Timely Hurricane Hints from Crackerboy, who’s been there and done that.

Timely Hurricane Hints from someone who’s been there and done that:

FIRST: DO NOT RUN GENERATORS INSIDE THE HOUSE OR IN THE GARAGE, PERIOD. Every storm, someone dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, and usually takes someone else with them. Now that you’ve read this, there’s NO EXCUSE.

SECOND: Don’t use your phone to stream movies and similar stuff. Bandwidth will be jammed for days. Text whenever possible, rather than calling by voice. It will keep the phone system open for emergencies. Even cell systems get clogged up. Texts are more likely to go through anyway.

You can charge your phone in the car (watch your gas; the motor doesn’t have to be running if you have a decent battery). You can also charge it from a Universal Power Supply after unplugging it from the wall and unplugging the computer and printer, etc. It won’t run them long, but it will charge a phone several times even if the UPS (APC) is pretty old.

Other stuff:

1. When prep is finished, BE SURE to take a good shower before the hot water dies. It will probably be your last warm one for several days. Believe it! This storm will take down trees and power lines all over the state of FL, and most likely in GA and SC too.

2. If you’re at the store, pick up some Woolite or other cold-water washing detergent. No power = no washing machine and no laundromat. In a pinch, use liquid hand soap or TINY amounts of dish detergent. Did I say TINY amounts?

3. You will need hand sanitizer, too. Lots. Your water supply may be compromised. You can still use it to wash, but use sanitizer afterward. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA WHERE FOLKS USE SEPTIC TANKS. Water leached from septic tanks by flooding can contaminate both surface water and wells.

Halazone tablets or 5 drops of Tincture of Iodine to one quart of water, shaken and allowed to sit for an hour, will get the nasties out of your water if needed. Use 10 drops if the water is cloudy.

You can filter crud out of the water through a microfiber towel, doubled paper towel, or coffee filter, but it will not purify the water; just makes it look better. ONLY A REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM will purify water without adding chemicals as mentioned above.

4. Remember: NO COMBUSTION LIKE CHARCOAL FIRES OR CANNED HEAT WITHOUT VENTILATION. Not likely, given there’ll be no A/C, but it needs mentioning.

5. Get some dead tree books, or charge up your e-reader. You need to keep your phone charged for emergencies. Don’t read on it unless you have lots of backup charging available. Turn your screen to the lowest usable level. It uses more of your battery than anything else on the phone. Use the kill feature on your phone to put unneeded apps to sleep.

If you have apps on your phone that are eating up power, just uninstall them for the duration, then reinstall later. You probably don’t need them, anyway. Yes, even Facebook!

6. Don’t depend on cooking or heating, and certainly not on refrigeration. Canned beans taste fine with a little vinegar and spices and there are lots of foods that you’d normally heat up that are just fine cold, like canned corn and packaged custards, Spam, some sausages and cheeses, and so forth. Use your imagination. Shop accordingly.

7. This is a great time to get to know your neighbors. Many hands make light work. Just before hurricane Wilma, everyone on our floor got together and pooled our perishables we had on hand for a huge feast! It was incredible fun, and we all bonded more than we had in the previous several years.

8. Try not to bitch. It brings you down, and everyone around you. If you can’t lighten up, talk to one person about it and get it out of your system.

More info at the NOAA site.



What is it with this guy Trump…

…and why is the Republican Party continuing to put up with him?  He’s embarrassed the whole country in front of the rest of the world, handed China the keys to becoming the world’s leader, insulted whole religions (not to mention some of the largest ethnic groups in the world), made a travesty of his office, and lied so often that if you find it necessary for me to give examples, you’ve been drinking so much drool-aid that you wouldn’t believe them anyway.

AND, he’s taking stuff away from the very people who elected him: jobs (regardless of what he says, job creation is down), income (check out the budget revisions carefully), health care, educational opportunities…

The list goes on and on, not to mention the way his immaturity, low self-esteem, impulsiveness and senility are rapidly leading us toward another war.  And this one will be even less winnable than the laughable “war” on terror, and potentially far more deadly. Keep in mind that wars are fought by the poor, not by the rich who start them.

I think what upsets me most about this whole thing is that many of these things were obvious waaaay before the election, and it wasn’t difficult to project them onto the office of President under The Donald.  The fact that 46% of the popular vote went to the man speaks volumes about the way the electorate has been dumbed down by slanted newscasts, slanted posts on social media, and the general lack of civics education over the past forty or so years.

In fairness, when people have been denied the opportunity to learn about how government works, they can hardly be expected to recognized overblown promises and/or downright lies when they hear them.  On the other hand, there’s ignorance, and then there’s willful ignorance.  The first is excusable, the second unforgivable.  If a person needs to participate in an important endeavor, it is up to them to make sure they have all the information they need to do it properly, not just the stuff force-fed to them by media and religious leaders who have their own agendas unrelated to reality and truth.

The folks who elected this maniac are going to pay big time for their mistakes.  Unfortunately, the rest of us will be paying right along with them.

Revenge Is A Meal Best Enjoyed Cold

How would they know the secrets of the wetlands?

It must have seemed good sense to drain the swamps,
The marshes, sloughs, and other secret places.
For surely they appeared to be land wasted
On snakes, sawgrass, and other useless things.

They would have missed the wonders hidden there,
The rich detritus feeding tiny creatures
Who became meals themselves to feed the larger
Creatures who were surely of no value.

How would they know the secrets of the wetlands?
Why, even if the people there had told them
What did they know, those bands of savage stragglers,
All fugitives, and ignorant of progress?

Thus, everglades and swamps made way for suburbs,
Canals, toll roads and malls, airports and farmland.
Now all must vie for water become precious
Where once it seemed the wetlands stretched forever.

Professors prowl remains of once great systems
Describing remnants in scholastic volumes,
While Seminoles and Miccosukees get rich
Off gambling, booze and cigarettes for tourists.