Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Edouard 's Belly Flop

Have you ever gotten yourself all hyped up for a movie that's supposed to be really good, and it turns out to be a total flop and you feel like an idiot for ever going and spending $15 on that popcorn and soda? Well, that's the story of Tropical Storm Edouard. Usually, I track these things as soon as they turn into a tropical depression out in the Gulf, but I got lazy and didn't find out about it until I was checking my email and Yahoo News said "Tropical Storm Edouard Barrels Down On Texas". Boy did I feel dumb! How could I have missed this? Luckily, I knew we already had our water and emergency supplies so I didn't have to worry too much. I stayed tuned into the weather channel and accuweather.com, and they got me all hyped up that it was going to turn into a category 1 hurricane (winds 74 to 95 mph) and that there would be power outages and tornadoes and to bring all our stuff in from outside so the strong winds didn't turn them into projectiles. It was supposed to make landfall pretty close to us, so I was thinking, "Wooo-hoooo! We're going to get to try all our stuff out for real!". I even went to Wal-mart to get an air conditioner and a camp fridge to hook up to the generator if the power went out. It was such a rush, even from the Wal-Mart parking lot. It was absolutely packed! We're talking day before Christmas packed! People were scurrying around looking for grocery carts because there weren't any in the entrance, and those that did have grocery carts were loaded up with water and Gatorade, food, batteries, tarps, etc. The water isle was completely cleaned out! So, of course that got me even more worked up! I was like, "Man, if these people are this hyped about getting emergency stuff, this must be a bad storm heading our way! They obviously know something I don't!" It was awesome. Then, all that night I dreamed about hurricanes and windows breaking and hooking things up to the generator and trees blowing over.
Yesterday morning, around 6:30 I woke up and heard rain. I got so excited! I got up and ran to the window...and the trees were standing absolutely still. And that's all that happened...allll day long. Just a nice little rainy day. No wind...no trees blowing over...no power going out...nothing. The storm didn't hit where they thought it would hit, and it didn't reach hurricane strength either. Which, I know is something many people are counting their blessings about. And silly me, I'll just have to wait to play with my toys another day.

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Tyler, Monica, and Nathan Murset said...

That is so funny! We are glad that you are all safe, and hope you never have to use your storm goods. Sounds like you really need to go into business selling emergency kits though.

Chris said...

You are a true Texan now. Wow, that happened fast!

Handsome Rob said...

Well, I'm sorry you were disappointed in the storm. lol. Glad all is well with you guys though!

mandy said...

I would tell you that you're a psycho, but then you wouldn't let me use any of your stuff when I'm totally unprepared next time. :)

Lara & Justin said...

You know how I love drama--I would've been disappointed too. :)