September 11th, 2017

Hurricane Irma has come and gone. We spent our Friday setting up sand bags at our back door and securing our grill closer indoors. Sarah and I then settled in for the evening. The air was nice and cool, there was a soft breeze, you’d hardly notice there was a category 4 hurricane headed your way.

Saturday, we did what two home bodies would do, we slept in, watched some TV, I played some Destiny 2, and cooked some of our perishable food. Irma was just starting to make landfall in Florida, still category 4.

Sunday morning, I woke up around 6am for no apparent reason. I then booted up my MacBook Pro and set up a weather stream. I had a camera facing out our window with a current weather radar showing the area, the local weather conditions, and the reported conditions of Irma. The stream lasted a whole 11 hours before we finally lost power. After getting the stream running, I played a little more Destiny 2 (by the way, I’m really enjoying it, I might go into more detail at some point). It had been alternating between raining very lightly a little heavily all day, and eventually we had the idea to take a nap. Finally, around 8pm, the power went out. By 10pm, we made our way out to our front porch and watched the storm with our neighbor and his dad. We even got to watch green flashes of light illuminate the sky every time lightning struck electrical equipment. It was very twilight-zone-y. By about midnight, I was feeling tired again, so we had made a go at going back to sleep.

It’s really difficult to sleep in complete silence. Especially when you’re used to having some form of white noise. The howl of the wind, and the noises from the dogs kept me up and down all night. Around 2am, I finally was completely asleep. Then again, 5am rolled around, and I was wide awake again. It was quiet, too quiet. We were in the eye. Naturally, I got up, got dressed, and went outside to check it out.

Eventually, we got back to sleep with the peace of knowing what our neighborhood looked like. Around noon we got out of bed and moseyed the dogs outside for another walk. On our way back to the house, we noticed that one of the houses had a light on outside. Then, people started popping out of their houses to exclaim “WE’VE GOT POWER!”

Due to all the damage outside our little neighborhood, neither of us really have work tomorrow, still. I hope everyone is safe and doing well.

Hurricane Matthew

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.