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30 Things Hurricanes Charley Frances Taught Us
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DD    Posted 09-10-2004 at 19:42:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
30 Things Hurricanes Charley & Frances Taught Us

1. An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up.

2. Even after all these years it is still nice to spend time with Col. Mustard in the ballroom with the lead pipe.

3. When house hunting look for closets with lots of leg room.

4. Water from the shower is much colder than water from the kitchen sink---
and tastes just as bad.

5. AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need ( batteries )

6. The four-way stop is still an ingenious reflection of civility.

7. Radio can be the best way to watch television.

8. Chain-saw wielding men are nothing to be afraid of.

9. SUV's are the best makeshift tents on the market.

10. You can use your washing machine as a cooler.

11. It's your God given right to sit on your back porch and eat Chinese takeout by candlelight in your underwear.

12. We shouldn't complain about "useless" tools in the garage-- we actually DO need a generator

13. You can't spell "priceless" without I-C-E.

14. Downed power lines make excellent security systems.

15. Lake Ned can generate waves.

16. Gasoline is a value at any price

17. Cell phones: Breaking up isn't hard to do.

18. The life blood of any disaster recovery is COFFEE.

19. The need for your dog to go out and take care of business is inversely proportional to the severity of the storm.

20. Candlelight is better than Botox--- it takes years off your appearance.

21. Air Conditioning: BEST. INVENTION. EVER.

22. Water is a comfort food. But 3-day-old Cheetos are too.

23. Shadow animals on the wall---still fun.

24. No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive.

25. You should never admit to having power at your house in the presence of co- workers or neighbors who do not.

26. There's a plus to having NOTHING in the refrigerator.

27. Getting through the day should be an Olympic event.

28. The movie theater can be a most pleasant place, even if the feature is Alien vs. Predator

29. Somebody's got it worse.

30. Somebody's got it better. Obviously, they are getting preferential treatment.

Salmoneye    Posted 09-11-2004 at 04:57:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good list...

Some of those are basics around here though...

If Mother Nature doesn't try and kill you once in a while...You aren't living right...


DD    Posted 09-11-2004 at 06:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
*giggle* Yep, I imagine you're right about that Salmoneye : )

Patria    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know not everyone has a generator. The ones who doesn't will complain because the noise their neighbor's generator make won't let them sleep at night. So the only way we found to silence the machine was to throw an extension cord to the neighbor's home so they could use a ventilator at night.

Len....Ny    Posted 09-10-2004 at 21:13:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

Patria, that sounds like some pretty good diplomacy on your part.

DD    Posted 09-10-2004 at 21:05:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes Ma'am, I don't have a generator either and I've heard of some folks who drove all the way to the Carolinas to get one before Frances hit here. The stores will get in say 20 of them and within minutes they are gone. And I just heard on the news today that there are ______ that are going around and stealing folks generators. I say treat them just like the looters and just shoot them too. I'm glad ya'll got left alone with these huge storms though. Not that I want them either, but I wouldn't wish them off on anyone else : )

Alex    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:14:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for sharing DD,

#31. People pull together,to help each other out when the going gets tough.


Rowdy Yates    Posted 09-11-2004 at 00:01:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
#32. Move out of hurricane alley.

I heard that Bush put this Charley character on the "axis of evil" list and has a big reward out for him, said that he was some sort of a terrorist. I'd have to disagree, he doesn't own a gun or two. Anyone who owns a gun, especially more than one is considered a terrorist nowadays, plus who can we blame for this and who is going to pay the bill? It has to be someones fault, I bet Al Sharpton is behind it and I bet that I and every other taxpaying American will pay for it. $%$%$!$$#%$&*^!!!

DD    Posted 09-11-2004 at 06:10:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Uhm Rowdy, Are you saying that the folks here in Florida who pay our taxes also wouldn't send people to help you if your state was hit with such a disaster? If I read your reply wrong then I Apologize but it kinda sounded like you were insinuating that somewhat. There is good and bad everywhere you could live in any state. People have no control over the weather here or anywhere. There is only ONE who is in control of such things and everything He allows to happen happens for a reason. Have a Great Day : )

Rowdy Yates    Posted 09-11-2004 at 06:37:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
:) after rereading what I wrote, it may have come off the wrong way.....sorry. In my state the only thing that you'll probably get is a possible flood. Here is how it has worked......the first time it floods, FEMA will come along and help you out, the next time it floods, they buy everyone out. Unless you have insurance. End of story, you're on your own from there on, no more government dollars whatsoever, which is the way it should be. It is no elses responsibility for my misfortune, that's with it. In my opinion, it is no one elses problem if I choose to live in a creek bed. Florida on the other hand is in hurricane alley and is repeatedly having $$$$ thrown at it for natural disasters. You tell me what's the difference? They talk about price gouging.....hmmm? watch the price of lumber and your insurance premiums nationwide and you'll see were the price gouging is going on. Don't get me wrong, I would help those people out as much as possible, I truly do feel for them. But how many times can a person keep rebuilding a home in a riverbottom before you keep helping them build a new one? There is no difference. If my home burns to the ground it would be just as devistating as being flooded or anything else, but does or will FEMA come and help me out? The answer is ..NO!


