Thursday, July 07, 2005


My mom has been trying to get in touch via e-mail with my cousin in the UK, to make sure she wasn't in London this morning. So far no word, but odds are that she is probably safe at home, many miles away, and worrying is silly. She uses the Tube whenever she's in the city, though, so we'll worry anyway, like everyone else with people over there.

My cousin is an expert on Richard III, and gave up her US citizenship after she married a Brit historian and moved to the UK permanently in the 70's. At the time it scandalized most of the family. On one rare visit home, my cousin made us roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I was a kid, and couldn't understand why you'd call spoon bread with drippings pudding. Her husband probably found hush puppies and grits just as exotic.

I've not been cruising the internet, because I can't deal with the lack of compassion being displayed by the ever self-absorbed political opportunists. I know, they're entitled, but it seems a little disrespectful to broadcast it while they're still carrying out the bodies. Also, we have a Cat-3 hurricane, Dennis, roaring up toward the gulf, so we're starting our storm prep now. We learned last year that what looks like it won't hit us is no guarantee X 3, and we're moving in eleven days. We hope.

These days, hope is all we can count on to get us through the storm.


  1. I hope that you and yours stay safe.

    Sending karma sprinklies your way,

  2. Know what you mean! We heard a commentator on the radio whining about how today's events will help boost Blair and Bush's profiles. It was so cold and callous.

    I am still praying for the families in London.

  3. I'll keep your cousin in my thoughts and I'm sending positive vibes that the storm doesn't hit you! All my digits are crossed!

  4. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Looks like one of us will get hit. Of course there is always the long-shot option of Dennis heading out into the Atlantic. Being a NOLA resident, we got lucky last year when Ivan cut to the east. One more hurricane season and we are moving back to Colorado.

    Crossing fingers makes it hard to type, but I'll do it anyway.

    Best of luck to anyone in the path of Dennis the Menace.

  5. Stay safe, Shelia.

    Sending good karma & prayers your way.

  6. Anonymous10:59 PM

    I'm glad you're preparing NOW -- just in case. I'll be sending good thoughts and hopes your way. Boy, do you have a lot going on!

    Take care,
    Kathy F

  7. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. Hurricane season is a bear for me--and I live in California. I just know too many people who live in the paths of these storms. I keep you all in my prayers every year. :)

  8. We just heard this evening that there's another carriage on the underground which they haven't even been able to reach yet : (

    If your cousin doesn't work in London, it's not very likely she'd have gone in at rush hour. Train travel is cheaper after 9.30, so people only go in during rush hour if they have to. Chances are she's fine.

    At least a hurricane isn't malicious. Hope it's not too bad.


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