Greetings From Hurricane Watch HQ

I’m still proceeding as if there will be a miracle and I will get to the Outer Banks this week. Put the cargo carrier on the Honda, did other stuff, and am just waiting and wondering. Tomorrow will be the big day that really determines everything. If it moves west and south, the Outer Banks might be spared.

In other news, my ac died, so who needs the beach for hot and humid weather?

Time for the nine o’clock briefing from Spaghetti Models.

62 replies
  1. 1
    Mnemosyne says:

    I pre-cooked and froze 4 different meals for myself to ear while I’m laid up from surgery. Today I am officially fucking sick of ALL of them, so I ordered Chinese food for delivery. Hopefully it will arrive soon.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Sorry to hear about your ac. And even more sorry that your vacation has to be postponed.

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    Carolina Dave says:

    As inplausable as it sounds, your scenario may happen

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    laura says:

    Odd, eerily prescient, or buy a lotto ticket juju, the “taboola” add posted just at the end of your post has a lovely photo scene of a man and young lass walking the waters edge at an unidentified beach, a lovely scene. The caption is…..
    Vacationing with Lily.
    Just hopin’ and sayin’

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    burnspbesq says:

    I saw one track projection earlier today that had Flo pulling a big-ass right turn at Upstate South Carolina and ending up plowing through West Virginia.

    If Cole can’t get to the ocean, apparently it will be delivered to his door at no additional charge.

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    satby says:

    Have we heard from AnneLaurie after all those explosions outside of Boston? We need a check in from Boston area jackals.

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    khead says:

    Bachelor Party was on cable today. Tom Hanks has come a long way.

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    Mary G says:

    You and Raven got me hooked on hurricane cams, you bastard.

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    MomSense says:

    Holy shit. Just heard from friends in Andover, Massachusetts and they are ok but these gas explosions are terrifying.

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    @Mnemosyne: I am eating a yummy carne asada super quesadilla!

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    Schlemazel says:

    Hows the recovery going otherwise?
    It is good to ‘spoil’ yourself with a little to-go. Enjoy the simple things & get well

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    JMG says:

    John you seem to have more home-related issues than is normal. I say that as one who’s had more than his share. You should come here to Cape Cod for your next vacation. We have lots of room at my house.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Try and imagine how Peter Scolari feels!

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    raven says:

    @Carolina Dave: What makes you think that? It’s just getting started on OBX.

    A good source is the Oregon Inlet Idiots facebook page.

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    raven says:

    @Mary G: Well you should be safe now, at least the Frying Pan is in the dark!

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    raven says:

    Tornado warning in Buxton and Hatteras.

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    debbie says:


    Weatherman here had a chart of all the predicted paths. It looked like spaghetti.

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    Mary G says:

    @raven: You can still hear it roaring.

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    BD of MN says:

    So the high pressure system keeping Minnesota’s weather summer-like is not pushing eastward due to the hurricane, so we’re having mid to upper 80’s when it should be 60’s-70’s. Not that I’m complaining about that, but I’m also ready for the mosquitoes to go away….

    In other news, as a Minnesotan of a certain age and musical predilection, two deaths have been a bit tough to deal with in teh past few years… First ,obviously, was Prince’s death, which was a huge gut punch. Secondly, and this was one year ago today, Grant Hart of Husker Du passed away. So I’m having a bit of a onion-based optical response to that this evening… Anyways, here’s one of my faves of his, lamenting the end of a relationship, whether one of the best bands ever, or a first love…

    Grant Hart – 2541

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @John Cole:

    Orange chicken and BBQ pork wonton soup for me, kung pao chicken for G. Usually I get string bean chicken, but I decided to live a little.


    Recovery is going pretty smoothly — I confirmed today that I’ll be back at work on Monday in time to help close out the fiscal year, and my boss is very relieved.

    The one annoying thing is that I have a lingering low-grade fever hovering around 99 degrees, but the ortho says not to worry about it.

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    phein57 says:

    We have a Trane whatever model. Every few years, the field mice chew the wiring to the capacitors, the capacitors explode, and the AC goes kaput.

    We put out mouse poison, the wife won’t let me put out sticky traps, we put out spring traps, but since we live next to cornfields, every so often the mice get to the wires and chew the heck out of them. Price to fix is always $350 from the friendliest local HVAC repair guys (parts included).

