These are the three worst weather events directly impacting my life.
#3. 2005 Hurricane Triple Header – Florida received a 1-2-3 punch combo in the Summer and Fall 2005 hurricane season. Homestead received one of its highest precipitation totals ever recorded and most of Dade and Broward counties were out of power for extended periods while much of Homestead’s power outages lasted weeks. Katrina, Rita and then Wilma had South Florida residents putting up shutters, taking them down, and repeating two more times. Just about everywhere you went standing water blocked vehicle progress and flooded homes.
#2. The Winter Storm January 1996 – I was returning to Lee University in Cleveland following Christmas break with Andrew Hoomook when an ice storm hit the east. From Atlanta north into TN, roads were closed for three days. We ended up grabbing a room for two nights in Cold-lanta to try and wait out some of the nastiness. At one point for several miles, we were slowed to almost idle speed to keep from sliding off the ice covered roads. The conditions occurred because a layer of rain froze on the road was followed by freezing rain falling on top. I saw numerous cars blown off the road by wind, people losing control and being stranded in ditches, and semi tractor trailers barrelling down the road at speeds well above the rest of traffic. It was frightening to say the least.
#1. Hurricane Andrew, 1992 – Thank the Lord I did not directly experience the wind of Hurricane Andrew. That weekend, my mom and I were in Cleveland, TN helping Travis get moved into his dorm for his freshman year at Lee University and my dad evacuated with Ron Cable (one of the HCOG church members who was working at Turkey Point with Bechtel, down temporarily from Fresno, CA). They evacuated west to Punta Gorda, FL and then traveled east to Central FL on the east coast, and followed the tailed end of the hurricane as it exited the state across Naples and into the Gulf. I stayed up all night Sunday evening at my cousins’ home in Atlanta watching the weather channel as the radar image showed that destructive storm land in Homestead while the weather people were stating that it was heading for Titusville, then Palm Beach County, and the Miami. I kept thinking they must be blind since I could clearly see that it made a direct hit south of Miami, and had been on a straight line for Homestead since it went across the Bahamas. When we made our entrance to Homestead with our family friend David Barron (he was there to help us dry in the house and salvage anything from the mess that we possibly could), it took us a couple hours just to make it the 30 or so miles from near the airport in Miami south into Homestead itself via Florida’s Turnpike. The best way to describe the damage in Homestead was ground zero of a massive bomb. The few trees that were not toppled were completely stripped of leaves, every home in our neighborhood was practically destroyed, cars were destroyed, all mobile home/pre fab homes were flattened and debris strewn everywhere, many roads completely impassable by car, boats were found miles inland, and even the grass was destroyed by driving wind and salt water tidal surge (in areas). We slept on a picnic bench outside the house for a couple nights since the house was covered with fiberglass insulation and rain water. The contents of Travis’ room was sucked out when his shutters failed, and my room was soaked from rain which fell through the destroyed roof. We were without power for 4 months, though we did have generated power for some lighting and refrigeration a few weeks into our recovery. It really was a tough but learning time for me, though I know I had it good compared to so many other people. At a later time, I can go into more details of the events, experiences, sad and funny things I saw and did during that defining time in the life of my family. I am sure my dad also has many stories to share that you may find fascinating.
What a wretched week/weekend for South Florida sports, especially football.
The Hurricanes were downgraded to a mere Tropical Depression by the Yellow Jackets running attack. Prior to the game, a GT fan said that Miami was going to be runn all over Thursday because of two coaching mistakes Shannon was making. #1. He instructed the players to swarm to the ball. Against this offense, it’s important to play assignment football, and the swarm mentality will leave players out of position, in overpersuit, and susceptible to misdirection. #2. Shannon instructed the players to tackle high in order to create turnovers. This mistake would cause players to be run over by the large RB HB/FB, QB, and WR’s who are operating this triple option. Miami needed to get lower than the O-Line and ball carriers to keep from getting run over, through, or having tackles broken. Both of these predictions came true and Miami gave up the most yards on the ground since 1944, the second most in school history. You just cannot give up 450 yards total, much less on the ground and expect anything less than a complete embarrassment. Strangely enough, the Canes are still in contention for an ACC championship depending on the outcome of VT’s upcoming match up, GT’s next game, and their own game against NC St.
