J (from Orlando, FL) left this in the comments on the post below. Sometimes a little humor in the face of tragedy is the only thing that keeps us sane. For a sober account of news to come, read further into the comments from J.

J, brother, thanks so much for sharing. Mission accomplished, your post has taken my mind off the tragedy for a few minutes and for that I thank you.

Some things we learned last year after our hurricane encounters:

* Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill.

* No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don’t work
without electricity. But you still do it over and over again.

* Kids can survive 4 days or longer without a video game controller in
their hand.

* Cats are even more irritating without power.

* He who has the biggest generator wins.

* Women can actually survive without doing their hair–you just wish
they weren’t around you.

* A new method of non-lethal torture–showers without hot water.

* There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.

* TV is an addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are painful. One day at a time, brother.

* A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz Budweiser’s to a drinkable
temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14-pound turkey frozen for 8 more hours.

* There are a lot of trees around here.

* Flood plan drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong.

* Contrary to most Florida natives’ beliefs, speed limit on roads
without traffic lights does not increase.

* Aluminum siding, while aesthetically pleasing, is definitely not
required.

* Just because you’re 35 doesn’t mean you can stay out as late as you
want. At least that’s what the cops told me during a curfew stop.

* Crickets can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14
generators.

* People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for.

* When required, a Lincoln Continental will float–doesn’t steer well, but floats just the same.

* Some things do keep the mailman from his appointed rounds.

* Tele-marketers function no matter what the weather is doing.

* Cell phones work when land lines are down, but only as long as the
battery remains charged.

* Cell phones don’t work when the cell towers have no power but your battery is fully charged.

* 27 of your neighbors are fed from a different transformer than you,
and they are quick to point that out!

* Laundry hampers were not made to contain such a volume.

* If my store sold only ice, chainsaws, gas, and generators…I’d be rich.

* The price of a bag of ice rises 200% after a hurricane.

* Your water front property can quickly become someone else’s fishing hole.

* Tree service companies are under appreciated.

* I learned what happens when you make fun of another state’s blackout.

* MATH 101: 30 days in month, minus 6 days without power equals 30%
higher electric bill ?????

* Drywall is a compound word, take away the “dry” part and it’s
worthless.

* I can walk a lot farther than I thought.

* Your house can sleep more than the ‘posted occupancy’

* Cancel all pending trips by relatives that may coincide during a hurricane. The questions about hurricanes get old fast.

* No matter how much deodorant you use-you still stink.

* The neighbors are pretty cool (well most of them).

* Stump grinders will also cut phone/cable lines.

* Newscasters all wear black during/after a hurricane.

* You cannot read the crawl at the bottom of the screen on a handheld battery operated TV-and that’s usually where the info you need is.

* Insects do not like it outside during/after storms and decide inside your house is the place to be.

* Your Hurricane deductible is MUCH higher than you ever thought possible.

* I will never take gasoline for granted again.

Take care everyone and I hope this at least brings a little smile to your face and they are all very, very true… God Bless.

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