We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Oh, big deal! Probably nothin' more than a bunch of fat-cat 1-percenters living in the lap of luxury off the sweat and toil of us hard-working 99-percenters! Go get 'em, Rina! Kick some Wall Street ass!"
(goes back to reading, glad he got it out of his system)
"Hmm, an email. From the landlord? Wonder what that's all about."
Subject: HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS PLAN
(goes to NOAA web site)
"Uh, yeah? And? Who gives a shit what happens to Mexico? What the hell's my landlord talking about?"
(fearing he's being suckered into playing into the hands of a demented madman, Doc goes to the Stormpulse site, since it has such pretty graphics)
(preparing for a long evening of picturing the worst that could happen when hit by a Category 18 hurricane, Doc grabs the blender and whips up one of his famous Valium-Vicodin-Jack Daniels-methamphetamine milkshakes and heads over to Terrapin, his usual mainstay for hurricane tracking because it uses the combined plot of the six best agencies in the business)
"Well, at least we can be grateful that we live in a day and age when hurricanes can be accurately predicted," he says fatefully.
"Okay, so maybe there are still a few kinks to work out of the system."
And that's the sitch at the moment. If it continues on the Stormpulse track (also in this video), you'll have some real, live hurricaneblogging here at Maggie's.
Pardon your "visitation of Doc's website pages about optimizing Windows Vista & following the many of Doc's protocols (normally it's me who posts off-topic). I'm, personally, more concerned that Doc won't wrap another loop on the cleat so that the "Minnow" won't end up stranded on the roof of the local "Motel 6". Should that occur, we'll know him as "Dr Gilligan".
Or, to put it another way, I was a lot happier getting TK's comment than my landlord's. :) While it's still projected to come this way, it appears to be weakening. If it gets down to tropical storm levels, everyone down here will lose interest. I know it always sounds crazy when I tell people this, but tropical storms aren't unusual in the tropics. Just another 'blow' passing through.
Oh, that's just so typical of you Texans. "We want our own hurricane!," they whined. Well, folks, that's what ya get when you let republics and commonwealths into the union. I believe that's where the expression, "One bad apple spoils the barrel" came from. So true, so true.
In the meantime, can you believe the turnaround that thing made? What have I, got a bull's eye painted on my boat??
Jeph - I tried that mirror trick and discovered infinity. I could see forever!
Interestingly, both Stormpulse and Terrapin have scaled back their projections. Yesterday, they were both extended to about the midway point between Mexico and Florida, but today they're only going a bit past Mexico. I'm not sure if that's good news or bad news.