Thursday, October 20, 2016

What I Learned From Hurricane Matthew

  • If you can’t find a hotel within a 170 mile radius. you may elect to sleep in your van.  Some people I know drove to Alabama (the nearest Alabama town of any size is 260 miles away) to get a hotel. Us? No thanks.
  • Humility
  • WalMart at 4 not much different than WalMart at 4 p.m., but has fewer shoppers.
  • We are a culture of convenience, balking and flailing when without electricity and running water, not to mention technology.
  • Our News4Jax news team is genuinely concerned for us.
  • Governor Rick Scott is a bit scary when a hurricane is coming.
  • The song “Riding the Storm Out” (REO Speedwagon), may get stuck in your head—even though it’s about a winter storm in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Thankfulness - for power, food, internet, news teams, JEA (power company here), having family to weather the storm with, and last but not least, finding a hotel after the storm to wait out the almost 4-day power outage 
  • Hurricane is a silly name for something that does anything but hurry. (I know, “hurry” is not part of the etymology of the word, “hurricane.”)
  • We are not in charge of our world.
  • Most importantly and universally applicable, the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not take life for granted.

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