Thursday, September 4, 2008

It's that time of year again!

I'm not talking football, or the final NASCAR cup races that will determine who this year's champion is going to be. I'm talking hurricanes.

The last couple of years we've been lucky along the Carolina coast and haven't had to deal with the "is it going to hit us or is it going to miss us" question (and I do recognize our luck has been the gulf coast states and Florida's bad luck). The reason that question is relevant is because we have property along the coast and when a storm gets too close we need to take our boat and jetski out of the water, pull up the pier and empty out the fridge, in case we lose power.

Hanna looks weak, disorganized and not much of a threat. But she will still push a bunch of water up the river, which causes our pier to float up and our boat to slosh around in the boat house. So, as is always the case about 48 hours prior to landfall, the seemlingly endless phone calls and conversations that lead to nowhere begin.

Every single person in my hubby's family owns his/her own business. Contrary to popular belief that when you own your own business you can set your own schedule and leave when you want to leave, the opposite is usually true. Trying to arrange it so we have enough people (men who can lift the pier) and drivers (some who can drive the boat, some who can drive the truck and trailer) usually ends up being a major production.

But I think we have it all worked out for today and in about an hour we'll head to the coast to do our annual thing. The good news is: the sun is shining, the storm is still far off, the water isn't pushing the pier up as we're standing on it trying to unscrew it from the stringers, the wind isn't blowing so badly we can hardly get the boat out of the boathouse without beating it on the sides, and there isn't a driving rain that stings like crazy when it hits you. You can guess how I know about all of those scenarious! lol

I'll keep you posted, and honestly, Hanna isn't the one we're worried about. Very few of the hurricane prediction models show Ike turning back out to sea, so it appears that someone is going to have to deal with that storm in the next week or so. And that won't be pretty.

Peace and Love,


John said...

Go Harvick !!

Liza said...

Your site looks really great! Hope you have a safe and wonderful time in SC.

Alannah Lynne said...

Umm....John, think I should let you know I'm a huge Mark Martin fan. And I'll never forget how Harvick stole that Daytona win from Mark last year! lol

I think the end of that race took 10 years off my life. I can only imagine how Mark felt!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hey Liza!!

Thanks for dropping by. Glad you like the site!!