October 22, 2005

Not Running from Wilma

We are all of course watching this hurricane as it creeps its way over to the West Coast of Florida. Kathy of On the Third Hand is in that area. She evac’s tomorrow.

Last I read, it might come in as a Cat 2, but is moving so quickly that the storm surge will be like that of a Cat 3. That’s devastation to their beaches… billions of dollars of damage is expected.

It might miss them all together and hit The Keys. Nobody knows for sure. I’m saying my money is on the fact that the grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette will once again protect the citizens of Key West.

Maybe we need our own grotto in West Palm Beach. Or maybe one big MONSTER GROTTO for the entire state of Florida. I’m all for that.

Anyway, people in my neighborhood are going nuts. Shutters and plywood are going up. In the back of my mind, I keep hearing Fred Sanford, “Ohhh...this is the big one. You hear that ‘lizabeth? I'm comin' to join you honey!" Sorry… but I just don’t think we’re going to get hammered here. I think they’re overreacting.

And… maybe overreaction is good. I think many of these folks just got hurricane shutters and want to see how long the process takes to cover their openings.

The thing is… I KNOW how long it takes to haul all ours out and put them up. I’m not doing that unless it’s a 2 or more. I’m not. Now tomorrow morning if I wake up, and Wilma is coming in strong, and she’s gonna nail the West coast as a 3, yeah, my Better Half and I will be hauling down shutters and putting them up. Otherwise? Nope.

My updated map is below. I had a couple folks in the wrong place and added a couple more. Folks… there are a lot of bloggers in Florida. If you are a Florida blogger and want to be added, just let me know your location. It’s no sweat. But I decided I’m not just going to add here and there or… we definitely won’t be able to see Tampa. Holy crap, have they got the Blogging Religion there. I almost want to say, “If you live in Tampa and you DON’T blog, let me know!” heh.

Also, if YOU personally know of a Florida blogger that you read and like, I’ll add them. They don’t have to e-mail me.

I may go so far as to make this map more ‘interactive’ in the sense that you can click on the name and get the blog (Dave at The Glittering Eye has been giving me tips on how to do it), but it won’t be too soon. That would take time and I’m still Treasurer of the School, working, Den Mother to a Pack of Bears, working with Katrina’s Kidz, and working as a State Chairman for a National philanthropy. Oh and I have three kids, a husband and a hamster. So… I have to make it fit in. I think it will become a long term project. I really do.

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Posted by Boudicca at October 22, 2005 09:10 PM | TrackBack

Flattered to be included :-)

Posted by: Harvey at October 22, 2005 09:21 PM

We haven't put ours up either. The only advantage I saw of putting them up yesterday was it will probably be raining a lot today. You won't get as wet. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at October 23, 2005 07:27 AM

Here in not-so-sunny SoFla, we are hunkered down and ready to roll with the punches. Great idea on the graphic, and this North Miami girl would love to be included.

Be safe!

Posted by: LindaSoG at October 23, 2005 08:23 AM

Wow! You added me fast! Yay for me and thanks!

The sun is now shining here in SoFla. Go figure!

Posted by: LindaSoG at October 23, 2005 09:53 AM

Well, we're praying for y'all again from here in Texas.

Posted by: Peter at October 23, 2005 11:42 AM

Hi I live in Sarasota,Florida and no rain yet over here. Just a very cloudy sky.
Funny thing is my husband and I moved here from Malibu,Ca. You know the land of fires, mudslides and earthquakes. This is our second year now in Florida so I am learning fast what Hunker down means.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 23, 2005 04:13 PM

Miami blogger here. We put up plywood on my back sliding door only because our tree on our apartment patio barely made it through Katrina.

Posted by: Dan S. at October 23, 2005 04:34 PM

Hello! I'm a Florida Keys blogger. Doyle stopped by my blog and pointed me in this direction.

I think someone should pitch this as a story to the newscasters. "Florida Residents Blog About Hurricanes" It will give the media something else to talk about than the cone of error, steering currents, wind sheer, computer models, etc.

Love the map!

Posted by: Mary Stella at October 23, 2005 05:41 PM

I came here by way of "Straight White Guy". Consider yourself blogrolled. I'm blogging from the Fort Liquordale area.

Posted by: Bullseye at October 23, 2005 06:02 PM

Steve from Hog on Ice [http://www.hogonice.com/] is in Coral Gables... :)

Posted by: pam at October 23, 2005 06:16 PM

Sorry; I just saw him on the map. Shutting up now... ;)

Posted by: pam at October 23, 2005 06:17 PM

Buttoned up on Big Coppitt Key, Wait to clean up the mess. Stay safe all.http://pcosmar.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Pete at October 23, 2005 07:59 PM

Cool map! I'm blogging from the Orlando area. I'm from Northern California - born and raised this is my first hurricane. Stay safe everybody!

Posted by: Becky Bizzaro at October 23, 2005 08:24 PM

My blog is not strictly about Florida, but I'm from there.


Posted by: Sensei at October 23, 2005 08:57 PM

Came here via Sticks of Fire in Tampa. Just looking out the window and searching for tornados. No different than any other rainy evening...

Posted by: kate at October 23, 2005 10:30 PM

Came via Sticks of Fire. I'm in Sarasota, I did not evac. I'm about 50 miles north of the target zone of Naples.
I'm not shuttered up but have supplies.
We're suppoed to feel gusts of up to 75-80 mph starting sometime around 2-3 am.

Posted by: kat at October 24, 2005 12:07 AM

We've been blogging over here in Milton, FL for several years now...

Operation Enduring Service...

Best of luck--I lost my house in Ivan...

Posted by: WB at October 24, 2005 01:46 AM

another Tampa blog here... Got here from Sticks of Fire

Posted by: Brad at October 24, 2005 01:56 AM

I think I've added everyone as of 2:21PM EST.

Going to bed. We're shuttered and ready. As I said, if it was coming in as a Cat 3, we were boarding up. It is and we are.

Posted by: Bou at October 24, 2005 02:22 AM

I'm in Miami. www.swlip.com.

I'll add you to my blogroll just as soon as TypePad is working again. (Those folks are in CA, and they can't stay up and running while I'm trying to blog in the middle of a cat-3 hurricane. Wimps.)

Posted by: SWLiP at October 24, 2005 05:52 AM

I'm in Bayonet Point, FL.

Posted by: Pasco Conservative at October 24, 2005 06:48 AM

You all be careful! I live up here in the panhandle and I know what you're going through.

Posted by: Mike at October 24, 2005 09:38 AM

MSGT Keith is in Port St. Lucie.

Last I heard, his power went out at around 9:30am today. I'm sure he'll post about it when they get power back. Recent estimates have about 3/4's of ALL of FPL's clients w/o power- the worst outage in Florida history. *grump*

Posted by: AFSister at October 24, 2005 02:48 PM

Wow...there ARE more people that know I exist, other than my family, of course.

Posted by: David K. at October 24, 2005 07:43 PM

High and dry again. I scoff at Mother Nature. Cool map, Bou.

Posted by: Velociman at October 25, 2005 07:05 PM

Hey Sis! - you got a "Malkin-lanche":

Oh, I see, Harvey get's on the "map", but not me?
I visit, I break bread with you, I entertain the kids (even allowing a photo), I even blogged from Florida! Geeze...
(just kidding - I don't want the traffic.)

Posted by: _Jon at October 26, 2005 10:07 AM

Hi! Great idea!

If it's not too late to be added I'm located near Dundee, FL. My site is http://commonsenserunswild.com


Posted by: Janette at October 26, 2005 09:10 PM