Panic in Florida

 

So I’m driving into my favorite Publix store, and I’m startled to see tons of cars. Generally this particular lot barely has any cars at any time of the day. Gosh, I assume, they must be restocking after the holiday. Then it hits me: hurricane panic is on!

Mind you, I live in Poinciana, FL, the center of the state in both directions. (Oh no, oh no! It’s now a category 5!) We’re supposed to have a hurricane supply packed up, right? But, no-o-o-o-o! That would be too sensible. Meanwhile, I’m out of sugar and all the 10-pound bags are gone.

We are at least a week away from a potential hurricane. I’ll admit that I’ve never been in one, but my instincts tell me that panicking is not going to have any effect on what hits here. But if I’m going to live in Florida, this is probably the safest place to be. No more grocery shopping for me this week!

Maybe I should go to Texas?

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  1. Stina Member
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    @CM

    I haven’t budged. We will fill bathtubs with water, drink stale bottled water, and eat canned corn if I can find the handheld can opener.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Stina (View Comment):
    if I can find the handheld can opener.

    Hey, Stina, I’ve been using one of those regularly for years! They work lots better than any electric openers I’ve used. It’s good to know that if we have to hunker down, you’ll be hunkering with us!

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  3. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Susan Quinn: Meanwhile, I’m out of sugar and all the ten pound bags are gone.

    You plan on doing a lot of baking during the hurricane?

    ;-)

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  4. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    if I can find the handheld can opener.

    Hey, Stina, I’ve been using one of those regularly for years! They work lots better than any electric openers I’ve used. It’s good to know that if we have to hunker down, you’ll be hunkering with us!

    I had a really cheap one that worked really well for years. It rusted up and seized on me. I should buy another one, but we got an electric as a wedding gift and its working for us. I only remember we don’t have a manual one when hurricanes come around.

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  5. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Stina (View Comment):
    …and eat canned corn if I can find the handheld can opener.

    Crazy Russian Hacker to the rescue!

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Meanwhile, I’m out of sugar and all the ten pound bags are gone.

    You plan on doing a lot of baking during the hurricane?

    ?

    Now that sounds like fun! Nah, my husband uses (too much) sugar for his morning tea. I mean who drinks tea first thing in the morning, Mis?

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  7. Misthiocracy Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Meanwhile, I’m out of sugar and all the ten pound bags are gone.

    You plan on doing a lot of baking during the hurricane?

    ?

    Now that sounds like fun! Nah, my husband uses (too much) sugar for his morning tea. I mean who drinks tea first thing in the morning, Mis?

    Especially during a hurricane.

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  8. Stina Member
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    @CM

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    …and eat canned corn if I can find the handheld can opener.

    Crazy Russian Hacker to the rescue!

    Amazing! thanks!

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    …and eat canned corn if I can find the handheld can opener.

    Crazy Russian Hacker to the rescue!

    Great! I’ll just check out the best piece in my hill of concrete in the lanai. The guy was adorable.

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  10. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):
    Especially during a hurricane.

    Which reminds me . . . I’d better check my margarita stash  . . . .

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  11. JustmeinAZ Member
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    @JustmeinAZ

    Susan Quinn:So I’m driving into my favorite Publix store, and I’m startled to see tons of cars. Generally this particular lot barely has any cars at any time of the day. Gosh, I assume, they must be restocking after the holiday. Then it hits me: hurricane panic is on!

    Mind you, I live in Poinciana, FL, the center of the state in both directions. (Oh no, oh no! it’s now a category 5!) We’re supposed to have a hurricane supply packed up, right? But, no-o-o-o-o! That would be too sensible. Meanwhile, I’m out of sugar and all the ten pound bags are gone.

    We are at least a week away from a potential hurricane. I’ll admit that I’ve never been in one, but my instincts tell me that panicking is not going to have any effect on what hits here. But if I’m going to live in Florida, this is probably the safest place to be. No more grocery shopping for me this week!

    Maybe I should go to Texas?

     

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  12. JustmeinAZ Member
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    @JustmeinAZ

    Glad you’re not panicky yet. I just left Orlando this morning and after 5 hours on the plane am just now catching up on news waiting in Denver for my last leg to Tucson. My siblings and I have been tag teaming the care of my 90 year old mother after the death of my father last month. All she does is watch Fox news so I’m sure she is frightened. I just despise the scare mongering and hysteria!

