Gut Rumbles

August 30, 2005

Quote of the day

When Hurricane Floyd was bearing down on Savannah a few years ago (Floyd missed) I had this same conversation with Jennifer. She wanted to haul ass and I wanted to stay.

People are often torn between evacuating and staying to protect their property. The policy of not letting people back in after the storm causes more harm than good. If people are willing to accept "wild west" conditions, let them back in!

Posted by Larry Kephart at August 30, 2005 04:30 PM

I told Jennifer that even if the roof blew off the house, I would stay there to protect what was mine. I had a lot of years and a lot of money invested in my stuff and I'll be damned if I was going to let some thief carry it off. Even if I was sitting in nothing but a pile of rubble at the end, I'd have been there with a few guns to dissuade bad guys from taking what was mine.

Sometimes, in this day and age, you just have to crawl on top of it and claim it. If you DON'T, somebody else will.

I ain't having none of that shit.


Yeah, I agree. But if a cat five was headed into my area I would haul ass. I went through a couple of cat ones last year and figure we could handle a cat three. But anything more than that would eaither blow us out or flood us out with the tidal surge and there wouldn't be anything left to loot anyway. I can always rebuild but I can't replace my sweetthing.

Posted by: GUYK on August 30, 2005 07:40 PM

Damn right.

Jason H.
Austin, Texas

Posted by: Jason H on August 30, 2005 07:41 PM

That is why god invented insurance.

If you want to stay, fine. But don't be bitching to me when you need bailing out.

Posted by: Yogimus on August 30, 2005 08:02 PM

Fine. And I know you ain't gonna be asking me for new carpeting once the water subsides.
Here's an idea: You live in New Orleans there is gonna be a hurricane every 10-15 years

Posted by: Don Surber on August 30, 2005 08:25 PM

Those people who sat on top of it had to be air-lifted by the National Guard today...course, they were on top of the roof, after they hacked a hole into it through the attic.

Posted by: Bonita on August 30, 2005 09:48 PM

Your TV ain't worth shit when you have 5 gallons of water in your lungs.

Darwin takes care of those who don't take care of themselves.

Posted by: rightisright on August 30, 2005 10:23 PM

Hey, I was just wondering... *EVERY* time there's a natural disaster anywhere in the world, it's ALWAYS the United States who is there the fustest with the mostest aid to help the disaster victims. So, like, what other countries have offered any help to the U.S. after Katrina? France? Russia? Indonesia? Hello? Don't worry, I won't hold my breath.

Maybe the other countries don't feel the need to help us out because they know we can take care of our own, something most of those other countries can't rightfully say about themselves.

Posted by: Garry K on August 30, 2005 10:34 PM

Yes... we are the richest, most powerful, most influential country out there, and that means we're expected to take care of ourselves...

I'm not going to complain.

Posted by: William on August 30, 2005 10:52 PM

Although I agree with much of what you say I still can't shake the notions that all the shit in the world is meaningless if you're dead.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on August 31, 2005 12:25 AM

Here's an idea: You live in New Orleans there is gonna be a hurricane every 10-15 years

Why did anyone think building a city below sea level was a good idea?

Posted by: rosignol on August 31, 2005 03:47 AM

well, like I said in the comments on another blog......"cops or whoever sees some ass-hole looting, outta just beat the shit outta them and leave em fer dead" yup, let Darwin sort out the ass-hats

Posted by: johndeerebilly on August 31, 2005 04:39 AM

"Here's an idea: You live in New Orleans there is gonna be a hurricane every 10-15 years
Why did anyone think building a city below sea level was a good idea?"

It was not below sea level when the city was first built over 300 years ago. It has been sinking for a couple of hundred years. Floors which were once ground level are now basements.

Posted by: GUYK on August 31, 2005 07:11 AM

I lived 50 miles inland from the coast at the time and on the second highest elevation in Effingham County. Flooding didn't worry me.

I DID have my mama and grandmother come stay with me. They live in a flood-prone area.

In a hurricane, the wind doesn't usually get you. Water does. And I wasn't gonna drown at MY house.

Posted by: Acidman on August 31, 2005 08:53 AM

I want to see what kind of backlash occurs against the NO police, since they seem to not only be standing aside for looters, but enabling them and even JOINING in. If I were the owner of a looted business in New Orleans, I'd not only sue the pants off the city, I'd put up a big sign on the front door the day I re-opened, "POLICE AND OTHER THIEVING SCUM NOT WELCOME."

It's one thing to break into a store because you need the basics to survive; I'd do that without a second thought if it were necessary. How does a flat screen TV fall under that category? What are you gonna do, plug a levee with it? Build a Panasonic raft?

Posted by: Eric on August 31, 2005 09:13 AM

On another note, I've seen that in a lot of old southern port towns like Charleston, townhouses have a brick lower level, sorta like an above ground foundation, and stairs leading up to the porch and front door. Seems to me that this kind of construction would be the way to go for a flood-risk city. In place of putting your house on a hill anyways.

Posted by: Eric on August 31, 2005 09:19 AM
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