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dgk
October 5th 16, 02:09 AM
Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.

And if we lose power for a few days, which is very likely, Mom and
Marlo will probably stay for a while. I'm thinking that we'll keep
Marlo (and Mom) in the spare bedroom, but I'll probably let Mom come
out. Marlo may just stay in that room since I'm not sure that I want
her mixing with the other cats, particularly Baby.

Naturally we have a bunch of food and water, and lots of batteries and
lanterns and stuff. I'm charging all the MP3 players and Kindles, and
I have a solar charger that will charge phones. I also have a jump
starter for the car that will charge cell phones so I can't think of
much else we can do. The laptop is charging but without internet it
won't be of too much use.

Well, that's the story. I'll try to check in tomorrow since the
hurricane shouldn't hit before Thursday, but if you don't hear from me
for a few days, you know why.

The New Other Guy
October 5th 16, 03:08 AM
On Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:09:14 -0400, dgk > wrote:

>Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
>indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
>while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
>Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
>since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
>Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.
>
>And if we lose power for a few days, which is very likely, Mom and
>Marlo will probably stay for a while.

I think you'll ALL be fine, and DON'T forget to have your cellphone
fully charged before the power goes out.

Joy[_3_]
October 5th 16, 07:40 AM
On 10/4/2016 6:09 PM, dgk wrote:
> Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
> indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
> while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
> Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
> since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
> Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.
>
> And if we lose power for a few days, which is very likely, Mom and
> Marlo will probably stay for a while. I'm thinking that we'll keep
> Marlo (and Mom) in the spare bedroom, but I'll probably let Mom come
> out. Marlo may just stay in that room since I'm not sure that I want
> her mixing with the other cats, particularly Baby.
>
> Naturally we have a bunch of food and water, and lots of batteries and
> lanterns and stuff. I'm charging all the MP3 players and Kindles, and
> I have a solar charger that will charge phones. I also have a jump
> starter for the car that will charge cell phones so I can't think of
> much else we can do. The laptop is charging but without internet it
> won't be of too much use.
>
> Well, that's the story. I'll try to check in tomorrow since the
> hurricane shouldn't hit before Thursday, but if you don't hear from me
> for a few days, you know why.

It sounds as though you all have a pretty rough time ahead. I hope it
turns out not to be as bad as it looks as though it might be.

Check in when you can, because we're all concerned. However, we
understand that it may not be possible for a while.

I hope you, your mother and all the cats weather the storm without too
much distress.

MaryL[_2_]
October 5th 16, 08:38 AM
On 10/4/2016 8:09 PM, dgk wrote:
> Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
> indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
> while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
> Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
> since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
> Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.
>
>
Good luck with everything. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope
everything goes well. It's a good idea to keep Marlo in a separate
room, and it sounds as if you are well prepared. Be sure to keep
flashlights close by so you can grab one in the dark, if needed. I was
without power twice from residual damage from hurricanes. It was
extremely hot, and I had some battery powered fans. They were a life
saver. Do you have anything like that available?

Please keep us updated, although I know from experience that you may
lose power.

MaryL

jmcquown[_2_]
October 5th 16, 04:54 PM
On 10/4/2016 9:09 PM, dgk wrote:
> Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
> indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
> while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
> Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
> since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
> Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.
>
> And if we lose power for a few days, which is very likely, Mom and
> Marlo will probably stay for a while. I'm thinking that we'll keep
> Marlo (and Mom) in the spare bedroom, but I'll probably let Mom come
> out. Marlo may just stay in that room since I'm not sure that I want
> her mixing with the other cats, particularly Baby.
>
> Naturally we have a bunch of food and water, and lots of batteries and
> lanterns and stuff. I'm charging all the MP3 players and Kindles, and
> I have a solar charger that will charge phones. I also have a jump
> starter for the car that will charge cell phones so I can't think of
> much else we can do. The laptop is charging but without internet it
> won't be of too much use.
>
> Well, that's the story. I'll try to check in tomorrow since the
> hurricane shouldn't hit before Thursday, but if you don't hear from me
> for a few days, you know why.
>
>
Best of luck! I'm in southern South Carolina. I've been watching the
Hurricane Matthew storm track. It's actually a pretty slow-moving
hurricane. Strong, but slow.

