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

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 yesterday I thought that 50% of the residents of South Florida might be home.  I was wrong.  That estimation was overstated. Maybe a third of the regular residents were home on Day #1 – a few more showed up today (Day #2)…. and based on south-bound traffic observed, a whole bunch more are in in route tonight.

They ain’t going to like what awaits.

First things first.  Yes, we found fuel – it took driving past 47 empty gas stations to find one open with fuel.   More than 100 cars (easily) were around the block for this station at 8am.  We dispatched a volunteer to wait in line, and went about doing what we could w/out fuel, SCOUT.  Three hours later 40 ten gal cans caught up with us.  Oh, and another station opened around noon.

Tonight the police were not only escorting gas, but local police were guarding the gas stations upon arrival (saw it first hand).  Somehow fuel has reached such a valued commodity that even the rumor of a delivery sends the fuel starved swarm into a frenzy.  Controlling that swarm is now added duty of police.  At approximately the same time as a 3,000 gallon tanker driver removes his hose from the ground intake, the tanks he just filled run dry.  You’ve just got to see fuel piranhas in action, to believe it.

Grown women driving SUV’s, whip out 2 jerry cans and are more than willing to throw down the Mad Max gauntlet if that’s what it takes to keep their babies formula cold. There ain’t no class society structure here.  It’s beyond Thunderdome.  Hence the police directing pump flow, and trying to stave off the tired, desperate guy with a shotgun, running on fumes, who has had enough of waiting eight hours for a possible chance at gas pump lotto.

The first birds returned today.  Weird to notice a bird making a noise, then realizing you haven’t heard a bird chirp in two days.  I wonder where they go?

♦ Have you ever seen a 200 person outside line -wrapping all the way around the building-  for a possible seat in a Waffle House?  Methinks it ain’t the pancakes.  Remember, only about a third of the town-folk stayed/arrived.  Now imagine that 200 person line tripled; imagine those gas lines tripled; imagine SUVMom -vs- Mad-Max-Shotgun-Guy TRIPLED.

Two thirds of local residents, who left with ZERO prep, return to discover what smells like a rotting carcass in their fridge, and no air conditioning, ….Yeah, one might imagine the next few days could be rather sketchy nerves for more than seats at the Waffle House…

♦ When we are looking for root problems, one of the boots-on-the-ground tricks is to follow the collective hum of generators.  •Question: You got power?  Answer: No?  •Question: Do you know why you have no power? Answer: (variations of words used to describe what happens when a cow licks you square in the forehead and someone asks you why).

With most hurricane power outages you can find something, usually a tree, that has actually severed the top power line on a neighborhood grid.   If the tree is massive, with or without taking down the pole, the tree has to be removed first.  If the power company has to remove a tree before they can restore power to an ordinary residential neighborhood, they drop the priority to “some later time”, and move on to quicker repairs…  Ergo most of those without power, end Day #3 (September 13), will not see power until their rotation on the tree removal list comes up; sometime around the end of the month (two weeks away), or later.

Insurance companies (via quick claims settled to contracted tree removal), or a bunch of fast action roughnecks with chainsaws, can both deliver the identical amount of relief and speed up the process. Bob, Jeff, Phyllis, Gus, Gustav, Erik, Jose and Baby Francesca, found out today how that works.  Gustav’s tree, though he willingly disclaims ownership, took down Bob, Jeff, Phyllis and about 50 other people’s electricity service.  Jose, a young chap wrecked with guilt and a 6 month old baby, happened to be custodian of another tree that took down the electrical convenience of about 150 more.

Gustav’s tree, a well saturated Australian Pine, is about the dimension of a gasoline tanker trailer in the parts that matter.  Jose’s oak tree, one of the reasons Grandma told him to buy that specific house-while harboring visions of cradling her new grand-baby underneath it’s shade, is even more awe inspiring. Well, that is, if it wasn’t the cause of so much damage.   FUBAR.  Both jobs need cranes, slings, major league heavy equipment rental, eminent domain/easement use and two 6 men crews for two full days etc.

