After the Storm

Storm’s gone. Power’s being restored. Things are slowly getting back to normal here in South Louisiana.

I’m sure many people wonder why I don’t evacuate when it comes to hurricanes. But, if I did, I’d miss the sheer wonder of the storm itself. I love hurricanes. In my next life, I hope I’m another Jim Cantore.

Sure, it gets a little scary sometimes, who wouldn’t get a little nervous when the trees in your backyard are pretty much parallel to the ground?

After four hurricanes here, I will still take a hurricane over an Oklahoma tornado or an ice storm anyday.

The winter before I moved, Oklahoma had an ice storm. I can still remember how scary it was to be wrapped in total darkness. It was complete silence except for the popping, cracking, and crashing of trees.

Nope, give me my hurricanes.

I will stay up for days tracking a hurricane, watching it’s slow progress through the gulf, watching as it makes landfall, to me, it’s just fascinating.

Granted, where I live, usually by the time the storm makes it to us, it’s lost some of it’s power, (another reason I don’t evacuate) but it’s still a sight to see.

Another sight that amazes me is people’s resiliency (or lack thereof) during these times. Yesterday, when it was finally safe to venture out, a friend of mine and I decided to go have some lunch.

We hear that Bennigans is open. Keep in mind that yesterday many businesses were still closed. We get over there, it’s a two hour wait. They aren’t even seating anyone anymore. A 2 hour wait is not for me, so we decide to try a local tavern that serves food.

We get there, there’s a VERY limited menu. There’s chicken strips, chicken wings, chicken sandwiches fries, and my favorite the Gustav Special. The Gustav Special was pork chops, jambalaya, and green beans.

We make the best of the limited menu, eat our food and I do what I love to do. Watch people. It was amazing to see the amount of people who complained or simply walked away.

Some people did like my friend and I did, however, and made the best of it.

I always believe that you have to make the best of a bad situation. At least we were getting food and not waiting for two hours. 🙂 At least it wasn’t an Oklahoma ice storm where you can’t even get out of the house for days.

There’s always a bright spot.

For now, it’s off to do some after the storm clean-up. I’ve got limbs the size of small trees to remove from my yard. Luckily, I have a few guys friends with chainsaws to help me. And I’ve got to start keeping my eye on Ike. Will he venture up to the Gulf Coast too? We’ll just have to see.

Peace!

I’m out!

3 thoughts on “After the Storm

  1. This is a great blog. I am surprised that hurricanes don’t seem to scare you. Know what, I have the same perverse fondness of storm myself. I know how you feel. The news about Faye, and then Gustav has provided me an added inspiration for my latest post which I hope you find time to check out. I would keep coming back to read your remarkable work if that’s okay with you. Thanks a lot.

  2. This is a very well written blog. We obviously don’t get hurricanes in Utah but if we did I’d be the first to get out of the way. Do you ever get looting when there is a big evacuation?

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