Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Wilma, Three Days Later

[October 27, 2005]

I watched George W. Bush fly by going down the beach on his way to a meeting with members of a Baptist church relief center. Unfortunately he was out of RPG range, lol.

His chopper was followed relatively closely by a heavy lift and transport helicopter with a really shiny brown paint job and a State Department seal on the nose, which was itself flanked and followed by Blackhawks and what appeared to be gunships riding at altitude overhead.

I've seen Jeb Bush, our esteemed governor, fly by at least three times in his helicopter going up-and-down the beach to meet with different people, of course his flights were unescorted.

4:33 p.m.

the power just came back on, thankfully though I would've preferred another night without lights actually. I think I could live completely without electric lights, but I need electricity for my computer and cable.

8:30 p.m.

Lights are on in most of the local buildings, but no streetlights or peripheral lights yet working. Every night there's been a helicopter or perhaps several helicopters hovering over the darkened city, apparently keeping surveillance looking for lawbreaking. I've never seen a helicopter hover all night in one place, that's rather unusual even for blackout conditions.

Still no air-conditioning, but thankfully the temperatures are still in the 70s though the humidity is rising.

We'll probably have our telephone back within a day or two. That's the advantage of living on the beach in Florida, some places won't be getting their telephone, electricity or water service restored for weeks, but here on the beach almost everything is running again. Doubtless restaurants along the beach will be open by the weekend. I'll be thankful for that.

I'm reading a book, the only newer one I had around, Tim Parks', Medici Money. So far I'm not impressed.


Blogger Black River Eagle said...

I've always thought that it would be nice to live in the Miami area someday because the weather is so nice and the penninsula (Florida) is so beautiful and the Carribean islands are so nearby. After watching this hurricane season batter the Gulf and Atlantic States I'm not so sure.

Will it be even worse next year or over the next few decades? The American West Coast (California) with its earthquakes and brush fires doesn't look so bad after all in comparison.

Nice blog about the hurricane Mr. Dead. Good writing and good photos. (Damn! Is that my new red corvette??)

7:06 AM, November 08, 2005  

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