•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.  √Solution: 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.

♦ On my way North today I did see about 20 fuel tankers headed South.  Unfortunately I also saw one tanker with an armed escort being followed by a blood thirsty wolf pack tracking his cargo just to be first in line for the swarm.   Hopefully the fuel piranhas can be satiated in a few months or a million+ tanker trucks, whichever comes first.  According to FEMA as heard on radio interview, the collective power companies need 800,000 gallons per day, just to keep their crews operating in Florida…. Do the math.

I also saw a massive convoy of power company trucks headed down I-75 from the upper East Coast (they must have crossed I-4).  There’s lots of resources flowing…

Right now our priority remains just keeping people moving forward, or at least looking forward.  There are tremendous challenges in front of a great deal of really good decent people.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the scope of the challenge and allow the sheer enormity of it to drown you.    Don’t let it.

Every day, every hour, every minute… the goal is the same; just one step.  Don’t look at what cannot be solved, look at what can.

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.

Be “Starfish-kid”…

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

  1. Paco Loco says:

    Sundance, your descriptive writing is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. I’ve lived through hurricanes in Hawaii, forest fires in Alaska, and winter snow storms that lasted for days. The old Boy Scout moto “Be Prepared” is as valid as it ever was. Civilization and the thin veneer of society are easily ripped away by nature. In most cases, people are cooperative and work together to survive. Those unprepared are the ones who cause havoc.

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    • Nailbanger says:

      👍🏻😎

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    • dginga says:

      My only direct Hurricane experience was Hugo. As soon as the sun came up and the wind died down, the neighbors came out of their homes and surveyed the damage. We checked on the elderly neighbors to make sure they were OK, then the men in the neighborhood grabbed their chainsaws and began triage. First to go were the large trees that fell over the streets. Can’t get anything in or out with trees in the way. Even the little kids got to work moving the tree debris they could lift out of the road. The women fired up the charcoal and gas grills and started making breakfast for anyone who wanted breakfast. Campstove coffee was first! People started cleaning out their refrigerators and bringing food to those with grills to feed the neighborhood. Some people got their cameras to document damage for the insurance companies. I could go on and on, but my point is that the neighborhood pulled together as a community and took care of their own. Once our neighborhood was settled enough, we moved on to check on other neighborhoods nearby. We were out of power for over a week! We got very tired of “camping” very quickly. Most of the adults still had to go to work.

      It amazes me that there are people like that guy in the video who can be such complete a**holes in a situation like this. His family must be so proud. Of course, they probably already know he’s a complete jerk. I am glad that the vast majority of people will pull together as a community in times like this.

      Sundance, thanks for your updates and your hard work for your community.

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      • fuzzi says:

        dginga, I love the caring for your neighbors aspect of living in the Carolinas. We were in the upstate during Hugo, but did not get any damage where we lived.

        I have seen for myself the helpful attitude: if you go “in the ditch” during a snow/ice event, some good boys with a pickup truck and chains will come by shortly to get you out, just hold on.

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        • ladypenquin says:

          These kinds of natural disasters show a critical deficiency in our ability to be self-reliant. Wait, let me backtrack that thought…a deficiency on the part of a few who have grown so dependent on “government” to do “something” they can’t function without someone from the government coming and making everything “all better.” I don’t have any patience for the generation who can’t function without their technology. It’s the same thinking behind why the worker at the fast food restaurant can’t “make change” if the cash register doesn’t tell them the amount to give back. The basics of commonsense functioning are being slowly taken out of our culture.

          Still, they’ll always be people like Sundance and Treepers and the neighbor stories described on these threads which will remind and reinforce for us our own resiliency and ability to survive – without waiting on the government to do something or give us something.

