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30 Things Hurricanes Teach Us

30 Things Hurricanes Teach Us
1. An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up.
2. When house hunting look for closets with lots of leg room.
3. Water from the shower is much colder than water from the kitchen sink--and tastes just as bad.
4. AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need (batteries)
5. The four-way stop is still an ingenious reflection of civility.
7. Radio can be the best way to watch television.
8. Chain-saw wielding men are nothing to be afraid of.
9. SUV's are the best makeshift tents on the market.
10. You can use your washing machine as a cooler.
11. It's your God given right to sit on your back porch and eat Chinese takeout by candlelight in your underwear.
12. We shouldn't complain about "useless" tools in the garage-- we actually DO need a generator .
13. You can' t spell "priceless" without I-C-E.
14. Downed power lines make excellent security systems.
15. Lakes can generate waves.
16. Gasoline is a value at any price
17. Cell phones: Breaking up isn't hard to do.
18. The life blood of any disaster recovery is COFFEE
19. The need for your dog to go out and take care of business is inversely proportional to the severity of the storm.
20. Candlelight is better than Botox--- it takes years off your appearance
21. Air Conditioning: BEST. INVENTION. EVER.
22. Water is a comfort food. But 3-day-old Cheetos are too.
23. Shadow animals on the wall---still fun.
24. No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive.
25. You should never admit to having power at your house in the presence of co-workers or neighbors who do not.
26. There's a plus to having NOTHING in the refrigerator.
27. Getting through the day should be an Olympic event.
28. The movie theater can be a most pleasant place, even if the feature is Alien vs. Predator
29. Somebody's got it worse.
30. Somebody's got it better. Obviously, they're getting preferential treatment.

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Location: Colorado
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30 Things Hurricanes Teach Us

Nice. I lived on the gulf coast for awhile and "hurricane season" was somewhat of a culture shock for me. I never encountered a hurricane during my time there, but it was amazing to me how people talked about the latest machinations of such-and-such storm that was still out at sea. Would it come closer, where would it hit, historical accounts, etc. It was like the daily news on your favorite sports team, tossed about over lunch. People compared dates in their lives relative to significant hurricanes.

Me: When did you get married, Stan?
Stan: Well, lets see that was before Such-and-Such Storm, but before Such-and-Such, so it must have been around '65, no maybe '66....

I guess that's not much different than folks talking about blizzards around here, but of course hurricanes are far more destructive and wrenching.

Location: AZ
Joined: 07/06/2004
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30 Things Hurricanes Teach Us

i was out in D.C. when Isabell knocked power out for about a week then a year later here i am on the MS gulf coast adn getting to sit in a shelter on base becasue of Ivan

we're moving to tucson, AZ in about 3 weeks...if a hurricane big enough to come up over the mountains and "get us" there, i'm gonna find the most land-locked piece of land in the world and live there!

it wouldn't be so partiularly scary for me, i've lived throught ump-teen different tornados, the high wind/damage doesn't scare me so much...it's the water. see, i have this problem- I. Can't. Swim!

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