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I love nature's fury


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Well one of the great things about living on the beach is.....living on the beach!

SWMBO, #2 son, and I get to see some pretty amazing things every day right in our own back yard. Someday's it's a great sunset;


Someday's it's a barge loaded up on it's way west;


Someday's it's Fred the heron who likes hanging out between us and the neighbors;


Most days SWMBO and I think pelicans are the coolest things that fly;


But there's a dark side to paradise.....the dreaded Hurricane!


Now we have lived in many parts of this great planet. I've experienced 8.0 earthquakes (Chile), an F5 tornado (Oklahoma City), multiple blizzards ('78 and the '93 Storm of the Century), and even came too damn close to being fried in the middle of winter in a storm called "Thundersnow"


Through it all, we try to enjoy ourselves. SWMBO and I enjoy going out in the middle of a storm and yelling at the top of our lungs (no one can hear us above the roar of the wind and the waves....we call it our "wilding time"), or we drive a few miles away from the tornado and watch the funnel cloud swoop and sweep. One time we rented a cabin out on Cape Cod when a Nor'easter was coming, just so we could watch the storm blow in over the water.

But there's nothing like having your own house so close to the danger zone to make you rethink the whole damn thing!

Our current house (I am told) is built to withstand a Cat 2 hurricane. But along with that great view comes the downside....we're only good for about 11 feet of storm surge.....after that, start putting your furniture on cinder blocks!

Isaac was predicted to deliver 9 feet....a little too close for my comfort.

Luckily, the whole community rallied. I had a meeting with all the folks in our company and we released everyone home Tues & Wed to prep their houses & families for Isaac's promise to deliver 10-12 inches of rain and 6 to 9 feet of surge.

SWMBO is our family emergency manager. She always has us stocked up on batteries, flashlights, water, propane tanks.....even bicycle helmets for us to wear in case the roof caves in.....God love her! We packed up all her plants and yard furniture, placed some sandbags along the doors and garage, and boarded the windows.

Then we waited it out. I telecommuted both days and kept a wary eye on the rising tide


In the end, we had wind gusts up to 50 kts, lots of whitecaps, some rain, and very little surge. #2 son got 2 days off of school, SWMBO & I got in our wilding time, and the cat stayed hidden under the bed the entire time.

The worse part about the whole storm.....the damn gym closed down for both days in a row!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/8/2012 4:11PM

    What magnificent pictures!

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SHERYL_B 9/2/2012 12:38PM

    Glad you weathered the storm well!

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GARDENQE2 8/31/2012 11:42AM

    Wonderful pictures! Especially the lightning...Spectacular!
Occassi
onally, here in New Mexico, we get colored lightning...yellow, purple, orange, blue.
One night the whole sky was lit up bright green...like a traffic light...for over a second!
Storms over the ocean are fascinating!
Keep up the good work.

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MILLIE5522 8/31/2012 11:33AM

    emoticon I've never experienced anything like this ever. So it was exciting to read about your life. Thank you for sharing!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/31/2012 11:13AM

    Beautiful pictures! The 'wilding time' made me laugh... I would have done like the cat I am sure!!!

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BILL60 8/31/2012 8:26AM

    Life just doesn't get much better.

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BERGBA7 8/31/2012 3:52AM

    Great pictures! My boyfriend and I were down in Siesta Key in July and I said to him that this is a place I would consider moving to... if they weren't the hurricanes. Glad to read that you did not suffer any serious damage! So, I guess you did quite a few pull-ups and chin-ups since you stayed home for 2 days without gym and had to pass your bar to go to the kitchen! HA! That's THE place to put a bar!
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KICK-SS 8/31/2012 1:36AM

    Loved all the pictures, but the one of the lightning in the sky fascinated me. i've never seen a round pattern in/on lightning before! Around here it's just vertical or horizontal, no "fancy stuff" like you had.

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PAMATX 8/30/2012 11:07PM

    Love the photos! Pelicans are my favorite! And I totally dig storms. Glad you got to enjoy it and stay high and dry.

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CHEEKY1000 8/30/2012 9:30PM

    Hey, if the worst that happened was the gym being closed...you are one lucky fella. lol Glad you didn't get the brunt of the hurricane.

I love the "wilding time." That's fantastic. My bff and I used to go out during monsoons back when they were tremendous and fierce (in the 90's) and just run and shout--and squeal when the thunder cracked so loudly it vibrated throughout our bodies.

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SAFARIBABE 8/30/2012 9:20PM

    The cat's got the right attitude! LOL If the gym's closed...time to look for Plan B. Point your bike into the wind and pedal against it. Bicep curl with the propane tanks -- but not in the lightning. Pushups with SWMBO on your back. There now you're all set of the next time the gym closes. LOL Glad you're all safe and sound! Hopefully this is the only close call you have this season!!

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