September 26th, 2004


Hurricane Mish Mash to work into one good entry

Donnie Mac, three months older than Bonnie, is my uncle Don's oldest

Don and Audrey left for the first time during a huricane. When they came back, a tree limb graced their roof. Donnie Mac and his son came over with chain saws. Donnie forbid his father to climb up on the roof.

This fine state of affairs caused Don to quip, "I used to tell him what to do, and now he's telling me."

Tree damage -- it split and fell on his house.

Don, Donnie Mac, and his son The Mac (Donald Mac III) brought over their chain saws and cut the tree off the roof themselves, saving themselves thousands of dollars had they had to hire it done.

By contrast, Geo. paid in cash before tree was off roof. Geo said his insurance won't cover cutting off the tree, or cleaning the yard. The $50 they normally pay to the yard man to mow the yard jumped up to $200 for cleaning up the hurricane damage. The man across the street has NO DAMAGE and his yard looks great... Mom said, it all blew into hers.

The gable of the roof is cracked, and some windows in the back bedroom. There are two holes in the shingles. The insurance man looked everything over, but would not tell them the total. They are to get the check Monday. It seems odd not to know the specifics of what will be covered.

Sat, 18 Sep 2004 07:24:25 EDT

Please add to anything I sent about Ivone that goes on your page that those two battery spot lights were a God send. They lite up the kitchen area and spread to the sunroom and dining room. Thank you for your thinking ahead.


Spent the day calling contractors and waiting for people to come--cable man insurance man. Fun and games. Will call you in the morning. Bonnie got drenched walking a few blocks to her car. Her umbrella blew inside out but she made it home OK. They are getting spin offs from Ivan. Love you Mom

Sun shine
Sender: Geo
Recipient: Lou and San
Time: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 08:13:08 EDT

Sun shine, heavenly sunshine---- UP DATE ---Betty, the hair lady,(beauty shop owner) checked out the little house and it seemes to be damage free. Betty also cleaned up the yard mess, then called Carol, who in turn called Sharon. You may play your pass on game with this after correcting the above mess.



Hello to you two.
Sender: George
Recipient: Lou San
Time: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 20:49:42 EDT

did not sleep much last night so we are off to bed early. We have all but cable.


mid afternoon update:)
Sender: Lou
Recipient: family members
Time: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 15:31:06 -0400

Mom just called to say she's in her chair having a hot cup of coffee and a toasted English muffin, and they've never tasted so good!!

The man's been out with his saws and five helpers. The tree is cut into two big trailers, and the damage to the house will require a new roof.

George will sleep tonight...if he waits that long:-)

(After the Hurricane)

Old Gray Mare on storm sitting 60 head of relatives on the coast comment:

Oh my word that is funny... the hair fixing and the Bible storage of money. That could certainly shake up one's faith if the Bible got blown away, however. If they are predicting 12-15' water surges, one could theoretically be safe from damage, but what about all the tornados accompanying that hurricane?

Wed, 15 Sep 2004 13:05:01 GMT

It looks as if Ivan has taken a direct aim on the MS-AL coast. Keep your head down. Get out of Dodge if "they" say so. You probably won't, though. From what I can see, all roads out of the are are basically parking lots!!! Somebody just said 4 hours to get across the 3-mile long Lake Ponchartain Bridge.

Good luck --- Mac

Before the storm, this email circulated... AS A JOKE

Hurricane Preparedness:

Precautions: We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic meteorological points:
(1) There is no need to panic.
(2) We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:

STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.
STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3. Drive to Ohio and remain there until Halloween.

Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sen sible plan.

Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida.

We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:


If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:
(1) It is reasonably well-built, and
(2) It is located in Ohio.

Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house.

At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since Hurricane George, I have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance companies. This week, I'm covered by the Bob and Big Stan Insurance Company, under a policy which states that, in addition to my premium, Bob and Big Stan are entitled, on demand, to my kidneys.


Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, and -- if it's a major hurricane -- all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:

Plywood Shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off.

Sheet-Metal Shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.

Roll-Down Shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantag e is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them.

Hurricane-Proof Windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection. They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Ohio.


As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc.

You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.


If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver s license; if it says "Florida," you live in a low-lying area).

The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.


If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM.

In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies: 23 flashlights and at least $167 worth of batteries that won't work or will be the wrong size for the flashlights.

Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)

A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.

A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)

A large quantity of raw chicken to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody who went through a hurricane; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)

$35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.

Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.

Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise.
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