    I used to despair. Then, a finance manager friend of ours — used to be an archaeologist, decided to make money instead — pointed out that you can expect to spend 6% of the value of the house each year on maintenance.

    From that perspective, i figure that the mice are less of a threat than my teen-agers.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    That picture, Cole, reminded me that my husband felt that movie was a documentary.
    We were rehabbing an old farmhouse at the time.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Unless someone in the house is violently allergic to them, you need a cat. Maybe a couple.

    Sure, you’ll end up being presented with decapitated mouse carcasses at dawn, but that’s still cheaper than replacing the wiring.

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    JPL says:

    @MomSense: That situation is horrifying, and I am glad that your friends are okay.

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    raven says:

    @phein57: Capacitors are a constant problem, they just don’t make em like the used to.

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    tybee says:

    @raven: they’re not tough to replace, either. did it last sunday. we at least had the spare one on hand.

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    @Mnemosyne: You know, when you feel like crap, sometimes it’s better when someone else cooks for you, delivers it to you, and you can throw away the dishes. Hang in there.

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    raven says:

    @tybee: Yep, did you de-shock it? My hvac guy says that’s bullshit.

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    Doug R says:

    You know, the Frying Pan is also a Bed & Breakfast. Might be a good way to make lemonade out of lemons. California has some beaches as well. Temperatures in the 70s there right now.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    I’m actually feeling pretty good, except for the stupid fever. I even get to drive myself to physical therapy tomorrow!

    Oh, and beards are DEFINITELY in on this coast, because my orthopedist decided to grow one. He’s maybe a couple years younger than I am and, yes, he’s kind of cute with the beard. Don’t tell G. 😉

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    @Mnemosyne: DR appointments are always better when your Dr is a cutie-pie (although, I’m a beard from afar kinda girl, close-shaven when up close and personal, LOL)

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Mnemosyne: Um, no. I love my own cats but they cost hella more than $350/annum to feed and maintain. Semi-regular replacement of AC components seems a rather cheaper option.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Sounds like the surf will be a bit rough up here over the weekend. I was planning to go to the beach, as the weather’s going to be nice, and the water is warmest in mid-September, but I’ll have to see about going in.

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    @Gravenstone: but they come with non-cash fringe benefits.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Sorry you have to go back to work ;)

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    TenguPhule says:


    If Cole can’t get to the ocean, apparently it will be delivered to his door at no additional charge.

    Thread won.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: Cheryl said she checked in with Tom Levenson, and he said they are 30-40 miles away from him. Don’t know about anyone else.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Your book sounds awesome. If it’s half as good as your blurb about the book, it will be amazingly good.

    Will it be available on iBooks? Not a fan of the kindle app, even on my iPad.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Fortunately, I like both my job and my co-workers, so I’m looking forward to getting back. They are all very sweet people who banded together and got me a $150 Amazon gift card so I could keep myself entertained while I was out. I’m going to spend some of the rest of this week making them all little thank-you cards since I have an insane amount of papercrafting supplies.

    The orthopedist’s office offered to let me stay out for 8 weeks and my actual answer was, “Good God, no! I’d go insane if I had to sit at home for that long.”

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    Shell says:

    Damn, Cole. I really hope you make it to the beach.

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    Steve in the ATL says:


    Oh, and beards are DEFINITELY in on this coast

    Well duh. It’s been a lucrative career in LA for decades.

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    khead says:


    He’s no Tom Poston.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Lucky busterd!
    I am going to have my bladder rebuilt using my small intestine & the only up side I can see is 8 weeks off! well, that and maybe finally being able to be infection free

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    khead says:

    Well, Flo turned away from my sister…but now it’s headed for my brother’s home in Rock Hill, SC. That’s not quite what I had in mind when I said I hope the forecasters got it wrong.

    Anyway, he lives in an 80+ year old house.
    With basement and yard draining issues.
    And he’s, uh, also in France on vacation until next Wednesday.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    This is the longest I’ve ever worked at a job (11 years) so, believe me, I know how lucky I am!

    Good luck on your surgery — I hope it goes smoothly and you have a quick and easy recovery with lots of reading and movie-watching time. I realized with this surgery that, at 49, I’m at that corner where the doctors are my age or a little younger, and they’re just going to keep getting younger. I swear that the anesthesiologist looked like he was still in high school. He was great, though — very friendly and knowledgeable.

