Friday, July 08, 2005

Dennis the Menace

Sorry, couldn't resist. Oh well, ho-hum, another year, another hurricane season. But let's get this one started early, why don't we? Say early July or thereabouts. Yesterday I finished putting last year's hurricane chronicles in the archives only to find out that a cat 4 storm is forecast to skirt close to Florida. My area's not expecting a direct hit, just a few rainbands (which come through with 40 mile an hour winds and spit an inch of rain in fifteen minutes). So I've been out caulking any cracks I find around windows and doors. If you drive around town, you can still see tarps on people's roofs, damage from last year's mess.

A more likely target is the Pensacola area, which got slammed last year by Ivan. Piles of rubble still lying around. I don't think they're ready for this. Our friend Susan (It sounds like my house is inside of a dishwasher), of Lilac Rose, survived it, and now she's gearing up again. We should pray for her safety, and the wisdom not to ride it out if it's a cat 4. Maybe it'll fizzle out. Maybe it'll turn away. I just hope it doesn't do a Charley on me.

Update: This thing looks like a buzz saw. It's a history maker, the strongest storm to come out of the Caribbean this early in the year ever. It's hardly believable that it could come in as a Cat 4 in precisely the same place as did Ivan. I trust any readers are praying for Susan, though I notice none have left any well-wishes in her comments box.


j.s.kern said...

There are many storms on many horizons these days. May they all swing safely by.

Glad you scratched the itch and scribbled a few lines, William.

Stay dry!

William Luse said...

I'll second that, James.

Kathy S. said...

Sorry about Dennis. Ugh!

On a brighter note, I'm checking in from Sioux Falls, SD. Yesterday I ate perhaps the finest pork chop of my life at a local Sports Bar called TC's Referee. I noticed coverage of the Jamie Farr Open.

So this morning I turned on the hotel computer and visited to check on Bernadette's score--and LO AND BEHOLD! She's FEATURED AS THE ROOKIE BIO TODAY!

And she's sitting pretty at even par!

If I were Grandpa, I'd fan her and feed her grapes instead of cranberry sauce! :-)

William Luse said...

Kathy! Good to hear from you. (I made a German style pork chop the other night that is far better than TC's.)
Actually Bern shot 3 over the first day, even the second, and missed the cut by a shot. Which means she will also miss the women's British Open. Month's vacation. But she's still well-liked around here. I missed that featured rookie thing. I'll go back and see if I can find it. Stay in touch.

smockmomma said...

praying for you and yours.

Susan B. said...

Hi Bill,

I'm back online now. We are doing fine and my house was not damaged. Thank you so much for your prayers! :-)

William Luse said...

Thank God. It seems to have weakened before hitting land. Small blessings...