View Full Version : Hurricane Follies.....reminders for next time...

09-04-2004, 12:18 AM
*Remember to pick up and de-activate old mouse traps hidden behind hurricane panels.
*Park cars in side yard before neighbor hogs the safe spot.
*Get sound recording of a generator to place under neighbors windows after power goes out. Not only will that keep them up all night too but you won't have to suffer the indignity of them thinking you are too negligent to have your own generator.
*Get a generator for next year.
*Get easy open cans of food. Or buy a non-electric can opener [slaps head]
*Find more cool and manly ways to use air compressor and nail gun.
*Go to the back of the grocery store. Yell “WATER!” Rush to the canned meat section and fill basket while the throngs scratch and fight over the non-existent water.
*Why buy plywood on an election year? Just go uproot all the signs violating all the green space in the neighborhood.
*Ask neighbors if they aren’t afraid my windows will shatter all over their debris lying around? Apologize for insensitivity.

09-04-2004, 01:12 AM

09-04-2004, 04:33 AM
Good to know you can maintain a sense of humor. Be safe.

09-04-2004, 05:34 AM
*Why buy plywood on an election year? Just go uproot all the signs violating all the green space in the neighborhood.



09-04-2004, 05:36 AM

Only Mike would write something like this...

09-04-2004, 09:48 PM
Rev. 1:

*Loosen nails on old wood fence, especially wobbly gates. Take pictures of “Before” then “after”. If no damage happens, pretend you are testing the integrity of fence by kicking a little TOO hard. File claim.

09-04-2004, 09:56 PM
:lol You're having fun, aren't you Yarmy? How are things there right now? Have you been forced inside for the duration yet?

09-04-2004, 10:07 PM
forced inside for the duration yet?

Not me kid. I love these things. This one is a mild one. A little rainy but not too dangerous. I lose power several times an hour and it will get worse in about 2 hours. But I'm getting maximum 80 MPH winds.

The danger is tornados.

Whew, A gust just slammed. KOOL!

09-05-2004, 01:17 AM
If I fix it so a tree falls on my house do you think I could blame it on the hurricane?:D

I mean we have no wind no rain and not even a cloud in the sky... Think they would believe me?:rofl

Good luck!! I'll be praying for you.


“Today is the best day. Yesterday is gone forever. Tomorrow will never arrive.” ~ David Wolfe

09-05-2004, 04:10 PM
*Get a generator for next year.


09-07-2004, 02:03 AM
What a rush!

Ivan! Calling Ivan, you're in the box, get ready, you're next.

09-09-2004, 02:53 AM
Mike, call out a little louder. Ivan's heading for my coast. I think he's lost.

Oh, yeah. Can I borrow that list for hubby? Looks like we'll need by Monday.

09-09-2004, 02:56 AM
I'm not going to complain about seeing snow on the mountains this past weekend. You guys have been through more than enough already, and here comes another one. Sheesh.

09-09-2004, 04:20 AM
Long ago I realized that for me to pray it won't hit me is to hope that someone else will get it.

The way I see it, I am shuttered up, got two pallets of water (enough for 200 people for 3 days), shutters are up, emergency power at work and food for 5 days.

I am ready, spare the unfortunate folk, bring it. WHOOPIE!

09-09-2004, 07:44 AM
(enough for 200 people for 3 days)

You havin a hurricane party down there, Mike? If so, you'll need more than water! (Would have thought you had enough of that already...)

09-09-2004, 08:10 AM
Thanks kid,

Actually I have to bring the business up immediately after the storm. I made a command center/bunker where I converted a training room (8,000 sq ft) into a call center. All of my emergency back-ups are in the vicinity. I have redundant feeders and transmission lines from two different cities and share the same power grid as Memorial Hospital in Hollywood so I get power back quickly.
I have 140 computers and phones connected up in the room and another 200 in hard storage just in case. Food would be provided by pre-negotiated accounts and air conditioning is on generators as well. Just in case I have Spot Coolers on separate smaller generators. Fiber Optic is redundant as well.
If this system fails we have command center trailers equipped with all of the above ready to roll and plug into our infrastructure.
If that is impossible we are able to shunt our work to Manhattan.

Dang, I forgot the beer.

09-09-2004, 12:47 PM
I can't believe you guys are getting a THIRD hurricane in one month!!! Insane. And to think I actually once pondered moving out to Florida. Ah, well. I'm comfortable livin' in earthquake country. :b

Mike and spook (and other Floridans), sending thoughts your way.

09-09-2004, 09:05 PM
Yes, I echo Dawn's good thoughts heading to you in Florida. This morning, Ivan was upgraded to category five.

09-10-2004, 02:37 AM
Oh, no, not again! Be safe all of you who are in the path of the storm!

