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June 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 12
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Publisher's Note

Florida Hurricane Humor:

#1 Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least 3 days;
#2 Put these supplies in your car; and
#3 Drive to Montana and remain there until October 30th.
 
But seriously, Carol asked me one of her typical trick questions over the weekend. “How long will it take to get our hurricane shutters out of the braces on the garage wall and ready for installation when, not if, the weather forecasters roll up their sleeves and announce the big one is coming this year?”
 
And (like I always do) I attempted to answer without first weighing the downsides, potholes, etc. in my response. What’s the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Needless to say in my case, it’s a matter of “Fool me one million times …” But I digress – my guesstimate was about 30 minutes. After all, how long does it take to unscrew 3 braces, especially when you have your choice of 7 power screwdrivers? But what I failed to take into account were the tons of boxes, 3 kids’ power wheels, portable generator, portable air conditioner, 4 folding tables, and the 4 never-used bicycles hanging from the ceiling —all of which manage to make the Great Wall of China look like child’s play. Can you guess how I spent my Memorial Day Weekend?
 
After all in addition to the usual garage stuff, we also had to make room for contingencies like all the possible projectiles aka movable objects like the grill and patio furniture, not to mention the new giant rubber duck residing in our pool that we’d have to store.
 
Well reorganizing the garage for the upcoming Hurricane Season was only the tip of the iceberg and I was definitely the Titanic. Everywhere I turned, Carol created more work. Our annual trip to Costco and Wal-Mart for hurricane necessities was endless. Our 2 dozen cans of Spaghetti O’s and tuna fish, nestled nicely next to the mound of ‘C’ and ‘D’ batteries needed to power our home entertainment center (aka our 12” battery operated TV.) And this necessitated cleaning out the existing supplies from our hurricane closet. When you live with someone who believes expiration dates are the Holy Grail, you can never risk any carryover. (Between you and me, she will never convince me that bottled water can expire.) We even had to get an extra cart for some bleach — despite the fact neither one of us has any idea what to do with it.
 
But seriously, the hurricane season is upon us and we think we’re ready. We even cleaned out our safe closet (no exterior walls), although Carol did mention that I might need to drop a few pounds since our wonder dog Gabby needs to be comfortable too. Are you ready for Hurricane Season 2016?

 You can reach Charles Felix at charles@southfloridahospitalnews.com. 

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