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Earth Angel
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50 posted 10-24-2005 02:55 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

It is nearly 3 AM where I am and I have been watching the CNN coverage of Hurricane Wilma. She has been up-graded to a category 3 and southern Florida is going to be hit hard. I pray all our Pip friends have gotten out of the area and out of harm's way. ~ And that they still will have homes to come home to.
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51 posted 10-24-2005 03:33 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Things are getting a little breezy now. The full force is hitting Key West and we have 3-4 hours before it gets here. I'm not worried, though. I'm hiding behind Sy's wife, Isabel, who has promised me protection. Not even a hurricane would mess with Isabel!
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52 posted 10-24-2005 10:52 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal


Reporting in from East/Central Florida ...
windy and raining ... but nothing we haven't seen before~

The Ft. Lauderdale area looks to be under siege pretty hard ... ya'll stay safe~
*Huglets*
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53 posted 10-24-2005 11:11 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Thanks for the update from where you are Marge...

The pics from CNN are incredible!

Stay safe, and I do wish all our Floridian
members would check in as soon as they possibly can.

Still holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy
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for those that emailed the yahoo account...I am having a hard time getting into that email..so if you didn't get a response yet...it's not cause I don't love ya!...

Anyway, Jacksonville is wet, a bit windy and COLD!  But otherwise, we are fine and usually are...(I love tempting fate/karma...it/they owe me).

Balladeer?  Please let us know when you can how you are?  and Sharon...and anyone else down below?



"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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55 posted 10-24-2005 11:17 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Thanks for your update Susan.

Now...let's hope we hear from Balladeer, Seymour, PDV, and any others in Wilma's path soon!
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Looking for check ins too. Sigh. Hard to do without power tho. sigh.

Worried here...
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.... to resume what I was typing in (as I was so rudely interrupted by a power outage)


... there are major power outages across the state ... primarily in the southern portions~
The energy companies are out attempting to bring them back online ...~

The Lauderdale, and southwest and southeastern portions of the state took the brunt of this hurricane ... the hurricane moved quickly and a little more ferousciously than first thought ...~

It is about done with us and exiting into the Atlantic ... where it will do the Wilma shuffle and go goodness only knows !!

The sun has now come through in my area ... but the temps are quite chilly for us spoiled Floridians !

She's still gusting winds and growling as she heads onward~

I'm sure those we are most concerned about will check in when the power is restored~
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58 posted 10-24-2005 02:50 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I didn't do it Marge.



and if anyone just hears from anyone, check in FOR them, k?

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59 posted 10-24-2005 02:54 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Any new updates?
Prayin' still here.
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60 posted 10-24-2005 03:35 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Doing ok here...a lot of damage but we're all safe. Power is out for almost 3 million so i won't be on for a while, I'm sure...just getting this in on limited battery power.

Thanks for the concern...see ya when i can
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and hey? Let me know if you need any socks, k?



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'deer...

So glad you're safe, my friend...



"When the power of love overcomes the love
of power the world will know peace."
--Jimi Hendrix

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63 posted 10-24-2005 04:17 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Whew!
Titia Geertman
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So glad you're safe Marge and Deer and I'm sending loads of knuffels to keep you warm.

Titia

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Checking in...I'm at work (we have generator power). I stayed with my daughter and their house is ok ( a little water damage ) but otherwise all is ok. I haven't been home to my condo yet so I'm not sure if I have a home but as long we're all ok, it doesn't matter!

And I do have a funny story.......but it's going to have to wait until I have time to write it down...

Hope you are ok there in Ft. Lauderdale..guess they got it worse than I did up here...


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Deer & Sharon -- so glad you made it thru!   ....jo
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I KNEW you'd be okay--ain't nothin' comin' inbetween you and your babies!



