Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I think...

...that's it!

Still overcast and raining/drizzling, but no wind.  Didn't see any damage on our walk a bit ago (OK, one roof shingle out of whack).

Golden Crust is open,  I suspect Riddle's and Subway took the two day hiatus, altho there was a lot of condensation on the inside of Riddle's windows, and someone was looking around.

I was expecting a much worse time!

Not Sure What to Think

It's about 9:15 in the morning, and it's quiet.  Traffic is normal sounding, but no wind.  No rain.

Pretty good overcast, 37 degrees.  The Weather Channel map shows the storm center west of Harrisburg.

We're outside of the wind map, so I'm thinking, "We;re done??"

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Quiet. Too quiet...

Not all that far from midnight, and it's damned quiet here. Rain is coming down pretty steadily, but I'm not hearing much in the way of wind.


Man jumps out of a 10th floor window. As he passes each floor, he's heard to say: "So far, so good!"

Weather Channel predicts we'll be in 58+ mph winds tomorrow morning.

Reading an e-book from the library. The Troubled Man, a Kurt Wallander novel.  BBC did a couple of novel to videos, starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role.  Good stuff

 Have my Calibri and Kindle books loaded and ready to go, too.

So far, so good.

It's Even More So!

Wind has been whistling, which is something new. Gold Crust closed. We are safe and dry so far. The next 24 - 48 hours will tell. Going to inventory/top off the grab and go bags before I sleep! Exciting stuff, Maynard!!

Comments Are Enabled...

...sorry about that!

Google Crisis Sandy Map


Blustrier and Wetter

It's official.  I am hunkered.

Tarping isn't as good as I would have liked - still have some drips, but most of the water will be going off the roofs, not thru them, so there's that.

Tub is full of water.  Laundry dome.  Presumably last load of dishes running.  Car moved next door

I woke up at about 5:30 to rain and lots of traffic.  Right not, the occasional vehicle goes by.  Library was closed, as are the Subway across the street and the pottery shop.  Gym was open when we went for our abbreviated walk.  Dakota and Suzu didn't seem to want to be out any more than I.

I see that Golden Crust is still open.

Got two new cookbooks in the mail today.  Betting there won't mail for the next couple of days. At least.

Heh.  "Calm before the storm" was always a metaphor until now.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's Beer...

...and shower o'clock!

I've got the back 40 cleared of potential missiles.  A lot of it stacked on the side porch.  The monster table saw is still where Nick and I left it when we moved it from my storage space.  It is, however, covered with plastic sheeting, as is the folding table saw.

Bbq and smoker are next to the "open" cinder block wall, heavily weighted down.  Didn't remember to think about getting something to tie them down.


Trimmed the excess tarp from the back roof.  The idea of that one is to prevent any more water damage to the exterior-facing wall under it.

Will move the Blazer next tomorrow.

Gusty winds and a stead drizzle right now.  According to the 'Droid, local temp is 49 degrees.

Have to secure the storm windows here in the office.  Requires crawling/moving furniture.  Tomorrow.  (And some pictures, too!)

Let the hunkering begin!

As they say...

...posting may be light.  Or non-existant for the duration of Sandy.

 Got a full tank of gas & fresh oil in the engine.  Made arrangements with my neighbor, Sandy (no, really!!)to park my truck next door, out of reach of the big walnut tree if it falls.  One load of laundry to do. Outside freezer on super cold.  Have beer. wine & gin if the fridge.  Making chili, pork roast and cookies today and tomorrow.  Getting old-fashioned dead tree substrate books from the library tomorrow.  Freezing pint bottles of water  Got propane cylinders for camp stove.  Ton o' batteries.

Gotta bring in all of the potential flying objects.

The first inland "S" on the strom tracks you see... that's pretty much my house.

I've been following Google Crisis... they seem to be doing a good job of it:

You can play with what's displayed.

Gas stations and grocery stores were pretty busy last night.  Thankfully, I'm done!

More as it develops.

I'll try and post from my 'Droid, if it comes to that.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Grab 'n' Go Bags

"Grab 'n' Go" Bags" are you first line of defense in a disaster.  They should be in a place where you can grab them on your way out the door.  These are from the Huntington Beach CERT organization, which I belonged to for a couple of years.  Their purpose is to keep you going if you have to evacuate on short notice.  The contents of these are based on the Southern California environment, so adjust accordingly.

 I sent these to Mr Bingley at The Coalition of the Swilling, and decided that with the approach of Sandy, I put them up here, along with my comments to Mr. B.  (Click for full size)

Sone notes:
Adult, left column: 
  • Radio - I have one that runs on its own solar cell, batteries, or juice from its hand crank
  • Money - change, $1s, $5s, and $10s.  If you don't break down your $20s, you'll find that everything costs $20.00
  • Whistle - make sure it's a damned loud one, not a cheapo toy store one.
  • Okay/Help signs - 8 1/2" x 11", 72 point print, red text "Help", green text "OK"  Put the appropriate one in a street-facing window - lets first responders know how you're doing.
  • Out of state contact - I expect you be that for your family down south.  If they can't raise each other, they call you, and you relay messages.
  • Important docs - old driver's license/passport
  • First aid - no kit is too bog.  I like the ones at Sam's - $20.00, great for BLS.  I'd make sure I had tubes of anti-biotic and cortisone creams as well.  Eye drops/wash.  Low dose aspirin, just in case.  Written first aid guide.  
Right column:
  • TP - the new cash.  Need I say more?
  • Good book - bring some of your favorite adult spirits along w/ the books and cards
  • Blanket/tent, etc - I have my camping gear backed in a couple of large plastic storage boxes.
  • Dust mask - I can't use the disposable ones - they fog my glasses when I exhale.  I broke down and got an inexpensive (not "cheap") respirator at Home Depot.  Works much better...
  • Tools - I have an old catalog cast that I keep my hard hat and misc b & e tools in (I was the CERT ligtht urban search & rescue team leader for a year.)

