Break on through to the other side....

10:25 AM Sep 27, 2004by Rob Ritchie

Hi folks,

Well, we made it through another storm. Every storm is different, as I'm learning. This time, though the wind was much worse in Orlando than with Frances, inexplicably, we didn't lose power or phone at the house, though this locally-hosted web server took a (short) hit.

My in-laws are without power (again) so this time, we're the designated hot-shower and laundry spot for the family.

My heart goes out to all those folks on the east coast who have taken another pounding from Ma Nature. Those poor people, watching their rubble wash into the sea....

We in Orlando were lucky that the storm took so long to turn northwards; on Saturday, they were predicting that Jeanne would come right up the middle of the state, but it didn't. While we didn't get the eye of the storm, we did get sustained hurricane winds for about 12 hours straight, which I can tell you is a nerve-wracking experience. However, having power made all the difference.

The only (additional) damage occurred when a large branch fell out of a neighbor's tree and smashed a bit of fencing. The branch was only about 12 feet long, and I went out in the evening and cut it up with my chainsaw and pulled it out of the driveway.

11:01 PM Sep 25, 2004

by Rob Ritchie

Yom Kippur

5:03 PM Sep 25, 2004by Rob Ritchie

Today is Yom Kippur, a day when observant Jews refrain from, among other things, commerce and watching television.

On the radio yesterday, I heard a spokesman for a local Jewish group expressing concern that some people may not take the steps necessary to prepare for a hurricane out of a feeling of religious obligation.

I hope that everyone sees to their own safety this weekend; and that the distraction of wind and rain doesn't interfere with their devotions.

Here we go again!

10:55 AM Sep 25, 2004by Rob Ritchie

It looks like this one will be roaring into Central Florida mid-day on Sunday, with tropical storm winds all day.

We're really getting tired of all this, of course. I don't know what'll happen, but I do know one thing I won't do.