Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Here comes Isaac!
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We're known as the city that's NOT New Orleans. As far as the national media is concerned Hurricane Gustav which hit a few years ago was known as the storm that almost did a re-Katrina on The Big Easy. I can still hear the cable news reporter saying "Looks like New Orleans dodged a bullet."
But that bullet went around New Orleans, came north and kicked the shit out of Baton Rouge. My wife and son had already bugged out to her parents' house near Memphis. I stayed behind with charcoal and shotgun shells to keep an eye on things. It sucked. I had no generator, so it was as close as I ever want to get to living in a post-apocalypse world. The worst was trying to sleep at night, stewing in my own juices in the heat and humidity. I lasted about 4 days before locking up the place and joining my family up north.
Now we brace for Isaac. I hope I learned a little something for Gutav. I have a generator now. I went out into the pre-storm craziness Sunday & Monday for the following:
3. Gas for the generator
4. Gas for car
8. Plenty of food
10. Camp coffee pot for use on camp fire or charcoal grill
11. Cake mix. (My son's birthday is tomorrow.)
12. A window unit air-conditioner
So. We'll see. We are hunkered down. We have braced ourselves. I hope it is anti-climactic.