and yes, whew!
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Make that a double whew and sure hope all goes well at your condo too   Let's hope we hear from the rest of the Florida folks soon.  Enuf already with this weather!
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70 posted 10-29-2005 02:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Beautiful downtown Ft. Lauderdale is not so beautiful anymore. Windows reflecting rays of the ever-present Florida sun are shattered, leaving gaping holes in the tall buildings lining the skylight of the city that stretches down the atlantic as far as the eye can see. Boats are piled up like matchsticks along the bays. Driving through the residential communities, I was reminded of the Skakespearian line, "Who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him?", although in this case, it would be "Who would have thought there were so many trees in Florida?" Huge piles of broken limbs and shattered trunks line the streets, not unlike fortress gates, these being made of palm, black olive,eucalyptus, strangles fig and malaleucas. The majority of screened-in patios have been obliterated. The infra-structure is almost non-existant. After Wilma hit, 98% of the power in Dade County, home of Miami, and Broward county, home of Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach county was gone. Now, five days after landfall, almost half the power has been restored with a target date of November 24th to get everyone back in full service. A large portion of the phone system is also gone. Cell phones have becone the communication life-blood, albeit spotty since the wireless networks were not designed to handle such a load. Traffic signals are out and people are instructed to use the "four-way stop' mentality when crossing busy intersections. Fortunately there is much lesstraffic because there are almost no gas stations open to pump gas. Each day a few more open and lines of hundreds of vehicles appear out of nowhere, mny running out of gas while in the 4-6 hour waiting line (and praying that the gas at the pumps doesn't run out before they get there.)
     Each morning begins with - the hunt. Just as our ancestors hunted each day for food to survive, we hunt a prey much more elusive than the swiftest elk or strongest buffalo. We hunt for ice. FEMA has stations set up in every town for ice, water and hot meals. Get there early, take a book, and within 2-4 hours, you may be able to walk away with 2 bags of ice and a case of water, very necessary since the majority of Broward county is under a boiled-water alert. Then it is rushing home as fast as possible before it melts, utilizing the 4-way stop mentality, of course. The day after the hurricane was rough. Thousands of people lined up for water and ice, out-of-state FEMA drivers got lost, there were fuel problems, and the delays were long. Reporters were everywhere, of course, and every scream at FEMA or the government brought them rushing like flies to a garbage dump. One lady in line said, "We didn't know it would be this bad."  DUH! It was aimed right at us. The cool front moving down from the north and the southern front moving up created an alleyway Wilma could not escape from. It HAD to hit us. There was nowhere else for it to go. Ok, some people felt that something might happen to let us escape once again, as we had done several times in the past two years. Even so, couldn't these people have taken two or three minutes to fill up an empty gallon jug or two with water JUST IN CASE??? Then there wouldn't have been lines of thousands the day after. I wouldn't expect them to go out and buy a few bags of ice JUST IN CASE because that would require physical activity on their part but couldn't they have put the ice they had in zip-lock bags and made more to have on hand? Ok, so they didn't and that was their choice. People are entitled to make their own decisions. Life also states that people have to live by the decisions they make and the ridiculous part was that THESE people who made no effort to prepare were the ones screaming loudest in lines for the government to do something - NOW! The same was true of the gasoline. At any time on Sunday night, anyone could have gotten gas anywhere. on monday night, after wilma hit, people were screaming that they had no gas - GOVERNMENT, DO SOMETHING!!!!  I've stood in these ice lines and have yet to hear one person complain about either FEMA or the government and I live in Broward county - a county that has never voted Republican in it entire history. People accept the fact that we got smacked with a major hurricane and it will take time to rebound and most people are sppreciative for whatever help we receive. Naturally, the one out of hundreds who screams is the one most likely to be highlighted on the evening news.
     One of the more incredible statistics to come out of this tragedy is that there was no looting. Anyone familiar with the makeup of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale can understand how astonishing this is. Many shopping and residential areas were devastated, leaving themselves open to looters. On the night of the hurricane, a 7 o'clock curfew was immediately implemented. State national guard troops were sent in the augment the local police forces. For the first three days following the hurricane, there were six reported cases of looting, with one arrest, in all of Miami and ft. Lauderdale, an amazing statistic.
     So that's it. I'll take this across town to a friend of mine who has a working telephone and get it to you. We wait for power, phones, gas and basic services to return. My faith in my fellow man has been restored greatly in the past week. People are friendly, helpful and considerate to others, as lest for now. We went through a tough time together and we'll get through it together. My respect for Serenity's ability to handle what she went through has increased greatly, too.
     So flip on a light switch, enjoy a cold beverage and appreciate the fact that you can. I'll be back soon........

...and thank you for the well-wishes. Sock supply is ok
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Deer...Did any one ever tell you that you should be a writer?  Very interesting...should go out to newspapers, I think.  I'm so glad that you are safe!!
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72 posted 10-29-2005 03:09 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer~
Knowing all of these feelings just too, too well after last year's hits on our area~
We did take the warnings seriously ... did stock up ... did maintain our sense of humor and gratitude and came out of it with deeper appreciation for what we daily take for granted~

Sending loving thoughts to all~
*Huglets*
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73 posted 10-29-2005 04:04 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Balladeer ~

I appreciated hearing your Deer's-eye view first hoof. ~ I mean, "bird's-eye view, first hand"!

You have been through so much and your descriptive and informative write brought the devastation that Wilma wreaked so much closer to this arm-chair viewer.

You are a marvellous writer ~ no matter what form you choose to scribe your thoughts.

I am pleased that you and yours survived the storm and have lived to tell about it.

Love & Light,
Linda
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74 posted 10-29-2005 04:11 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

This is so unfair...

It should NOT have happened to you, m'deer.



Please take care of you Mike.

*touching the screen*

you know I know you know I know...

 
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