I would not call him an idiot, just somebody who never learned that a
window is not a wall. Not many hurricanes here in Great Lakes area (just
the massive rains from the dying ones that make it up this far), but we
do get plenty of tornadoes. From grade school on, they pound it in to
everyone, that 'if you can see daylight, you are in danger'. Even if you
are in a typical modern cheaply-built apartment, taking refuge in the
bathroom when it starts getting noisy improves your survival chances a lot.
Even if the death/injury count stays low, my sympathies go out to all
affected. Storm cleanup is an expensive PITA, and it takes forever when
local trades get swamped. I still have trees from the little baby
Memorial Day storm laying in back yard, as do many of my neighbors.
Local governments threw in the towel on debris pickup around 4th of
July, and told residents they were on their own for the rest of it- no
more money, and crews needed to start on summer road repairs.
Kids get less and less useful training and more and more about how to do
well on multiple guess tests. Not many get shops classes either. Or can
balance a checkbook. You'd be surprised at how few even know how to
alphabetize a list of names without a computer. My MD friend's constantly
complaining about the declining level of skills for physician's assistants.
But it's actually going to be good for the economy as temporarily, at least,
insurers inject a lot of rebuilding cash into the local economy. Of course,
they'll get it all back once they send out the next premium bills . . .
I have a mound of not quite mulch still sitting in my front yard from when
they hacked up the remaining roots of the red maple that died quite some
time ago (the last huge ice storm). The city assures me it will "dissipate
naturally" but it hasn't gone anywhere. My wife's likely to force the issue
soon, and make me spread it around the shrubs and such. I'm just determined
to prove the city's lying through their teeth when they say "it will
Yep, I pay over $1000 a year to just the city in taxes and I get garbage
collection, the occasional tree removed and very little else for that $.
It is a media feeding frenzy trying to build a fairly routine small
hurricane into a natinal disaster. Lots of hype, near nothing for
excitement or damages yet. I did see a couple trees...well, saplings
that I could have pushed over by myself shown on the evening news.
They reported a huge death toll so far....all of 4. I'll bet those
A lot of people do behave stupidly in the face of seriously bad weather.
I've seen survivor of "hurricane parties" interviewed. They were on the
upper floors in a multiple story hotel, getting drunk as skunks, when the
storm surge collapsed the lower floors, sending them in the dark, storm
whipped waters below. Most died and were swept out far to sea but a few
survived "to tell the tale" like Moby Dick's Ishmael by clinging all night
to floating debris. It's a simple program in pseudocode:
IF you're living in the Southeast US AND your home's below sea level AND CAT
What is a fairly routine hurricane in an area where the last
hurricane was in something like the 1940s? Besides you have to remember
that, at least by definition of the East Coasters, *ANY* pending
disaster in NYC, DC, etc., is automatically worse than any other
disaster in the rest of the country (grin).
So far, most of the deaths I have seen detailed are mostly tree
limbs through windows, etc. FWIW.
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