Monday, September 1, 2008

Good News And Bad News...

Well, as the hurricane starts to come ashore in Louisiana I'm struck by the fact that Texas has once again dodged the bullet as far as major hit or damage from a hurricane for a long time. This is for the most part good news. Very little loss of life in the States, light damage to property, not much in the way of flooding (at least not so far).

The winds have dropped off to a mere 110 miles per hour, the storm probably is a category 2, down from a category 3. There are plenty of warnings of tornado's and power outages, but as far as hurricanes go...Louisiana is faring pretty well. So is Texas...and there in lies the problem.

Several major storms have started in this direction over the last couple of years, and so far the Texas coast has missed out on the brunt of the storm. Every time a storm changes direction and Texas misses out on the major trauma of a big storm, the people have a tendency to get passive and less concerned with the danger the next time a major storm is announced. Fewer and fewer people take action and prepare less and less. While this is really good news as far as no direct hits, with everyone getting more and more passive as far as preparation the chance of extreme damage to life and limb when we get the inevitable hit.

Whether it's in life or a hurricane, or a thunderstorm, or even a heavy rain we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into believing that nothing bad is going to happen. The old saying around the Texas coast is to "prepare for the worst and hope for the best!" Just because nothing happened this time doesn't mean that it won't happen the next. I'm not trying to be negative here, but merely point out the danger in letting down your guard in any potentially dangerous situation.

Let's remember to keep good thoughts in our hearts and mind for all the less fortunate folks caught in the fury of the storm as it comes ashore. Watch a little of the damage being done as it's shown on the weather channel and you will see just how fortune has smiled again on those of us who have missed the major part of these storms at this time.

I'll take the heat, mosquitoes, thunderstorms and the like over a hurricane any time. Thanks go out to all who offered the good wishes and showed concern about our safety. It is all appreciated, it truly is.

Now let's go outside and have some fresh coffee at the patio table...and be thankful that the patio furniture is still there.


Manu said...

Hi Jim...i agree with you.
People tend to let their guard down when things have been fine for a while. Nevertheless i am glad that the hurricane went down to a 2. We sent/sending positive energy over for the storm to slow down as much as possible, little damage and for everyones safety.We'll keep an eye on the developments.
Gald to hear that you are safe and that you had a great time at the reunion.

Stay safe,

PS: Happy Labor Day to you and everyone in the US.

HermitJim said...

Hey Manu...thanks for the visit and the good wishes. I am very fortunate that I have so many friends sending me their good energy and thoughts. I appreciate it, I really do.

I'll celebrate Labor Day for ya as well...eating your share of the BBQ and potato salad. Can I have your Ice Cream also??

See ya...

Mom said...

As I said before - truer words were never spoken!!

Wonder where all those people went that were evacuated - what a mess trying to get them all home again!
Love you - have a great day! Mom

Manu said...

Knock yourself out Jim...yum, yum LOL

HermitJim said...

Hey Mom...thanks for dropping by and for the comments. The logistics of any move of this magnatude is almost unthinkable. Having been in the transportation office while at Altus AFB in Oklahoma, I saw first hand how organized people can be when they want to be.

Hey Manu...I appreciate the OK to eat your ice cream. Lately that's been my weakness and it shows around my belt line for sure.

See ya...

blondie said...

Glad to hear all is well Jim and that once again you're going to 'dodge the bullet'.
I'm not alone today so getting time on the weather channel is hard.
But I am watching that storm and will use my blondie powers to make sure you stay safe :) ha!
Save me some ice cream, would ya?
Judy :))

HermitJim said...

Hey Blondie...thanks for dropping by. Keep on sending that Blondie power in my direction...I may need it yet.

Sorry that you can't get to the T.V. but I'll try and keep you posted, OK?

See ya later!