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      • nuthinmuffin says:

        pulling my ak out of the trunk and showing it would’ve quieted him down

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    • DR in LA says:

      God bless you, Sundance! Eye of Hurricane Ivan went right over my house here in Lower Alabama. Had same power line problem with big pecan tree on the line. Neighbor and I broke out the chainsaws and took the tree down, thankfully without bringing the power line down. About five days later, noticed lights on down the road but no power at my house. Called power company and they checked to see I was on tree removal list. I told them tree is gone. Couple of hours later, one of their workers came and reset the breaker and we had power again. Amazing how the burden is lessened when people come together to help each other!

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    • bpk1300 says:

      Pack, SunDance is an amazing writer, he paints pictures with his words and also,with the complicated subjects, he able to speak in simple terms so all is understood. What a talent and joy this site is!!!!

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    • yy4u says:

      Agreed, Paco. Sundance’s writing has an immediacy I haven’t seen in ANY of the reporting.

      Wondering if FEMA shouldn’t have those HUGE gas powered generators that furnish electricity in parts of Africa and South America, why those companies who furnish power for rock concerts couldn’t come into FL with their generators and power up neighborhoods so desprately in need of it, why volunteers like Sundance aren’t given emergency clearances so they can jump to the head of gas lines.

      It is so sad to read about people needing their meds kept refrigerated (think insulin) and babies needing formula kept cold.

      We live on the East Coast, on the Chesapeake Bay, and we’ve had our fair share of hurricanes. We have a shelf in the utility room well stocked with Zone bars (delicious), Spam, vienna sausages, applesauce, peanut butter (you can eat it out of the jar), bottled water. Before a hurricane warning I always fill the bathtubs with water for the dog. All that said, no way I’d ever ride out another hurricane. The last one was too big a challenge trying to “pot” two big dogs in the middle of a hurricane, trying to get them to hurry up while the live oak in the front yard looked like it wanted to go over any minute (it didn’t).

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  2. G3 says:

    Duracell Trucks are around Florida if you need batteries- try FB to find their locations.

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  3. GracieD says:

    SD, I am lifting you up in Prayer daily you’re good people. Are you sure you don’t have Cajun relatives?! We move people in as needed when storms come through. We even insulated our garage when we built to make more room…pop and n a window unit and you have over 400 more square feet for family, friends, etc. to stay cool. I tried to get several FL friends to head West, but they would not, and I absolutely understand. Big hugs headed your way from South Louisiana, buddy! If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to ask! God Bless you!!!

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  4. ❤️❤️🐾I have donated to CTH and “Starfish” Sundance again this morning. I hope he can utilize some of these funds to help those in need in Florida. I feel fairly powerless, except through prayer, at times. I wish I could physically be there to help. We need more helper-doers in our world right now. Thank you Sundance and those volunteers working with you. We have your back from afar.🐾❤️❤️🇺🇸

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  5. Dogstar_K9 says:

    Just to add, as I didn’t notice in any of the threads, 2 things that can be very helpful:
    1. A weather band radio
    2. A battery powered AM/FM radio

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  6. WSB says:

    “•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. √Solution: 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.”

    WOW!!!! That is just about it, right there, Sundance!

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  7. TreeClimber says:

    Are both the oak and pine in your neighborhood, Sundance? I really hope you get power before October. Best of luck, God bless.

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  8. Evans says:

    Many gas stations are still out of premium and diesel in North Texas.
    – NORTH Texas NOT Houston!

    Harvey knocked out Exxonmobil’s Baytown facility and Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery was reported to be closed for “up to two weeks” but not a peep that either are back in operation.

    Those two alone are around 25% of the US refinery capacity.

    Add in all the petrochemical companies in the Houston area that were damaged (these companies make many of the chemicals used to refine gasoline or the EPA required additives) and the US fuel supply is not looking good.

    We had around 23 day supply of gasoline “blending stocks” which are the basis for gasoline before ethanol and other additives are combined to make road ready fuel when Harvey hit.

