My Florida Home
My family moved to Indialantic in 1969. From here I watched the Apollo rockets go to space and the Shuttle missions begin (and end). This town in situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, thus the name "india-lantic". The town has grown over the past 40 years, but still retains a small-town feel.
"Look Out For That Hurricane!..."
Shortly before a hurricane hits, the ocean becomes rough and the waves really roll. Here we see some adrenalin junkies out for a quick kite-surfing fix.
So Whaddaya Do?
Meanwhile, the rest of us are dutifully boarding up our homes in anticipation of getting slammed by a category 3 (or 4) STORM...
So Where Do Ya Hide?
For those of us stubborn enough to want to ride out a hurricane, the best thing to do is take cover in a closet or a bathtub.
It's easy - just arrange your body like a corpse at a crime scene, and wait for the mayhem to begin.
Oh - be sure to have your feet sticking out of your micro-mini closet, and leave the shelf overhead full of clothing. Later, when your roof blows off, you won't mind because the shelf will have become an indoor projectile and chances are, you won't remember what hit you. Under just the right set of circumstances, that could be a good thing.
So What Happens When It's Over?
After the sound of 100 freight trains slamming at you full speed dies down, you peer out your front door, anxious for some sign of life. All is eerily quiet....
You slowly, carefully open your door. You take a tentative first step outside - no wind, and maybe just a slight drizzle of rain. Still no sounds...
You walk outside to the end of your driveway, peer down the street, and this is what you see....
So What Did You Miss?
After you realize there are no live wires flipping about on the pavement, you decide to venture down the streets of your neighborhood to see what's going on.
You're shocked to see how gail force winds have succeeded in uprooting an old oak tree and tipping it over, creating a weird canopy over your neighbor's driveway.
Good thing the buck stopped there. Can you imagine waking up to a tree in your living room?
So Where Do Ya Go From Here?
After a while, you get in your car and drive toward the beach. You wonder if the surf's still up.
You wonder if there's even a beach left.
You make a mental note that you won't be getting gas at the local Chevron station anymore.
Then you return home, wondering when the next hurricane will come whipping through.
And you hope like hell that next one is "only" a Cat-1 Cane.