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I still have a few pieces of plywood to attach, but our storm shutters are up. Don't know when I'll be able to check in, but I will as soon as possible. I sure picked a heck of a week to move to Florida.Posted by Rand Simberg at September 01, 2004 09:00 PM
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Keep your head down, Rand!
Good luck and hang on tight!Posted by Greg at September 1, 2004 10:35 PM
Take care and good luck!Posted by Laughing Wolf at September 2, 2004 05:41 AM
Good luck. I've got a brother in Miami who works for a contractor that does work on power plants. Every time one of these things hits, it sounds like the guys fixing the power lines are busy for weeks.
Here in the Midwest, we only get tornadoes.
JeffPosted by Jeff Findley at September 2, 2004 05:50 AM
Take care Rand. Hope the worst of it misses you. Heck, I wish it would miss everyone. Good luck to you and all Floridians. If wishes could move storms this one would about-face and return to the open sea. And to think, I was THIS close to moving to Florida myself in the late '80s. Things like this make me glad it didn't work out (but I still hate Michigan winters.)Posted by JAM at September 2, 2004 05:56 AM
I listened to Rush on Wednesday and he was a bit of a prick about the whole thing. He has this rather pompous attitude toward his staff. After saying that he might end up "homeless" (of course, the guy is a multi-millionaire with a penthouse apartment in New York City), he then said "my staff will have to fend for themselves... just kidding!"
Does anybody wonder why this guy's housekeeper went and blabbed to the cops and the National Enquirer?
Whatta jerk.Posted by at September 2, 2004 06:27 AM
Gosh! When did you figure out that one about Rush?Posted by Jardinero1 at September 2, 2004 08:39 AM
Good luck Rand!Posted by James at September 2, 2004 09:19 AM
Well, yeah, Rand, late summer is the *perfect* time to move to hurricane country :) Just like a friend & former coowrker who moved from San Diego to Wisconsin in December, it's all in the timing...
Seriously, though, I suggested to my brother who lives in Satellite Beach, that he cut away the screening on his patio enclosure to reduce the windage- I saw a video of Hurricane Charley hitting Punta Gorda, and the fabric just acts as a (slightly) porous sail. Better to get down to bare poles, if you have such a structure on your house.Posted by Doug Jones at September 2, 2004 09:39 AM
"Gosh! When did you figure out that one about Rush?"
Long time ago. But he manages to be charming while being a jerk. It's amazing that so many people call up his show to kiss his butt.Posted by at September 2, 2004 09:46 AM
Good luck, Rand.
Latest realtime visual and IR satellite loops (see http://www.intellicast.com/ and go to the active tropical systems page) makes it look like the eye is starting to veer north of the projected track. Good for Rand, perhaps not good for the Cape or northward.
Good luck, Rand.
If you can, please call or e-mail Andrew to let us know you're OK. Having been through some hurricanes, I'll be worried about you until we hear you've made it through OK.
It's probably too late to do anything about it now, but your regular insurance won't cover damage by rising water, i.e., flooding. If you live near the water, hope you've got flood insurance.
Take care.Posted by Barbara Skolaut at September 2, 2004 01:14 PM
Actually, Barbara, I don't have Andrew's phone number. I also don't have convenient outgoing email right now, though I can receive it fine (hint, hint, Andrew).
But I'll call Glenn once I know my status, even if I can't post, and he may relay it on Instapundit.Posted by Rand Simberg at September 2, 2004 02:01 PM
Best of luck.Posted by Duncan Young at September 2, 2004 04:37 PM
Guess that's why Instapundit is the Blogfaddah, Rand. ;-)Posted by Barbara Skolaut at September 2, 2004 04:59 PM
Greatings from a neighbor to the north, in West Palm. Maybe I'll see you down in Delray soon, if the wind rips off my roof and lofts me your way. ;)Posted by Gary at September 3, 2004 07:36 PM
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