    Add the logistical nightmare of getting the fuel to Florida and we are in for a mess,

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  9. Mindy Jessica Ash says:

    Thank you . I guess I’ll be staying s few days longer. I help people all the time . It’s time to hiley others help me. Maybe?
    Thank you God fir all my blessings!!
    Be with those less fortunate and let me be a blessing ! Mindy Ash

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  10. I loved the prose and the caring and the way Sundance redefines the meaning of “family” to include every person in need that he meets. It helps me understand what draws me to this site and to the people on this site.

    I’m reminded of a 1902 article written by my grandfather about Nome Alaska miners finding that one of their own is suddenly gone in a storm, and coming together in respect.

    http://www.iment.com/maida/family/father/jackbell/dp-1902aug10-deathofolddad.htm

    May the ones Sundance helps help keep him safe, too.

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  11. Unclezeb says:

    Why you do not have power is actually an important question.
    If you lost a lot of food in your freezer or refrigerator it may be covered by your
    homeowners insurance. Here is the key…

    It will NOT be covered if your property lost power due to a general area outage.
    However, if your power was lost or can not be restored due to wind, debris or a fallen
    tree, damaging Your properties service connections then coverage should apply.

    If have seen food loses become very expensive in these situations.

    Of course all of this depends on the wording of you policy and the insurance companies interpretation.

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  12. Kathy says:

    WOOD-FIRED APPLIANCES … Check out this guy (MrTeslonian):

    My Wood Stove Runs a Generator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i3-w6MZP1U

    PART I – Wood stove powered refrigerator/freezer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZjO307Rb04
    PART II – Wood stove powered refrigerator/freezer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vldMy2NXs9s

    Got relatives in New England who are this same kind of curious — one nephew built his own potato gun by age 10.

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  13. Curry Worsham says:

    “Thrower of Starfishes”

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  14. Kaco says:

    Wow, thanks for giving us the update. God’s Blessings to you and your team as you continue to help your communities. I hope it gets easier each day and they keep the fuel coming as you wait for power to be restored.

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  15. Ace says:

    I live in bad winter weather country.
    Tip: to have power restored quickly, live near a nursing home! They always get restored first.

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    • tonyE says:

      Or in SoCal…deep in the Soviet State of Calimexistan, home of Pelosi and Maxine Waters, with all the Central Five Year Planning that entails… to avoid rolling blackouts live near a fire station.

      Meanwhile the Soviet Authorities keep cutting back on our oil production.

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  16. tuskyou says:

    In person or via the internet you are a blessing to every person you interact with. May God continue to bless you Sundance.

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  17. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Thanks, Sundance and prayers for you daily! You are an amazing person.

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  18. nuthinmuffin says:

    unfortunately diesel autos will never take hold in this country thanks to the epa sabotaging the efforts of foreign manufacturers importing them to this country (thanks blowbama) diesel fuel can be safely stored in cans in the garage or even a manually pumped storage tank. when the electric goes out, you would be able to drive around when the gas stations are all closed, being one of the few capable of collecting any supplies still available

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    • yy4u says:

      We had two diesel cars (a Mercedes and a Peugeot) in the early eighties when the gas crunch was going on. I just bought a Kia hydrid (52 mpg – have gotten as high as 68 mpg on one trip). I’ve often wondered why there aren’t more diesel cars on the road. Nuthinmuffin explained it. EPA. ‘nuf said.

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      • Fe says:

        My son owned a diesel fueled car about 5 yrs ago. He drove us around Dallas to the places we wanted to go to and timed everything so he could stop at a gas station he knew carried diesel. He said that not every gas station has diesel.

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  19. dkmimi34 says:

    I know many of you have been concerned about friends and loved ones impacted by Irma. Communications have been difficult in Florida. No power, internet or cable and cell service is spotty at best. This is why you have not heard back from them.

    We prepared well for the storm and came though with little problems. Power came back on this morning for my grid, but my neighbors across the street are still without. My son and I went over with my generator and my son hooked it up for them and gave them a couple of our fans to use also. We offered for any of them to come over at any time for anything they might need.

    Before the storm, my son helped other neighbors board up their windows. Their power tools were not powerful enough and they are new to Florida and needed our help. We gave them a power cord hooked up to our generator so they could have fans and fridge running. We went up and down the street to make sure if anyone needed help we would do whatever they needed.

