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.
Realized I had two hurricane-related pals. This morning I emailed our good pals who recently moved to Florida (Miami), knowing they were not there now. Got an email back saying that the weather in Egypt was perfect and pleasantly hot, and that they had got their help to put up the hurricane shutters at their place in Miami, so they had no worries. I rarely get an email from Aswan.
Another buddy is on a two-week vacation in the Dominican Republic. Sampling cigars and drinking Pina Coladas in the sun seems to be the main activity. If you can call that activity. Says they are all excited about the big breeze and had no interest in leaving. Good attitude.
"Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed ..."
I stayed in my vacation house on North Carolina's Outer Banks through Hurricane Bob. 95 mph winds. House swaying. For most of it, depending on the wind direction and the house's ability to block it, I could make my way out onto the deck and stick my hand out into the wind and try to fight it.
It was a fun evening, somewhat scary, but not too bad. The island was ours for the next 2 beautiful days, though. The following year, another hurricane with more power barreled through. I chose to stay inland, and I'm glad I did. I arrived at the house rental to find leaks and damage.
I'm not sure your friend in the DR made a wise decision, assuming he had the opportunity to leave. 95mph is one thing. 150 is quite another.
Jose won't be a problem because Trump won't let him in. Just heard this joke from my friends grandson. Rather refreshing to see that non PC jokes still alive and well in the younger generation,(he's 15). With the MSM being what it is we all need to laugh a little more.
We just sat through the eye of Harvey. They say we had sustained 109mph, gusts to 130. It was tense, but not terrifying, and our well-built house was fine. Many other houses in this coastal county were destroyed. That's 109. Sustained 150+ is another matter completely. Houses will not stand up to that no matter how well built. If you can be sure you won't get the eye, fine, but staying in the DR is pretty risk with a 185mph hurricane anywhere nearby.
"Good attitude" why do you see your friends stupid attitude as good? If he dies will you still approve? Do you not understand that at 185 mph no buildings remain?! On small islands there is no place to run. Your friends casual presence there means fewer resources for locals who may lose everything they have. Anyone who had the ability to leave has already done so. Your fried is an idiot and your remark is very uninformed.