Monday, August 25, 2008

Waterlogged

Whoever named Florida the "Sunshine State", never lived here during hurricane season. Which, for all you Yankees, is from June 1st through November 30th. That's six months out of the year! Boomerang Fay, or Fickle Fay as some have called her, dropped about 1 inch of rain per HOUR in Jacksonville. In fact, today was the first day in a week that we saw sun. I squinted out the door at lunch and asked the receptionist, "What is this strange feeling I'm getting in my eyes?" "I believe what you're feeling is called sunshine," she replied. Then the sky cracked open and rained on my parade.

While I was sitting on my ass watching the BBC on Friday, Hoop was working on beach side. You know, the worst freakin' place to be during a tropical storm. It wasn't until there were several tornado warnings reported in the area that his boss let them go home. Even then, it was against the corporate office's wishes. Corporate wanted them to stay and work. Because, according to them, the workers were just as safe there as anywhere else. What the hell is wrong with America? Once Hoop got back, we busied ourselves with a few rounds of Wii bowling... and completely missed the warning of a tornado in our own area.

About a mile from our house is a river called Black Creek. I'm guessing it was just a wee river when it was named. I used to envy all the expensive houses on the water, with their elaborate docks and pricey boats. I don't anymore. Some of those people might have to LIVE on their boats when this is through. Hoop and I took a drive down there yesterday. One out of every five houses has a "For Sale" sign in the yard. Yeah... Good-luck with that, buddy. Anyone want some rain? I have tons, cheap. In fact, I'll pay you to take it all off my hands. How can you refuse such a deal?

Inquiring Minds Want To Know:
I got the chocolate covered sunflower seeds from
Fiwa, who I believe got them from World Market. The Skullcandy earbuds came from Target. They were available in all kinds of hot colors, including Rasta! I highly recommend them. They're super comfy as well as cute.

How was your weekend? Dryer, I hope.

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26 Comments:

At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Knight said...

I have been imagining myself in Hoop's position and when they said I was just as safe at work I think I might reply, "Is my bitter, angry face really the last thing you want to see before a tornado hits?"

Holy crap, Rasta? How could you pass that up?

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger gary rith said...

OH TINK!!! I have it: spend the summer in sunny NY with us Yankees, then us Yankees can spend the winter sleeping in your living room, while the blizzards blow?
Take care of yourself.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with America when most of the world get an automatic 45 days of vacation per year and we are lucky if we get close to a week. . . . Throw in some bad weather and what do you mean you want to go home b/c your house is flooding? Nothing you can do about it now; it's already flooding. . . Tornadoes? Pfffft. That's child's play - did I ever tell you about the time I had the Asian Bird flu while I twisted a twister? No? It was back when I had to walk 10 miles to work in a blizzard every day & a tornado . . . .

I'm just sayin'.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Lisa said...

I hear ya!! Im in southern Florida and I swear it has rained everyday since the beginning of July. And now Gustav is on its way. From June to September it should be the Rainsoaked State. Ugh, Im so over this!!

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger fiwa said...

Those boomerang hurricains are so bad because they just keep dumping the rain. One of those hit Galveston when I was a kid - people in our neighborhood were sitting on their rooftops - inches from the water - waiting to be rescued by army nat'l guard.

I'm glad Hoop's company FINALLY let him go home.

And yessum - the chocolate covered sunflower seeds did indeed come from Cost Plus/World Market. Who woulda thought those would cause such an uproar?

Take care of you -
fiwa

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Peggy said...

Wii Bowling is awesome! Did you know that once your profile gets over 1000 points you become a Pro-bowler and you get a sparkley ball? I know this because I am a Wii Pro-bowler!!! (you're impressed, aren't you)

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger furiousBall said...

Are you near Amelia Island? You mentioned Jax'ville, so I assume you might be. We did a vacation there and it was awesome, first time my son saw the ocean. Lots of rain too.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

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At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

I used to work for a company that had an attitude similar to Hoop's bosses. One time get got like 20 inches of snow and they were all like "OMG these next few days are the most important days in the history of the world and if every single person isn't present at work the whole company will be destroyed!! Don't close down!! Not even for a day!"

Then all the top bosses went home cause it was getting icy where they were too.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Fortune Cookies said...

I'm glad Hoop finally got to go home, to safety. There is something truly wrong here in America when our workers are expected to be at work in hazardous conditions to prevent the profit margin from falling any. sad really.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger the planet of janet said...

glad hoop got home ok. that's crazy weird that they make them stay.

i was thinkin', tho, that perhaps we could arrange a trade. we sure could use some of that rain, and i bet you would enjoy our 110-degree weather.

 
At 25 August, 2008, OpenID kcinnova said...

Hi, Tink! Glad you and Hoop are both okay. I've been worried about you!
Bosses seem to have trouble remembering that employees have lives outside of work.

I've taken my chances thrice over and gone to FL during hurricane season. The second time, we got caught in a tremendous rainstorm on Alligator Alley...this was back when it was 2 lanes, not divided. YIKES! And the baby was crying in the backseat most of the way.

My uncle & his fam still live in the Jax area; my grandfather lived in Boca Raton, and my dad used to live in Naples (his toilets would back up with too much rain, because he was on septic). None of them were in fancy houses on canals, though.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Whew! Glad you guys made it through ok and aren't visiting Oz now... :)

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Reb said...

Glad to hear you are both safe.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Maggie said...

i'll bet that if those corporate doo doo heads were anywhere near the warnings, you'd see the fastest moving person in your life as they ran for their helicopter lift out of the area.

Glad you're ok.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Dianne said...

Hoop's boss just plain sucks!

Glad you're both OK

I just saw Jay's vlog about his package hehehe and I came to tell you how awesome you are. I especially love the bowling game - everyone who went to Catholic school should have one! would save hours of therapy.

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Dana said...

Glad you are both OK even though Hoop's corporate office are IDIOTS!

 
At 25 August, 2008, Blogger Michael Knight Rambo said...

Hurricanes suck, and have very little value- except to religious nuts who use them to justify property damage as an act of a vengeful God.
Glad to see y'all are safe though.
Try to stay dry, okay?

 
At 25 August, 2008, Anonymous SgtTwisty said...

One of the things we've effed up over here is that we have gone away from family first. Then corporate America came in and took over... Then greed set in and started messing things up even more! Our holidays are nothing else but spending racing around on spending sprees. We don't know how to chill out any more. Everyone is racing around and for what?? I say we revolt!! But a revolution of relaxation and good times! Just like "the good old days!"

 
At 26 August, 2008, Blogger mrspao said...

Hoop's company really ought to send their executives over to you when there is a hurricane about to hit so they can see first hand how they feel when their lives are in danger.

What is wrong with the world!

I am really glad that you are both safe though.

 
At 26 August, 2008, Anonymous emily said...

Hey! I saw that glowing ball in the sky yesterday too! It was wonderful - until the storms came and lasted the rest of the day.

Also, I think you and I have a lot of the same "stomping ground"! I love this small world!

 
At 26 August, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...

I thought of you on and off all weekend...sorry you're waterlogged, but I'm glad you're okay.

 
At 26 August, 2008, Blogger rudecactus said...

Damn Fay! Hope you guys dry out soon.

 
At 26 August, 2008, Blogger LL said...

I'll take all the rain you want to send this way... seriously.

And Gary seems to have stumbled upon a great idea, methinks...

 
At 26 August, 2008, Blogger womaninawindow said...

Fur real! We should all be able to choose where we're gonna die. I sure as hell would take the Wii over the office!

 
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