Prepping for my date with Nate

Well, in case you haven’t heard the news there’s a hurricane coming.  Nate should be making landfall sometime this evening. Things are crazy, even though it’s not that big of a hurricane. I mean, it’s insane.

In the aftermath of Katrina, it seemed like the news showed people coming together to help each other and share what they had with those that didn’t. Tragedy seems to bring people together.

Before a storm like this though, it’s every man for himself. People fighting over a parking spot in a grocery store when there are plenty of spots open in the back. They just don’t want to walk. People in screaming matches at the gas station over who gets to the pump first.

It makes me think of that warning story of shouting “Fire!” in a theater and everyone panics and people get trampled (also like Black Friday). We fight to get things that we want first before others, but in the end when things have been destroyed and there’s nothing left but debris and flooded cars people share and you can see the best in humanity (sometimes you also see the worst, but I think there’s more good). On my street after the storm has passed, we’re outside picking up the limbs, clearing the street. When we’ve finished our own house or gotten it to a one-man job, we move on to the neighbors and help them.

It’s kind of sad what it takes to make people see through their prejudices, selfishness, racism, and general ‘I’m better than you’ attitude.

The rain’s just started at my house and we were told to expect power outages, so I’ll end here. I want to keep my computer charged because I already downloaded some movies to watch when the power’s out if I want.

To anyone out there in Nate’s path, my prayers are with you. To those already affected by the hurricanes, my prayers have been with you. Be safe! AND DON’T DRIVE THROUGH STANDING WATER!!!!