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    J R in WV says:

    Last big AC repair was really odd. There are a set of contactors, solinoids that actually put amps of power to the compressor motor. Ours were sized too small, and one day when the AC kicked on, the contactors welded together.

    So upshot, even when the temp dropped to the setting on the thermostat, and the fan quit running, the compressor kept running on and on. Wasn’t expensive to fix, and the tech got a larger set of contactors which have never given us a problem since.

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    Jack the Second says:

    For anyone on the internet who has a sad that Teachout is trailing in the AG race, here’s the current leader:

    Letitia A. “Tish” James (born October 18, 1958)[1] is an American lawyer, activist, and politician in the Democratic Party. She is the current and fourth New York City Public Advocate and first African American woman to hold citywide office. She previously served as a member of the New York City Council, representing Brooklyn’s 35th Council District, which includes the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. James has also chaired the Economic Development and Sanitation Committees, and serves on the committees for Parks & Recreation, Small Business, Technology in Government, Veteran Affairs, and Women’s Issues.

    Look, a political resume!

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    Kay says:

    I’m still proceeding as if there will be a miracle…

    we should all do that every day :)

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    catclub says:

    @phein57: How about those stainless jackets like they have for radiator hoses?

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    frostys says:

    My last AC repair was to junk the window unit and buy another one. For the price of central A/C I can buy a helluva lot of window units.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Most of my doctors are younger than I am. My otho guy is a little older & one of the top guys in his field. The ENT guy that diagnosed & operated on my cancer was old & terrible. I should have looked for a better guy but was not thinking clearly. I am finding the doctors older than me are not as good as the younger ones mostly.

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    Rich Webb says:

    NC12 will be a problem; it routinely washes out in several places from this kind of storm. So, depending on where you’re planning on staying, getting there may be half the fun,

    The Outer Banks should “only” see tropical storm force winds, so there shouldn’t be catastrophic damage to buildings assuming that their luck holds with respect to the storm surge and the rebound surge from the sound side.

    I’m over in the Virginia Tidewater (GO NAVY! ;-) and here it *shouldn’t* be too bad. The crazy storm is making a loop around the area. Very weird track.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jack the Second:

    It does seem that Democratic voters are going for diversity this year. If the contest is between a white man and a white woman, they’re picking the woman; if it’s between a white man and a non-white candidate, they’re going for the non-white; and if it’s between two women, they’re going for the woman of color.

    Those voters are the real sleeping giant this year. I love them. 😍

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    Mnemosyne says:


    IMO, if you’re having surgery, you probably want a mid-career doctor, one who’s young enough to have the latest training but old enough to have some experience under his belt. Not sure how much it matters for a non-surgical doctor, though.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Yup! That is good advice

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jack the Second:

    Also, I almost feel sorry for Kevin de Léon, the Democrat who’s running against Dianne Feinstein for US Senate in November. He really picked the wrong year to be a younger man trying to push an older, more experienced woman out of office.

    (We have jungle primaries, so it’s two Democrats going head-to-head.)

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    OldDave says:


    My last AC repair was to junk the window unit and buy another one.

    You might look into mini-splits. Quieter than a window-rattler, not as expensive as central AC.

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    frostys says:

    @OldDave: My neighbors seem to be doing that. The only reason I see for putting it in is to keep buyers interested when we eventually sell. I don’t like A/C and I’m afraid if it’s on a thermostat then then we’ll get lazy and the house will be shut up all year round instead of just the winter. I like having windows and doors open. Like they are right now.

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    Aleta says:

    @OldDave: We got 2 of those 2 years ago, one for the house and one for a building. They’tr great. We got the house one to use for heat in the early spring and late fall (save on oil bills) and the other one as dehumidifier to dry out an old building that had been over top of the tide for 100 years. Both fantastic. We ended up using both on Cool all summer, because it was 90s in temp and humidity many days. The air was fresh and cool and quiet. They’re small but cover a large area.

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    Aleta says:

    Speaking of the hurricane, I was out on a boat today halfway up the coast of Maine. They had predicted the Gulf of Maine would get swells from Florence, and we did. They were long and a little high and gentle, very unusual size for that area. A long way from the storm.

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    Why do I get the feeling that Sgt Cole is going to be out rescuing someone this weekend from Hurricane Florence? Planning to go on vacation? Right…

    I mean no disrespect, as I couldn’t even rescue myself from Florence+the Machine at the Gradoozy happening this very weekend right here on my side of town (that’s too old quiet for music festivals).

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