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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene off the coast of South Carolin...Image via WikipediaIt seems that the folks here in the Upstate of South Carolina have missed the brunt of Hurricane Irene.  The days preceding her arrival there was a chance that it could hit as far south as Charleston but as she approached that changed and it was moved farther north.  Hurricanes always seem to become some sort of cult phenomenon despite the destruction they can cause.  New Yorkers are by far the most interesting when told they could be in the path of Irene.  They throw parties, make t-shirts and generally make jokes.  While down here in the south people seem to take them way more seriously.  I just hope that no matter where Irene hits that people are smart and safe and there is no injuries and minimal damage to property. 
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

East Coast Earthquake

Official United States Geological Survey LogoImage via WikipediaAn earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck in northern Virginia, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday.

The quake was felt in Washington, D.C., and as far away as North Carolina and New York, witnesses said. While all U.S. Capitol buildings were evacuated, there were no reports of injuries or damage.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Get Motivated

Was Greenville prepared for the widely popular Get Motivated seminar that was held today, 08/10/2011, at the Bi-Lo Center.  It appears there were more tickets sold then seats available and the traffic was a giant mess.  Reported backups on I-385 of three miles during the morning rush hour and parking spaces being filled beyond full.  I was wondering how something this big would be handled by the city.  WYFF 4 reported that by 10:30 AM after people had waited in line for over two hours that they were being turned away even though they had tickets for the event.

Ticket Holders Turned Away (as reported by WYFF 4)

 By 10:30 a.m., some ticket-holding attendees said they were being turned away at the door. Greenville Fire Chief Tom McDowell said that the BI-Lo Center was at capacity, so people were only being let in as others came out.Get Motivated media spokesman Johnny Caloria contradicted McDowell said that the event is general seating, and some people were standing in stairwells and not taking seats, so that was why people were being turned away.

News 4’s Kim Quintero said she came across a group of people downtown who bought tickets to the event, waited two hours to get in, but were turned away at the door because the center had reached maximum capacity. They said they were not offered refunds, just workbooks and told to wait outside.Lynn Scott told News 4 that she closed her business to be able to attend the event, but she was one of many who were stopped outside.When she found out she missed Guiliani and Forbes speaking, Scott said, “Oh, my gosh! I really wanted to hear what they had to say. Why would you oversell your situation? That’s wrong.”
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Settling In to many changes

The pink smudge on the ball comes from the pin...Image via WikipediaIt's been a while since I posted anything I actually wrote so I thought I would try to do that now.  As was mentioned a while back I have been moving from my apartment of 5 years in Simpsonville, SC to my mothers house in Gray Court, SC so that I can help her out.  She has been battling cancer and some other medical issues and I decided it was better that she was not living alone.  It was a decision that was easy and hard to make at the same time.  Easy as in I would do anything to help my mother out, hard as in giving up some of the privacy issues that come with living with someone else again.  We have both lived alone, other then our cats, for years so there will be a bit of a learning curve.  So far things have gone pretty well and the cats are all getting along, so far.

On the work side of things I went to night shift about 6 weeks ago to help out a fellow officer that needed to go to day shift for family reasons.  Now I am getting the chance to go back to day shift, which I think will be a good thing since my sleeping has not been all that good while working night shift. 

For now I am just trying to get settled in to a new living situation and work hours, then life might get back to some sort of normal, whatever that may be.

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