I don’t know if you remember where you were 10 years ago today, but I surely do. We had only been living in the state of Florida for a few months when Hurricane Charley came barreling over us. That was a CRAZY moment in time. Having lived in the beautiful state of Maryland, we had never really experienced anything like that before. And it’s funny the things you remember during something like that. I remember hearing grapefruits from our tree pelting our house, and watching pine trees bend like bad asparagus in our neighbors yard. Wow, 10 Years. I can’t believe it. And Charley was just the beginning of that insane hurricane season. I do remember posting this on my blog (yes, I’ve been blogging that long), a few days later. SOOO many of these are true. Funny, but true. I’ve highlighted some of my favorites!
30 Things Hurricanes Teach Us
1. An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up 2. Even after all these years it is still nice to spend time with Col. Mustard in the ballroom with the lead pipe. 3. When house hunting look for closets with lots of leg room. 4. Water from the shower is much colder than water from the kitchen sink–and tastes just as bad. 5. AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need ( batteries ) 6. The four-way stop is still an ingenious reflection of civility. 7. Radio can be the best way to watch television. 8. Chain-saw wielding men are nothing to be afraid of. 9. SUV’s are the best makeshift tents on the market. 10. You can use your washing machine as a cooler. 11. It’s your God given right to sit on your back porch and eat Chinese takeout by candlelight in your underwear. 12. We shouldn’t complain about “useless” tools in the garage– we actually DO need a generator 13. You can’ t spell “priceless” without I-C-E. 14. Downed power lines make excellent security systems. 15. Lakes can generate waves. 16. Gasoline is a value at any price 17. Cell phones: Breaking up isn’t hard to do. 18. The life blood of any disaster recovery is COFFEE 19. The need for your dog to go out and take care of business is inversely proportional to the severity of the storm. 20. Candlelight is better than Botox— it takes years off your appearance 21. Air Conditioning: BEST. INVENTION. EVER. 22. Water is a comfort food. But 3-day-old Cheetos are too. 23. Shadow animals on the wall—still fun. 24. No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive. 25. You should never admit to having power at your house in the presence of co-workers or neighbors who do not. 26. There’s a plus to having NOTHING in the refrigerator. 27. Getting through the day should be an Olympic event. 28. The movie theater can be a most pleasant place, even if the feature is Alien vs. Predator 29. Somebody’s got it worse. 30. Somebody’s got it better. Obviously, they’re getting preferential treatment.
How about you? Where were you 10 years ago today?