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Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 12:09 PM


Well, after having TS Fay sit over our house for the past couple of days, It's now Donna/Smoke20's turn, nowever, it's much worse for her just up the road in Jacksonville...

She called this AM and let me know that she's been without power for going on a day, so is unable to get online to say hey, Sploof or anything...

Trees are down at each end of her street and the downtown area of Jax is suffering flooding...

Just wanted to let ya'll know...Keep her in your thoughts...

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 12:11 PM

GD Fay anyway. I never liked her.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 12:18 PM

Thank you for the update on Smoke, Phitzy! It's finally stopped raining for a bit here in Orlando. What a great big fat slow-moving wet mess our Fay is! Fingers crossed for Donna and Jacksonville.


Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 12:18 PM

Here in New Orleans, where we are understandably gun shy, Fay is definitely on the verbal radar. I feel for you folks in Florida, people who think "it's just rain and wind" haven't been through it. Chin up!

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 12:23 PM

the weather forecast from Pensacola predicts 12-15 inches of rain for us in the panhandle. i asked Phitz if she needed an ark last night but maybe we'll need one before it's over.

and another joy of Fay -- she's driving the gators and snakes out of their normal habitat.

my thoughts are with everyone effected by this storm but especially with those hard working crews out there clearing debris and restoring power.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 2:47 PM

I lived in Panama City for three years and it rained for almost a week straight one time. It was nothing like I see on TV, but it was a pain. I went through three hurricanes and they were fun, but I was out in the middle of the Gulf. Big rains, hurricanes and humidity are the price you pay for all that sun. Gimme the cold.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 11:43 PM

Thanks for posting Phitzy....
I was wondering why we hadn't heard
from Smoke for a few days....
I was wondering if she had a too-good
Birthday celebration, and needed to recover
Anyway of finding out how she's doing now????

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 11:47 PM

One reason I didn't like BC was that
it rained for 8 MONTHS straight, and
then - when I came to Ontario, it
started to rain every day here too!!!!
Sun shines on the righteous!!!!

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 11:54 PM

"Sun shines on the righteous!!!!"

What does that mean? Seriously...I don't get it.

Haydn  (Level: 208.6 - Posts: 264)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 4:16 AM

Doesn't it say in the Bible something to the effect that it rains on both the evil and the righteous? Whatever the side of the fence I'm on (God alone being my judge), it appears that I'm about to get rained on in New Orleans. Not enough wind and water to breach our questionable levees, it appears, so it will be a largely neutral experience, if the current forecast holds. We can only hope. No sign of Jim Cantore around here yet, which I take as a positive sign.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 7:14 AM

I don't understand how anyone could live in an area that officially states it is situated below sea level. CNN had a diagram of the New Orleans area with Lake Ponchatrain, disaster waiting to happen. I lived 240 miles east of the Big Easy in a bayou, but I was on a ship.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 9:35 AM

I'm sure that many of us who live on or near the coast have been criticized for our decision to do so. One of my father's friends cornered me at a cocktail party (hate those things anyway!) and lectured me on how my choice to live near the beach was costing him money on his insurance policy. After "taking it" as long as I could stand, I began asking him questions. "Do you like your vacations at the beach? When you go, do you enjoy staying in a hotel and dining out? Which do you like better, golfing or fishing while you're there?" Etc., etc. It finally dawned on him that if nobody lived there, the pleasure of his beach vacations would be greatly diminished. Instead of staying in a hotel and dining out, he'd be camping out in a tent with a campfire. If people didn't live there, the amenities would vanish.

It also occurs to me that hurricanes and tsunamis aren't nature's only devastations. She also throws us earthquakes, blizzards, landslides, cyclones, twisters, floods, avalanches, volcanic eruptions and any other manner of catastrophes. Does anyone know of a place that doesn't have at least the occasional natural disaster? I'd imagine that place is very crowded.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 12:29 PM

Not to mention the music and Mardi Gras....

New Orleans is a Legend, and if all it takes
is to build up the levees....then for goodness
sake - all the Government Agencies that get
massive revenues from the tourist industry -

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 2:11 PM

Rowlanda, you sound like a party monster today !!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2297)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 2:23 PM

The world would not be the same without my fair city. I don't think there is any where totally safe to live.

Mom lives in Boulde and gets snowed in, plus landslides.
Dad lives outside of LA and suffers with huge fires and earthquakes.
In-laws live in Montreal and suffer through horrid winters.
Son lives in Atlanta, which is experiencing a dreadful drought.
Friends live in the Florida panhandle and you know what their going through.
Sister lives in Wisconsin and has been devasted by tornados.

To say nothing of what the poor Chinese went through last May!!

Home is home.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 3:09 PM

Amen, BBear!!!!

I had lived in the Midwest for about 16 years, but I am a Florida Native...and I wouldn't have it any other way (maybe).

Yeah, we suffer with hurricanes and are "below" sea level, but we are hearty types that love it...

Next one, I'm strapping myself to the palm tree out front...

I'll give Donna a ring later...

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2717)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 7:19 AM

We were very lucky in Sarasota, where Fay was expected to vacation. Schools had started on Monday but were closed on Tuesday and all things state and local government shut down too. The kids had a great time with not a drop of rain.

I grew up in Miami, where we had lots of major hurricanes. The plus about them is that there's lots of advance warning so we can get prepared and "buckle down". I much prefer that to earthquakes that appear out of the blue...or black or whatever.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 8:58 AM

Agreed, Linda...

Having lived in California and along the coast of Carolina, I'll take a disaster you can see coming vs. one that rocks you out of bed.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 10:22 AM

We've pretty lucky here on Vancouver Island. Occasionally big winds, high rains & the odd big snow storm. Rarely a life lost to the weather. Lucky. Pity you all when you're particular brand of weather Hell comes but each place has it's pluses & it's beauty & don't blame you for choosing to live there. Besides the Island would sink if everyone lived here

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2297)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 11:40 AM

Too funny. Image of Vancover Island sinking from the shear weight of humanity.

It's Sunday midmorning and the wind is howling outside - I guess we are getting the beginning of the end of Fay...

Sat out on the front porch about this time 3 years ago and watched Cindy; actually did more damage to the city than Katrina until the levees broke. We danced in the rain during Cindy; sat in the car for 9 hours to get to Baton Rouge (1.5 hour drive normally) for Katrina. Now to scared to do much of anything but make sure the freezer is empty and we have lots of gas and water. Bummer.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 11:45 AM

Best of luck to you, Bbear, and all of your area! Hopefully, you'll keep the electricity and not get too drenched. Positive thoughts going your way.


Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 12:07 PM

Try Michigan where you can experience warm sunshine, hurricane wind speeds, torrential rain, and blowing snow. And that's just during dinner.

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