Monthly Archives: August 2011
Unless there’s a funeral. If somebody dies, you can do whatever you want.
I imagine that emergency vehicles aren’t the most fuel efficient of conveyances, and in this time of budget gaps, high fuel costs and environmental turmoil, driving one of these bad boys around to non-emergency events may not be the best decision.
I have the utmost respect for emergency workers. I don’t think I’d do their job for any amount of money – and in the town I used to live in, it was all volunteer. (We tried to give them a tax break once and the people voted it down.) Still, lets be practical. I love you guys, but there has to be a better way.
This kinda says it all, huh? The cleanup is far from over and the final cost yet to be assessed, but its clear to all that what Hurricane Irene lacked in furry it made up for in sheer reach. From the Carolina’s to Canada, Hurricane Irene made its presence felt with wind and a whole lot of water.
OK, it’s probably not a twister – well, I guess it can’t be… twisters are tornadoes, and we on the east coast expecting Hurricane Irene. I don’t have much faith in weather prediction, but there’s no reason to screw around. Here’s the Disaster Supply Kit as outlined by National Hurricane Center. Of course, the most important thing is water. As long as you have clean water, you can survive for a fairly long time, even without food. People tend to overlook their pets in these situations – check your pet food supplies and account for them in your water preparations!
As for me, I counsel you not to panic, no matter what anyone on TV says. Check your local government’s websites – if your area gets issued with an evacuation order, do it – if I have to see one more idiot standing on his roof shouting, “I ain’t leavin’!” at the National Guard troops trying to save him, I am going to snap! Otherwise, relax, stay home, and stay safe.
Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items – for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash
My buddy George dropped by to put on a cocktail making clinic and share his own modification to a Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters recipe he found somewhere on this thingy the kids call the inter-web. The Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters cocktail is an amusing little drink that is worthy of any warm evening. To further amuse your friends at parties (trust me, after a few of these bad boys, it’ll be easy), you can explain that this drink traces its origins back to the novel, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which describes it as the best drink in the universe. As far as drinks go, it’s a sweet one – I guess it’s a cocktail… I understand that a cocktail is any alcoholic mixed drink that contains two or more ingredients… whatever. Here is his recipe: Read the rest of this entry
The picture of my eggplant doesn’t say it all… I think this gives the impression that I’m some sort of bad ass farmer, but its not true. I just buy little baby plants through em in the ground and make sure they get water. Still, eating stuff that grows around your house is awesome.