then move to..    Posted 09-11-2004 at 08:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

just kidding..:-)


Len....NY    Posted 09-11-2004 at 01:25:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rowdy, you said " Anyone who owns a gun, especially more than one is considered a terrorist nowadays". Sorry! your barking up the wrong adminstration. For your information please research Waco and Randy Weaver.

Rowdy Yates    Posted 09-11-2004 at 06:50:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you.....entirely, I am very, very familiar with Waco, Ruby Ridge, etc. But I think that you will have to agree that the term "terrorist" is used by even this administration for everything coming and going. The label "terrorist" automatically makes one guilty. Example: The other day several senators, congressmen recieved letters that had a match in them that lit when opened. They tracked it down to a prison where they originated. Pre 9/11 this would have been considered a nut case and not a whole lot done about it. Today, the guy will/is labeled a terrorist, he might as well have put anthrax or a hand grenade in the envelopes. If Waco were to happen today, those people would be labeled "terrorist" right off the bat......GUILTY!

JMO, thanks

DD    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:19:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
We surely do and even the most simple act can be so Greatly Appreciated at a time like this. Even if it just happens to be a joke shared with someone. It's the thought behind it that means the most to me and I'm glad one of my Friends shared this with me today because that let me know they were thinking about me : )

Alex    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:42:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

I haven't had much time to jooin in lately, But I've been thinking of all the people down your way.

I've been through herricanes(sp?), tornados, typhoons, blizzards,-50*F weather, freezing fog, 90*F fog, earthquakes, hot spells, Dam ruptures, fires at sea and on land, electrical shock, plant explosions at four different processing facilities and one submarine, then divorced once.

If it was not for other people I wouldn't be here today.

When times get tough, I realize that there are some low life who will take advantage of others, but I still like to believe that most people, reguardless of color, religion,ethnical background, political opinion, or the TRACTOR THEY DRIVE!!!!! are good people who will help out the less fortunate, and may not have much to share, but will willing share what they do have.


DD    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, you're absolutely right about that Alex. There's neighbors helping neighbors now who have lived on the same street for 50 years and had never done no more than speak or wave to each other in passing <<< that's SAD. I think all looters should be shot on sight! There's No Excuse for that....NONE in my book. Luckily I am surrounded by very good neighbors and we all look out for one another here. I am especially Thankful to all the Electric companies from all the different states who have sent some of their workers here to help get our power back on as quikly as possible after each of these storms. This has got to be frustrating for them too that just the time they get it all done then another storm hits and they're out fixing the same things they just got done with. I tell them exactly how much We Appreciate all the help they are giving our own workers and also their families for being so understanding in allowing them to come here to work. We couldn't have done it without their help so whenever I'm offering up prayers for our safety I also ask for theirs too : )

We care about folks....    Posted 09-10-2004 at 21:44:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

We have Willy-N, off fighting fires away from home for extended periods of time. We have high line Electricans down in your neck of the wood.

We have son and daughters called up for active, reservist and guard duty, overseas.

I know next winter, when the Ice-storms hit, you'll(Floridians) help out by sending personnel this way. As bad as it is with out power, you probably have to deal with mosquitoes from all the rain.

When we have Ice-storms, it will knock out power for upto three to five weeks, with temperatures that can drop to -30*F to -50*F.

When power is restored alot of people call the plummer, then the carpenters, then the drywallers(sheetrock, guympsem board), painters, carpet layers, ect.

In today's society, many of the younger people, even engineers at work, do not plan for survival.

Having grown up on a remote farm, I still take precautions others think are extreme. It has kept me alive through several tough times.


Len....NY    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:10:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
A little bit of humor is a good way to deal with what you folks have had to. I do pray that you all remain safe, and that some semblance of normal soon returns to your lives. Here in the northeast,after a brilliant autumn,it will be our time.Ice storms,crushing snows,power outs,bone cracking cold, etc. Still we survive and carry on as others before us have,and count our blessings.

DD    Posted 09-10-2004 at 20:15:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's either laugh about it or sit and cry and whine and crying and whining just isn't an option right now. I'm sure I'll fail to see the humor in it again when Tuesday morning gets here so I figured I'd better get my giggles in while I can : )

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