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Irma Recovery: Day #2 –
Life as a Starfish Kid…

Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance

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Posted By:earlybird, 9/13/2017 8:13:19 AM

Did you ever read that little story about the kid walking down the beach throwing starfish in the water, when the old man says he can’t save all of them, so why bother? Well, that a parable for Day #2 in Irma’s impact zones. That parable also explains why this follow-up is reaching y’all well after midnight on Sept. 13th. [Hurricane relief work is a little like keeping a farmers schedule. As I understand it, the work schedule of a farmer extends the necessary shift until the job is done, which has entirely nothing to do with a clock…]I said

For those who are interested (I was) this is a firsthand report of what is actually happening on the ground in Florida. Not in Miami or Naples or Jacksonville, but pretty much the backwater (bad pun) areas where regular people live. Problems abound. Road rage is now gasoline rage with police guarding the gas stations. Power outages requiring the removal of large trees could take weeks or longer. Food is rotting in fridges, so IHop is jammed. This is the real world as one person sees it. I haven’t seen this kind of a report anywhere else.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/13/2017 8:18:10 AM     (No. 11381862)

OP correction. Waffle House, not IHop.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/13/2017 8:24:32 AM     (No. 11381871)

This is also a call for people to be their best selves, to help their neighbors. By example:

•Problem #1) 84-year-old Phyllis, whose kids don’t call her any more, needs her medication chilled and wears a CPAP to sleep at night. •Problem #2) Jose family w/baby Francesca needs her formula cold etc. = No power two weeks. vSolution: move Mr. and Mrs Jose, w/ baby into my house to care for Ms. Phyllis who also needs power. One generator + two family problems solved = a neighborhood. (Snip)
Please check in on your neighbors. Please reach out to friends and family in Texas (Harvey), and/or Florida (Irma). Just let them know they matter, and despite the yuck of all this mess – they are cherished. The most inconsequential of life’s ordinary scheduled tasks can seem like a daunting challenge when cast against the backdrop of these crises.

You don’t have to operate a chainsaw. Help someone to see just the next step forward. Pick up a prescription for someone. Make them a sandwich. Give a can of fuel to someone who has that annoying whir of a generator running. Wash someone’s car, or offer to do their laundry. Pay attention to the conversations around you. Try to do something you find of value.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 9/13/2017 8:28:46 AM     (No. 11381878)

OP, Sundance´s firsthand reports remind me of Lucianne´s reports from Ground Zero after 9/11. For the best first-hand, woman-on-the-street account of what it was like to live through 9/11 up-close and personal, Lucianne´s Short Cuts (now known as Must Reads) were the best reporting anywhere. She was always up before dawn, so the planes had not struck the towers when she posted on 9/11/01. Yet the first item that day is still chilling in retrospect: Troubled Skies: We begin the morning with one of our spy planes shot down over Iraq and Russian war planes buzzing our planes over the Pacific.

By Wednesday, the Short Cuts had changed.

I got through those first couple of weeks reading Lucianne´s Short Cuts before anything else. I wish they were still available in her archives.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: John c, 9/13/2017 8:47:47 AM     (No. 11381900)

The picture at end of the story is great.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 9/13/2017 10:42:37 AM     (No. 11382070)

sundance team is eastern edge of Cajun Navy blessing

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/14/2017 2:59:13 AM     (No. 11382813)

I can tell you the eye went over my home about 2:15AM and ´outer wind bands´ are my least favorite words. A night from H-ll. The winds from 2-5 AM were terrifying. Had that hurricane gone from west to east or east to west, it would headed right at my house. Instead it went south to north and I had less damage and I am so thankful. Most of my neighbors had roof damage and knocked down fences. Yesterday I ventured out for about a mile and it was ugly with so many trees down.
My power was back on about 11:30AM on Tues. Some still don´t have power. What I noticed before the storm was greed. Instead of people saying I won´t be going out for days, let´s share, people were filling up and filling gas cans.
But my neighbor gets the AH award for 2017. He intentionally flooded my yard and all of the water flowed from his to mine even after asking him to put an elbow on his downspout. His "I took care of me, too bad for you" attitude will be rewarded. I have become a retention pond for his yard.
The good news is we are still alive. God is good.

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