Tuesday, September 3, 2019

HURRICANE DORIAN WATCH: ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

The hurricane for which I prepared last week that decided to vacation in the Bahamas should finally be here, allegedly, in a few hours. Dorian, why not spread the misery around a bit instead of dumping everything on Bahamians? Those poor people.

The last forecast showed that the hood will get one inch of rain (not even enough to fill Lake Junebug so I can open the resort) and wind gusts up to 45 mph. I've been pulling down dead branches for days. The few I can't reach might come down tonight or tomorrow. Then Dorian will move on and probably continue hiding off of the coast. Or if you're Donald Trump, Dorian will be in Alabama.

Jacksonville is so dead because of lilapsophobia that the buses aren't even running. I told Favorite Young Man to bring coffee with him. He was sure that Dunkin Donuts would be open. Now he must suffer a coffeeless life. DD closed at about noon today. However, The Waffle House is still open. I think every Waffle House is open because the one at Jacksonville Beach, an area under a mandatory evacuation order, is open. I guess if FYM gets desperate enough for coffee, he can walk to a Waffle House. It will be a long walk, but that's life in a busless society.

I used hurricane waiting time to do laundry and clean the floors in my kitchen and dining room. Made a pasta salad. If Dorian is worse that expected, do not fear. I have food and water and Diet Pepsi. If given a choice, I would like to keep the electricity on. It's supposed to be reeeeeeallllly hot after the storm. We're talkin' humid and in the high nineties. I suppose Dorian won't ask me about the power. 

To add some special entertainment to the waiting period, I activated a free Showtime trial because I'd heard that the seven-part series Escape at Dannemora is good. FYM and I watched and thought it was great.



Directed by Ben Stiller and based on the true story of two inmates who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015 with assistance from a prison employee, the series provides further proof that truth is always stranger than fiction. 

Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell and her husband Lyle, played beautifully by Eric Lange, make the perfect almost-too-dumb to be believed married couple. Patricia Arquette portrays Tilly and manages to give the best performance in an outstanding cast. I've been pleased to see Arquette's success in recent years. 

We are big Benicio Del Toro fans and he didn't disappoint us. He and Paul Dano––who is great, too––play the inmates with whom Tilly becomes much too friendly.

Despite the tension involved in a prison break with inmates who managed to lead the police on a not-so-merry chase for almost a month, the series has some laugh-out-loud moments. The show is slow paced, but that's appropriate. It's not a story that should be told in a rush.

Favorite Young Man joins me in recommending Escape at Dannemora, which is not for children. Teens, maybe. I always suggest that parents watch first to decide if it's okay for the younger members of the family to join them.

Well, that's pretty much everything I have to say for now. I've posted some hurricane updates on Facebook. If anything exciting happens, I'll be sure to let you know––unless we really do lose power.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug






45 comments:

  1. Here's hoping that Dorian will be gentle, or at least, not cause any power outages. We have been watching the horrible devastation in The Bahamas. How awful! 😢 Yes, please keep us posted, Janie, if you can. Thinking of you!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. It's midnight and nothing is happening yet.

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  2. Well, you certainly have a positive attitude and appear to be making the best of a scary situation. I would be a wreck! Stay safe and please do keep us posted!

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    1. I've been through some other hurricanes. I'm never in an evacuation zone. If I were, the dogs and I would clear out in a hurry. I seldom worry about something I can't control.

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  3. Be safe and I am thinking of you. You seem to have everything under control.
    I lived in earthquake, mudslide and wildfire land and we had stuff happening all the time. Now I just live in wildfire and flood land. Had a lighting strike fire very close to my home. Fire crews were fast to keep it "smallish" and in the canyon.
    parsnip

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  4. I hope you only get the one inch of rain and no damage and keep your electricity! Sounds like you are well stocked just in case.

    I have been meaning to watch that. Sounds like it is pretty good.

    Be safe!!

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  5. Stay safe.
    I don't play FB, but hope all your updates there are positive.

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    1. Definitely positive. I heard the wind blowing at about 5:30 this morning. That was it. Very little rain and not windy now.

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    1. Fortunately, this hurricane was not a problem, but it's always wise to be prepared. I grew up in Kansas, where we had tornadoes regularly. That experience probably keeps me from being afraid of bad weather.

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  7. Stay safe. Dorian is no dream boat.

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    1. He was cruel to the Bahamas but no problem here. Waves are high at the beach and some intersections are flooded. I'm not going out, but as far as we're concerned, it's over.

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  8. Hi Janie - yes I hope Dorian has expended her worst over the Bahamas - and they've had it really rough. Take care - all the best - Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. It's quite nice here because it's so quiet. Everything is closed and people are staying at home. I like it this way.

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  9. Hope that dude blows out sea and leave my Janie’s power alone.

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    1. He did. We have power and everything else we need.

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  10. I hope that you stay safe through the storm and I hope that he gets coffee! I coffeeless few hours is torturous enough, I can't imagine an extended period of time without it.

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    1. He'll live. He's been drinking a lot of my Diet Pepsi so he has caffeine in his system.

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  11. There must be a lot of diehard waffle addicts in your area.

    You've had enough excitement for one lifetime. Let's hope it stays boring with respect to Dorian.

    Love.

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    1. I've never been to a Waffle House. Don't think I'll ever go.

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  12. The photos from the Bahamas are looking bad. So kind of you to want to take a bit more trouble to save others. That's so sweet. I might have been too busy happy dancing about dodging the bullet to think that.

    Fingers crossed you keep your electric!

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    1. All is well in the hood. So pleasant and quiet.

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  13. Looks like it's going to miss New Jersey, like many a sensible hurricane before it. Stay safe!

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    1. We're fine. Nothing from which we need to keep safe. No cars are out on my street. Everyone stayed home. We should prepare this way every time there's a hurricane.

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  14. I was wondering if you'd get hit by the hurricane, Janie - you've mentioned where you live. I'm glad to see from your replies to recent comments that it seems to have mostly missed you. We actually get hurricanes here in the fall; they come up the Atlantic coast and smack us now and then. Dorian is scheduled to come by this weekend, but it's not expected to be big. The Bahamas have really taken a beating. It's very sad.

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    1. I know. It's horrible in the Bahamas. I feel so sorry for the people there.

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  15. Sky is looking dark. Or as Oscar Wilde would call it, Dorian Gray.

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  16. How are you, Janie? How did Dorian treat you?

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  17. I'm a bit late, but I hope you, FYM, and the puppies are all safe, and dry.
    Wishing you well.

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  18. I am going to try and break into prison. Is that a crime?

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    1. I don't know. Why don't you try it and let us know what happens?

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  19. Hi, I follow you on gfc #288, follow back? ;)

    https://bubasworld.blogspot.com/

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  20. I'm glad Dorian was kind to Florida, but my heart breaks for the people in the Bahamas. It's hard to imagine how horrifying it must have been to endure the full depth of the hurricane's fury for so many hours. I hope the slow-moving, sometimes stationary storm model isn't going to be the new norm.

    Have a super weekend, and stay cool! This 90+ degree weather can't last forever... (Can it?)

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    1. Now a new tropical storm is headed for the Bahamas. Our extreme heat usually last into October.

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  21. Glad Dorian ignored you. He ignored us too. Not so much as a drop of rain. The ground is bone dry. Do you believe the Bahamas are in danger of getting hit again? Ack.

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    1. It looks as if the Bahamas will get smacked again. I feel for them. All we can do is donate to charities that are helping there.

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  22. You know the government uses Waffle House to determine the severity of a weather event? Like if Waffle House closes, EVACUATE.

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