October 29, 2012
Ellen/Reid: We have a little bit of Hurricane Sandy’s tail nipping at us this morning. The winds are pretty stiff but not bad. I can only imagine what the folks further east and north are experiencing. It was fairly calm along the coast at Myrtle Beach over the weekend but the storm was offshore a few hundred miles. All they had was some mild surf and a little rain. But they really got tagged along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Just a couple of weeks ago residents there were complaining that insurance companies were about to raise their insurance rates by double digits because they felt the impact of storms was unjustified. I guess they’ve found out differently the last 48 hours or so. You live along the coast and this is what you get and you should expect to pay for the privilege. Why people build homes, even on stilts, so close to the water’s edge is beyond me. That just tempts fate. I suppose it’s nice when you’re having a gin and tonic on the ocean-facing deck when the weather’s balmy. For the first time in a long, long time the TV was on this morning as I tried to keep updated on events and the latest storm news. They showed a map of compiled reports indicating that every state east of the Mississippi was going to feel the impact of Sandy. One of the unintended, but welcomed, side effects is that political coverage and ads have taken a back seat.
We had a good time on the beach. Not quite beach weather but still good enough. We didn’t do much other than lounge around. We donned our rain gear and walked the beach on Saturday. Hardly anyone else out. Just a handful of people on a beach normally crawling with them. People pretty much hunkered down.
We stayed at the home of Felicia’s sister. It’s about 500-600 yards inland and you take a golf cart down to the beach itself. Myrtle Beach is redneck central but it was just fine. My guess is the greater Myrtle Beach area must easily stretch up and down at least 35-40 miles of 3-for-$10 t-shirt shops and water parks and every imaginable eatery and store and tourist come-on. It is overrun with people in the summer and if it’s not South Carolina’s largest tourist destination then I don’t know what would be. It’s just bizarre in its scope. For some odd reason, people sometimes refer to South Carolina as ‘South Cackalacky’ although I’m not sure where that came from or why they use it. You could Google it.
But it’s back to reality this morning. Bob Hall had one of his hips replaced last week and I’ve been in touch with Betsy so see how he’s doing. Everything sounds okay. Mobility had been an issue for him, not that he was in a wheelchair, but you could see over the last year of so that it was just hell for him to get around. Hopefully most of that pain will subside now that the surgery is done.
I’ve been summoned for jury duty at the end of November and it will be an interesting process. One of our citizen obligations it would seem. No sense trying to duck out or shirk the responsibility. It just goes with living here. I don’t recall either one of you having to serve. Is that right?
Well, not much else to share this morning. I’m writing during an early morning lull in my preparation of a morning item sent out for employees to see. Lucky them. Right.