Today on Blogcritics
Home » Culture and Society » Science and Technology » I Could Be Dead By This Time Tomorrow…

I Could Be Dead By This Time Tomorrow…

Please Share...Print this pageTweet about this on Twitter0Share on Facebook0Share on Google+0Pin on Pinterest0Share on TumblrShare on StumbleUpon0Share on Reddit0Email this to someone

A monstrosity of a hurricane that has been banally named “Charley” is currently bearing down on Central Florida, where I reside. Hundreds of thousands have been ordered to evacuate and head inland. By this time tomorrow, on the evening of Friday the 13th, I could be one prematurely-deceased young Blogger.

But probably not.

As someone who has lived in Florida for most of his life, I’ve been through my share of hurricane scares. The worst that usually occurs is a brief power-outage and maybe a little extra yard work to do. Occasionally, a car left parked outside gets smashed up a little by flying debris, or a dead tree falls over in the high winds and damages a roof. (The exceptions, of course, are the poor (or should I say “rich”?) bastards who live on the coast. If a major storm makes landfall in the immediate area of where they live, they’re pretty much fucked. It might be wise to put State Farm on your cell phone’s speed-dial if you presently own property on Tampa Bay…)

On rare occasions, however, serious damage occurs, even inland. Take the infamous “Andrew” for instance. I lived through Andrew. It flattened entire communities (mostly due more to the tornadoes it spun off rather than the hurricane itself).

Luckily, I was a dozen or so miles north of where Andrew made landfall. The wind howled quite fiercely, to be sure, but I slept a good six hours that night nonetheless.

Anyway, I doubt this “Charley” will be much more than a minor inconvenience to me for the next day or two. However, if you never read another post on BC from the infamous RJ, I’m probably fish food.

Wish me luck, you rabid pack of Trotskyites! ;-]

Powered by

About RJ

  • Shark

    (Shark on his knees praying… for what, well… you figure it out…)

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    i lived in florida for a coupla years when i was a kid.

    heck, the thunder storms alone were enough to scare the crap outa me (speakin’ as a native new englander, that is)

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    To quote Pearl Jam:

    “I’m still alive!”

    πŸ˜‰

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Maybe I’m cynical, but I think Bush will get a boost out of this. He seems to profit politically when we view him as “consoler-in-chief,” ineffective in preventing tragedy but looking “strong” and compassionate in its wake. Once Bush lands in a FEMA helicopter and helps pass out blankets in shelters, I think he looks better to Florida voters. I don’t know that it will be enough to win, however, since he’s alienated a lot of Hispanic (and especially Cuban) voters with his immigration/travel policies.

    That is all.

  • Shark

    re: Hurricane Charlie

    “…I think Bush will get a boost out of this…”

    Good bet.

    He’s not above flying down there with a FEMA t-shirt on and handing out cash.

    “Where’s all those negro felons who tried to vote for Gore last time? Here, boy, here’s a low interest loan.”

  • Shark

    Asides:

    * Can you imagine the gigantic caravan of Irish Travelers haulin’ ass to Florida right now?!

    * This could be that ‘boost’ to the economy that Bush has been dreaming about.

    * Sales of bottled water, electric generators, and roofing material alone could push the economy into overdrive.

    * Why are most domiciles built in hurricane zones Mobile Homes?

    * Why couldn’t the Governor’s house have been in Punta Gorda?

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “Maybe I’m cynical, but I think Bush will get a boost out of this.”

    A minor one nationally, and a slightly larger one locally, I agree.

    “He seems to profit politically when we view him as “consoler-in-chief,” ineffective in preventing tragedy but looking “strong” and compassionate in its wake.”

    To be fair, what exactly could Bush have done to “prevent” a HURRICANE???

    “Once Bush lands in a FEMA helicopter and helps pass out blankets in shelters, I think he looks better to Florida voters.”

    True. And Kerry’s campaign is planning to do the same thing, though without their candidate actually coming here personally…

    “I don’t know that it will be enough to win, however, since he’s alienated a lot of Hispanic (and especially Cuban) voters with his immigration/travel policies.”

    It looks likely that voters in Miami will elect a Democrat as Mayor this year. Cuban-American voters are hardly in the GOP’s pocket. They will vote for whomever they feel is most friendly to their interests at any given moment.

    Bush probably still wins Florida though…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    * Can you imagine the gigantic caravan of Irish Travelers haulin’ ass to Florida right now?!

    LOL…

    * This could be that ‘boost’ to the economy that Bush has been dreaming about.

    The LOCAL economy is Florida (which is already doing quite well, TYVM) will get a bit of a boost, especially in sales of durable goods. But the national economy will take a minor hit. It’s pretty much a wash.

    * Sales of bottled water, electric generators, and roofing material alone could push the economy into overdrive.

    Tongue-in-cheek, I assume? :)

    * Why are most domiciles built in hurricane zones Mobile Homes?

    Because Florida offers plenty of cheap property and is a haven for middle-class retired folks who can’t afford large houses. So, they buy pre-fab shitboxes. On the coast.

    Not terribly SMART, but that partly explains it…

    * Why couldn’t the Governor’s house have been in Punta Gorda?

    Low blow.

    Why didn’t Kerry go windsurfing in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday the 13th? πŸ˜‰

  • Shark

    He did. He also killed a few Viet Cong who’d strayed from their shore decades ago; then he saved a buddie’s life.

    Oh — and did I mention he killed a *shark with his bare hands?

    *twasn’t me.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Fixed…belatedly…