Miraculum's Journal, 09 September 2017

Over the last few days, I've been neglecting my journal in favor of preparing for potentially catastrophic weather conditions but eating fairly well. Fortunately, SC is now completely out of Irma's "cone of uncertainty."

In Fort Mill, SC, immediately south of Charlotte, NC (in what's known as "Metrolina"), we're expecting sustained tropical-force winds and five inches of rain over an uncertain number of hours, but we've had conditions like that before.

The biggest danger is from huge -- but relatively shallow-rooted -- live oak and sycamore trees that heavy winds pull right up out of the ground. The root flare at the surface of the ground can be more than 12 feet wide! Trees have landed on homes and vehicles and across roads, sometimes killing or injuring people but mostly blocking traffic. After my first Charlotte storm, in 2001, I couldn't get home from work for hours because every major thoroughfare was blocked.

Charlotte's major roads were laid out in a circle that ran from one Protestant church to another. The only "grid" is in the central business district. In the rest of the city, one major road will wind all over the place and change names a number of times: Tyvola becomes Fairview becomes Sardis becomes Rama ("RAY-muh") becomes Idlewild before it leaves the city limits and becomes Secrest Short Cut!

I didn't leave home without a map for months and months when I first lived here! Now, I live outside the City of Charlotte in a developing suburb that's still mostly farmland. Not as many huge trees in our development and nearby.

We'll see, come Monday evening and Tuesday, what needs clean-up!

Diet Calendar Entry for 09 September 2017:
241 kcal Fat: 1.74g | Prot: 43.13g | Carb: 13.17g.   Lunch: Boar's Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat Turkey Breast, Yellow Sweet Peppers. more...
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