have sadly become immune to war - I know that's always going on -- but the fires, hurricanes and now an earthquake, have me feeling the heaviness of it all on my own shoulders this morning. How can I be rejoicing it's Friday when others are trying to find a safe place to sleep tonight? The crap I see my friends posting on Facebook, it's like, really??? You are going complain about the cooler weather coming early when you see all that is going on in the world??? (lame) It's like total lack of connection to anything going on outside of themselves. It's disturbing. I know I can't DO anything about any of it -- but it just feels wrong to carry on as normal, too. At least, not out-loud, on social media. I don't care about seeing some cheesy recipe, joke about fishing or "I love Autumn" meme. I suppose that's my cue to log out for the weekend, but I have actual friends in these states that are suffering who update that way.
Anyway.... sigh.... all that to say.... for as cheap as it is and useless, my heart goes out to those running from or riding through storms (whatever kind they are) this weekend.
Last Edit: Sept 8, 2017 8:40:05 GMT -5 by WindSister
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