Pets - most of the first aid items listed are in a good first aid kit (like the one from Home Depot)
  • Get an inverter that will run out of the cigarette lighter - this will allow  you to charge things like laptops, that need a 110/120 v AC outlet.  Got mine at Sam's.
Random Notes:
  • I have "FirstAid", "iTriage" and the "U.S. Army (sorry, Marines) Survival Guide" apps on my 'Droid. 
  • Keep your phone charged in your car!!
  • Make sure you have an extra phone charger for each phone.  Radio Shack and Office Depot both sell chargers that have interchangeable plugs, so you can use 1 charger to charge several phones (mine plugs into the wall, the cig lighter, and even take a 9v battery!)
  • Or just get a cigarette lighter powered USB outlet.  (Apple people, YMMV)
 A good practice is to check the batteries on your smoke alarm, and inventory your survival stuff twice a year, on the day the time changes (or on New Year's Day and the 4th of July if you don't switch to/from Daylight Savings Time).  Make sure batteries are fresh (or charged), rotate water and other perishables.

A bottle or two of your favorite Adult Beverage is not a bad thing to have on hand, either.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pray and Act

The Manhattan Declaration and the 40 day fast for America.

I found this while reading through reader comments at Brietbart about  the AFP commercial I linked to in the post below.  The responder did not include any links, so, since Google is my friend, I found a bunch of posts about the 40 day fast for America.

I followed the link to the "Pray and A.C.T." page at the Renewing American Leadership (ReAL) website.  It describes the why and how of the fast.  It also directs you to the Pray and A.C.T. website.  as of today, the link fails, returning a "Server Not Found" error.  I'll poke into that when I'm done here...

The "ACT" part of the page asks that you go to the Manhattan Declaration webite, and read and sign it.  That link goes to the web page.  Here is a link to the declaration as a .PDF.

The declaration is about 4,700 words long, so get comfortable.  It is a clear and concise defense of life, marriage, and religious liberty from a Christian moral perspective.  Two thinks I liked the most about it:  first, it strongly and clearly emphasizes human free will, and the fundamental right and freedom to follow one's own conscience.  (I inferred that one might add "well informed" as a state of said conscience.  Or that could just be the Ghosts of Jesuits Past.)  Second, was the mini-lesson on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s from the Birmingham jail: "...citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself. Unjust laws degrade human beings. Inasmuch as they can claim no authority beyond sheer human will, they lack any power to bind in conscience. King's willingness to go to jail, rather than comply with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring."

Read the whole thing.  Sign it if you feel so moved.  Fast if you feel so moved.  And act, if you feel so moved.

Pax Vobiscum.

(Originally posted at Leelu's Place)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Subway Redux...

I live pretty much at the intersection of PA 24 and PA 74 - Main and Broadway, Red Lion.  When I started coming up here regularly a year ago May, there was a Subway shop directly across the street.  The Doc and I would go over there pretty often, sometimes for the whole meal, sometimes just for tea and and cookies.  Sadly, the owner had just gotten tired of the drill, and decided to close.  This was just after Labor Day, 2011.  I've been looking at an empty store since then.  For most of that time, there was a sign in the window that said "Closed of Remodeling - Opening Soon".  It wasn't until about three months ago that I noticed some signs of activity - a couple of times I saw guys with clipboards wandering about the place.  Then about 2 months ago, there was a new sign in the window - Help Wanted!!

For about the last 5 - 6 weeks, there has been actual construction going on - the place had been stripped out to the bare walls, and the sign on the roof removed very quickly after it had closed.  Now, slowly, the place was coming back.  New wall paper, new seating, and a new sandwich line.

I spoke with the new owner, James, last Sunday.  In answer to my "When are you opening?" question,  he told me that he'd planned on opening last week, but he had some (what I've come to call) "supplier issues".  He invited me to an open house, scheduled for this evening.  I felt that I needed to being a "host" gift as a sort of "Welcome to the Neighborhood" gesture, so I baked a double batch of my Weapons Grade Chocolate Brownies, and took them over at about 6 this evening.  Well, the health inspector hadn't made it by in time, so the party was postponed until tomorrow evening.  But, since I'd brought brownies, I was invited to have what turned out to be the first sandwich.  (On the house!)

It turned out to be a training night for the new kids, so I had the experience of having the preparation of my sandwich critiqued but the trainer.  There were a couple of small glitches, but in the end, my Roasted Tuscan Chicken sandwich, (although not actually roasted) was still tasty and satisfying.  So, before I head up to York for the debate party, I'm going to swing in and get my open house 6 inch meal.

I owe my daughter a debt of thanks for getting me back to Subway, when we took our last road trip together in '97.  Say what you will about fast food, Subway makes a damned good sandwich to order.  I've only found one that was a tad off, and that was only because the cookies were obviously from an inferior vendor.  The sandwich was OK.

So, James and crew, welcome to the neighborhood!!