You, your mom and the cats, I worry about. And Marlo and your mom
sharing a room, they've sort of bonded; maybe less stressful for them
to share a room and keep the other cats out. While you keep an eye on
the storm. Be Safe!

Where I live in terms of the storm I think the government is
overreacting. The Governor issued an evacuation order today. The
schools are closed.

I'm looking at weather maps, looking outside. It's partly cloudy with a
chance of rain.

Satellite and graphic images, Hurricane Matthew is HUGE, yes. But it's
not expected to get anywhere near the South Carolina coast until Friday.
It's moving very slowly north/northeast at 9-10 MPH.

Buffy and I aren't going anywhere.

Jill

Bastette
October 5th 16, 09:17 PM
dgk wrote:

> Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
> indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
> while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
> Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
> since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
> Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.

> And if we lose power for a few days, which is very likely, Mom and
> Marlo will probably stay for a while. I'm thinking that we'll keep
> Marlo (and Mom) in the spare bedroom, but I'll probably let Mom come
> out. Marlo may just stay in that room since I'm not sure that I want
> her mixing with the other cats, particularly Baby.

> Naturally we have a bunch of food and water, and lots of batteries and
> lanterns and stuff. I'm charging all the MP3 players and Kindles, and
> I have a solar charger that will charge phones. I also have a jump
> starter for the car that will charge cell phones so I can't think of
> much else we can do. The laptop is charging but without internet it
> won't be of too much use.

> Well, that's the story. I'll try to check in tomorrow since the
> hurricane shouldn't hit before Thursday, but if you don't hear from me
> for a few days, you know why.

Ah, hurricane season. I forget how long ago you moved there, is this
your first autumn in FL? It sounds like you're very well prepared. And
I don't know how you connect to the Internet, but if you go through
a land line, you could still have access - electricity might go out, but
maybe not phones. On the other hand, if you have wireless inside your
house (like most people do), you'd need electricity for that.

I think it's very nice of you to let your mom come out of the spare
room from time to time. :)

Cat harmony purrs, and by "harmony" I don't mean singing the song of
their people.

Keep safe!

--
Joyce

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see
themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily
embarassed millionaires.
--John Steinbeck

Bastette
October 5th 16, 09:20 PM
jmcquown wrote:

> Best of luck! I'm in southern South Carolina. I've been watching the
> Hurricane Matthew storm track. It's actually a pretty slow-moving
> hurricane. Strong, but slow.

Isn't slow-moving a bad thing? Storms do a lot more damage when they
stop and hang out in an area for a while, than they would do if they just
kept moving by.

--
Joyce

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see
themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily
embarassed millionaires.
--John Steinbeck

jmcquown[_2_]
October 6th 16, 12:05 AM
On 10/5/2016 4:20 PM, Bastette wrote:
> jmcquown wrote:
>
> > Best of luck! I'm in southern South Carolina. I've been watching the
> > Hurricane Matthew storm track. It's actually a pretty slow-moving
> > hurricane. Strong, but slow.
>
> Isn't slow-moving a bad thing? Storms do a lot more damage when they
> stop and hang out in an area for a while, than they would do if they just
> kept moving by.
>
I dunno. I've lived here for years and never had to leave. Lots of the
neighbors packed up and left. I'm just sitting here looking at a whole
lot of nothing in terms of weather. It's not even raining but people
left in droves.

I'm prepared to hunker down; I always am. I'm less prepared to try to
figure out where the heck I'd actually *go* with a cat in tow. 100
miles inland to... where?