09-10-2004, 09:49 PM
I've got the news on about Ivan. 20 people killed in Haiti. Headed for Jamaica next. Winds at 160 mph. Expected to touch down in Florida at 1 a.m. SCARY! :(

09-11-2004, 07:04 AM
The paper today said the president of Jamaica was praying for safety. I think I'll do that for y'all, too...

Keep dry.

09-11-2004, 11:21 AM
Mike, keep us updated. In the meantime, keep your powder dry, mah brutha.

09-11-2004, 08:51 PM
well they, as usual, can not decide where Ivan is going so stay safe Floridians.

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09-11-2004, 09:01 PM
Good one, Elonna.

Hey--be careful being on that damn computer during power surges. Yeah, it's bad for the machine. It can hose your hd. I've ruined a mouse and part of a keyboard being on during surges.

More important is the warning my electrician gave me, "The best surge protector in the world won't protect you from the right surge at the right time...I knew a guy who had electricity shoot right up his arm..."

Stay safe, dry, and hopefully well-coffeed.


09-11-2004, 10:36 PM
My book cover designer spent the week working on her computer through a hurricane. (She's in Florida.) At least, when the power was working. Now I feel awful. :(

09-13-2004, 11:35 AM
Current projected track puts it about 30-40 miles east of me now. Might be evacuating tomorrow night. <sigh>

aka eraser
09-13-2004, 09:21 PM
Be careful Elonna and keep us posted when you can.

09-13-2004, 10:30 PM
Be safe!!!

09-15-2004, 07:35 AM
I'm in southern Mississippi and I live in a mobile home so I will NOT be staying here. I'll be running home to mom and dad. :grin

I'll be thinking of all of you affected by Ivan.

09-15-2004, 10:02 PM
Run, poppy. (Actually, since I wasn't able to post yesterday, I hope you've already run...)

09-16-2004, 12:52 AM
Now we're under lots of warnings and dire forecasts. Shelters are opening everywhere, schools and businesses are closing, and evacuations have started. If Ivan follows the projected path, it should pass directly over us sometime in the next day or so. So, everybody, please keep Alabama in your good thoughts, too! Thanks, and be safe, everybody.

09-17-2004, 07:32 AM
You know what's worse than living in Alabama?

Having to evacuate to Mississippi....

Hey, it's my home state, I'm allowed to make fun of it!

(now residing in Tampa Bay, in a closet)


09-17-2004, 07:28 PM
I made it through with just a little damage (two broken windows) and lots of fallen tree limbs. Nowhere near the damage that many have in Alabama and Florida though.

Still thinking of those affected by Ivan.

aka eraser
09-17-2004, 08:17 PM
Glad to hear you were relatively unscathed Poppy. Hope our other peeps can say the same when the dust settles.

09-17-2004, 09:17 PM
Way to go popps.

No power outage?

09-17-2004, 09:36 PM
It's so good to see the reports coming in from AW members who made it through ok. :thumbs

09-17-2004, 09:46 PM
Yeah, our power was out for about 12 hours yesterday. During that time, my family and I would occasionally play the 'who can we trick' game. Ya know, just say to somebody casually "Can you turn on that light?" or "Turn on the TV and let's see what the weatherman's saying." Worked on my dad once, but never on my 10-year-old daughter. Oh well.

09-18-2004, 04:30 AM
I don't know what the heck the world did before the invention of the lightbulb!

I guess they had to watch TV by candle-light......

Betty W01
09-18-2004, 08:53 AM
So glad all you Southerners are still OK.

All these hurricanes have folks here in Ohio concerned for your saftey, but I also had to laugh - a girlfriend asked me if I thought Floridians would be able to vote in the election, with all the power outages, damage, etc. I asked her, "Will they be able to vote? Probably not. Why should this year be any different?"

<ducking, running, hiding>

<voice from under the couch>

I really am glad you're all OK...

09-26-2004, 08:34 PM
Hey, Jen, Mike, Elonna--

I've been thinking about you all a lot today--I hope you are safe (and sane!) and getting through this latest onslaught. Hope to hear from you soon, with reports that you are all okay. Take care...


09-26-2004, 09:52 PM
I second that, Melina. This darn thread has been getting far too much use this last while.

09-27-2004, 04:53 AM
Thanks everyone. Sorry I am late checking in. My power keeps going off

09-27-2004, 04:53 AM
and on

09-28-2004, 05:07 AM
What in the world did ya'll do down there in Florida to invite all these hurricanes? Can ya undo it? Do you need help?
And I thought tornados were bad, at least we don't have to evacuate, we can go to cellars.

Stay safe everyone in mean Jeannes path.


09-29-2004, 10:23 PM
Hi All,

I'm all hunkered out!! I'm five miles from Clearwater Beach and thankfully no significant damage, just no power. But that's okay, it's still a novelty for now. OKay, I confess we have a camper and can sleep in AC....

I AM counting my lucky stars for sure!


09-30-2004, 12:55 AM
Glad you're safe, Sandra.