    My son has a servant’s heart and I hope it is okay if I say I am so proud of him (blue collar electrician). My husband is smiling down from heaven for the lessons learned from him.

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  20. In says:

    Yesterday I read about the Caribbean islands hurricane aftermath. I know the native people are poor, rely solely on tourism. I get that.

    According to the articles, the residents were complaining that the governments (French, Dutch, British) took to long to respond. The locals complained about racism because Whites were evacuated but Blacks were not.
    The people were sitting, doing nothing, just waiting for their governments to rescue them. No one was removing debris, no one was helping anyone else. Meanwhile, chaos and violence is the norm, robbing and murdering, with Caucasians being the targets. The local police are not doing anything to help ( even the USA has too many corrupt police officers). Prisoners escaped and are doing most of the damage and violence. The situation is horrible.
    Very good example of what socialism/ communism does to people and society.

    After the hurricanes in the USA people were not waiting for government, they went out on their own to help others who were stuck in the flooding, sharing resources. Christian organizations getting in place to help out faster after the storm. The big foot truckers who rescued the National Guard. Neighbors watching for looters, patrolling.
    Yes, too many were gouging, looting, not helping. There will always be those bad people, unfortunately. We have too many of the bad thanks to the government making people this way, by removing God from everything and making government the parent…….. socialism / communism.

    The majority of people stepped up, good people, to help and not sit on their hands. Look at what Sundance and his crew are doing. Look at how many are wanting to help, giving money, doing what they can. (Then there is the communist left who mock, complain, and are saying vile things instead of shutting up and helping….what a contrast between Conservatives and the commie left)

    Sundance reminded us of this:.
    When a terrorist attacked on that train in France it was three Americans who stepped up to stop it; when it was said the burning oil wells in Kuwait could not be put out it was Americans who got the job done; when the miners were trapped in I forgot what South American country, no one said a rescue was possible but Americans came in and did it.

    America and her faithful Patriots are exceptional. Thank goodness America is still exceptional (in spite of the corrupt politicians) and has exceptional people regardless of the political destructive forces hacking away at us every day.

    Thank God we have a true Patriot as POTUS.

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  21. Guyver1 says:

    From one human being to another- thank you, Sundance.
    You have been an inspiration to all of us.
    I am doing my little part.
    The major postal facility I work at in Jacksonville went back in operation Monday at 11PM, just hours after Irma went through. Many of those who could get to work had to deal with blocked roads and bridges, personal property loss, flooding, and winds that were still fairly high in order to get to work.
    Because they understood that what we do matters now more than ever.
    We know that many of the packages and letters coming in contain money and emergency supplies from relatives of those who live in the stricken areas. That mail getting to its destination could mean the difference between life and death for someone.
    So we are doing everything we can to get the mail in, process it, and get it out.
    Considering we are doing the package and priority mail not just for north Florida but for ALL of south Florida (as of last night their mail processing facilities were still down) we are doing pretty good.
    Precisely how the Postal Service will handle it downstream from us, I don’t know, I am not involved in that. I do know that a lot of postal facilities are down hard, in those cases the mail is being re-routed in an attempt to get it delivered by other postal facilities.
    I am sure everyone is doing the best they can with what is still working.
    I loved the starfish kid story. It was just what I needed in order to keep going. Thank you.
    This is for you.

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  22. amwick says:

    So, for 25 years I worked for a giant power company… Water under the bridge, but something came up here, in the tippy top of Georgia that I wanted to mention… Back in my working days our company designated some customers as LSE… guess, go ahead, guess again… LSE means life sustaining equipment. This is really important. My friend here, D, her husband does home dialysis, and absolutely needs the equipment to run… If you or a loved one has a similar requirement, ask your electric company if they have that special designation, or something similar.
    Don’t wait until there is a problem, do it when things are calm.

