Thursday, September 11, 2008

Still trying to get back to "normal"

I came across this picture from when the president flew into Baton Rouge last week to look at the hurricane damage.
Amazing that Air Force One was sitting in the same spot this picture was taken just two weeks prior (at the Baton Rouge Air Show). Crazy.

Anyways, I saw this and had to share...I edited it to show some of our lessons we learned too.

Gustav's Guide to Hurricane Survival
Lessons learned during and after the storm

The hurricane grouch quotient can be calculated by adding the number of children and pets in a home without power, multiplied by the number of days quoted on the power company telephone recording, divided by the number of fans and portable air conditioners powered by your home generator, (however, if you were last in line at Home Depot and have no generator then multiply by the daily high for that day), then add the number of trips to the washateria and the days left until school/daycare reopens. Discount by the percentage of time spent at a neighbor or family members that has power. Recalculate as needed.

No mater how many times you flick the switch, lights won't work without electricity.

It's the only time you'll ever be jealous of someone with gas cans strapped to the roof of their car.

Vienna sausages only appear on the food pyramid during hurricane season.

Gas mileage is recalculated based on miles per fume.

Lovebugs do not disappear in 80+ mph winds.

Disasters can cancel 1 LSU football game but there will be even bigger casualties if we cancel 2.

Baton Rouge resembles Mexico City without traffic lights.

The drain pan under a defrosted freezer can smell like a dead body.

MRE Emergency Meals taste like canned chunky soup and spaghetti 'os .

A frozen jug of water will keep a gallon of milk cold for 2 days in an ice chest.

There are/were a lot of really big trees around here

People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for.

Calories consumed during a hurricane or power outage don't count.

Telemarketers function no matter what the weather is doing.

Most popular text message after September 1st was "do you have power?"

Crickets can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators.

Dirty clothes in an unsupervised hamper multiply at an exponential rate.

Coffee, spaghetti, french fries and frozen pizzas can be made on a grill.

He who has the biggest generator wins.

Tree service companies are under-appreciated except after a hurricane.

There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.

If you owned a store that sold only ice, chain saws, gas, generators, you would be rich.

But the most important lesson is that the human spirit in south Louisiana has an amazing resilience that even a hurricane can not break.
Well I guess I have to get back to work now if I want to have any hope of paying for the generator and air conditioning unit we had to fork out money for this week. But we have to be prepared...although the next storm (IKE) will miss us, we are still expected to get 40 mph or more gusts of wind, heavy rain and power outages. Better to have the piece of mind!

1 comment:

random moments said...

I love this! I may have to steal.

Getting back to normal... seems like its happening at a snail's pace.

Miss your face!