Warning, impending doom is approaching! Stock up on essentials, make plans now to prepare yourself, your family and your home….Irene is on the way! Board up the windows, be sure you have a lifetime supply of flashlights and batteries, Milk and bread to get you through the foreseeable future, non perishables could be the key to your survival!
Please above all else DON’T PANIC! I know the sky is falling and life as we now know it will probably cease to exist, however you will be fine as long as you have a years worth of water for each member of your family, candles and matches and the gas tank in your car is topped off. (I guess so you can sit in the car while it’s running and stare at the tree across the end of your driveway) Also please provide airline cable to tie down your animals so that they don’t become fur laden barrage balloons when they gotta Go! ( Unless of course they can use a litter box, in which case you may want to empty your grocer’s shelves of every last bag of litter…just in case!)
For those of us that have been around for a while, it still amazes me how the media has the ability to whip the masses into an emotional frenzy! For those of us who are the hearty, self-sufficient New Englander‘s we also can take things to the extreme. IE (sheriff and his deputy with grim faces are knocking on a local residents door, the door opens and…)There is a ninety percent likelihood that a category 5 Hurricane will be hitting your house tomorrow…(They respond)”We have been here 35 years and no overblown puff the magic weather maker is gonna chase us off our property!”
Let me say this, it is a tremendous blessing to have forewarning of impending storms and for all the times the meteorology department of your favorite station has been 100% wrong, it only takes a couple of times getting it right to save you from some significant misery or discomfort. That being said the obvious drive to gain market share by hyping the HELLo out of weather events causes my eyeballs to burn (probably from staring at the TV screen for so long all the available moisture has been sucked off the surface of my eye!). I would love to know why sick and demented producer’s get so much joy in filling people with trepidation, fear and an insatiable need to fill every available shelf with non-perishables in their homes.
I was hopeful some common sense remained in most of the people on this planet, but I have to say it is unlikely that many of those in the markets and Home Depot‘s are members of that particular club. Baskets filled to overflowing and often times it’s with food that will spoil if we lose power. Of course they are not worried about power because they have prepared for every eventuality they have generators and gasoline, sump pumps and enough batteries to light up Boston for an hour! I wonder what they will do if a tree falls on their house and all they manage to get out with is the clothes on their back?
It is prudent to be prepared, and if you have the wherewithal to have a back-up generator…Good for You! The truth is you apply some common sense and then you play it by ear. It is impossible to prepare for every eventuality, Impossible! I once again stand on my faith, faith is the opposite of fear, it’s really quite liberating! I am not some sadist looking for some kind of catastrophe and standing there in defiance saying “bring it on”! But rather I am at peace with a quiet assurance that no matter what happens, it is going to be ok. Nothing we see or experience in this world is going to shock God off the Throne! And if you don’t know God and don’t have that assurance, give Him a holler, He is always listening and He always hears when you call on his name. I’m not saying if you do that the storms won’t come, because they still will. But when we can look at things without fear …. well I find peace,
Be safe and we’ll see you on the flip side,