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September 10 2017 The Beginning   Leave a comment

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Posted September 22, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

Hurricane Irma leaves!!   Leave a comment

I don’t believe I didn’t know what ‘the mess’ was!!!

 

Posted September 21, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

Hurericane Irma after photos part 1   Leave a comment

86 degrees at 8:40 PM and no air conditioning–trees uprooted–car totaled–swimming pool room flooded–windows blown out–windows replaced–mmmm–how did that assorted cake picture from the Fresh Market get in there?–flooded parking lot–and read rule number 7 on the pool list and you will know why living here is dangerous everyday!!

Posted September 20, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

“I’m Still Here!”   Leave a comment


(Parts of my roof waiting to be picked up!)

Unashamedly I can say out loud that From Sunday September 10, 2017, at 12 Noon until Monday 6:30 PM September 18, 2017 certainly rate as some of the worst days of my life for many reasons which I won’t get into now or possibly ever.

I do know that at the age of 81 and 1/2 I have come to see people, and myself, in a different light after thinking for quite awhile that no one, including myself, would ever surprise me again–and I will leave it at that for now.

Right now I am busy catching up with 1,796 emails I have to go through, answering some and deleting many plus there is something such as catching up with sleep if one can. As much as I love heat it wasn’t very easy sleeping in an apartment without air conditioning, not a breeze available to even move a leaf and temperatures in the 80s at 9 PM!

The first 24 hours of the storm I lost 2 panes of window glass, part of my roof while half of my large room was flooded due to the heavy rains and the empty windows and the other half flooded due to the a/c unit not being sealed properly. Add to that a refrigerator/freezer that didn’t defrost right and flooded the kitchen I had a few wet, hot, sleepless nights and days

From that point things deteriorated!! BUT——

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMvnCMtGR_I

I took pictures and made a few videos that I will share over the next few days (weeks?) that in all probability won’t even come close to showing you how it was and, yet, and yet, mainly because I didn’t show how human nature of people can change by the effects of Mother Nature. (I purposely did not take ‘record’ people under “Irma” circumstances including not even one selfie of myself! Does that tell you something?)

Posted September 19, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

Hurricane Irma Part 2A   Leave a comment

Hurricane Irma  2A

Just before the rains started

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u9OgsaGdu8

 

3 minutes later

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXm4_qeaPrE

Right now it is a question of how long before the electricity goes out!! Miami already has 40,000 outages while Fort Lauderdale 6,000.

I have made a few vidieos—including my first one with the camera but want to get caught up before the Internet goes down.

A few notes:

  1. 5.6 million ordered to evacuate—don’t know how many did
  2. Fill garbage bags with water
  3. TimLaFonatinesuggested going to earthcam.com/usa/florida/Miami to get an idea of what is happening
  4. Though Irma is now supposed to hit the southwest harder than the southeast which is a bit better for usbut wewill still get tornadoes, floods, heavy rains and winds

5 Fort Lauderdale under curfew from 4 PM until ?????

  1. Got the penny and water set up! :O)

Hurricane Irma 1 Calm before the storm   Leave a comment

Calm before the storm?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYDPJtfUvNI

 

Sorry about all the noise in the background.

I am going to try and make a video every day around 5 PM from the walkway outside my door to show IF there are any changes over the next few days. We have 5 trees and 3 buildings surrounding my backyard.

First time I can recall all 3 movie houses are closed.

Right now ‘they’ are saying it will hit the Florida southwest as a category 5.

All flights from and to the Fort Lauderdale airport will cease at 7:45 PM

Curfew on the beach tomorrow.

I learned something new that I am going to try. I have cooked up and frozen a load of food. It is suggested that you put a glass of water in the freezer and when the water is frozen place a penny on top. From the time the electricity goes until the penny is on the bottom of the glass your food is okay—at that point chances are the food will be spoiled.

Hopefully the electricity won’t go out—if you hear from me tomorrow you know it hasn’t!!! LOL

Report of coming Hurricane Irma–weather   Leave a comment


I’ve been getting a lot of emails and PMs so what I think I will do is take a picture every day at 6 PM to show you what’s going on and then bring you up to date. (Might even try a video IF it hits!)
So far today has been a beautiful day with plenty of sun, no rain.
Was able to get gas without a problem, did my usual Thursday going to Dollar Tree, Winn Dixie–all were not a problem–not crowded–had what I needed.
Anthony and I had lunch at Gilbert’s then Allen wanted his car out by his place as he is afraid it will get flooded if parked here so we drove it out there.
No movie tomorrow as all theatres in my area are closed due to evacuation.
No I won’t be evacuating–this has been my 6th hurricane–I know how furious and dangerous they can be but I will be pretty safe as far I can be.
IF Irma hits we will lose power which means no computer, Internet, phone (can’t charge a cell phone) television, etc. I may have to read a book–first by sunlight then by candlelight (though we aren’t allowed to light candles in our apartments.
I have plenty of food (naturally) plus I bought myself a hurricane treat–see the picture–a Kitchen Sink Cookie which I will eat if/when Hurricane Irma lands.

Posted September 7, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

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