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.
Ah, there's nothing quite like living in the beautiful Florida Keys. The clear, blue Atlantic outside our door. The gentle ocean breeze wafting through the palm trees. The lovely wahines serving drinks at the local tiki bar.
Yes, you simply couldn't ask for a more peaceful, tranquil existence.
Dr. Mercury, National Weather Service as political as the rest of the government agencies. As one who lived thru Katrina, Betsy, Camille and others, my advice is not to worry til the last 12 hours when info turns into reality!!!
Thanks for the concern, Fred. Did you read the above 'Related' link? Nothin' new on this end.
BTW, remember (1) how the global warmers were claiming that global warming was going to increase the frequency and strength of hurricanes, just as Al Gore predicted, and (2) how we got clobbered in 2004 and 2005, thereby proving Al was right? The AGW crowd was in an absolute tizzy.
Six years, nine months and 30 days have passed since Hurricane Wilma came ashore with 125-mph winds near Naples, Fla. — the longest period the nation has gone without a hit from a major hurricane since the government began keeping records in 1851.
Darn the luck. Another good meme, right down the toilet.
Good point! Check out the pic in the 'Related' link, above. Look at the path of Hurricane Jeanne and TELL me hurricane prediction is an established science. One of the other ones during that period (Ike?) also did some loop-de-loop thing like Jeanne did.
What's funny about Jeanne's path is that Lakeland had already been clobbered by Charley and Frances (then a close brush with Ivan), so when Jeanne turned east, we all went "Whew!"
And you saw what it ended up doing. It's like it suddenly thought, "Oh, my gosh -- we forgot about Lakeland!!"
Ah hell - enjoy it!! Head out to sea and ride it out like a real man - a manly man - a man with hair on his chest, a glint in his eye, teeth clenching a pipe wearing a Souwester telling nature to bring it - I can handle it!!!
Heh, don't think I haven't thought of it. With its fiberglass 'unibody', this thing could roll completely around and come up smiling. It also has a high, sharp prow and slices through waves like butter.
But I'll probably opt for just tying onto the pilings and hanging on for dear life.
'unibody', meaning, one big piece of fiberglass. Only wood on the whole damn boat are the two steps leading down into the salon. It's a Mainship, yes, built by Luhrs. Very nicely tooled, only 20K lbs for a 40-footer so it's very agile, and kicks out 750 horsepower for a top speed of a jaw-rattling 26 knots.
As far as Isaac goes, latest update has it moving just a bit south of us, so cross your fingers.