Wednesday, November 23, 2005

words of wisdom from Carl Hiaasen

God I could not have said this better myself............I love Carl Hiaasen.
These words of wisdom were written by Carl Hiaasen published originally in the Miami Herald and then picked up by many other papers at a later date.
Reminder Mr. Hiaasen lives in Islamorada which is the Upper Keys.

When will we be ready for the next one? Never

With its usual foresight and timeliness, the Florida Legislature is now grappling with the issue of hurricane preparedness.
We all know what that means: absolutely nothing.
The Democrats are blaming the Republicans for the halting response to Hurricane Wilma, and the Republicans are blaming the citizens for not heeding calls to be ready.
There's a breath of truth in both arguments -- and plenty of hot air.
The fact is, urban South Florida will never be prepared for a major hurricane. The idea of evacuating six million people is ludicrous, and the vast majority will be either stuck on the highways or stuck in their homes.
If a slow-moving Category 4 or 5 storm strikes head-on any place from West Palm Beach to South Miami, plan on mass destruction, long-term shortages of fuel and food, disorder in the streets and, of course, darkness.
There's no other possible scenario, unless they bulldoze the whole peninsula, boot everybody out and start over. Catastrophic mistakes have literally been set in concrete, as has our fate.
How many cities and counties in South Florida govern development with future hurricanes in mind? The road systems are designed purely to feed growth. High-rises and subdivisions are mapped to maximize density.
The result is sprawl, suffocating congestion and -- when the storm hits -- the collapse of an overburdened infrastructure. Big surprise.
For decades the state's governors and legislative leaders have avidly encouraged reckless coastal growth, beholden as they've been to mega-developers, road builders, banks and others getting rich from cramming more people into Florida.
Now our lawmakers sit around, scrounging for somebody to blame for the havoc caused by Hurricane Wilma. What boneheads.
I love the comments from Sen. Alex Díaz de la Portilla of Miami and Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland. They say Floridians need to take more personal responsibility for hurricane preparation.
Are you slackers listening? Next time a tropical storm is brewing, rush out and buy your 72 hours worth of food, ice and D batteries. You'll be just fine after the storm hits.
For 72 measly hours at least. After that, good luck.
And here come the Democrats, carping about the Federal Emergency Management Agency and demanding to know why some supply trucks didn't get where they were supposed to go. Sure, there was some bungling and confusion, but it's hard to envision a smooth operation in the absence of traffic signals and fuel for the relief vehicles.
Meanwhile, Florida Power & Light has been asked to explain how so many of its substations got knocked out, and why so many of its power poles snapped like matchsticks, leaving more than 3.2 million people in the dark.
The utility probably isn't taking the inquiry too seriously, having been awarded last week a whopping rate increase of 20.6 percent for the average residential customers. Interestingly, the company had asked for less.
It was with the same unbridled generosity that the so-called Public Service Commission earlier decided that FPL should be handsomely compensated for revenues lost from the massive outages caused by the 2004 hurricanes.
So, even though your electricity was off, the meter was still running.
Many thousands of private businesses took huge hits from Wilma, yet only a select few are being rescued by our concerned leaders in Tallahassee.
Take Citizens Property Insurance, the shambling, state-run outfit that will likely receive a humongous rate hike, including increased assessments on innocent policy holders using other coverage.
Citizens was set up because real insurance companies were bailing out of Florida, which wasn't unexpected.
Only gamblers or fools would write windstorm policies in Hurricane Central, so it's fitting that the state leapt into the void.
You won't be shocked to learn that Citizens is teetering toward insolvency, with losses projected to exceed $1 billion. To bail out South Florida's largest home insurer, we'll all be opening our wallets.
See, it's not just the next hurricane we should prepare for. It's the inevitable reaming that follows.
Wilma wasn't a cataclysmic event on the scale of Katrina smashing the Gulf Coast. It was a Cat 1 storm swiftly raking across an insanely overpopulated swampland.
Imagine a hurricane exponentially stronger, and slower. Imagine sustained winds of 120 mph instead of 85 mph. Imagine four feet of rainfall and streets flooded for weeks.
When the big one arrives -- the really big one -- plan on the pits. Plan on devastation. Plan on mayhem. Plan on bungling by those who've been telling you how to plan. And plan on way more than 72 hours of grief and gouging.
Be prepared, they're warning us. Next time, you'd better be prepared. Know how to prepare? Stock up on Prozac, that's how.
Because it's going to be real bad, both miserable and tragic, and there's nothing to be done except wait.

