It’s Thursday, and my first week back at work is already over, due to a little storm known as Hurricane Matthew.

Leading up to today, this week’s been pretty easy-going, the weather’s been amazing, and I feel like I’ve been able to accomplish a fair amount of work, even. Coming back from a long vacation is never easy, but fortunately, this week was Customer Service Week, so there was a lot of things to distract us from our work, which, to be honest, is a bit odd considering that our collective objective is to serve the customers, and we can’t exactly do that when we’re being distracted by games and activities.

Either way, I had a lot of fun, and I feel as though it really helped bring our team closer, and especially make our newest member feel welcome, I hope at least. Granted, within her first week, she got to travel on a pretty awesome marketing shoot that I missed out on because I was on vacation, so I’m sure things are looking up.

Anyway, the storm.

Being that I’m on the west coast of north-central Florida, I will be affected by the storm, but not as much as those on the east coast. The projections for the storm appear to have Matthew loop around and come back. By then, it will have weakened, most likely, and then fizzle out, most likely as soon as it makes landfall for the second time. Of course, there is the possibility of it going straight up the east coast into the Carolinas. Some say that there’s a chance that it’ll turn and head more up the middle of Florida, but I highly doubt that, based on the National Hurricane Center’s projections, the course that it’s already set on, and my own common sense (which I’m sure means a whole heck of a lot to you, but just trust me on this), the eye of Matthew will stay to the east of Florida.

All things considered, though, it wouldn’t hurt to still be stocked up on food, water, gasoline, propane, charcoal, and whatever you and your family needs for survive at least a few days.

On a slightly different note: I believe that Governor Rick Scott’s “This storm will kill you” statement was a little too much. While, yes, the hurricane is dangerous and people should heed to evacuation orders, making heavy statements like that do nothing but incite panic. While some believe that panic is what we need, it does NOT help at all. We need the evacuees to leave calmly and quickly. Panic will only make them rush and not think straight, car accidents will happen, roads will get bogged down, panic increases, then who knows what happens. Panic could also incite robberies, fights, and even riots, with the dwindling amounts of essential supplies.

Then again, I am not a psychologist, a politician, or a meteorologist, I’m just a guy with a blog. Stay tuned either on here, my Twitter, or my Instagram for updates on this craziness.

My heart and mind go out to all those who are trying to make their way away from the storm, and especially those who have already been affected.