As for the Dolphins, it was a fun game until late 3rd/early 4th Quarter. The Wildcat was tamed overall, but Pennington had a fine game scoring 3 passing TD’s. NE is now in second place in the division at 7-4, Miami falls back to 6-5 and has a tough road to a possible playoff birth.
In pickem, I was the only picker to pick the greatest pick of the week. I called NY Jets to beat the Titans, thank you very much.
In fantasy football, there will be another shake up. Unless Mason Crosby scores 30 points for me tonight (hahahaha), I am going to lose due to my own trade. It’s ok, I would still have traded Turner, but this week his 36 points beat me. I hit a buzz saw named the Turkey Buzzards who just a few weeks ago were winless. Now the Buzzards are going to have 3 wins in a row and have the week’s high score. I also made a mistake starting Denver on D and benching Thomas Jones who also had a big week.
Stand by until tomorrow for the Fantasy Football Report.
-Thanks to Chris for the cold weather alert. This chill we have had for the last 4 days has been great.
-Global warming is a funny thing. When it gets hot, they say it’s global warming (makes sense). When it gets unseasonably cold, they say it’s global warming. When it rains a lot, you guessed it! When it’s dry, that’s global warming too. When there are record frequency and strength, they say that’s from global warming. But don’t forget, we just had record low activity, so I guess that’s global warming too.
-Max loves the cool air. When I let him out, the cool air hits him and he just has to run. I guess he’s enjoying this global warming.
-I have a doctor’s appointment this morning. I’m actually at the doctor right now. Gotta get some updates on my BP and my weight.
-I’m doing OK on my nutritional plan. So far, I’m down 20 pounds since about July.
-Next week I have a planned cheat day or two because saying no to my mom’s cornbread dressing, sausage balls, and broccoli casserole will be almost impossible.
-I’ll probably hang out with my brother, Kelly, mom, and dad tonight for the big game. Miami has a tough game tonight against Georgia Tech that they pretty much must win. A win means we are one game against NC State from the ACC championship, probably a rematch against FSU.
-Marcela and I are watching 24 on DVD. We are at the end of season 2 right now. We’re trying to catch up with the whole series to date.
-I gave up double time on Thanksgiving and Black Friday via trade. So my schedule for the next week is that I work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then I get the next 5 days after that off.
-I may go spend a couple of days in the keys with Marcela, but one thing I have to do is take Marcela to a couple stores on Black Friday to grab a few DVD’s and maybe a few other items.
-Since it’s another weekend of work, I will see some of you guys next weekend at both Homestead and Plantation Key. I love being part of Life Pointe!
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- What can be said about living in South Florida this time of the year? The weather is absolutely beautiful, the sun is bright, the air is fresh, and the temperature is perfect. I love it.
- With all the talk we have had over the past few years about man made global warming and increased hurricane activity, we have now had two years of extremely low hurricane activity in the northern hemisphere, the lowest in 30 years. We have also had record low temps for this time of the year all over the globe, and even in our back yard.
- My washer kicked the bucket. Brandsmart USA has to send someone out to fix it. I hardly ever buy the extended warantee on my appliances and electronics, but that was one item I decided it would be a good idea to purchase it for. It’s covered.
- There are some great opportunities that may be coming open for me soon. It would have an effect on my schedule, which should mean that I can be at church every weekend. I pray that it works out.
- Tonight I have to be at work and I don’t get back until the weeeeeeeee hours of the morning.
- Maximus is a funny little guy. We still have not decided when we are going to have him clipped, but he is a big fluffy ball of soft hair. He doesn’t really run, but he sort of hops around like a rabbit. Every now and then, he gets a big burst of energy and just takes off through the house weaving through all the furniture in and out of all the rooms downstairs.
- I went to Lou’s this past weekend and picked up a new Glock, and I think I am going to get a Mossberg 500 next week. That should be enough for a while.
- The Hurricanes are playing some decent football now, and so are the Dolphins. There is some real talk of the Dolphins making a run at the playoffs which would have seemed impossible last year. At 4-4, they are favored to win again this week. So far they have been beating the best teams on the schedule and losing to the worst. The Canes are looking at the possibility of a decent bowl game, maybe a run at the conference championship. It did not even look possible after losing two conference games. But the ACC does not have a dominant team, and they don’t exactly have a doormat either. Any team could beat another any week, it seems. That leaves for a competitive race.
- The Citizen Cane fantasy football squad has a tough game this week. As of now, I am projected to win by one point. We shall see.
