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Staying the Course -- October 15, 2010

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Superbob

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Hello, hardy Coursers! Hope you're staying your courses this week without need of a timely starter from me. More than half the week has rushed by, so there probably won't be many replies this week. I'll try to be on time -- or at least not so tardy next week.

Well, my wife and I voted -- earliest we've ever done that. We had applied for and received absentee ballots, and upon filling them out, we went to a satellite voting station just two blocks away, presented ID, and dropped our ballots in the official dropbox. So done! Wish doing so would automatically erase ALL political ads from TV screens and our mail. So sick of that. Okay, not going to make any political comments beyond that. I just hope that somehow, some way after the results are official, we can achieve some degree of tranquillity (ideally unity, but maybe that's a stretch). Okay, taking no sides here. USA folks, go vote, and then let's try to get along, okay y'all?

Other than that, hmmm, well you know I am a big anniversary man, and also a hurricane watcher, so it happens that today, October 15, is a big one on both fronts -- a 66th anniversary. To explain a bit, here is what I posted on Facebook this morning:

Think no Atlantic hurricanes will come blasting through now that it is Octoberfest time? Think again. A hurricane for the ages, named Hazel, came calling 66 years ago today. With Cat4 winds, it made landfall near the South Carolina/North Carolina border (close to where we now live) and then retained massively destructive force inland, socking Richmond (where we then lived), and wreaking havoc all the way up to Toronto. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of my pioneer-spirited mom, "the Beeb," taking me out to deliver my afternoon newspaper route while Hazel's eye brought temporary calm. Don't know if that was a smart idea or not, but folks on my route had their Oct. 15, 1954 Richmond News Leader. I wonder if a few of them preserved their copies.

Hurricane Hazel was indeed a doozy. Not looking for any repeat - though this is 2020, so watch out. Hazel demolished something like 80 percent of beachfront properties in Myrtle Beach. The recovery spawned the high-rise resorts that are so prominent along today's beachscape.

Okay, this is my starter, for now. May check back in later. Love to hear from you good folks.

Cheers,
Superbob
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Lots of detail about "Hazel" ....
 
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Superman

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Good thoughts, SB, and a nice apolitical reminder to do our civic duty. I agree, if smart phones are so smart, click an, “I voted” button to filter ad content! I like it.

Speaking of anniversaries.

11 years ago today I had my last open heart to repair an aneurysm. Far better shape now than I was going into that.

But more importantly, tomorrow my wife and I celebrate 21 years of wedded bliss! Sneaking out of town for the weekend. Our oldest is coming home to hang with his siblings and be in charge (but mostly hide and study - here for emergencies). Best anniversary gift he could give us!
 

Eva

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Happy *super* anniversaries to both of you, Superbob and Superman!
May you have many more years to celebrate with good health.
We too voted by mail. Went to our library and dropped our ballots!
maybe one day we should be able to Smartly vote by smart phones/computers! :)
 

Superbob

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Good thoughts, SB, and a nice apolitical reminder to do our civic duty. I agree, if smart phones are so smart, click an, “I voted” button to filter ad content! I like it.

Speaking of anniversaries.

11 years ago today I had my last open heart to repair an aneurysm. Far better shape now than I was going into that.

But more importantly, tomorrow my wife and I celebrate 21 years of wedded bliss! Sneaking out of town for the weekend. Our oldest is coming home to hang with his siblings and be in charge (but mostly hide and study - here for emergencies). Best anniversary gift he could give us!
Congratulations! -- Love those dual heart-centered anniversaries! Happy Anniversary to you and your wife!
 

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