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prioritized ambivalence

So as you may have heard, there is a hurricane headed near to where I live, and they have just informed us about 2 hours ago that we are to get the hell out of dodge. I spent the last two hours covering every piece of equipment in plastic sheeting and trash bags, and fighting with several wild-eyed foreign scientists for paper bags of dry ice to stock out -20 freezers to keep our precious precious enzymes safe. Earlier to that, I've been moving various kits and test tubes from our unprotected freezers to our 'protected' freezers, the ones attached to emergency outlets. In fact I just wired our lunch fridge to an emergency outlet to store our 4 degrees antibodies. mmmm aftertaste.

Anyway, I am trying to decide whether to hit the road tonight for baton rouge until Monday, or to wait until tomorrow morning to go, or to go up to LaPorte until tomorrow night so I can go to my swordfighting class, then going to BR, or what. I'm afraid that if I wait until tomorrow night to leave, I'll be stuck in the mandatory evac route, and be forced to drive all the way up I-45 to Huntsville. Either way, I have to go home and cover everything in trashbags, and move my TV upstairs, and bag my photos and HDDs in ziplock bags, and pack up everything for several days and hit the road.


If I go to my mother's house in Baton Rouge, I wonder if she is still housing my grandparents who are waiting out the reconstruction of Katrina there. if so, I'll be forcing my mother to house refugees from TWO HURRICANES, and that is a lot to burden her with I think.

I was just telling everyone at work this morning, "chill out people, quit talking like it's going to be so bad, it'll just pass us by and be no big trouble. However, you will be fighting off hurricane flood zombies later this weekend so go ahead and buy some gasoline." They didn't believe me, but I'm not going to be caught without my boom-stick.

I gots to make a decision about whether to stay or go, and I needs to make it quick...

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kellic
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
floyd. Log into your Livejournal and check my LJ account. I posted my accuweather premium account login info that you can use to get any up to date info you need on the storm to make a decision. TV and radio is good. This is better.

Good luck and stay safe.
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
I checked your accuweather account, that's a lot of weather info, much better than what I was getting from cnn.com. Thanks much.

I had disconnected the hard drives from my home computer last night so I didn't get the info until now. But I will definitely use the accuweather thing for figuring out how and when to drive back home.
chr0nocidal
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Dunno what you've decided, but I'm thinking of you and hope you are/will be safe.

(For what that's worth from a girl you don't know well- who will beat you at air hockey.)
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
Oh thanks, much appreciated; I'm way too tough to get beat by anything named Rita, I think.

Well, I think our air hockey match will have to at least wait until Katrina, Rita, and the rest of the whirling dervish roller derby gang blows through and decides whether it wants to wipe me off the map or just give me a few days off of work..
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