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  13. Arahant Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    I mean who drinks tea first thing in the morning, Mis?

    *Raises hand*

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  14. John Park Member
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    @jpark

    Get charcoal and lighter fluid if you have a charcoal grill. As Seawriter said last week, if power’s out for a day or so, throw everything in the freezer on the grill. We lost power for a couple days in Katrina; finally gave up and grilled everything that needed it.

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  15. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    I hopped out of bed this morning, started the hot water, shaved, got into the shower, wet my hair for the shampoo … and the lights flickered, came back on, flickered again, and went out. I fetched the laptop to use as emergency lighting and noticed that there was no light coming in through the hallway door’s peephole. Did the stuff, got dressed, hit the road. No lights in the complex. I wondered for a moment if Lil’ Kim had managed to launch a successful EMP strike, but when the car radio came on and didn’t have the Emergency Broadcast System playing a tape of DJT saying “you’re on your own,” I calmed down. Strictly a local issue.

    I’m out of canned corn, though …

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  16. Martel Inactive
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    @Martel

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    …and eat canned corn if I can find the handheld can opener.

    Crazy Russian Hacker to the rescue!

    Great! I’ll just check out the best piece in my hill of concrete in the lanai. The guy was adorable.

    “Cat gonna survive, too”.

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  17. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    John Park (View Comment):
    Get charcoal and lighter fluid if you have a charcoal grill. As Seawriter said last week, if power’s out for a day or so, throw everything in the freezer on the grill. We lost power for a couple days in Katrina; finally gave up and grilled everything that needed it.

    During the Great Ice Storm of 1998, I cooked a ham in the living room fireplace.

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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    I mean who drinks tea first thing in the morning, Mis?

    *Raises hand*

    Why dontcha drink coffee like a man! . . . er . . . I mean. . .

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  19. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    John Park (View Comment):
    Get charcoal and lighter fluid if you have a charcoal grill. As Seawriter said last week, if power’s out for a day or so, throw everything in the freezer on the grill. We lost power for a couple days in Katrina; finally gave up and grilled everything that needed it.

    Yeah, I was taking notes on Seawriter’s post. Not worried, but always good to be prepared.

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  20. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Why dontcha drink coffee like a man! . . . er . . . I mean. . .

    Too much caffeine puts me to sleep. I use the tea to take the edge off…my edge that tends to cut into everyone around me. Without a small amount of caffeine, I’m one of those cheerful morning people.

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  21. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    Does it have to be concrete? I might try this out on a rock and see if it works…

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  22. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    Does it have to be concrete? I might try this out on a rock and see if it works…

    Keep us posted, Kate! Uh, like in the next six days . . .

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  23. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Don’t forget some Scotch, it will make the bottled water last longer.

    Prayers for you and your husband, and all those in Florida.

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  24. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

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  25. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    Don’t forget some Scotch, it will make the bottled water last longer.

    That was the whole point of grog, was it not?  The rum killed off bacteria in the water.

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  26. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Misthiocracy (View Comment):
    That was the whole point of grog, was it not? The rum killed off bacteria in the water.

    And the water was cheaper than the rum.

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  27. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    My son came home telling me of all his classmates sleeping in hotels because of this. I had to go back and check if it sped up to a Wednesday arrival. Nope. It’ll be here Saturday or Sunday. Being central, I’m not worried unless we have a 2005 pattern.

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  28. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Stina (View Comment):
    I’m not worried unless we have a 2005 pattern.

    We barely missed that one; we arrived in 2006. My aunt and uncle lived in this development, though, and people lost lots of screen houses . . . again, worrying and panicking will do nothing to change any outcomes.

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  29. JosePluma Coolidge
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    @JosePluma

    Susan Quinn:Maybe I should go to Texas?

    No one panicked here before, but they sure did after, especially after a news story about a possible gas shortage.  My favorite was the highly intelligent person who filled trashcans on the back of his pickup with gas.

     

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  30. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    JosePluma (View Comment):
    My favorite was the high intelligent person who filled trashcans on the back of his pickup with gas.

    Good grief. Are you in FL, too, Jose?

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