Monday, October 04, 2004

You might be Floridian if... 

In celebration of a break between hurricanes, half my own, half borrowed/edited from a forwarded email:

You might be a Floridian if:
  • You're greeted at Blockbuster with, "We expected you an hour ago before it started raining!"
  • You regularly discuss the personal lives and merits of local weathermen
  • You know where each Weather Channel reporter is at any given time
  • You have preferences on which National Hurricane Center official to believe
  • You know what Track Models are
  • You're insulted by the size of the hurricane symbol on a weather map
  • You've re-learned what to do at intersections with no traffic lights
  • You make no plans for Saturday, Sunday, or Monday "just in case" and laugh ruefully at people who do
  • You've begun to describe everything in terms of Categories 1-5
  • You regularly use the terms pressure dropping, Bermuda high, outer bands, eye wall, and storm surge in daily conversation and no one rolls their eyes
  • You know what a chafing dish is
  • You have more than 3 camping lanterns but have never been camping
  • You immediately pull over and get gasoline and cash when it starts raining
  • You have more lawn material at the curb in trashcans than there is in your yard
  • Your freezer never has more than $20 worth of food in it any given time
  • You're looking at paint swatches for the plywood on your windows to accent the house color
  • You think of your hall closet as "cozy"
  • Your freezer in the garage now only has ziploc-bagged ice in it
  • You no longer worry about relatives visiting during the summer months
  • You, too, haven't heard back from the insurance adjuster
  • You now understand what that little "2% hurricane deductible" phrase really means
  • You were once proud of your 16" electric chain saw
  • You're considering upgrading your 16" to a 20" chainsaw
  • Your Street has more than three "NO WAKE" signs posted
  • You now own five large ice chests
  • You recognize people in line at the free ice, gas, and plywood locations
  • You stop what you're doing and clap and wave when you see a convoy of power company trucks come down your street
  • You're depressed when they don't stop
  • You've spent more than $20 on "Tall White Kitchen Bags" to make your own sand bags
  • You now think the $6000 whole house generator seems reasonable

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