October 19, 2005

Talking Heads, No Brains

There is a very low hum amongst the population right now. I think if we were about to take a direct hit from the Atlantic there would be more of a frenzy, but knowing some Florida brethren are going to take the hit first, weakening it, may be keeping the reverberation of human panic on simmer.

That or... we're just so damn sick of this shit we almost couldn't care less anymore.

Pick one.

Obviously, this is going to be a testy post. I'm feelin' kinda cranky.

So I walk into the family room where my Better Half is watching Fox News. As I start to wash dishes, I hear the commentator say (No KIDDING):

"Wilma is NOW a Deadly Category FIVE and it's Heading RIGHT FOR America!!!"

Holy crap. I could not believe I heard that frickin' idiot say that. I HATE the media. HATE them. Anything for viewers. I picture the talking heads at all the major news sources saying, "Damn! I hope people die in this one! We can get some serious mileage out of death. We need more than wind, rain and killer sticks."

Katrina set that bar pretty damn high as far as media mileage goes. Leave it to the media to make sure there is some way to top it. Short of 10,000 dying and the dike on Lake O breaking, I don't see it happening. But that's not going to stop the media from HOPING it will happen.

Sound cynical to you? Come live in S. Fl. I assure you, you'll feel the same way.

So let me set the record straight here... as there needs to be some voice of reason and I've elected myself as THAT voice.

We don't know where she's going to hit. NOBODY knows where she's going to hit. But let me assure you, she is not going to hit all of America. There is even a remote possibility that it will stay at the Yucaton and not hit Florida at all.

And, no offense folks, but let's get rid of this America crap. She's not hitting America if she comes this way... She's hitting FLORIDA. I love the fact the media wants to pretend they can share our pain... but they can't. So they can quit faking it. They can save the faking it for their partners or Meg Ryan.

So let's assume she is hitting Florida, because that IS the highest probability. There are so many factors that come into play here. If the front comes in from the North like its SUPPOSED TO, then it will hit Florida... probably the Southern-most part, and come across the state. And then those of us from Miami to Orlando will take the secondary hit...with the folks in Naples taking the Primary.


If the front doesn't come through... this sucker is going right up into the Gulf, up into the New Orleans, Mississippi, Mobile, Pensacola region. Hey, it could happen.

And, if it hits us down this way, we are not going to get pounded by a frickin' 'KILLER CAT 5!!!" Good Grief. There's something called wind sheer. And cooler water. And all this other crap that comes into play. So she's going to hit as a nasty storm, a mean and powerful and destructive storm, but a KILLER CAT 5 sinking all of Florida isn't going to be it.

And if the media thought they could get viewers by saying that Florida would break off and sink into the ocean after this pounding, trust me, they would.

So I'm sitting tight. And I'm ready. I feel pretty confident we're not avoiding this one. I do think Palm Beach County could get spanked in this one. But I don't know for sure.

I can only be ready.

Posted by Boudicca at October 19, 2005 09:43 PM | TrackBack

Man, I've been under a rock all day. Didn't even see that she was a CAT 5 until like half an hour ago.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at October 19, 2005 09:49 PM

Keeping fingers and toes crossed that it just goes away, or at least gives Florida a miss. Heck, may it miss LA, MS, AL, TX too. How about a fall camping trip instead of a winter?

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at October 19, 2005 10:18 PM

Do.Not.Ever. go to Publix at 10pm on a night when everyone is freaking from a hurricane. Just don't do it. I did. Not sure I will recover.

Posted by: vw bug at October 19, 2005 11:07 PM

The media's ghoulish attitude and their "WE"RE ALL GONNA DIE" way of reporting has been p*ssing me off forever. Good Grief!

I do hope that Wilma down grades a whole bunch and y'all just get wind and rain out of the deal... It would make me happy to see the media with NOTHING to report.

Posted by: Richmond at October 20, 2005 05:17 AM

I wouldn't mind a direct hit on news stations everywhere, although I would be upset at the collateral damage! It is interesting though to see how Florida is prepared and there is no whining and nashing of teeth in direct contrast with anyone who lives in New Orleans . . .

Posted by: oddybobo at October 20, 2005 08:29 AM

Ok, the most important question.

Where is Jim Cantore? Cause where he is is where it's going to hit?

Bou, you don't see him walking around town do you?

Posted by: Machelle at October 20, 2005 08:42 AM

Machelle- Funny you should ask. Last we heard it was at the station in a shirt and tie. That tells me he doesn't know.

Let me say, I'm sure as hell hoping he's not in Palm Beach County on Monday, but I think he'd hit Naples first.

What a crappy job he has.

Posted by: Bou at October 20, 2005 03:43 PM

Be prepared and eaither get out of its way or hunker down. Katrina would not have taken a life in Florida if it had not been for the Darwin law which clened up the gene pool some of some stupid people. Same in NEw Orleans-if the stupids had left when they were told there would have been very little loss of life there. The coast of Mississippi was somewhat different in that there was no place tp go but north and the damn storm followed them all the way to Jackson. Sometimes it is just better to get under something out of the wind and storm surge and stay there.

Posted by: GUYK at October 20, 2005 08:36 PM