Jill

Bastette
October 6th 16, 01:45 AM
jmcquown wrote:

> On 10/5/2016 4:20 PM, Bastette wrote:
>> jmcquown wrote:
>>
>> > Best of luck! I'm in southern South Carolina. I've been watching the
>> > Hurricane Matthew storm track. It's actually a pretty slow-moving
>> > hurricane. Strong, but slow.
>>
>> Isn't slow-moving a bad thing? Storms do a lot more damage when they
>> stop and hang out in an area for a while, than they would do if they just
>> kept moving by.
>>
> I dunno. I've lived here for years and never had to leave. Lots of the
> neighbors packed up and left. I'm just sitting here looking at a whole
> lot of nothing in terms of weather. It's not even raining but people
> left in droves.

> I'm prepared to hunker down; I always am. I'm less prepared to try to
> figure out where the heck I'd actually *go* with a cat in tow. 100
> miles inland to... where?

Well, that's true. Years ago my mom and two sisters (and associated SO's)
packed up from the east coast of Florida and drove to Georgia... without a
plan for where they would stay. The ended up at a church where a pastor
was providing sleeping space for hurricane "refugees" from Florida. This
was hurricane Andrew, btw, one of the notorious ones.

--
Joyce

I will not sniff at my male human's feet after he takes his shoes off,
freeze my mouth open in disgust and then sniff my private parts to compare
odors. -- Cat Resolutions

The New Other Guy
October 6th 16, 03:41 AM
On Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:05:23 -0400, jmcquown > wrote:

>On 10/5/2016 4:20 PM, Bastette wrote:
>> jmcquown wrote:
>>
>> > Best of luck! I'm in southern South Carolina. I've been watching the
>> > Hurricane Matthew storm track. It's actually a pretty slow-moving
>> > hurricane. Strong, but slow.
>>
>> Isn't slow-moving a bad thing? Storms do a lot more damage when they
>> stop and hang out in an area for a while, than they would do if they just
>> kept moving by.
>>
>I dunno. I've lived here for years and never had to leave. Lots of the
>neighbors packed up and left. I'm just sitting here looking at a whole
>lot of nothing in terms of weather. It's not even raining but people
>left in droves.

Unfortunately, THAT is likely to change tomorrow, and especially Friday.

This is a very dangerous storm, and will likely cause significant
damage.

dgk
October 6th 16, 06:17 PM
On Wed, 5 Oct 2016 02:38:07 -0500, MaryL >
wrote:

>On 10/4/2016 8:09 PM, dgk wrote:
>> Not the way we were planning it, which was Mom keeping Marlo
>> indefinitely. But we have a big hurricane bearing down on us and,
>> while we don't think it will hit us directly, it's going to be bad.
>> Mom doesn't want to stay at her house alone, and I want to be in mine
>> since I have three cats to keep an eye on, so it looks like Mom and
>> Marlo will be moving in to my house for at least the day of the storm.
>>
>>
>Good luck with everything. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope
>everything goes well. It's a good idea to keep Marlo in a separate
>room, and it sounds as if you are well prepared. Be sure to keep
>flashlights close by so you can grab one in the dark, if needed. I was
>without power twice from residual damage from hurricanes. It was
>extremely hot, and I had some battery powered fans. They were a life
>saver. Do you have anything like that available?
>
>Please keep us updated, although I know from experience that you may
>lose power.
>
>MaryL

We tried (too late) to get some battery powered fans and finally
ordered them from Amazon but they were due to arrive today and so is
the hurricane so hopefully they'll come in the next day or two.

dgk
October 6th 16, 06:25 PM
On Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:41:10 -0700, The New Other Guy
> wrote:

>On Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:05:23 -0400, jmcquown > wrote:
>
>>On 10/5/2016 4:20 PM, Bastette wrote:
>>> jmcquown wrote:
>>>
>>> > Best of luck! I'm in southern South Carolina. I've been watching the
>>> > Hurricane Matthew storm track. It's actually a pretty slow-moving
>>> > hurricane. Strong, but slow.
>>>
>>> Isn't slow-moving a bad thing? Storms do a lot more damage when they
>>> stop and hang out in an area for a while, than they would do if they just
>>> kept moving by.
>>>
>>I dunno. I've lived here for years and never had to leave. Lots of the
>>neighbors packed up and left. I'm just sitting here looking at a whole
>>lot of nothing in terms of weather. It's not even raining but people
>>left in droves.
>
>Unfortunately, THAT is likely to change tomorrow, and especially Friday.
>
>This is a very dangerous storm, and will likely cause significant
>damage.
>
>
>

