My Hurricane Post

Well it seems like everyone else has written on Hurricane Sandy (btw all you people out there who happen to be named Sandy – sucks to be you, huh?) so I figured I should as well, so I don’t look like a jerk.  Then again, this is several days after the Hurricane, so I’m not helping much.  Not that I could have helped anyway, being in the Panhandle of Texas and far away from any water of any sort.  At all.

We do have tornadoes here, though, and once one blew over us (it helps to be in a giant hole) so I can totally identify with the hundreds of people displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  That’s like someone (say a Senator) saying he can identify with childbirth because once he stubbed his toe.  It was scary, though.  It was just a couple days after the birth of Thing Two, and my husband was out of town working and I was recovering at my parents.  Thing One was four and to her this was the most Awesome Day of her entire life.  She got to play in the hallway with pillows and flashlights and the whole family had to join her!  Wheee!

But this – this was enormous.  I saw some of the pictures, and I have to say that people who live on the coast are amazing.  There are some courageous people out there.  On the other hand, like with everything else, there are also a few that make ya go facepalm. 

Wow, look at that wave . . . arghhhhhhhhhh!
*photo from weather.com

People.  Hurricane means GO HOME. 

I do wish everyone who rode out this storm well.  May your normal lives (and Internet) return soon.

21 responses

  1. I’m with you. I don’t get the whole let’s-go-straight-to-the-storm-epicenter type of thinking. I’m more of the run-away Monty Python type thinking.

    1. When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. Or, you know, get in a freaking shelter of some sort.

    2. I tend to run towards trouble, like my dad. But I think it’s because I’m not use to disaster-y things. I mean, sure, I’ve been in tons of earthquakes, but those aren’t bad really. I’m the kind of person that when lightning storms come around I run outside. I’d hate to see me with tornadoes or hurricanes :p

      1. Well, actually, thinking on it, we’d do the smart thing and leave. (We’ve had lots of fire evacuations and we always left whenever they said to. You can replace things, but you can’t replace yourselves!)

      2. The storm chasers are the ones that amaze me. Wait, so you’re running toward the storm? Okey dokey, then.

        1. I bet it’s “Twister”s fault. Helen Hunt chased all those Twisters and made an amazing movie, and I just wanted to do that too…

          1. All I remember is the cow flying off in the tornado. That was epic.

  2. I’m not sure if I think that the people in the picture are just really really stupid or feel bad them. You see a natural disaster about to hit you in the face, you wanna keep a little memory. Sure.
    And yes, I hope everyone’s normal lives (and internet!) return soon too

    1. I don’t know either. I just know I saw that and went d’oh. Sure it’s fascinating, but it’s also life threatening. Try watching from a little bit farther away, kay?

  3. It’s really sad to see so much destruction. Here in Ohio we just got some heavy rain and winds, though some people lost power. We’re pretty protected here, although we do see some nasty tornados.

    1. In Texas as well. We have had tornadoes hit within 25 miles and cause massive destruction while it misses us entirely. But you never know.

      1. We had a tornado touch down in a town just a couple miles north of us a few years ago. So many destroyed homes, and yet we came out unscathed. Really helps you be grateful for what you have.

  4. We on the West Coast of course didn’t feel anything of this storm. We tend to have wildfires and earthquakes. Which I have experienced on various occasions, but little on the scale of what hit the East Coast last week. I hope normalcy ensues soon.

    1. Wildfires, earthquakes, mudslides . . . these are a few of my favorite things! There really isn’t anywhere to move that’s totally safe from natural disasters. And you’re welcome for your happy thought of the day.

  5. I’m with Speaker7 – I’m more than run and hide and stay cowering in a corner until storm is over (unless there’s a spider in said corner, in which case bring on the waves)

    1. Lol. I’m not that freaked out over spiders, as long as I can see him and he stays in his corner and I stay in mine. But flying stinging insects – I’m in the next county.

  6. I honestly believe people don’t take it as seriously as they should. When Hurricane Katrina hit, many of the people who died or who needed to be rescued were people who had been warned ahead of time and chose to stick around. I think some people just don’t “get it” which is sad in a way.

    1. Yes, I agree. Of course, I know if you live in one of those areas you probably are so used to hearing “it’s the storm of the century” and nothing happening. Sort of like the boy that cried wolf. But sometimes even the weathermen are right.

      And even if you choose to stay, try to stay safe! Don’t go out there in front of the tidal wave. If there’s an afterlife, you know the big G is just gonna thump you in the head for that one.

      1. You’re right. I think people do become desensitized to it. Additionally, there are some socioeconomic issues at play where people felt like they couldn’t leave because of monetary reasons.

        If you’re going to stay, like you said, just be safe. It’s sad to hear about people getting swept away.

    2. I know that was the case with Katrina. You hear people say “why didn’t they just move?” Like it doesn’t cost anything to relocate your entire life?

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