Only in Florida ...

@dizzblnd (3073)
United States
August 17, 2008 4:48pm CST
Do we go hurricane and school shopping all in one trip. I just came back from Target, Home Depot, and the grocery store. Had to get socks, underwear, and paper. Then flashlights and batteries. Then food. Why 3 stores? Because I knew everybody and their brother would be at the Super Wal-mart doing the same thing and I Strongly despise that store. So are you all prepared for Hurricane Season/school. Did you do the same type of shopping I did all in the same day? I'm exhausted.
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• United States
17 Aug 08
This happens almost every year, and it's always a pain! We teachers were in school last week to get things set up for the kids to come back tomorrow, but they won't be there, and neither will we! We don't know yet about Tuesday, but we'll see how it works out. I've always thought school should start at another time, because we so often have a late start due to storms. I do love having a little more summer vacation, even if I feel as if I'm in a cave because my nephew came and closed the hurricane shutters. It's great for sleeping or reading or watching the Olympics unless we lose power, as we so often do.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Are you in South Florida? I will keep you all in my prayers. I never understood why we start school when we do, like you, it makes NO sense to me as to why the pick mid hurricane season to start. I am glad you are enjoying your extended summer vacay.. Stay safe!
• United States
18 Aug 08
Thanks. So far, it's just another increasingly heavy thunderstorm. They still don't know what to tell us about tomorrow. Nature's not going to bend to our desires!
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
No unfortunately we can not control the weather (despite what China says) I know you are probably getting the worst of it right now. Please chack back when you can and let us know everything is OK
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I did school clothes shopping yesterday, we ok my kids wear uniforms and the middle child grew out of his pants over the summer so we bought him shorts and pants. We don't have hurricanes here so I have never shopped for that. We have blizzards but the last one we had no one really saw it coming and we were sort of crap out of luck for 2 days. lol So does school start late because of the storm?
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
grrrrrrrrrr blizzards sVck! So unpredictable. I only had to deal with them once in my life when we temporarily moved to NC. It was rough. I wasn't prepared either. School actually started today, but no school tomorrow or Wed. I wish the School board would have just said "School will start Thursday" It was so dumb for them to even go oh well
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
19 Aug 08
That reminds me of this conversation I was having with my best friend, he has lived in California all of his life and one night we were talking and I said we were having a blizzard and he responded is it good. I was like f no it isn't good I can't even see my car. He's like what does icecream have to do with your car lol.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
LMAO!! OMG your friend must be a blond! (It took me a couple of minutes, but I finally got it ) That is hilarious!
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
18 Aug 08
LOL I'm from Fl and on my way back so I understand what you mean. The funny part is the cities that go the craziest are the ones that don't get hit. I can't tell you how many times the hurricane was "HEADED RIGHT FOR US" and we didn't get an inch of rain. Our worst was Charly and it was about 30 minutes from us in Punta Gorda Port Charllote area (I was in Cape Coral). As bad as it was I slept throught it LOL! It was my husbands first so he was really nervise as was his mom. We went to her house and sat in the hallway / bathroom area. After about 10 minutes I looked at them and said "throw the matress on me if theres a problem I'm going to sleep." And I layed my head on my dog and we went to sleep for about 2 hours. I woke up and they were still shocked I could sleep through all that noise! So I totally understand what you are going through - good luck and I hope you keep your electricty for some reason thats always the first to go and the last to get back!!!
• United States
18 Aug 08
LOL I was sleeping through Hugo until my husband woke me up and told me I was breaking his ribs............opps.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
You slept through Charley? . I know it hit really hard down there. I couldn't sleep through it. Then after Frances and Jeanne... I was a nervous wreck.. When Ivan Threatened... I was outta there. I went to Mississippi with my husband where he had a job... d@mn thing followed us. I know alllllllll about the power.. after each of the storms, we waited a week for it to come back on It was NUTS! Luckily.. we had friends with generators, my boss kept us all fed, we could shower at work.. ICK I NEVER want to do that again! Fay doesn't look like she will be anything more than a tropical storm/depression when she hits (I hope) She is expected to make landfall in Naples sometime tomorrow. Thanks for keeping us on your mind
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Well I am glad to hear that Fay isn't going to be a big deal. Yes I slept through Charlie - I can sleep through just about any thing!
@ellie333 (21029)
17 Aug 08
At least you are prepared if Fay does hit as a hurricane eh! Here in the UK we don't experience but I can imagine it must be very frustrating when everyone is out getting supplies at the same time. My friends laugh at me but I have what I call a provisions cupboard so that if anything did happen I have all the basics including powdered egg, potato, milk and lots of tins of food and many candles etc. I hope it doesn't hit too bad for you guys. Ellie :D
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Thanks Ellie. Always better to be prepared and not need it, then need it and not be prepared. You are very smart. You may find your friends knocking at your door if God forbid everything happens. Right now it looks as if it is going to be a tropical storm/depression when it hits. Hopefully, it will stay that way and not cross the state, make a U-turn and hit us again like the one in '94 That was the worst year for us Thanks for keeping us in your prayers
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I meant '04 told ya I was tired.. lol
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Aug 08
the nine is next to the four you should see some of the typos I have been making lately, I told someone to go see their daughter rather than type doctor, oops I did do an add as I had visions of this poor woman talking to her daughter about forms of contraception rather than her doctor LOL. Good to hear it is more a storm now. Ellie :D
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I know how you feel. A few weeks ago for me it was grocery shopping and hurricane shopping all at the same time. We were bracing for Dolly. Luckily it missed my area, but unlucky for others. Good luck with Fay. It appears it won't be too bad. I hope for your sake and others that it isn't. I myself have only lived in the gulf coast for about three years now. And I can honestly say I am sick of summers here. If the heat, humidity, mosquitos and all the other crawlies aren't bad enough we get to prepare for killer storms for half the year. I'm seriously considering moving back to the midwest. At least there if a tornado hits its over relatively quickly.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
OOOOOOOOOH I LOVE your new avatar! Beautiful. I was watching Dolly too ... my husband is working in LA. I am grateful it missed you both. Looks like Fay is going to be a tropical storm or depression by the time it gets here. It is expected to make landfall in Naples sometime tomorrow. As for all the "joys" of summer the south has to offer?? MEH... I am used to it. I have lived in Florida most all of my life. Every part of the country has something to deal with.. tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. We all learn how to cope one way or another or go crazy huh?