Monday, November 14, 2005

ok the inside is done NOW we travel outside

So ya see this was the plan that we would finish about now and move to the outdoors now that we are in mid November and the weather always is cooler now. WRONG!!! WRONG!!! WRONG!!! Would it be too cruel of me to tell ya IHATEFLORIDA!!! The humidity is horrible because there is something lurking WAY I mean WAY down south a tropical whatever that has a Latin name like Gamma or hell I don't know and I don't wanna know. But it is headed to South America. Folks this just doesn't happen - sumpin is wrong.

Well anyway we have moved to projects outside like building a small deck, putting in some flower beds and building an overhang over the studio/workshop french doors. Worked out there today and guess that's what is called sweat equity. Maybe it'll help me lose some weight, now that is something I could use. stay tuna'd

Thursday, November 03, 2005

greed gone overboard, WAAAAAY overboard

The headline reads “Java with Jesus” and an artists rendering of a Starbucks logo
with a picture of Jesus in the middle. Short and simple the article states that there will also be a verse underneath that new logo written by Rick Warren, best selling author, pastor (of sorts) and obviously a huckster. Ya know now that I think about it the man reminds me of Uncle Bob, who also was a pastor of sorts and a real huckster. But I digress and that could be another story.

In the article it says “if religion is good for Starbucks, is Starbucks good for religion?”

Ok in a nutshell this is my belief that all these people are greedy, very, very greedy marketing people. And all of this is beginning to piss me off.

The article which was originally published in the New York Times a week or so ago, so you may have read about this in your paper, but here in Florida we be a bit slow on the uptake

Now I was going to write about all the “pink stuff” out there. Why do these marketing people want to inundate us, haven’t they heard that less is more. And ya know if ya pick up the item and read that a portion of the sales goes to whatever, I say prove it. I don't trust the slimy SOB's. Now I’m am not against making breast cancer awareness more out there to the general public. Heck I have a pink magnet thingy on my car. And by the way the only magnet thingy on my car. But folks they have “pink things” even in pet stores. Walmart, bless there little hearts, oh wait they don’t have hearts do they, anyhoo there was pink stuff EVERYWHERE during the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month I’m sure you know. And now it is November and there is still some “pink stuff” floating around their store but where will all this won't I'll just have to try and ignore the greedy bastards.

I was also going to write about drilling for oil off the coast of Southwest Florida. Now that’s where we live or will live for just a few more months that is. This is gonna be a really big deal because it seems that Washington wants to ruin the beaches of the Southwest coast. Here’s the deal if the hurricanes don’t kill this state Washington is going to see that they take it down fer sure. Stay tuna’d ...............

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

looking for a tree...........

Where is that tree............???
OK our mother, bless her creative little heart, had a gold foil, somewhat embossed, Christmas tree that she dearly loved and decided to do something with. Knowing ma it could be just about anything. It was a Hallmark item, so in it's original form it was a decoration for something probably a package. Now momma decided to put that pretty gold tree decorations on a package and give it to one of our family members. They in turn would be the keeper of the "tree" and the next year pass the pretty little "tree" on to someone else. We did this for many. many years. My husband & I lived far from thefamily so when one of us got the "tree" it was a gift in itself sorta. And very special.......aaawwww I got the "tree" - too cool.
Momma passed away in 2002, and we all miss her terribly. We loved all of her wonderful quirky traditions that were so much fun and done with such love. Talking to my sis yesterday - we don't know where the "tree" is. Hey Lo.................. do you know?????
stay tuna'd

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