Hurricanes and Stupidity

This was recently posted on Facebook and received accolades for bravery and calls for donations for a new truck. The storm chasers drove into the eyewall of Hurricane Michael as it was coming ashore, they [obviously] got caught in the storm surge, had to abandon the vehicle and seek shelter while the vehicle floated away.

Now me, aside from using questionable grammar from time to time, was unimpressed.

  • Drive into the eyewall of a hurricane as it’s coming ashore from the shallow beaches along the Gulf of Mexica and the Florida panhandle.
  • Feign surprise when storm surge starts coming in at the exact same time as the eyewall of the hurricane you’ve decided to storm track – despite the fact that this is basic knowledge of hurricanes.
  • Freak out when you realize you could very likely die at any moment in the next several hours.
  • Leave your car, break into someone’s home and take refuge.
  • Worry your loved ones silly.
  • Complain that no one understands your heroic actions which will help to understand hurricanes better.

Very little detail, and lots of negativity ‘from people with no experience in these fields”. I don’t know of anyone yet who’s experienced a hurricane who considers this a remotely wise thing to do, in any way, shape or form. It adds nothing to the field of hurricane research. Storm surge happens, is well documented, and it’s already known at what point it’s going to come on in, which happens to coincide with the timing of Mr. Adair’s video.

I have nothing against Brett Adair and appreciate that he’s interested in learning more about storms. Someone is always going to ride a storm out – stay behind to witness. Maybe his video will help others decide to stay away from them. Tho maybe it will encourage thrill seekers.

Maybe Mr. Adair didn’t realize what he’s put others through. Brandon Thomas sums it up well at the end of his post.

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Thankfully all turned out well. Though, as FEMA chief Brock Long said he expects the death toll will rise.

“We still haven’t gotten into the hardest-hit areas,” he said, adding with frustration: “Very few people live to tell what it’s like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country, we seem to not learn the lesson.”

God rest all of those who died in that obviously deadly situation.

Not how it is. Or is it?



How to Renovate a Church

Church Renovation Project

First and foremost, pray about the matter, giving thanks in all things with constant supplication. Then, formally dedicate the project to St. Joseph, the patron saint of construction projects.

Then, start asking around.

Church Renovation 2

You do need a cross-section of people from the Parish to ask for advice – a committee even – and some type of approval from your diocese. We actually went about this a bit backward, but it’s all working out very fine.

And because this project is in a historic district, we’re still seeing about the whole tax credit issue.

But, because Abita Springs is a charming but dusty town, the carpet had grown worn. Meanwhile, the pews were literally falling apart, and the paint in the sanctuary was peeling and falling off. The mural above it, beloved by many parishioners, was dimmed with age and tarred with the wax of a million beeswax candles burnt over the years.

So we had to do something before our regularly scheduled feast days and weddings resumed.

Church Renovation 1

Then there was the problem of the linoleum, so popular in the 60’s and 70’s.

  1. It was linoleum.
  2. It was made with asbestos.
  3. It was glued down with a permanent glue directoly onto the wood floor beneath it.
  4. It was linoelum.

Asbestos abatement ensued.

Now because everyone is worried about asbestos all over the church, the asbestos was encapsulated in the linoleum which was able to be pulled up more or less in a sheet. The glue underneath was the real problem. Several contractors have said that you get more asbestos driving down the road in the summer than you would from being anywhere near this asbestos project. I know nothing about it, but the guys working on it didn’t even wear masks and were meticulous about hauling everything off.

Church Renovation 3

All of which led to the discovery of the wood floors and the refinishing of them. They were finished with Loba High Impact Oil , and we’ve started moving things back in.

There’s still the new lighting, new sound system, the back of the altar, the ambo restyling, painting the baseboards, reworking the side statues and the baptistry, the outside awnings, the front steps, the tiled marble entryways, the the a/c systems; the work over at St. Joseph Hall which needs a new roof, new ceilings, paint; St. Jane Hall which needs a new kitchen and preferably just be razed and rebuilt from the ground up, the repainting of the interior of the Barre Center and the replacement of it’s 16 yo a/c’s which are designed to last between 15-20 years and thankfully we can prioritize.

At least we have the time to do it.

St. Joseph, St. Jane, St. Micahel, ora pro nobis.


St. Michael, the Archangel


Prayers for the people of Florida.

Cross in the Storm

It’s true I’m forever scarred by the disgusting, horrifying and completely devastating aftermath of Katrina and know how deeply many of these people will suffer, especially if they’ve never been through a hurricane before and are “riding it out”. Why do people do these things? Is it because newscasters are on the beaches telling everyone how dangerous it is and “do not come out in this storm!”?

As Irma’s Winds Rise, So Does a Debate Over TV Storm Reporting

Early Sunday morning, Bill Weir, a veteran CNN correspondent, was talking to the anchor Chris Cuomo in the middle of a live shot in Key Largo, Fla. He could barely stand up straight in the lashing winds of Hurricane Irma. At one point, he was nearly blown over by a gust.

Nightmarish winds for hours on end, surge overflowing into everything, odious flood waters receding and taking everything with them. Property wiped out, lives at risk. A sinking feeling in the stomach just thinking about what it’s going to be like for them.

St. Medardus, pray for them.

It’s time for St. Medardus and hurricane prayers

In the very recent past and for a long time prior to that, it seemed the rain would not go away to comeback another day. It was if the rain were here to stay. In fact, our frustration reached such a fevered pitch up here in the Information Center that St.

We’ll be taking up donations and offering help. God help them.