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Old 08-26-2011, 10:31 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by vitauta View Post
one natural disaster after another. on my way to the store for storm supplies. i have this feeling i'm a bit late with this. i hope they still have lettuce and tomatoes....
You should be ok. Goochland forecast is for 40 mph winds and heavy rain. You're well to the west and so should do even better. (fingers crossed!)

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #12
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Cold cuts HAVE gotten expensive!!!
They now have to keep them in the safe and you have to show ID, fingerprint and hand over your first born to get any!

I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:44 AM   #13
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #14
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Irene went past St. Augustine without a problem. The beaches might have gotten a bit of erosion, but at my house, one mile inland, all I got was a little bit of rain.

Thankfully, it was a non-event. Whew!
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:14 PM   #15
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While private messaging a friend who is in the path of Hurricane Irene, I realized the following information might be useful to others, so here are some tips on using oil lamps should you lose power. One of my hobbies is collecting antique oil lamps.
Trim the wicks before lighting them. Trimming means cutting the wick with a pair of scissors so that it arcs (curves) the same amount that the slotted brass dome it comes out of. The idea is to have the same amount of wick exposed along the slot, no matter how much it's curved. This will give you an even flame. Also, when lighting it, touch your lighter or match to the exposed wick and when it begins to sustain a flame, replace the chimney and turn it down a quarter turn or so... into the slot. Give it a couple of moments to warm up before turning it up to medium or high. And if it smokes, turn it down... it's too high. Ideally, the top edge of the wick should be about 1/4" - 3/8" below the edge of the brass slot for maximum light.

Lamp oil can be found at any WalMart, or you can use white, odorless kerosine found in any Home Improvement Center. NEVER - EVER - USE GASOLINE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!!!! YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF AND BURN DOWN WHATEVER STRUCTURE YOU ARE IN!!!

Oil lamps are easy and safe to use with just a little thought. They are safer than candles, less expensive to operate and give more light.

Whatever you decide to use, use caution and common sense.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:52 PM   #16
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Good advice, Selkie! We have several oil lamps...matter of fact, from as long as I can remember here at home, they were called "hurricane lamps". We don't use them very often. Mrs Hoot and my Mom did not care for the smell. Even the scented oils disagreed with my Mom. We have candle lanterns, which serve nicely, but need many of the same precautions. I expect to lose power and I reckon we are as ready as we can be. I hope this storm passes quickly. I pray that after it passes, everyone in its path will be safe and sound.
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #17
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Now I think I understand why the earthquake shook up all the easterners so bad.......
you guys need time to talk, shop and do some hand wringing.
All that anticipation would send me under the bed waiting for it to be over with. Shudder!!

Sending safe thoughts to all of you in harm's way.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:04 PM   #18
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Please be careful NYC, Jim Cantore is riding out the storm in NYC. He always seems to be in the worst place possible when the storm hits.
As some one who lived through Andrew and Charlie I give one piece of advice...Hide from the wind, RUN from the water. The flooding and surge is much worse than the wind
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:21 PM   #19
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My DIL just reminded me that her Food Saver is also handy to seal up important documents.

I've always wondered whether bank safe deposit boxes ever get waterlogged. How about those deeds, passports, etc.?
No matter how simple it seems, it's complicated.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:40 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by podonnel45 View Post
You should be ok. Goochland forecast is for 40 mph winds and heavy rain. You're well to the west and so should do even better. (fingers crossed!)

breathing easier already. thanks for the reassure. we fretful neurotics sometimes tend to tangle ourselves into useless knots of despair. kroger store shelves had been decimated by the time i got there. i left without bottled water. at home, i filled a jug with tap water for the fridge, and will fill another pail when the storm is nearing. why did i think i needed to buy bottled water, anyway? i almost never use it except for my keurig coffee machine. take care pod, and all our dc storm watchers, we'll all be okay and back to normal by monday....

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