While folks in Texas and Louisiana are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, here in Florida we are watching the Caribbean, where Hurricane Irma is making a path toward us. Or at least that’s one of the paths. If and where she will land in Florida is still in question.
Here’s an idea; just stay away, Irma! People here are still rebuilding from last year’s Hurricane Matthew. We don’t need another one.
When we bought a house in Florida we knew that hurricanes were a reality. In fact, we were still in closing when Matthew came up the coast. Not wanting to hang around any longer than we had to, we took off ahead of the storm and waited it out in a small campground west of Tallahassee. Watching the news reports on TV, we weren’t sure we would have a place to come back to. A couple of homes in our little community were destroyed, and there was a lot of damage up around Daytona Beach, but the only thing we had to deal with was a little bit of trash blown into our yard from a carport that got torn up down the street.
We are supposed to be in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this coming weekend getting ready for daughter-in-law Geli’s medical procedure on Monday. So I’m not really worried about our personal safety, since we will be gone ahead of the storm. If it does hit around here, we’ll just stay put a little longer until it’s safe to come home. What else can you do?
Among the things on my to do list are to purchase a Honda generator to keep in the garage in case we have a power loss during one of our storms. Those things are quiet and bulletproof. Years ago our friends Dave and Sandy Baleria had two Honda generators hooked together and running to supply air conditioning to their fifth wheel while they were teaching seminars at an RV rally someplace. A big storm came along and flooded the area where they were parked, and when they went back to their rig the generators were underwater.
Dave assumed they were trashed and bought two new ones to replace them. He was going to throw the first pair away, but I asked if I could have them, thinking our son-in-law might be able to use them for parts or something. As it turns out, once the old oil and gas was poured out of them, new filters installed, and new needle valves put in the carburetors, both generators fired right up and are still running today. Keep in mind, not only were they in a flood, they were in a flood while they were running, and they still survived. That’s pretty darned impressive, if you ask me.
We have had a lot of calls about our 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome and some people seem to be very interested, but at this point it is still for sale. If you know anybody in the market for a very nice upscale diesel coach, they can find pictures and information on a page special page I set up for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
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