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Thank you. I swiped this avatar off of some web page on another site. LOL Nice thing about being able to copy pics huh?
• United States
18 Aug 08
LOL I live in SC on the coast so don't mind if I'm laughing at your opening sentence. That is all too real around here, combine everything together. The only thing I'm lacking is bottled water and we have tons of juice containers for that if we need them.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Nah... I don't mind a bit. It sVcks big time doesn't it. I don't get why they start school smack dab in the middle of Hurricane season... drives me crazy!. My kids went back to school today.. They closed the schools tomorrow and Wed... why bother starting today? Why not just wait til the storm passes? Makes no sense
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
18 Aug 08
I'd really love to know. Do people who live in Florida do this every single year. I'm down in Trinidad, just off the Venezuelan coast and I'm always reading about the weather thingamajigs up there. It must be something to live in a state like that. Although a lot of Trinidadians do live in Florida.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
It isn't every year. Sometimes the hurricane season isn't that active. The problem with that is people become complacent and think this year will be like the last. Then, when it's a quite season, the next year, people get MORE relaxed then BOOM that's when we're hit the hardest. Florida isn't so bad, don't let the weather stories fool ya. BTW I work with a girl from Trinidad. She keeps us laughing.
@valeria1 (2724)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Where in Florida are you located? I lived in Largo close to Tampa and I am so glad I am out of this lost horrible hole, no offense! I just want to let you know that I hope the hurricane does not get to you! It is just in Florida that the worst happens, I am sorry but really traumatized here! Urghhh
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
I am not offended.. don't worry. I am in Central Florida on the East coast. Thank you for the well wishes. I am sure we will be fine. Just have to worry about tornadoes before the actual storm hits. I moved out of Florida for 7 months. Begged my husband to bring me back. I love it here.. despite all the crappy weather... lol
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Shopping is such a chore. Sometimes it's better to get it all done at one time so you don't have to go back out and fight the crowds. Sorry to hear that you had to go hurricane shopping. I guess it's a part of life in Florida, but I don't envy you. Glad you are prepared though. Maybe it won't be as bad as they say it will be. Good luck!
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
It did feel good to know I didn't have to go back and fight the last minute panic crowd. Also, I will be prepared for the next one and won't have to do it again. It is a part of life we Floridians learn to deal with. I am used to it ... I have lived here most of my life (i am 30 something) As for the storm.. looks like it will be a tropical storm or depression by the time it comes this way. We have to worry about tornadoes until then. Thanks for the well wishes. I am sure we will be fine.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I am glad you are ready. I don't have a hurricane or school to prepare for but I do shop for everything at one time. I don't like shopping as a rule and when I go I go prepared so I can get it done in one shot just like you did! Hope the hurricane misses all of our mylot friends in Florida!
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Thank you.. it looks like it's going to be mostly rain for us hgere in Central Florida. They are expecting it to make landfall in Naples (southwest florida) tomorrow sometime. I HOPE it will be nothing more than a tropical storm when it does make landfall. All we can do is wait
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I'm very glad you're prepared! I read about people being complacent about the hurricanes since you've had a couple of good years with no bad ones. Up here in Ohio, it's tornadoes. I haven't seen one yet, never saw one when I was raised here, but I want to be ready. I have all that stuff you have. About 100 bottles of water, batteries, flashlights, canned food, snacks, blankets, rechargeable fans in case it's hot, extra clothes, first aid and extra medicine, cards to play and books to read. I could live in my basement for at least two weeks!
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Aug 08
I am very glad you have not seen a tornado. Knock on wood you never will. But if you do, you are wonderfully prepared. Your family is very lucky to have you to get them through IF something ever happens. As for complacency, there is a lot around here. Too soon people forget about recent events. I don't want to be caught with my pants down so to speak.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
17 Aug 08
All at the same time if you can. I have seen the article on the storm and it could be bad and maybe not. But only the time will tell when it is dealing with weather. If you can do it all at once try. So you don't have to go back out for anything that you forgot.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I THINK I got everything. Hopefully, I won't need it. It is wait and see.. Drives me crazy!
@gemini_rose (16193)
17 Aug 08
Wow that must be pretty horrible having to get all those things in for hurricane season, how long does that run for then? Do you get a lot of them during the season? As for the school shopping, I have been doing that a bit at a time, I have only their shoes to get now which I will get on Tuesday. Mine still have two weeks of their hols left thank goodness, none of us are looking forward to them going back its been lovely spending so much time with them.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Hurricane season runs from June 1st - Nov 30 As for the amount per season... it depends.. In '04 we had 4 that hit us boom boom boom.. no time for recovery from the last when we were getting hit with the next. '05-07 it was fairly quiet for us (Central Florida) But '05 was an active season period (that's when Katrina hit) I can't WAIT for my teens to go back... they are driving me crazy and eating me out of house and home. I had MOST of the clothes shopping done about 2 weeks ago.. and everything except paper got bought last weekend. So at least I wasn't rushing around like a headless chicken.. I hope you get yours done before last minute too