- My property taxes in Homestead have gone up considerably. The state passes a doubling of the homestead exemption, and Homestead passed a tax increase because they know we are paying less. That’s just lousy.
- I really enjoyed service down in the Keys on Sunday. I’m sorry I won’t get to be at the launch, but I will be there in a week from Sunday. It’s not exactly the theater, but it is a blast. It was cool hanging out after church and looking at the football scores. See you in a week and a half!
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This week’s EIB award for Excellence In Blogging has to go to one man. This post summarizes the week and this season. But first, a couple posts that were so close!
Jesse’s getting the word out, there are 3 services, cafe con leche for early birds, and wear your chucks! I love the pics too.
Rebecca lets us in on how God is moving on campus.
The winner of the EIB award goes to…
Billy Finch for his on target assessment of this year’s hurricane season!
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As you can see, the current models are pretty much in agreement that the storm will either hit Cuba, go between Cuba and the Keys, or hit the lower Keys directly. We are anything but out of the woods yet, but I feel better this evening than I did this morning.
- Total domination of an inferior opponent. There is not much more that can be said.
- There wasn’t much to learn about this game, other than that the Canes can beat a really bad opponent. 52-7 was the final score.
- I can’t say the offense or defense looked great, because the talent level was so completely divergent. The best thing is that penalties were relatively low throughout the first half. The game was never close. We did what we had to.
- We will have to wait until next week to see if we can even hang with the elite class this year.
- Parking was ridiculously expensive. $25 is too much to pay for general parking to see a lousy college football game. If it was a great opponent, it would be a little easier to swallow. I guess I am used to the $5 park and ride at the Orange Bowl.
- I miss the Orange Bowl. It was very strange watching a regular season game in Joe Robbie, er Dolphin Stadium.
- It was great to hang out with Oral and Lee.
- I am just about in full swing politically now, having followed the true story of the Beijing Olympics, and now watching the Democrats in Denver. Things will be getting interesting… for me anyway.
- Last night, I watched old Slick Willy AKA President Clinton light up the crowd in Denver. His speech stated that he would be supporting Obama, but I missed any details (other than that he is a Democrat) why anyone else should vote FOR Obama. I heard exactly what I expected to hear. “When I was president, everything was great, the country was great, the economy was great, the world loved us” etc. What I didn’t hear was,”Obama is the best man for the job because _____________________.” You will have to fill in the blank, because I don’t think “community organizer” or law professor is a good enough reason.
- Biden’s speech was pretty good, but I did feel that it went from a heart warming piece into an attempt to paint John McCain as a poor choice. Unfortunately, when Biden or any Democrat starts talking foreign affairs in a dangerous world, people start to think long and hard about who they want as commander in chief. When he mentioned Russia/Georgia, the crowd died. Fair or unfair, Democrats are not perceived as being strong enough to lead us in the world when there are rough times.
- Biden’s speech didn’t connect with the crowd, certainly not the way Bill Clinton’s did. At this point, Obama’s bounce shouldn’t be astronomical, though I assure you he will get a bounce. John McCain should announce sometime tomorrow around 11 AM who he has selected for VP. My dad is predicting Romney.
- On to other stuff. Tonight is the opening game of the season for the Hurricanes. You will see me up at Joe Robbie…. er, Dolphin Stadium to watch the Canes get a little practice in against Charleston Southern. If we make 10 wins this year, it will be extremely successful. It’s sad how expectations have fallen recently.
- It’s lobster season and I am still trying to get out. Monday night looks really good! Snook season starts that night too, so maybe we can grab a slot and some bugs.
- I called the park ranger to ask how many bug we get, and when he said 60 each person I was ecstatic. Then I realized he said “six to each person” and I was back to reality. 🙂 That was for Brian, if he is reading.
- If you are interested in politics and especially from the point of view of a great American young man who is in living in exile from Cuba, check out Roberto Reports. He has some good things to say and just recently started blogging.
- Things are going to be changing up at LPC soon! As of September 14, we will be going to 3 services on Sunday morning: 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, and 11:00 AM all in the same Pier 2 at Flagship Cinemas at the Campbell Drive exit of Florida’s Turnpike. I will be at all three, but I will see you guys at the 8:30, right? 🙂
- O’course I will be working this week, so I won’t get to be at the theater Sunday morning. But, I will see you next weekend, I garooooontee!
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