Maya Mia

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  1. With each shift west, better odds Irma will move over our town or very near our town. For storm surge, my town is currently estimated to get about 10 ft, we checked and we are at 17 ft elevation, and are about 0.8 miles from the intercoastal. Shelters not an option, as we can't meet the requirements. Our big girl is a very big girl (a dogue), and although we do have a crate for her, it is too large to fit in our car. So we will hopefully ride it out ok. House is boarded and shuttered already, plenty of canned and dry food, plenty of water and ice, surge not yet worrying me, my neighbors 50 ft pines coming down on my house is worrying me. We finished up early today, and my FIL's best friend purchased a house a few towns over, but hasn't moved down yet, so he is begging my hubby to go down and put up the shutters. My hubby is going to do so in the morning. My three sons are leaving here and heading to NC in a couple hours. The community is amazing - how everyone helps each other. I've seen posts on our local facebook page, that reinforces belief in humanity.
  2. Latest storm track for most probable has her coming into s.Florida directly, then going back out to sea, and riding up the east coast, but off land, then heading into GA or SC coast. This worries me as my dad lives beach front in SC, and he has medical issues and won't evacuate. I'm on the SW coast of Florida, spent all day yesterday hauling garden crap inside. But it is looking like my area won't get much (unless she moves). We are staying, and keeping fingers crossed she doesn't come west. Drove down 75 from Tampa to home yesterday morning, I 75N was a parking lot already, much of the SW coast is out of gas as well. Saw a guy being interviewed, he was pretty proud of himself that he had managed to find and buy 58 cases of water. Didn't seem to concerned that this would lead to other people not getting enough. I'm pretty sure he plans on selling in in the next few days to make a profit. On the other hand, one of the owners of the company I work for, emailed the employees who live in Florida, telling up don't worry about working this week, take care of your family and property. My supervisor lives in Charlotte, offered us a place to go. So many decent people still.
  3. I believe it is only the city of Corpus Christie that is not under mandatory evacuation, that all other cities and counties along the storm surge threat have issued mandatory.
  4. Also just saw Tom Bossert (sp?) from Homeland - not deny that immigration checkpoints are still active. He did not confirm they were still in place, but did not deny it either. There are also rumors that immigration is going into shelters for people that did evacuate. Homeland did not deny these rumors either, and he was directly asked about the rumors. I have friends in both Corpus and Houston, I hope at least my friend and his family in Corpus evacuated.
  5. I just saw the mayor of Corpus Christie explain why a mandatory evacuation was not issued. Disgusting. Basically because a mandatory evacuation declaration would trigger a variety of "things" such as evacuating hospital patients and etc. He also explained that it could hurt businesses.
  6. There was an article I read recently, think it was Washington post, about an outbreak of measles in the Somali community in MN. Wakefield recently met with the community. here in a link to the article https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/measles-outbreak-sickens-dozens-of-minnesota-somalis/2017/05/03/6b3be752-3029-11e7-a335-fa0ae1940305_story.html?utm_term=.9a256bcc84ea
  7. The whole article is bad. First of all, nitrogen is not synthetically made. Nitrogen is an atom, there is no such thing as synthetic nitrogen. There are synthetically manufactured fertilizers that contain the atom nitrogen, but in the form usually of nitrates or urea. Well, most fertilizers contain these. Over fertilization, and the individual chemicals used in fertilizer is a major problem. But if you want a real discussion, link to an article that at least pretends to understand the issue. Florida, where I live, has attempted to restrict fertilizer in residential usage - but of course commercial growers are not so limited. For example, see the sugar cane growers and the effect last summer on the Treasure Coast area.
  8. Thank you. My meeting was this morning, and I have chosen to install an under the sink RO system, with the other upgrades.. It is only a 3 gallon reservoir, but can "make" up to 25 gallons per day. Biggest benefit was I can now hook up the ice maker in my fridge, instead of buying ice. My new system will involve only one pump, instead of my two, and uses hydrogen peroxide to clean out the sulfur removal system. They are installing next Wednesday. So, no more buying 20 gallons of water to drink minimum per week, plus the individual water bottles. My electric bill will drop, and I'll have much less "things" to go wrong, that I pay for to get fixed. It's a bit pricey, but I think worth to be able to get a shower without smelling like sulfur for hours afterwards. Plus we will actually have drinking water. Its kind of amazing that this day and age, people in a settled part of the state don't have decent drinkable water.
  9. We are on well water, and our current system does not produce drinkable water. Therefore we purchase water to drink, in gallons and smaller containers. We do recycle the plastic. But we are in the process of updating our water system. One option is to also install an under the sink RO system, and if we do, we would be able to drink water from that tap. My initial thought would be of course the RO system is more environmentally friendly as we would no longer be purchasing a lot of plastic. But then I was thinking about the large amount of flush water that is a by product of an RO system. Does anyone know if an RO system even with all the flush water is more environmentally friendly than purchasing water in plastic? Oh, and I have two rainwater tanks that I use to water my plants, at least my more sensitive plants. One I purchased, (60 gallons) and it has connects to one of my downspouts, and then I have a plastic drum (55 gallons) that I drilled a few holes in the lid. Overflow from the first tank goes into the drum, and I have a pump to access that water. The drum also has another hole I drilled for overflow. If you install a tank, make sure you don't forget an overflow option.
  10. But Broward is <1% reported, and Palm Beach is only 25%. Lots of votes in those two counties.
  11. Thank you. Well as expected my county is definitely red, but I'm pleased to see not as red as I thought it would be.
  12. Where are you finding by county in Florida? I'd like to see what mine is doing. No there is not, at least in every place I've lived, in 3 different states.
  13. Florida - we are an ID state, but there are about 15 different forms of ID they accept. I want to add, my sister who lives in PA, voted for the first time today, she is in her 40s.
  14. I voted about two weeks ago, had to wait about 20 min in line to get my ID checked and signature confirmed, then about 5 minutes to wait to receive my ballot, then no wait to put my ballot in the scanner. We have three lines here you go through typically to vote.
  15. I'm curious as to how you see how this industry which is quite large, is because of the people I surround myself with. Are you suggesting I give up a 26 year well paying career because they are Trump supporters? Are you saying I choose who my managers and competitors hire? Because I can absolutely guarantee you I wish there were more women and minorities in my industry. I fully believe this industry would be better off if there were. I also absolutely guarantee you that I do not enjoy being one of three women at a conference, or too many times the only woman at a work function. And my original comment referred to people all across the country, many of which work for large international companies, which tend to be headquartered in cities I don't live in.. So I'm not quite sure how that is people I am surrounding myself around.