Ok so Ernesto didn't quite blow like the media expected or wanted! Lousy for them because it makes for good news! South Florida survived (this time). It's sad though how this insignificant storm overshadowed the 1 year anniversary of Katrina (at least in our market). I'm hopeful that the storm reporting doesn't keep the rest of the country from considering South Florida as a place to visit or move to.
If anyone is not considering moving here because of our hurricanes, maybe you can consider the following:
1) Hurricanes give you days off of work, and no school for the kids!
2) Hurricane damage is tax deductible (at least as of recent tax provisions)
3) Significant damage gives you an opportunity to redecorate & landscape (after you get done paying the insurance deductible which is tens of thousands of dollars!)
4) You get to know your neighbors (something we really don't do here in South Florida)
5) You get to watch reporters standing out in the rain & wind like idiots, reporting that it's rainy and windy (something we don't need them to show & tell us-most of us can figure that out by looking out the windows)
6) If you have lawn furniture and didn't bring it inside, you don't have any now, but the good news is you probably have someone else's (hopefully you traded up). You just have to fish it out of your pool!
7) You won't have to water the lawn this week!
Just some extra thoughts about hurricanes and preparations:
What's really cool, is watching all of the people standing on really long lines for water, before the storm to use the bottled water machines or buy bottled water they would never use. Our water from the tap was perfectly good before the storm. Why not just fill plastic containers or your bathtub.
What about the folks that put masking tape in "X"'s across their windows. Do they think that the hurricane strength winds (upwards of 100 miles per hour) will take a series of roof tiles, project them at the window, and then when the tile sees the "X" it will say "Oh no, turn captain, turn, quickly, not a masking tape "X". I'll hit someone else's window instead!
Staying dry and safe in South Florida!