Happy Monday y'all! I hope everyone and their family is safe from the hurricane that is bearing down on Florida and the Gulf Coast, and obviously continue to keep the Houston area in your thoughts and prayers. They still have a long road ahead of them down there and can use all the help and thought they can get, as well as much of Florida.
Being on the road for the past 6 years, we have seen most of the country from east to west and top to bottom. We have also been in almost every element there is. We have been in the blistering heat for all of our lives, being from Alabama, but we have also been welcomed into the frigid cold up north, blizzards, tornadoes, dust storms, and even ran from a hybrid hurricane down the east coast. That Hurricane's name was Sandy. I'm sure most of you remember the devastation it brought to the northeast. This particular hurricane was strange because it was also a winter storm, I'd never heard of a hurricane that comes to land spitting out snow and sleet with freezing temperatures plus all the wind behind a hurricane. We were Flirtin' with Disaster.
The day before Sandy made land we were in Rhode Island with one more show left in South Carolina. We had to drop the show in SC and carve a path to Alabama as fast as possible, which almost was not fast enough. It was a 25 hour drive, and the only time we could stop was for gas, or we may get stranded in this wintery hurricane, miles from home, which was not something on our agenda necessarily. We drove through snow at first, then ice, sleet and snow mix, and the further south we made it, then it turned to rain. It was a frantic rat race basically. We were driving along side the National Guard and Army fleets, cops and state troopers were prominent on the roads also, and your not so typical everyday fleeing from a hurricane traffic.
We are no strangers to the wrath of Mother Nature, we have dealt with tornadoes most of our lives, and in April of 2011 the south seen a slew of tornadoes that were catastrophic on a level much larger than usual, there had not been an outbreak of that magnitude in hundreds of years, and many people lost their life or loved ones and the damage across several states was heart-wrenching. We are familiar with what can happen in times of emergency and know to take as much precaution as possible. Thankfully we were able to make it back to Alabama and out of Hurricane Sandy, but there were thousands of people affected by this storm that were not able to get out.
I hope everyone is safe down in Florida and the surrounding areas for Irma, thankfully it has lost steam drastically as it made landfall, but I know that thousand of people are affected by it in one way or another. Thoughts and prayers down to the Gulf Coast. As the old saying goes: It is better to be safe than sorry. That's definitely true when it comes to natural disasters. Stay informed and always make an effort to not be Flirtin' with Disaster.