October 27, 2005

Boudicca Draws Her Sword- S. Florida's Idiots

It's been a long time since I've drawn my sword. So sit back. I'm pissed as hell.

I’m going to tell you what we did in preparation, what I had planned if we were without power for an extensive period of time, and then I’m going to vent.

In June we bought our hurricane supplies, including bottled water to last us a week.

We shuttered our home.

We watched the weather… for a frickin’ WEEK, before Wilma hit.

The night before Wilma hit, at 11PM, we realized we needed to shutter a porch we had not. We did that at midnight. (It's well protected, but as a Cat 2 or 3, we didn't want to take chances.)

We brought my husband’s Dad here at 1AM, realizing he hadn’t done shit to prepare and not knowing how his house would hold up. We made him come.

We had propane.

We brought our stuff in off the back porch.

I hardboiled our eggs and made banana bread out of the frozen bananas in our freezer so we would have something for breakfast that required no preparation.

My husband bungy corded the fan’s outside so the blades wouldn’t fly off like they did with Frances, taking out our screening on our back porch and causing $1500 worth of damage. (Who would think that fan blades could rattle free? We didn’t.)

Monday morning when it hit, we lost power at 9:30AM. Everyone was forbidden to open the refrigerator or freezer until dinner. That pissed off Pop when my husband told him that he would have Vienna sausages or Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but no cold cuts or cold drinks. That really put him in a mood. Tough.

Tuesday, I opened the refrigerator to put all milk and cheese and cold cuts in the freezer to keep. I fed the kids breakfast and told them the freezer and refer were not to be opened until dinner.

Power came on right before dinner.

Now, what I had planned: I had three nights of dinners frozen solid in the freezer still. Our milk was going to last another day, two tops.

Day 3 of no power would have been like day 2.

Day 4 of no power would have been no more milk, but dinner was still in the freezer. My neighbors had said we could use their pool water to flush our commodes, so sewage was not an issue.

Day 5, canned goods and dried goods. I had plenty to keep us. The grocery store had that stuff too.

On Day 5, I had planned to go to FEMA or Publix and get ice.

That was the plan for Days 5 and on… given Publix was open. If Publix was NOT open, by Day 6, I would have started FEMA lines for ice and MREs.

By day 8 we’d have been on MREs for dinner… IF Publix wasn’t open.

I currently have a full tank of gas in my car and my husband is at half a tank. We have 10 gallons in the garage that we got ONE WEEK BEFORE Wilma hit. That way we wouldn’t have to wait in gas lines for my husband to go to work.

They told us to stay home… and I have. I am not wasting gas to bee bop around town. We filled up our tanks on the Wednesday before she hit and kept them topped off EVERY DAY.

So this is my question… who in the hell were those people bitching that the FEMA people didn’t react to give them ice and water in a timely manner? It was only TWENTY-FOUR HOURS after the storm. HELLO?!!!

And I saw a picture of a woman on day two, waiting in line for diapers for her baby. What?!!!! WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?!!!

And before anyone says they were the indigent, you’re wrong. I am sure some of them were. There are poor people in S. Fl, but most in that line were not. I saw the people waiting in the lines. They could surely have afforded water and dry goods for a few days. I don’t want to hear it. Some of them came from GATED COMMUNITIES! YES! It is true!!! There was NO EXCUSE for the LONG ASS lines of people waiting in their cars WASTING GASOLINE, only 24 hours after the storm. NO EXCUSE, people. None. And trust me, our truly poor don’t have cars. Cars are a luxury to the poor and our poor take public transportation.

That frickin’ pisses me off. “Oh big brother, come save me, come save me!” People who think other people should take care of them piss me off. And while I’m at it, I’ll lump Pop into that category. I found out when my husband brought him back to our home that he had not bought any water or food for the storm. NOTHING. The big zippo. I was pissed as hell and every now and then would throw a zinger his way about his lack of preparation and the fact he expected everyone else to take care of him. Finally he said, “I had something to eat. It’s no big deal. I had a 6 pack of Ensure and some bags of instant Oatmeal. I would have been fine.”

Yeah. Right. And his place never lost power or water. My husband returned him home on Monday at 5:00 after the storm had passed. It was a sanity action… preserving both his and mine. My spouse was just as annoyed as I was. GRRRR.

When you live in S. FL, you prepare. Idiots. Bunch of frickin’ idiots. The ONLY excuse is for the truly poor. The ONLY excuse. Everyone else.... they make me so mad I could stroke out.

So to all your South Floridians who did not prepare, but were PERFECTLY CAPABLE, money being no object, a pox upon you and your ilk. May you frickin’ rot.

Posted by Boudicca at October 27, 2005 04:36 PM | TrackBack

amen, sister.

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 27, 2005 04:52 PM

You go girl!!! I was just so angry yesterday when I heard the news idiots going on and on about how long the fema lines were for supplies! It just burns me up because I know you and I know how you prepare for this stuff - there is NO EXCUSE at all why the rest can't either.

I think there should be someone taking names of everyone in line - a special edition of the local paper should be published with the name of anyone who is in line during the first 3 days after a hurricane. The headline should read - these are your neighbors - please watch out for them because they are too stupid to watch out for themselves!

I also heard a story about people bringing truckloads of generators to neighborhoods and charging $1000 each. All I can do is shake my head. Some guy was whining about how - "well, there's no power - no lights - ya know it's bad!" I mean how stupid can people be???

What I have to do for this winter is figure out supplies I can have on hand in case of a severe winter storm (way way more of a problem here than it ever was in Chicago!). And it has to be things that won't kill me to eat them - LOL. Might be tricky so I'm thinking on it.