We're about 30 miles south of West Palm Beach and it's supposed to be
worse up there. 30 miles doesn't sound like much but it seems to be
making the difference for us. We'll mostly get the wind from the north
which should slow it down as it goes overland, and certainly plenty of
rain but we're used to plenty of rain. They're saying 8-12 inches,
again that's a lot but it can rain 4" in an hour without a hurricane
and not be that unusual.

So we figure that Mom and Marlo will sit it out in their house and
I'll be with Scooter, Baby, and Nipsy. Likely no return of Marlo this
time around but we'll see as Matthew comes closer.

We are almost certainly going to be without power for a few days and
that will be annoying. It's supposed to be upper 80's and humid (it's
always humid).

So things will be bad but we'll likely all survive. I have lots of
canned food (mmm, Chef-Boy-Ar-dee ravioli!) which we can cook on the
grill. We all have electric stoves so those won't work.

Thanks for the good wishes. Let's see how it works out.

Bastette
October 6th 16, 10:28 PM
dgk wrote:

> We're about 30 miles south of West Palm Beach and it's supposed to be
> worse up there. 30 miles doesn't sound like much but it seems to be
> making the difference for us. We'll mostly get the wind from the north
> which should slow it down as it goes overland, and certainly plenty of
> rain but we're used to plenty of rain. They're saying 8-12 inches,
> again that's a lot but it can rain 4" in an hour without a hurricane
> and not be that unusual.

> So we figure that Mom and Marlo will sit it out in their house and
> I'll be with Scooter, Baby, and Nipsy. Likely no return of Marlo this
> time around but we'll see as Matthew comes closer.

One thing to keep in mind is that forecasts aren't always accurate. I
remember a hurricane that was predicted to hit Boston really hard, back
in the 80s. I and my ex and the kitty holed up with all the supplies we
figured we'd need, as did everyone else in the area. But when the storm
hit, it wasn't much worse than a heavy rainstorm with stronger than usual
winds. It was a relief, but it also showed me that you can't believe
everything the weather service has to say.

OK, that was 30 years ago, and maybe their prediction methods have
improved. But if I were in your position, I'd go ahead with having your
mom and Marlo stay with you. If the storm ends up being as weak in your
area as they're saying it will be, they can just go back home afterward.
But if they're wrong, wouldn't you rather have them with you?

OK, end of unsolicited advice. Just my thoughts.

--
Joyce

No one should try to hit another's bumper. But bumper bumpage is a part of
life. Yawn and get on with it. -- Gene Weingarten

Joy[_3_]
October 7th 16, 12:50 AM
On 10/6/2016 2:28 PM, Bastette wrote:
> dgk wrote:
>
> > We're about 30 miles south of West Palm Beach and it's supposed to be
> > worse up there. 30 miles doesn't sound like much but it seems to be
> > making the difference for us. We'll mostly get the wind from the north
> > which should slow it down as it goes overland, and certainly plenty of
> > rain but we're used to plenty of rain. They're saying 8-12 inches,
> > again that's a lot but it can rain 4" in an hour without a hurricane
> > and not be that unusual.
>
> > So we figure that Mom and Marlo will sit it out in their house and
> > I'll be with Scooter, Baby, and Nipsy. Likely no return of Marlo this
> > time around but we'll see as Matthew comes closer.
>
> One thing to keep in mind is that forecasts aren't always accurate. I
> remember a hurricane that was predicted to hit Boston really hard, back
> in the 80s. I and my ex and the kitty holed up with all the supplies we
> figured we'd need, as did everyone else in the area. But when the storm
> hit, it wasn't much worse than a heavy rainstorm with stronger than usual
> winds. It was a relief, but it also showed me that you can't believe
> everything the weather service has to say.
>
> OK, that was 30 years ago, and maybe their prediction methods have
> improved. But if I were in your position, I'd go ahead with having your
> mom and Marlo stay with you. If the storm ends up being as weak in your
> area as they're saying it will be, they can just go back home afterward.
> But if they're wrong, wouldn't you rather have them with you?
>
> OK, end of unsolicited advice. Just my thoughts.
>