    We had a wind event, up here, I lost power for about 27 hours, but overall, it was ok. D had to order a generator at the last minute. They gave D priority for restoration because of her husband. Life sustaining equipment, let them know.

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  23. theresanne says:

    Sundance, thank you for loving your neighbor as yourself. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep throwing those starfish!

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  24. MaineCoon says:

    Look what this good samaritan is doing. His alias name begins with an S also. Hmmmm…

    https://www.local10.com/weather/hurricane-irma/spider-man-comes-to-the-rescue-in-south-florida-after-irma-strikes

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  25. Sharon says:

    “[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…]”

    Yup. Another one that fits is along the lines of – ‘farmers don’t have to go to work – they wake up surrounded by it….”

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  26. LKA in LA says:

    Thank you for updates Sundance. I learn something new from every article you post. Who knew a gas can had a name? I had never heard of jerry can. My prayers are with you and thank you again for allowing us to be part of your world. The state of Florida is fortunate to have you.

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  27. jbrickley says:

    Hurricane Sandy, left a big mess in NYC. For at least 2-3 weeks there were fuel shortages. The restaurants were selling $50 steaks barbecued on the street for $10 each. The NYC marathon was setup in Central Park with gonzo generators, tents, food, and millions of bottles of water. The marathon was cancelled and many runners helped hand deliver supplies to those in need. Lots of folks in NYC shop daily and don’t stockpile food as a result. They shop for the next day or two at a time because who wants to walk home carrying groceries and who has room for a big freezer? Elderly were stranded 20 plus floors and couldn’t handle the stairs. Verizon’s head office is in lower Manhattan and it’s a major switching hub, the lobby was under 6′ of water and the lower levels were completely flooded. They spent $6 Billion to replace all the copper gear with fiber optics that are much more water friendly. Thankfully, my employer had fail over AT&T data circuits. A lot of those Verizon lines run out of NYC to surrounding states.

    This will blow your mind a bit…
    https://www.theverge.com/2012/11/17/3655442/restoring-verizon-service-manhattan-hurricane-sandy

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  28. cheryl says:

    SD, my admiration for you was always way up there, but it has increased ten-fold. You are one of the good guys.

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  29. nor'easter says:

    Chances are between slim and “nun”.
    Can anyone confirm or deny…
    Is that you…”SISTER Sundance”?!!

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  30. Sylvia Avery says:

    I just read about a nursing home in Hollywood where eight people died and likely there will be more. The remaining elderly were removed to a close by hospital and the police are investigating.

    The nursing home had a generator, but it isn’t known if it was operational. Most of the deceased were from dehydration and heat related issues, I believe.

    The Governor has ordered a welfare check immediately on all nursing homes.

    My mom had to spend some time in one of these places following a prolonged illness. It was a nightmare even under the best of circumstances, so this particularly hurt my heart.

    At one point my mom had been released from the hospital prematurely to one of these facilities. I immediately realized they weren’t going to be able to care for her and if I didn’t do something, she was probably going to die.

    I ended up making them give me a chair and I sat up in her room with her and her roomie all night wondering what to do. Finally, I lied. I called the aide and told her I was certain my mom just had a stroke. I sold it. She ended up being transported back to the hospital and readmitted.

    These places are understaffed by poorly paid people a lot of whom speak limited English. I can only imagine what a nightmare this was. Someone up the food chain failed miserably and I hope they are held accountable.

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    • dogsmaw says:

      I did not allow my aunt to be in the nursing home unattended. I spent 4 months doing 16 hour shifts in a reclining chair my cousin bought for me. We would have had her at home but somehow during a hospital stay she caught the deadly MRSA and never recovered. So I had to stay completely “dressed” out the whole time I was there.

      Soon I was considered a permanent fixture and would allow the aides nice break time. Of course the minute I would holler they were right there for me. So it worked out good for all of us. Cept for my aunt 😦 I had never known a person that could speak with her eyes, but she would signal me if things went wrong. I don’t think I can even remember most of what happened in the nursing home, my memories tend to be more of when I was younger and my aunt took care of me. She taught me all kinds of neat things after I got married.

