Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Name is Earl

He'll likely be the first hurricane of which our twosome will have a semi-active recollection.

2003's Hurricane Isabel (when the twins were barely 2) soaked the ground so intensely, trees upwards of a century old throughout our neighborhood tipped and uprooted. Electricity was out so long citywide, we made trips to 7-11 to fill BigGulp cups with ice.

Barely a year later, Tropical Storm Gaston, simply sat and rained atop Richmond...flooding the city with nary a warning. As the kids safely sat in their high chairs, I made repeated treks down to our basement (while Scott was stranded alongside a flash-flooded, high water roadway)---attempting to save Scott's basses and guitars. When the city's sewage system became overloaded, they shut down the run-off---sending a virtual geyser shooting up from our central floor drain. So long washer. So long dryer. So long to all the high school albums and yearbooks I mistakenly believed were in the attic.

Earl. He sounds harmless and good-natured enough. So much so, Wednesday night, in anticipation, we thematically elected to enjoy a couple of pre-storm Blizzards and an Arctic Freeze. Weather. We're into it.


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11 comments:

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

Obviously, in Kentucky, we don't get hit with hurricanes. However, in years past, we've been know to fill up our glasses from the legendary Pat O'Brien's and drink hurricanes in support of the folks affected. That's charitable, right??

The Smiths said...

Thinking of you all...hope Earl doesn't do too much damage.
I lived in Florida (20 minutes from the east Coast) for 15 years...we had our share of hurricanes...And then I moved to TX, just a few years before Katrina, Rita, and the other storms that all hit the gulf. Our last major one was Hurricane Ike...the power was out...the kids didn't understand why the tv didn't work...but we did make some memories.
Stay safe.

Donna said...

Batten down the hatches, Mattie! It's always the ones we "trust" that GET US good!!

Oh, how I wish my Weatherman-wannabe Dad was here to tell what to REALLY expect! In his absence, I will take up his post at the weather stations! And wait to hear, "In an unexpectant turn of events, Earl is now projected to head inland, travelling up through Southeastern Virginia, thus, loosing speed and (wait for it, Cheryl....) STALLING over parts of Central Virginia by mid-day."

Just sayin'. ;-)

Terra said...

Totally land locked over here....Earl is such a distant fear it is easy to forget how many will be impacted...

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Fingers crossed that everyone weathers the storm safely...and may the only trips to the 7-11 be for Big Gulps, not cups of ice. :)

Aimee said...

Hurricanes are the one thing I truly do not miss about all our time living on southern coasts with the Navy. I remember moving to coastal NC and two days later Hurricane Dennis blew in. It wasn't too bad and it moved back out over the water. The weatherman assured us the worst was over because "hurricanes never come back once they move out over the water." Famous last words, buddy. Dennis did come back and he made himself very comfy. I just remember huddling in my base house with 2 month old Francie listening to that awful noise the hurricane winds make.

Nope, don't miss them one little bit!

Hope you all stay safe and dry while Earl makes his journey!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Oh that Earl! I hope he steers clear.

Laura said...

Earl sounds like he might spit a bit of tobacco our way...

Laura said...

Earl sounds like he might spit a bit of tobacco our way...

Leslie said...

Hope you stay safe & dry!

My cousin's wedding was in Nova Scotia a few weeks ago... I'm sure glad it wasn't this coming weekend, he's supposed to hit there this Saturday!

Life with Kaishon said...

Such a fun post. I hope Earl stays calm and doesn't cause you any trouble!