See Ya Later,
Iíve been watching the weather channel again
and have come to a basic conclusion: People who live in Florida
need to get out - permanently. That entire state is a storm
magnet. What possesses people to live in a place that sooner or
later is going to end up under water? Itís beyond me!
Equally stupid are television weather
reporters who fly to the target areas to be in the big one. They
stand outside in the rain with trees blowing behind them or
waves crashing over a seawall and tell us that it is not safe to
be outside. That is right before they are cracked on the head
with flying debris, which gives them an even better reason to
warn people to stay inside.
Some people decide to evacuate and spend the
hurricane in a hundred mile long traffic jam looking for a motel
that is not full of people escaping the hundred mile long
traffic jam. If they get to Tennessee, we will be having yard
sales along the evacuation route to take advantage of the extra
Some people defy the storm who donít even
work for the weather channel. Surfers ride the hurricane waves
on closed beaches. Others decide to weather it out. They
overwhelm the grocery stores buying supplies like bottled water,
gas for their grills, plywood for their windows and Spam for the
alligators. "It isnít going to be that bad!" they
declare, as a two story tidal wave rolls up behind them.
"We donít want to leave our home and possessions."
Folks, you don't need a home and possessions if you are dead.
In a state with a 100% probability of being
hit by a major storm, why are there more mobile homes than in
any other state? And where are these mobile homes? Usually in
low lying areas not suitable for building permanent structures.
Mobile homes are not mobile, for Pete sakes! They are temporary
structures, at best. I just donít get it! It is sure thing
that they are going to blow away if a storm comes, but people
continue to buy them as "low cost" housing.
As soon as the disaster is over and the state
is once again reduced to piles of mud and splinters, the
reporters will descend like ants to interview the weeping
residents. Without electricity there is no air conditioning in
the heat. Sewers fill up with storm water and back up. Looters
pick through whatever is left. The rest of the country
rushes to their aid with shovels and bottles of water to help
them rebuild, hopefully in time for the next hurricane.
Florida defies the weather like the surfers
who ride the waves before a hurricane. They enjoy the pleasures
of a tropical paradise and forget the agony of the price that is
paid in loss of property and lives. It seems to me that
they would rethink the wisdom of a lifestyle begging for
disaster. I suppose as long as there are a few years to
grow complacent between storms, people will forget and continue
to move there thinking it wonít happen to them.
I saw only one person on television that
seemed to have any sense at all. A new resident of Florida, he
proclaimed while packing his car, "This is it - three
strikes and Iím out of here." Thatís my kind of guy!
Give it back to the alligators and move to dry land!