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The Orlando Sentinel (subscription required) ran a great story this morning about things we learned from Hurricane Charley.  Here is their list (slightly modified to remove some specific local references).

  1. Water is a comfort food, but 3-day-old Cheetos are too.
  2. We shouldn't complain about all the "useless" tools in the garage -- we actually DO need a generator.
  3. You can't spell "priceless" without I-C-E.
  4. Shadow animals on the wall -- still fun!
  5. It's your God-given right to sit on your back porch and eat Chinese takeout by candlelight in your underwear.
  6. You can use your washing machine as a cooler.
  7. No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive.
  8. Cell phones: Breaking up isn't hard to do.
  9. Water from the shower is much colder than water from the kitchen sink -- and tastes just as bad.
  10. AA and D are the only alphabet we need.
  11. There's a plus side to having nothing in the refrigerator.
  12. You should never admit to having power at your house in the presence of co-workers or neighbors who don't.
  13. Even after all these years, it can still be nice to spend time with Col. Mustard in the ballroom with the lead pipe.
  14. Chain saw-wielding men are nothing to be afraid of.
  15. When house-hunting, look for inside closets with lots of legroom.
  16. SUVs are the best makeshift tents on the market.
  17. An oak tree on the ground looks four times as big as one standing up.
  18. The four-way stop is still an ingenious reflection of civility.
  19. Getting through the day should be an Olympic event.
  20. The movie theater can be a most pleasant place, even if the feature is Alien vs. Predator.
  21. Radio can be the best way to watch television.
  22. Air conditioning: Best invention ever.
  23. Candlelight is better than Botox -- it takes years off your appearance.
  24. Small lakes can generate waves.
  25. Gasoline is a value at any price.
  26. The need for your dog to go out and take care of business is proportional to the severity of the storm.
  27. The lifeblood of any disaster recovery is coffee.
  28. Downed power lines make an excellent security system.
  29. Somebody's got it worse. This makes us feel a little less bad.
  30. Somebody's got it better. Obviously, they're getting preferential treatment.
Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2004 10:29 AM Humor and Fun , & Etc. , Hurricane | Back to top

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SUVs - A/C, CD player, reclining seats...
unless you have a one year old!

#17 - see #14 - a welcome sight...
Left by etpts on Aug 23, 2004 6:09 PM

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Ah, but we do have a one year old! Can you say Elmo?
Left by Mark Treadwell on Aug 23, 2004 7:13 PM

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Wish I had found this sooner: 30 things we learned from Hurricane Charley. All that money, down the drain. Anger is bad, unhealthily bad. It is not often that a losing presidential candidate (Al Gore) compares the man who...
Left by The SmarterCop on Aug 27, 2004 11:14 AM

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Thank you for posting this. I teach at a middle school in Lake Wales, Florida. We were hit by 3 hurricanes this season and were out of school for over 15 days. My students are still coping and we have been doing activities to help them deal with the diaster that they have seen and been through. We are now in the 'humor' stage of our recovery. I had gotten this list in email, but never saved it. Today I will read it to my kids and we will create our own team list of 'humor' statements of what we have learned from Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
Thanks for posting it!
Left by Alicia on Oct 19, 2004 8:27 AM

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