I work in Emergency Services, so I’m well aware of preparation and safety for almost any type of disaster, even the Zombie Apocalypse. Fortunately, during Tropical Storm Lee, I had the weekend off and wasn’t called back in to work. So far. As I lounged around in a caftan, pretending I was really in the south of France, I decided to take this time to brain mash and watch a bit of television which catching up on neglected housework.Every few minutes, the Emergency Alert System activated. This is fine with me, because maybe someone missed the first warning because they slept late or something. But first, the television changed from whichever channel I had it on and briefly went to QVC. Does Cox get a percentage of QVC sales? Was this a subliminal message that I should hurry and place an order for Smithfield Spiral Cut Ham for $59.99 before the power went out?
As if that wasn’t weird enough, when the message finally appeared on the television screen and the computer generated male voice from the National Weather Service began to speak, the message was always the same: Find a sturdy workbench to hide under.
Ummm. Yeah. Guess we’re screwed. I don’t know that anyone in my family in the past three generations ever owned a workbench.
Regardless, we’re all set over here with practical items in our disaster kit, which includes an ice chest filled with Abita Amber, a bottle of bubbly (for when the Tigers win), my paisley shrimpers (that would be fashionable rubber boots to you Yankees), a trashy romance novel, and some snacky things.
Did you catch a glimpse of that Emergency Alert System on Cox Cable? Didn’t it just make you want to pick up the phone and order something? I’m still appreciative of the warnings. Stay safe and stay sane out there. That is all.