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.
Post by awakeforthedance on Sept 8, 2017 8:39:25 GMT -5
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.
This the "Shoutbox" -- basically a site-wide, group chat. (It's only visible to members.)
doneanddone: Shoutout goes to lonelywifey....she made my day!
Jan 8, 2018 14:54:01 GMT -5
nancyb: RIP Dolores O'Riordan. You will always linger.
Jan 15, 2018 20:18:28 GMT -5
njsojourner: Orgasm is good!
Jan 15, 2018 23:54:54 GMT -5
brian: It's better when shared with someone!
Jan 16, 2018 6:53:40 GMT -5
boudinMan: howdy folks... anybody ever hear from becca any more? just curious.
Jan 16, 2018 10:02:29 GMT -5
petrushka: she's not been here in months
Jan 16, 2018 20:37:20 GMT -5
saarinista: Attention people of earth: it is currently SNOWING across the Southeastern United States. I'm a native of the Midwest, and I chuckle when i see how worked up people get about a half inch of snow here. Ye Gods, you would think Armageddon was upon us.
Jan 16, 2018 22:42:38 GMT -5
lonelywifey: **Hurricane comes** Louisiana: "We can probably just ride it out and have a party with a lot of drinking." **Light snow falls** Also Louisiana: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE
Jan 17, 2018 9:10:47 GMT -5
lonelywifey: doneanddone I just saw this shoutout! Thanks! Gonna have to go back and see how awesome I was on Jan 8th. Haha!!
Jan 17, 2018 9:11:48 GMT -5
saarinista: lonelywifey Also, we must consume mass quantities of milk and bread to fend off the cold, and stock up on toilet paper for God knows what. Under no circumstances however should we try to warm ourselves with sexual activities !
Jan 17, 2018 15:41:30 GMT -5
obobfla: Hey, we Floridians gladly take on Category 5 hurricanes, tornados, alligators, sharks, snakes, and bugs. But temps below 40F? FEMA help us!
Jan 17, 2018 18:38:11 GMT -5
tamara68: Happy birthday @petruschka!
Jan 18, 2018 3:20:12 GMT -5
h: Schools up here don't even delay for less than 8 inches of snow. ⛄❄
Jan 18, 2018 7:56:17 GMT -5
lonelywifey: h I remember when I was a kid schools NEVER closed for snow days (this was in Massachusetts). Now it's like the schools close the night before if there's even a whiff of snow in the forecast!
Jan 18, 2018 11:53:49 GMT -5
misssunnybunny: We had a snow day yesterday for no reason; I can still see the grass in my yard as it is barely covered with snow (this is MA). Crazy!
Jan 18, 2018 12:23:03 GMT -5