Have lived in Florida for the last 7 years but managed to escape the storms being on the road travel nursing. With Ian approaching had to refresh my hurricane skills. While plentiful supplies of food, water, batteries and candles line my cupboards needed to consider other things with the prediction of a voracious storm.
First was to fill the gas tank. Already some gas stations were dry or only having supreme blends available, but luckily I found a station with regular.
Onward to a new experience – the sandbag station.. Here young, fit hunky fireman and somewhat fit policeman assisted in filling white woven plastic bags with ties. What an ordeal and how heavy these critters are! Thankfully, a fireman helped fill the bags and delivered them to the car. While he feverishly declined my tip I stuffed 10 bucks in his pocket and ran. What a wonderful assist – but remember to bring your own shovel!
Once home placed the sand bags outside the patio door. Latest prediction is 20 inches of rain. Just glad to live at the highest elevation in St. Augustine.
And the new normal – garden ornaments in the patio and patio furniture in the living room..
A few last items to attend to..
Charge all phone chargers, stop at the library for books to read, find a place for a mattress in a windowless room. And for those sliding glass doors am told to mount a mattress against should it bow.
Finally, as with any storm be it a blizzard or hurricane one always needs,
After writing the last blog somehow a commercial for our current Florida governor appeared on screen. As if I wasn’t irritated enough! It was showing him as a military man, with white people saying how wonderful he is/was. Guess they had to change the ads since his Martha’s Vineyard debacle. Next, they will show him at a church service. Gosh, better not give them ideas..
People speak about him in quiet tones but one thing I’ve overheard most is how can his wife stay with him considering his governance? Apparently, prior to marriage she was a much loved and respected television personality.
The comment now is – “Why does she stay?”
Being the wife of a politician must be a terrible plight – living a lie.
Am beginning to think the Hurricane is going to be the least of my worries with this weather challenge. Went to the post office Monday, and was engaged by a tr person while in line who espoused the big lie. Held my tongue when I yearned to speak the truth and do nasty things to her. Then went to Dollar Tree where there were 25 people in line with 2 cashiers working. How those gals do that job for $10.50 an hour and smile I will never know.
In line was a schizophrenic man, foul smelling, and homeless talking loudly to his imaginary friend. This made me feel very sad and uncomfortable considering how he was probably returning to his tent in the woods on his bike with his 5 bags of chips in tow to weather the hurricane, however, he was happy. Interesting. Lesson for us all.
In the next line was a scrappy senior who I am sure left her red maga cap at home. She spouted to the overworked cashier how no one works anymore and steals money from the government. Having 50 items to check out we all learned of her concerns and philosophies. When she asked the cashier how she felt about her thoughts gratefully the cashier agreed. WHEW!
Today I will be obtaining sand bags. Think I will bring my headphones.
Wish we were talking about a handsome hunk, but sorry its a storm.
Florida is under a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Ian. Have made lodging arrangements for Central Georgia at a Super 8 for 3 days, however, unsure if this will be the best place to shelter with storm shifts.
Predictions state the storm will hit Florida by Tuesday. Stores are empty, the rocket launch has been postponed, and Ian’s strength is increasing. Florida has had daily rains this summer with Saturday idyllic – perhaps the pun, “A calm before the storm,” is appropriate.
Here are some of the various models used to predict storms:
European Model- thought to be the most advanced modeling with the best reputation, however, not always the most reliable.
Spaghetti Model – shows all potential storm paths
Statistical Model – uses statistical equations to predict storm paths
Consensus Model – uses an averaging of all predictions
Dynamic Modeling – is complex and analyzes global atmospheric data, not for tropical storms
Limited Area Dynamic Models- mathematical formulations are used for predictions in focused areas, and used for tropical storms.
And for the most reliable, up to date resource, internet sources state follow the National Hurricane Center updates.
Who is this guy, and how did he get off the hook for sex trafficking a 17 year old across state lines?
he’s a 40 year old lawyer who has served in the House since 2017 from the 1st District of Florida which is the state’s western panhandle. he is a republican, Baptist, and attends the Fort Walton Beach Baptist Church. he attended Florida State University and William and Mary Law School. In 2021, he married Ginger Luckey, and maybe luckey got him off the hook as no charges are expected in his crime.
Ginger’s family has beaucoup bucks and contributes much to republican campaigns.
However, it sounds like baby gaetz, his family nick name, also had something else going for him. he, too, is from an extremely wealthy real estate family.
It’s how epstein got off. Remember that guy?
In November he’s up for re-election with victory assured and gift wrapped.
Tonight made 40 calls to democrats to ensure they knew mail in ballots are being mailed to their home on September 29th. Also requested they mail them in the next day. The final ask was who they would be voting for on the Florida ticket. Was surprised how cordial folks were with many relaying intimate stories. My final call was particularly poignant.
We discussed the platform of Val Demings. The caller relayed she was pregnant and had a 16 year old daughter. Since her daughter’s birth she has endured 5 miscarriages. Now older, and high risk she has weekly ultrasounds. If the fetus dies in utero at this gestational age she will have to travel north for the procedure.
What a horrific journey that would be.
As our conversation continued she relayed how her mother said this would not effect her, however, it does. If gynecologists and obstetricians are not available, and a gynecological operation is required who will be there for this woman?
Hate to end on such a sour note but these are the realities we as women must consider as we select the candidates we vote for.
Have never been prouder than to say I am from New York State. When my closeted Floridian tr hater neighbors and acquaintances lamented no one will ever get tr, I would state, “New York will get ’em.” They would give me an unbelieving look and state, “I hope so.”
Well. my prophecy came to pass with a 200 plus page indictment by Attorney General Letitia James. It is the final justification for this man and his family to have this done by a woman, and a black woman.
Black women are the smartest, and strongest women on the face of this Earth, and get things done!!!
Not only will the tr family be fined $250 million for overvaluing properties, milking insurance companies and the government on taxes, they will be unable to run businesses in the State of New York for 5 years.
The case has been forwarded to the Feds, as well as the IRS.
Well, they look russian enough, and who knows where putin will have to go to get these folks?.
Even the mercenaries want out.
Have you heard that putin is calling up 300,000 new recruits to the russian army?. Since then russian google searches on how to break an arm, act insane, and get out of going to war, have increased exponentially.
he is calling up all men between 18 and 60, and has closed all flights out of russia to these men. Prior to this edict flights were sold out, with some going for 16 grand, a bit cheaper than Martha’s Vineyard at 10,5. Maybe they should have contacted ron desantis? I digress…
But the caveat – there will be training of 2 weeks prior to going to the front lines.
And according to my #1 news source, The Stephen Colbert Show, here’s what that will look like at week 3.
On August 22, 2022 I wrote a blog – Immigrants We Need Them.
It was eye opening to see a governor take immigrants from another state using his state’s tax $$ for this transport. Why? It’s obviously illegal, however, it was wonderful to see how the people of Martha’s Vineyard rallied to assist these migrants. The State of Massachusetts is to be commended, and hat’s off to them. It’s what America is about.
What the people of Martha’s Vineyard did for these immigrants will remain forever in their hearts. And when they return to the Vineyard in 20 years to buy a vacation home, run for congress, or buy the island, they will be welcomed. Laugh – I think not.
Immigrants will work hard, and always find a way. I recently read an article concerning an immigrant “dumped” or is it duped into the Washington D.C. area. He had no one to help, found a shelter, and within the week of arrival was working and is now making $600 a week. He’s saving for a car, and has plans to leave the shelter.