I don’t know why but I love the term “cone of uncertainty.” I don’t like when we need to use it. I used to pay little to no attention to the weather. It was just something that happened and if what I had planned got rained out, well, I’d stomp my feet a bit and be done with it. Around 1997 or 1998, there was a rash of tornadoes and very severe thunderstorms that ripped through the area over a period of many months. I lived in a rickety old log cabin that was built in 1930 and the house rocked when the wind came through.
That changed my outlook on weather and really, I never recovered from it. I get anxious when there’s a threat of really severe thunderstorms or tornadoes or even snow and ice storms. Now, to be 100% honest with you, I think it’s really the prospect of losing or being stuck without power for any period of time. My life is almost completely reliant on electricity. Anything that I do to make money, I have to be online. I have to have my devices working. I work from the moment I wake until the moment I fall asleep. The BCPF says she hears me setting meetings and making deals in my sleep, so, in essence, I’m 24/7. Therefore, I am so reliant on technology that without electricity, I go into panic attacks and really freak out. I have to have my connections, my availability.
When I go on vacation, that’s a little different. But, still, in the evenings, I have to catch up. I can’t write a blog without internet connectivity and being as I write up to 5 different blogs, I need it.
This brings me back to my initial point: I love the term “cone of uncertainty” but don’t like the need for it. Beyond the technology and business and lifestyle problems, the people of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and now, potentially North Carolina are in danger of not only being put off, but put out and in some (hopefully rare) cases, lose everything they have, including their lives or the lives of their loved ones.
I was in Florida in 1999 when Hurricane Floyd churned off the coast for two days waving at us, menacingly, threatening harm to everyone until he decided to move up the coast and attack North Carolina. That was surreal. The first time, ever, that Walt Disney World closed and my ex-wife, Ma Mère, sister, ex-brother-in-law, infant nephew and I were holed up in a time share resort with everyone here and in WV begging, no demanding, that we leave and come home. I stepped out and I-4 was a parking lot. We sheltered-in-place and played cards and such. There was beer, although, at the time, my sister had no idea that Bud Light was a bad thing… The power was off for maybe 4 hours; not too bad.
I know Hugo did a lot of damage this far inland ten years prior to that. I remember it was pretty bad. This, though, with Hurricane Matthew, is the first time in a while that the anticipation of a hurricane has captured my attention so much. Probably because I was affected, indirectly, by it. I know the aftermath of other hurricanes have kept my attention, but not the anticipation, usually. The cone of uncertainty has pretty much become the anticipated storm track. It’s not looking to actually hit land but to graze it all the way up the coast. Then, it’s going to circle back and take another shot at Florida and the Bahamas, or so it appears.
Many thoughts and positive vibes go out to the fams of the nearly 500 people that lost their lives and even more that lost everything they had in Haiti. And, again, to all in the predicted path of Hurricane Matthew, be safe, get out if you can, hunker down and shelter-in-place if you can’t. The sun will be up, soon. Weather this storm.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“This storm will kill you.” – Florida Governor, Rick Scott