Monday, August 28, 2006



I'm not usually worried about hurricanes - having been born and raised in California I've never even experienced much of a strong storm other than when I've traveled to other states, like Colorado or Arizona. After watching a documentary last night commemorating the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina and it's victims, I have a terrible respect and even fear for the powerful and killing reality which a hurricane can be. My Sweetheart's Mom lives in the Orlando area of Florida. I saw with horror that the projected path for the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, "Ernesto" has changed to cut right up toward the Cape Canaveral.

We have a close personal friend named Ernest, and we have been teasing him about this newest hurricane, but this isn't the kind of friendship we can relate to! I hope and pray this storm never grows up - never gathers its winds and rain within to wreak havoc on us puny humans. I heard this a.m. that it has the potential of growing up to a force of 3 - Katrina was a 3. The forces of nature are so beyond our grasp sometimes. Be safe, all of you who live in the southern state of Florida.

15 comments:

Minka said...

It is scary when we are reminded that nature is so much bigger than us. Good check for our egos though .
Florida sounds a dangerous place to live in that regard.
That and Texas of course, although other catastrophes are unleashed there!

mergrl said...

hopefully the storm will keep weakening before it gets to floriday (hugs)

actonbell said...

Yes, you said it--I know some people in Florida, and hope their lives aren't affected by this, either.
And, btw, amazing picture!

Doug said...

Funny, Minka, and well pointed out.

I've seen two hurricanes. The first was in, of all places, New Haven Connecticut. I loved it and kind of enjoyed seeing trees fall in the Yale commons, although I'm funny like that. In 1987 or so, I got a date out of Hurricane Opal. Every cloud has a silver lining. It's often me.

tsduff said...

Monika - no kidding! Our egos are emmense, and need resizing. Nothing like an earthquake, or a little hurricane to show us who's boss...

Trace - you aren't planning a quick trip down there are you!? No beaches for a while I think.

Actonbell - Those Floridians are fairly hurricane savy I think. As for the picture - I'm shameless when it comes to pretty pictures... :-D

Doug: Didn't know hurricanes make it all the way up to Connecticut! Wow! I'm like you though - I sort of like being in the middle of a disaster (so far only big earthquakes both in N and S California, and floods, and wildfires... LOL no hurricanes) as long as I'm okay :-D How did you manage a date? Stuck in a basement during the squall with a pretty gal? Candles? Oh, I've never actually personally met a silver lining...

Doug said...

Terry, Hurricane Opal knocked out all the power in northeast Atlanta except for at the restaurant I worked in, which was connected to Emory Hospital's grid. If you wanted to eat that day your choices were crackers or come to Poppa. If I were charming at all I might have managed two dates. The rest of the city preferred to starve, I guess.

tsduff said...

Doug - Speaking of Curmudgeon... I saw this article this morning and thought of you:

Curmudgeon

Mo'a said...

We are sometimes so very small when it comes to power Mother Nature has.....it is a good policy to respect her powers, and be prepared.

Doug said...

Terry, the link won't work and I have to know. Googling C Everett Koop and Curmudgeon brings up a lot of different hits, God bless him.

brian said...

Thanks for the good wishes. We live north of Orlando, and it looks like we will be getting the storm tomorrow

tsduff said...

Doug - try THIS ONE

tsduff said...

Mo'a - the weather leaves us feeling small and tiny sometimes. I love it. Coming from Iceland and the land of amazing grand vistas, sweeping windy storms and volcanos, you know the powers of nature!

Hey Brian - nice to see you. I'll keep an eye upon you to see how Ernesto is progressing. I've never met a weather slut before :-D

Trée said...

Terry, where do you find such incredible and fantastic images. Wow!

Many thoughts for our friends in Florida and other places in harm's way.

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tsduff said...

Trée - I'm shamelessly in love with pretty pictures... what can I say?

Looks like Ernesto petered out - yay!