Friday, August 26, 2011

Much Ado About Nothing?

I hope the hurricane of 2011 is not as bad as they say it will be.  However, I am hearing now that based on how it is where it is, it’s going to only marginally better here.  That’s if it does not blow out to sea.  I received an email a few hours ago with information about how to prepare in the event we have the worst and you can’t get out of your house for three days.  It has all the things that are needed for a family and some good tips like having recent pictures of your family and pets in a waterproof bag.  They talk about making sure your prescription meds are on hand and that you have enough for the three days as well as clean water for all your needs not just drinking, extra batteries and flashlights, and other things that sound like camping equipment.
There are some things that they don’t mention that I think are important.  They are:
·         Wine
·         Gummy bears
·         Baked beans
·         A manual can opener
·         A solar charger for the cell phone
·         A good book – or a fully charged Kindle

I am sure that everyone’s list includes things that they feel are really essential these are mine.  What are yours?

Several years ago, the weather man alarmed everyone about an upcoming snow storm that was supposed to wreak havoc on the Philadelphia area.  After the date, there was no snow to speak of and the weatherman even received death threats for his lousy report.  You may remember that he suddenly left the area after that and went to another city.  Reporting the weather has been said to be the only job where you can be wrong more than half the time and still have a job.

I know that technology has gotten more advanced and they are doing a little better at forecasting the weather but it doesn’t always work.  For example last night our office had scheduled for people to go out door to door and it got cancelled because the forecast called for a high percentage of thunderstorms.  It was pouring when the decision was made and then it cleared up and was dry as a bone for the remainder of the evening.  Oh well, I suppose we shall see if the hurricane proves to be everything that is being talked about, or it is much ado about nothing.

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