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Getting Ready for Company

September 9th, 2017

One More Day

I am still awaiting the winds of Hurricane Irma.

Today was uneventful. I bought two more flashlights, some rope, a can of WD-40, work gloves, a barbecue lighter, and lithium grease. Stuff I clearly needed. I drove around my yard picking up fallen branches and tossed them in the truck, and then I drove out to the burn area in the big pasture and dropped them there. I moved the big tractor out to the pasture and left it there so my friend Amanda will be able to put her SUV in the workshop during the storm.

The fallen branches are not from wind. There has been no wind. Ocala is a lightning magnet, and I am surrounded by tall trees that get hit a lot. Branches die and fall. Then I get to pick them up and burn them. I’m doing this so our moderate winds won’t blow them into the house.

I will not complain about that. I have a farm. I have a pickup truck. I have a burn pile. This is the kind of stuff I used to dream about. I keep thinking about Psalm 37:4: “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

The storm track still looks pretty good for me. Miami’s somewhat-upsetting forecast has not panned out. It’s supposed to be blowing pretty good in Miami now, and I just checked and saw a figure of 9 mph. Gusts to 11, I think it said. Sooner or later, there will be wind, but I see it this way: if the forecast is wildly pessimistic at 6 p.m., it will probably be wildly pessimistic throughout the storm. If they’re predicting 74, maybe Miami will get 45.

I’m still not happy with the weather gurus. My dad’s dementia makes him forget what he knows about the forecast. The TV agitators get him wound up over and over, and I have to keep explaining what’s really happening. The hurricane is on every channel, so it’s inescapable. He has always spent several hours a day glued to the tube, and that habit is not going to change. He will be hearing about extinction-level Irma until two days after it’s over. So will I.

The ninnies who keep exaggerating the storm’s consequences should have to come here and comfort him, along with every other dementia patient they’ve upset. I’m not the only one who has to deal with this. Other people are making the same complaint.

Whatever happens will be over with in two days. I look forward to that.

I really, truly do not want to do without air conditioning and running water. There are certain minimum standards I expect my habitat to meet. I remember the times I’ve spent sitting indoors, watching drops of sweat fall off my nose, wondering when the power was coming back on. I do not want to go through that again.

I hope my tractor isn’t lonely out there.

6 Responses to “Getting Ready for Company”

  1. Monty James Says:

    So are you going to add a generator to your other gear? Not the kind that panic buying cleans out at Home Depot and you can carry by yourself, but one of those big suckers that you put in a cage that has a bunch of locks on it, like that movie The Omega Man.

    Praying for you whatever happens.

  2. Mike Says:

    I agree, the tv is all doom and gloom even here in eastern NC. The track has moved so far west of us the only effects we will see is a little rain and they are still showing the bare grocery store shelves alongside pictures of last years hurricane/flooding.

    Prayers for you and everyone else dealing with the storm.

  3. Mike Says:

    Oh, they are already trying to scare us silly over the next storm. It never ends. I even read Donald Trump made the storm move west to save some of his properties?

  4. lauraw Says:

    Weather reporter accidentally rolls up on a Miami resident who is better educated than he is.


  5. Juan Paxety Says:

    Looking for something good – maybe the storm will drown the pythons in the Everglades.

  6. MikeC Says:

    Hey Steve, I haven’t posted on your site in several years. I’m glad you got out of Miami and into Marion county. My family moved from Cooper City to Belleview in 1979 and I’ve never been back.I live about 90 miles north of there now. Enjoy your new life. You will find many more like minded people and you may find your life is a lot less frustrating.