Posted by: Teresa at October 27, 2005 05:05 PM

A few thousand years ago the problem would have taken care of itself, as per Darwin. Our contemporary society interferes with the process. A pox is too good for their ilk.

Posted by: TGOO at October 27, 2005 05:47 PM

I am sure it happens every hurricane and the reason is because the government long ago said "we'll take care of you so you don't have to take any responsibility for yourself or your family."

You, however, prepare, you take responsibilty for your family as it should be! I am glad for it because I am sick to death of paying for the "unprepared." I have no problem helping out the destitute, those who's supplies have run dry and the hardest hit, but sorry, you don't buy .59 cent water at Walmart for Wilma, don't expect me to buy it for you! I'm with you, pissed as hell!

Posted by: oddybobo at October 27, 2005 06:01 PM

Go, Bou! Go Bou! Go Bou!

Posted by: Ogre at October 27, 2005 06:08 PM

.. rock on, sister...

Posted by: Eric at October 27, 2005 06:34 PM

I'm with you. A pox upon you who didn't prepare and could have.

Posted by: VW Bug at October 27, 2005 07:06 PM

Man, I hate people. I just found out my Dad sold my gas cans at a yard sale because he thought they were his. Five, brand new five gallon gas cans. Asshole.

Posted by: Bane at October 27, 2005 07:14 PM

I read your post to my sister. She laughed and said Govenor Bush stole your post. She said he said practically the same thing.

Posted by: Sticks at October 27, 2005 08:08 PM

THANK YOU! I did my rant about the same thing. You were nice though. Have you read what Hog On Ice had to say about it. Of course both of us are rated R

Posted by: GUYK at October 27, 2005 08:15 PM

Glad to see you made it okay.

BTW the Homestead ARS decided to give every servicemember 10 gallons of government unleaded so we could make it to work. That was a real lifesaver.

Posted by: Dan S, at October 27, 2005 08:52 PM

I feel like I need a cigarette after that one.

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at October 27, 2005 10:30 PM

That was a great rant!

*settles in on the couch*

I think I'm going to like it here ;-)

Posted by: lex at October 27, 2005 11:27 PM

AMEN! Girl, you told it dead on. Didn't these people learn a single thing from 2004? Or from POLK county?
They're a bunch of IDIOTS making the entire state look absolutely stupid.

Posted by: Laura at VitaminSea at October 28, 2005 08:20 AM

Yea, I hate people like that... It's like here in Illinois during the winter. There are certain things you need to have in your house/vehicle, and they don't.

Posted by: Contagion at October 28, 2005 08:34 AM

I really would have thought most folks would be better prepared, living in hurricane alley & all. Good for you for planning ahead! I am so glad to see someone with some common sense!

Now practice your deep breathing so you'll be around tomorrow! I would miss reading your blog!

Posted by: Jen H at October 28, 2005 08:40 AM

Amen Sister! Been there...

Posted by: Kelly at October 28, 2005 08:44 AM

by the way I linked to you in my post: Line of Shame, which is about this same topic. It needed to be said again and you were dead on with this post.

Posted by: Laura at VitaminSea at October 28, 2005 09:02 AM

What makes me really angry is we had TWO hurricanes last year! Did these people learn NOTHING?

And even scarier as I sit back and think more about the long term ramifications, these people are breeding. This pervasive attitude that Big Brother will take care is being passed down to their children. Frickin' pisses me off.

Posted by: Bou at October 28, 2005 11:34 AM

AMEN, Bou. I'm with TGOO on this one, too.

Posted by: Pammy at October 28, 2005 12:56 PM

Absolutely. I thought, and said, the same thing. But yours was said with so much authority, since you're there.

Posted by: Suzi at October 28, 2005 04:04 PM

I can assure you that those folks in Century Village that appeared on CNN bitching about lack of government assistance are NOT breeding. They did that two generations ago and now have grandchildren or great grandchildren.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at October 28, 2005 05:29 PM

Why is it that the news crews will find the most pathetic looking person and interview them? It's always the stupid ones that didn't prepare ahead of time- the ones who, when they open their mouths, makes you realize that person should never have bred in the first place.

I'm with you, Bou!

I live in tornado alley - I've said that before- and we have people who do not prepare come Spring. UGH!
Makes me want to chew nails and spit tacks....
preferably AT SOMEONE....

Posted by: Rave at October 28, 2005 09:51 PM

I'm with you. Down here in the Keys, we know how to prepare. Like Boudicca, we all had water, food supplies, propane, full gas tanks, etc. After Hurricane Andrew, our electric company developed a strategy so that we were no longer dependent on the mainland for power. Thanks to them, I had power back by Tuesday!

I could fill up my gas tank in the Keys on my way back from evacuating because of that forethought by the electric co-op. Our gas stations had power. Of course, now Key Largo's getting lines because people from Miami-Dade are driving down for gas.

I'm annoyed at all the whining and the news coverage of the long lines for water and ice. I know it's no fun, but you had days to prepare, folks. Come down to the Keys where many people lost their homes, the places they rented, their vehicles and, in the case of the commercial fishermen, their livelihoods because of the storm surge.

Posted by: Mary Stella at October 30, 2005 08:37 AM

TGOO's comment is cogent. As I have often said (and occasionally blogged), our society is engaged in a great experiment in breeding/manufacturing/pampering stupid people.

But it's a self-limiting experiment: when we've bred/manufactured enough stupid people and pampered them lomg enough, the whole experiment (uhm, the USA?) will come crashing down and something with a tad more realistic Darwinian approach can temporarily take its place. Until it too becomes prosperous enough to breed itself into collapse.

(Yeh, feelin' a tad curmudgeonly. Who wouldn't when faced with such massive stupidity?)

Posted by: David at October 30, 2005 11:08 PM