The Waiting

Out of the black and into the blue.


om Petty said that they waiting is the hardest part. And, so it is. Most of the preparations have been done. I was about to take the trash out when I remembered not to do it. During a hurricane the trash cans get blown around and the trash gets plastered to your house. Or, your neighbors house.

Besides, a trash can launched in a 75 mph wind and becomes an unguided rocket. What goes up always comes down. Maybe through somebody’s roof. It could rip through the roof, blow through the second floor and land on granny sitting in her chair on the first floor.

That would not be good.

In case you are wondering, my humor gets blacker as the big event gets closer. Besides, it’s not yet time to get into my zone. The cold, very clear eyed one that allows me to respond calmly and not in a panicked way. If I started that process now by the time the hurricane arrived I’d fly into the air and try to stop it by myself. It’s a well known fact that I’m not Superman.

Seriously, here’s what I know.

Unless there is a radical change, Hurricane Ida should make landfall upriver from New Orleans, near Baton Rouge, 75 miles away sometime tonight. That may seem like it’s far enough away to not hurt us. That would be wrong. Hurt us it will because we lie within the cone of uncertainty. Landfall can shift anywhere along that cone. Or, the entire cone can move.

Even if it doesn’t, we will get very strong winds, rain and a big storm surge.

Here are the numbers.

Wind gusts. 50-75 mph over the windspeed.

Storm surge. 12 – 15 feet above normal.

Rain. 12 – 15 inches above normal.

The house is armored for storms. That’s how it was built in 1854 when whole parts of town used to get blown away. Once we close the storm shutters we are safe. The biggest fear is loss of power and cellphone service, which also means loss of the internet.

We can deal with loss of power, partially with the hardwired generator and battery system. It only powers the kitchen and not all of that. We also have one of those little in room air conditioners. It’s useless in a big room, but works fine in the kitchen.

That’s all well and good if we have a few power lines down, but Hurricane Katrina knocked down whole power grids. It look weeks for power to be restored. It’ll get awfully old living like a refugee. No disrespect to our Afghan friends.

We cannot do anything about the loss of cellphone and internet service. I recall that after Katrina, we were able to get service after the telco rerouted us through some unaffected region. I don’t know if that’s possible today.

So, this might be it from me for a while.

Have good thought for all of us in Southeastern Louisiana.



14 responses to “The Waiting”

  1. gregorystackpole Avatar

    Yikes! Good strength to you, sir. Be safe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. We made it through okay.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Leah Avatar

    Stay safe Ray and please update when possible.
    We’re on the eastern side, not nearly as intense but we could get a few spin-up tornadoes, depending on the eventual track. Katrina downed about 50 trees in town.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Update last week and tomorrow.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    Be safe Ray sending more calming vibes 🕊🤍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Send lawyers, guns and money.


  4. Ken Dowell Avatar

    Goodly luck. Keep us updated as best you can. Thoughts are with you guys,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      See tomorrow’s post. Thank you.


  5. Andy Oldham Avatar

    Being from Baton Rouge, I know what you are going thru, Stay Safe!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. C.S. Young Jr. Avatar

    Stay safe. Cool anaglyph effect in your composition!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I’m not even sure what that is. 😳


  7. T Ibara Photo Avatar

    Please stay safe Mr. Ray. You and your family and your city are in our thoughts.


  8. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    Fervently, I mean FERVENTLY sending good thoughts, Ray.


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