Family Trees
March 14, 2006, 5:46 am
Filed under: Personal, Rants

Consider the following scenario:

You're born in England.

You marry an Englishman/woman.

You decide to move to Puerto Rico (perhaps its the sun).

There, you have a child.

The lot of you move to the U.S. Continue reading

200 Years Ago…
October 26, 2005, 3:07 am
Filed under: News, Personal

Right now, I'm leeching an unsecured Wi-Fi conneciton up in one of the very few areas that has already gotten power back up, so I'll make this post quick.

Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida as a major hurricane (Category 3), but nothing even remotely close to the level with which Hurricane Andrew hit us. Despite this, Wilma dealt a crushing blow to South Florida's entire infrastructure, especially power (and subsequently communications). Many of Florida Power and Light's power substations were severely damaged by debris, and as such FPL is restoring power at a painstakingly slow rate. Continue reading

Thirteen Years Later…
August 26, 2005, 10:53 am
Filed under: Personal

Almost exactly thirteen years ago, I found myself barricaded in my home behind pounds of exceptionally strong aluminum, family members rushing about keeping themselves occupied, the weather radio blasting its garbled play-by-play. Behind the galvanized aluminum fortress and above the chatter in the house, you could still hear the rain and the wind pounding on the house. At the outset of the heavy winds, the power went out, with the timing of a suspense film, because as we all know, the suspense in every sound you hear increases tenfold when you can't see the source of the sounds you're hearing. And thus, for all the brutal force Hurricane Andrew had, I could see none of it. Continue reading