Hiya, Raisinettes, from sunny Fort Lauderdale! Sorry for being away, but we’ve been kinda busy down here.
I just happen to live in the lucky spot this time around. Usually, when a dog spits, the power goes out here. After Wilma, we didn’t have power for 2 weeks. My neighbors across the street have no power, and neither do the ones south of here.
I might be a bit scarce around here for a while. I have houseguests. My sister’s house has no power, so she’s here with Honeybear (a/k/a Boobear) the Catahoula and Pudgie the pug. Macho the puggle doesn’t know what’s going on in his place, but he’s happy to see his sister and brother. Not sure how long it will be for, so check in every once in a while.
We got off remarkably easy down here. Lots and lots and lots of tree branches all over the place. However, the buildings appear to be intact. Irma dented my car and broke both taillights. I had to order them online, and they won’t be here for a week, so no driving for me. Luckily, my sister has her car here. I get transportation, and she gets air conditioning. Sounds fair, right?
I opened the door from time to time to watch the storm in real time. Nothing else can make you feel so small. The rain came down in sheets. The wind, however, was the most awe-inspiring. It made thick branches on trees that have been here for decades look like spaghetti. It was horrifying and amazing at the same time.
Now that the storm is over, I have seen the best in people. A wire strung across an entire street so the people in the condo on one side of the street can plug into a condo on this side and have some lights. The ones who have electricity are offering meals, water, ice or anything else that is needed to those who don’t.
I am very grateful for that last wobble that sent the worst of Irma in the other direction. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like in the Keys and on the other coast. My heart goes out to the people who lost so much. I wish them safely and solace.
Mmmmmwwaaahhhhh to all!!!
P.S. A huge FUCK YOU! to the climate deniers in Congress and the White House.