Game of Thrones is over (FOR TWO YEARS WHAT) but I am trying to get back to normal blogging. I had an expansive and interesting post kicking around the back of my mind for the past week but then #Irmageddon began edging over the horizon like a big brightly colored anal fissure and my life is hurricane preparedness now.
There are some people panicking, but it’s not as bad as I’d imagined. I was able to get gas this morning without waiting in line, and yesterday I hit two different grocery stores (one during lunch and one after work) and neither were the apocalyptic pit battles the media would have you believe. Of course all the bottled water was gone, but I have lots of storage containers at home and was going to bleach and fill up my tub anyway. And I think I still have bags of frozen water in the freezer from Matthew last year. And now I have both a cooler and a gas grill! I am ready.
However, there is a monkey wrench in all this planning – I might have to travel for business next week. We are waiting to hear from the customer.
Customer: Gosh, don’t you have a big storm coming your way? That might make travel inconvenient!
Me, thinking about flights cancelled without refunds; grounded planes; planes destroyed by tornadoes; price gouging on last-minute tickets; the possibility my house might catch a falling tree and I have to sift through the wreckage and do battle with my shitty renter’s insurance company; the possibility my neighbor’s house might be destroyed and I have to help them pick up; all the shit storms like this leave in their wake, regardless of destruction; my elderly parents out in the sticks losing power, cell coverage, or landlines and needing help with yard cleanup or other things; trying to get to my parents’ after the storm to drop off my cat: Ha ha, yup, it might!
Customer: We’ll try to let you know soon!
Me: Ha ha yes at your earliest convenience please!
On a more positive note, I spent part of Labor Day weekend with my folks for my mother’s birthday. We drove over to St. Augustine and did a little shopping and had a grand time. Then I bought a gas grill and propane tank, assembled it without blowing up, and successfully grilled. So that was nice!
What sorts of natural disasters occur in your area? What do you do to prepare for them?