My brother refers to weather forecasters as "weather guessers". Really,
that's all they are. They are making an educated guess, based on the
current situation and on what has happened in the past in similar
situations, but it is still a guess.

jmcquown[_2_]
October 7th 16, 01:30 AM
On 10/6/2016 7:50 PM, Joy wrote:
> On 10/6/2016 2:28 PM, Bastette wrote:
>> dgk wrote:
>>
>> > We're about 30 miles south of West Palm Beach and it's supposed to be
>> > worse up there. 30 miles doesn't sound like much but it seems to be
>> > making the difference for us. We'll mostly get the wind from the north
>> > which should slow it down as it goes overland, and certainly plenty of
>> > rain but we're used to plenty of rain. They're saying 8-12 inches,
>> > again that's a lot but it can rain 4" in an hour without a hurricane
>> > and not be that unusual.
>>
>> > So we figure that Mom and Marlo will sit it out in their house and
>> > I'll be with Scooter, Baby, and Nipsy. Likely no return of Marlo this
>> > time around but we'll see as Matthew comes closer.
>>
>> One thing to keep in mind is that forecasts aren't always accurate. I
>> remember a hurricane that was predicted to hit Boston really hard, back
>> in the 80s. I and my ex and the kitty holed up with all the supplies we
>> figured we'd need, as did everyone else in the area. But when the storm
>> hit, it wasn't much worse than a heavy rainstorm with stronger than usual
>> winds. It was a relief, but it also showed me that you can't believe
>> everything the weather service has to say.
>>
>> OK, that was 30 years ago, and maybe their prediction methods have
>> improved. But if I were in your position, I'd go ahead with having your
>> mom and Marlo stay with you. If the storm ends up being as weak in your
>> area as they're saying it will be, they can just go back home afterward.
>> But if they're wrong, wouldn't you rather have them with you?
>>
>> OK, end of unsolicited advice. Just my thoughts.
>>
>
> My brother refers to weather forecasters as "weather guessers". Really,
> that's all they are. They are making an educated guess, based on the
> current situation and on what has happened in the past in similar
> situations, but it is still a guess.

At least hurricanes are somewhat (kinda sorta) predictible. We've got
all sorts of fear mongering going on where I live. Okay, it's a pretty
big storm. Likely to do a lot of damage (it already has in the Bahamas).

But there are also problems with people evacuating. No place to go, all
the hotels, motels to the north west are filled up. Traffic is backed
up for hours. Shelters? The storm isn't even on the US coast yet and
already it's created a logistical mishap about where people should go.

One couple who live on Dataw left yesterday and has a room at a La
Quinta Inn In Augusta tonight but need to find a different hotel
tomorrow. Being kicked out due to previous reservations. They're
thinking of driving towards Atlanta and asked if anyone knows of a pet
friendly motel. I sent them a link for pet friendly hotels in the
Atlanta area. :)

People are being turned away; accommodations are scarce. Folks are
leaving Florida now and are apparently calling ahead for reservations,
which adds to the mass evac confusion.

At this point I should point out hurricane season is great for the hotel
business. How ironic.

I'm just battening down the hatches and staying put with Buffy.
Evacuating sounds like hell on the highway.

Just got this cheerful encouragement from someone on Dataw:

"To those remaining. Make sure you can pull down the ladder to your
attic so IF THE STORM SURGE RUSHES IN, GO TO YOUR ATTIC!!!!! And take
drinking water with you!!" and:

"Put a large readable note inside a front window that you are inside!!
LEAVE a SIGN so WE CAN IDENTIFY YOUR BODY!"

Hey, gee, thanks for the encouragement.

Jill