Friday, August 26, 2011
Mother Nature on a Rampage
We were fortunate enough to have sustained no damage during the earthquake, and we're hoping to make it through the hurricane, too. I remember Hurricane Isabel, the falling trees and the week without power. I think we're about as prepared as we can be. The refrigerator is almost bare of perishable food. We've squirreled away a generous supply of water bottles, wet wipes, crackers, fruit cups, canned fish and mystery meat. The cell phones are charged up. I did some eyeball calculations in the parking lot, measuring the potential fall radius of all the nearby trees in all directions, and I think I've put the car in a spot least likely to be crushed. (I seem to be the only one concerned about that part. There are some nice cars out there that I don't expect to be so nice next week.) If worst comes to worst and the roads are impassible on Sunday morning, we could walk to mass at the strange interfaith center across the street, that is if a priest can make it in. The issue I'm most concerned about is the fact that we're on the ground floor and the gutters from the roof empty on either side of our rather low patio. It starts to flood during normal rainfall. We'll probably move the couch further inland and roll up the rug. Fortunately our renters insurance is up to date.