Location: Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Recently have been told I look like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. I hadn't heard that in years, but that is a good place to start as to what I look like, although she had a better bod. I have three boys and have been married for 13 years. Born of a Navy family, in Hawaii, one Mom, one Dad, one sister and one brother. The eldest of three children. BS in Applied Mathematics. Consider Pensacola my home town although I moved every 2-3 years of my life growing up. Currently work in the aerospace industry in an engineering position while being a Mom. Of Celtic heritage and very proud of it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Bonnie and Clyde

Or is it Christopher… oh wait… It’s Charley. Yeah. Charley. That’s the ticket. Here in Florida, from July through early November, we become Weather Wonks. That is someone glued to the Weather Channel. Like you Northerners are not so happy with your big snow storms, we are not so big on our Hurricanes. In Florida, you live in Hurricane Country and you know, every year that either you or you neighbor is going to get smacked. I prefer it be my neighbor. Thank. You. Very. Much.

I was calling a friend today to ask some advice and her husband informed me she was at Publix doing her Hurricane shopping. Wha? We have a hurricane? She came home and said, “Why are you not watching the Weather Channel? This baby is movin’! It’s hitting the other coast and then doing some banana turn and coming our way. Friday.”

YEEEIIIAAII! Friday? That dumb asshole of a builder of mine still hasn’t delivered my frickin’ hurricane shutters, that I have been screaming for, for FOUR WEEKS! I hated him before, but hate is just not strong enough for the vast amount of revulsion I feel for him and his partner now. So I turn on the Weather Channel, being the good Weather Wonk that I am, and sure enough, we could get ‘a little bit’ of rain. Dammit. And if the weather REALLY works right, every member of my family, except my LA living bro,has get a good shot at getting spanked by a hurricane/tropical storm, within the next 5 days as there are two of those bad guys out there (hence the title).

My folks live in Pensacola. It's on the Gulf Coast, the handle part of the pan. (Not that I think my readers are stupid, but if you were to say you lived in Iowa, you’d have to give me an idea since I have no clue how that state is laid out. I’m just providing a frame of reference.) Come hurricane season, it’s like shootin’ fish in a bucket once one of those systems gets in the Gulf. Someone’s taking a beating… its just a wait and see to see who it is. As The Great Omnipotent One says, “You see ‘em come off of Africa and you have a pretty good idea it’s hittin’ the Eastern Seaboard. They form in the Caribbean, they’re comin’ after us.” Pensacola is always taking a hit. It can’t help it. It’s sitting right up on top of the Gulf Coast. Hurricanes just suck their way over there and BLAMMO, direct hit.

I don’t know about this Charley storm. I’m going out to buy my water and dried goods tomorrow. It’s not that I’m worried about Charley, per se, it’s more that I have over two months to go and I forgot to get all that stuff I buy every season. I’m overdo. And for those of you that live in Hurricane Country, if you ever forget to buy your batteries and they’re all out at your supermarket, go to Toys ‘R Us. Nobody thinks to go there to buy their batteries. Only us Moms.


Blogger That 1 Guy said...

Luck to ya!

12:26 AM  
Blogger Harvey said...

As luck would have it, I live 2 blocks from a Toys R Us.

Now all I need is a hurricane.

Can I borrow one of yours? I'll trade you a blizzard for it :-)

7:34 AM  
Blogger Tammi said...

That song, You and Me against the World, comes to mind at times like this!

I feel better knowing that you didn't see it coming either. I felt like an idiot. I don't listen to the radio a lot when I'm driving. I'm trying to refresh my Spanish and plus I have some great CDs so why listen to that stuff. Then, I've been so busy the TV hasn't been on for 3 days. I'm gonna have to work on that.

Good luck to you! I'm battin' down the hatches myself right now!

9:38 AM  
Blogger pamibe said...

I didn't think it was coming this way? I should take my head out of whatever orifice it's buried in and look, right? ;)

Just had a storm -hurricane unrelated- come through on it's way up to you that took the patio umbrella and threw it across the house. Oh, yeah, broke its spines, too. Grrr...

I dunno; I went through hurricanes in Houston, then as soon as I moved to South Florida Hurricane Andrew [92] took my roof off and trashed my furniture. After that I became 'lazy' about watching hurricanes. Don't know why... ;)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Boudicca said...

I'll take a hurricane over a blizzard. Blizzards seem to last for days. Hurricanes don't. What is the deal with that?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

How strange. I was reading something yesterday about hurricanes and thought, I must ask Boudicca about her experiences.

As for the Toys R Us thing, yeah, VERY good tip. I was at the checkout once, on the phone to Alex and he heard the shop assistant say "Do you need batteries?" and burst out laughing. "Tell her you're solar - powered", he insisted...

Hope you and your folks weather the storm.

And Harvey didn't even make a smutty comment about how important batteries are to us Moms!

3:31 PM  

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