Saturday, September 24, 2005

Rita Update: Fuzzy Fotos

Of course, as soon as I went outside to take a couple of pictures, the wind and rain picked up, so I had to snap these pretty quickly. Here's our house:

Please to note (through the unfocused photography) the expert application of cardboard boxes over the windows. Without a ready supply of plywood, this was the best we could do. In the event of an actual hurricane, how much good would the cardboard have done? Dunno, really; once the city gets back to "bidness," we'll get some proper plywood.

And here's the only real damage we can see around here:

The folks in this house were darned lucky the tree fell toward the street, not toward their house.

Comics Content: In honor of my fuzzy photo skillz, we are proud to present Get Fuzzy for your continued amusement.

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Anonymous Dr. Anton Arcane said...

Covering windows with cardboard in a serious hurricane is as effective as covering your eyes to avoid being devoured by a lion--the cardboard may deflect some broken glass, just as there's a slight chance that the lion will decide that it doesn't want to eat a retard.

While cardboard and plywood do share the magic color of "light brown," the point of the plywood is that it's much stronger than glass and thus less likely to be destroyed when struck by flying objects. The plywood also needs to be strongly anchored into the house itself well outside of the window frame. Otherwise, winds that will blow out windows will also tear off the plywood.

(PS: "X"es of duct tape don't do shit either.)

9/24/2005 1:29 PM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

With all due respect, "dr.," I believe you've been hanging out too long with your Un-Men. If you had read my entry, you'd know that I'd've used plywood if I had any at the time. Your comment, though clearly offered in the sprit of constructive criticism, didn't teach me anything I didn't already know - apart from the rather surprising fact that a supposed "dr." would actually use a word like "retard."

Drive safely.

9/24/2005 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Anton Arcane said...

Good point--if you don't have a gun with real ammunition when the lion attacks, the one with the little flag that says "Bang" will have to do.

PS: Tell Kate that Terri says "hey."

9/24/2005 2:03 PM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

In the past, when faced with a situation similar to the one you describe, dr., I have found it effective simply to pull the lever and release the tiger.

PS: Kate says "hey" back.

9/24/2005 2:14 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Well, I'm glad you guys are OK, and that the cardboard worked just fine.

mmm... Tiger...

9/26/2005 4:53 AM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Brad.

mmm... Tiger...

Once a Mac fan, always a Mac fan!

9/26/2005 10:29 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Nice artful arrangement of the cardboard, be damned, it's about the aesthetics....

9/26/2005 2:09 PM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

Soken like a true aesthete, Stephanie!

9/26/2005 5:01 PM  

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