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  31. DeWalt says:

    Now they may close I-75 north of Gainsville because the Santa Fe river is almost on the bridge. Already closed U.S. 41 and U.S. 27. This will back 75 south bound right back into us again. Lord the hits keep coming.

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  32. DeWalt says:

    More on 75 closerhttp://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Rising-waters-could-force-portion-of-I-75-to-close-444228733.html

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  33. Will Janoschka says:

    Perhaps, just perhaps under the guidance of P45 can The USA become a republic of individual states. Folk in state of Louisiana have way different needs, desires, ambitions than folk in state of Maine. But each State in such republic has common needs; Common defense against militant enemy invaders. same as every other state. That is the only reason for folk in states desire some sort of limited federal government.
    To be viable the federalizes must limit own influence to only that desirable by each and every state. There is absolutely no need for ‘uniformity’ across this vast nation.
    All the best!-will-

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  34. RedBallExpress says:

    Just remember: A clever fellow, a really clever fellow, might have a booby trap under his “V-8 Interceptor”.

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  35. Laura says:

    Has anyone seen any posts from Howie or Singingsoul (I think that’s the correct name) or Sedanka? Who else are we missing that hasn’t reported in yet? I feel like we’re losing track of them, and I don’t want to do that.

    On a similar note, it’s not just Houston in Texas that is struggling. Remember that Rockport, Fulton, and other small communities were demolished by Harvey. In addition, Beaumont got hit hard with flooding, as did some other cities besides Houston. I know this is a lot to keep track of, but all I’m saying is let’s not forget these people and places.

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  36. dogsmaw says:

    Hold On My Child 🙂

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  37. jeans2nd says:

    SCOUT
    The smartest, coolest kid ever.
    His job is to quickly attack enemies, capture points faster and grab the intel faster than the eye can see.

    Someone who is nice, attractive, silly, and sometimes acts like a two year old. They might need to go to a mental asylum sometimes but overall is normal. Sometimes they will be absent minded and forgets things but you love them anyways.
    Random girl: She acts like a two year old!
    You: Yeah she’s a Scout.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=scout

    Scout – a rare gift, a true blessing from our Lord.

    Re: those trees –
    “A Pruning Robot With a Power-Saving Chainsaw Drive,” by Yasuhiko Ishigure, Katsuyuki Hirai, and Haruhisa Kawasaki from Marutomi Seiko Co. and the University of Gifu, in Japan, was presented at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation. Americans do these better, faster, stronger now.

    “It can automatically adapt to a variety of tree morphologies…and is relatively energy efficient”
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/no-tree-is-safe-from-this-chainsaw-wielding-robot

    For those proposed pipelines, these robots have been around since 1991-93, are quite sophisticated now. Makes pipelines much safer. American, of course.
    Articulated multi-vehicle robot for inspection and testing of pipeline interiors
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/3687338_Articulated_multi-vehicle_robot_for_inspection_and_testing_of_pipeline_interiors

    Stirling engines
    “During the 1980’s Prof. I. Kolin (University of Zagreb), Prof. J. Senft (University of Wisconsin) and others developed the first engines using an adapted Stirling cycle with a temperature differential below 20 degrees Celsius. Their work provides the possibility of designing Stirling Engines powered by un-concentrated sunlight or waste heat.”
    (and others…)
    http://www.newenergyshop.com/htm.Stirling.Engines/Stirling.Engines.all_en.htm
    How I Built a 5 Hp Stirling Engine Book – one will run your house/shop
    https://www.stirlingengine.com/product/how-i-built-a-5-hp-stirling-engine-book
    https://www.stirlingengine.com/

    As for right now, our guys left last Sat. They are bringing the tree cleaner-upper guys as well as our utility worker guys. Y-town Aviation Wing is in Houston spraying skeeters, but our chopper guys from the 37 (Green-No Canton) are in Fla. They are bringing our prayers and love.
    Stay safe.
    Matt 5:8

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