If anyone has actually been tracking this one you would notice that it's been playing some games with us....a bit of a trickster IMO....makes you wonder why they didn't name it after the next alphabetical Weasley since Charley was the last one.
Anyway at the beginning of the week we were told at work that "It's expected to hit St Augustine" Living and working only 30 miles from St Augie this becomes thrilling....about as much as a wooden rollar coaster where the cars are turned backwards so you don't see where your going and your biggest worry is that the person that is facing your back (actually infront of you but sitting behind....if that makes sense) anyway you worry if this person in this seat will be sick. That is something to really worry about to be quite honest.
Then by the next morning you hear "It's turned and it going to his Vero Beach!" Shit there goes about half the crowd for your well planned hurricane party but in a way your really letting out a sigh of relief because this means that it will cut across the center of the state, hit the gulf, then bounce up aiming toward Ga then either the Carolinas or VA. Ok so you feel just a little for those in it's new path but hell you live in Jacksonville which hasn't been hit in 40 years and it would really be a complete utter shock if it did.
Come the time to go home there is a stronger sigh of relief when you hear "They are evacuating Miami" even though even more people cancel their plans for your hurricane party cause you're smart and live on the west side of town....but you look at the house and think "There is no way I could have this house presentable enough to have any sort of party."
After that you go home....fighting traffic (only if you go up 95 north because of all those who are leaving the state anyway due to the weather....the wusses. But again you live on the west side in which there is no traffic because the wonderful marvelous city has decided to completely tear apart the exit ramp from 95 north to 295 north in order to rebuild it...mwahaha closed for another 2 years.)
You get to work and the gloom has hit and the people who had 'other' plans for the big event start telling you that their plans were cancelled and want to know if the party will still be going on....ok back to the liquor store to get more replinishes...afterall it's now once again going to hit somewhere between Daytona and Fernindina Beach and all schools are closed.
There is where we stand now....nobody knows exactly where or when it will decide to touch land since it's also anywhere between 2 hours - 2 days from now.
Well here I sit...still not only not knowing where this storm will actually hit but I'm not sure if it really matters. At least as long as we're not told that we must evacuate it don't matter. Afterall I own a pretty good house...even though it's not brick or stucco it's still not a moble-home and whether or not I leave it won't make a difference on if it's still standing afterwards or not...and if you're thinking of health reasons...hell the tail of it has already hit land...filled with hail and tornados I believe that Fire and I stand a much better chance staying here safe from them than we do in a car on the highway at a dead stop with over a million others who have decided to leave their homes.
This is one that we're not quite able to predict as we have been in years past....afterall look at what Charley did...we were certain we'd get hit and then it turned.
So I'll state again...this is a year of the Weasley hurricanes (even Bonnie after the actress)....we don't know at all what to expect until they decide to reveal their true selves to us. As for the hurricane party I mentioned...no that won't happen...the only people who may come over are the same group that came for the last one.
One of my co-workers sent this little 'notice' that I though some of you may get a laugh from....
As a public service, I present the following guidelines:
FLORIDA HURRICANE PREPARATION
You all should be aware of hurricane preparations, but in case you need a
refresher course: We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any
minute now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing
to some radar blob out in the Atlantic Ocean and making two basic
(1) There is no need to panic.
(2) We could all be killed.
Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new to
the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the
possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one."
Based on our insurance industry experiences, we recommend that you follow
this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least
STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this
sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida. We'll start
with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:
HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE:If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance.
Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home
meets two basic requirements:
(1) It is reasonably well-built, and
(2) It is located in Wisconsin
Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that
might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer
not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to
pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance
business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an
insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to
the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop
you like used dental floss.
If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned
out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your
driver's license; if it says "Florida," you live in a low-lying area.) The
purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home
when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic
jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other
evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.
If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of cat food. In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:
23 flashlights. At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights. Bleach.(No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!) A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.) A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody who went through Andrew; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.) $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.
Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television if you have a generator that's working to keep the TV going and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.
And, above all, do not forget the primary rule: If there is any chance the power will go off, eat the ice cream!
As for the news with the scam of my laptop repairs, I have sent a letter onto the company's corporate office and right now all I can do is sit for abit and wait to see if I get a response. Until I can get my bank account back up to where it use to be I'll still be using my son's laptop while online since it seems to work just fine in that point. I hate waiting...but I have to remember if I keep writing over and over again regarding the same problem then they could consider it harassment and just chuck my letters.
In other news...the winter bowling league started last Tuesday. This season it seems that our team is actually pretty good. Last season ended with only a 105 average but so far this one I've started out with a 128 average. My friend Jill has just as good of scores while Jason was cussing silently to himself because he feels he did horrible even though he definately did better than the rest of us, and finally Myra who stays right in a 5 pin range of her average with almost every game. We know exactly what mine and Jill's problems were....simple really. I wasn't able to picture the faces of everyone I wanted to picture on the pins were actually bowling in the lanes next to us. Let's just wait and see how the rest of this season goes now....hopefully just as good as the 1st game....only 35 more weeks left.
Well that's about it....I'd better get going and get to some typing.
Talk to ya all later...as long as I don't loose power this weekend...there's already been 3 rain storms in the past hour so we'll see.