Our Direct TV has 3 channels showing "live" pictures of the storm. For
those of you who don't, the winds are 85 mph. Three dead in NC, and within
this past hour a tree fell on the upper bedroom of a townhouse apt. and
killed a child. The stations are urging that people get on the West side of
their home to maybe prevent the wind from blowing another tree down and
injuring someone else. There are power outages out in the storm area.
Transportation has already shut down in New York City. If I can, I will try
to answer questions you might have if you don't have access to this news..
Barbara in SC
We have DISH and like you, Barbara, we have access to several stations
delivering news 24/7, especially about the hurricane.
With friends and relatives all along the East Coast and inland from
Charleston, SC, Baltimore & DC, on through New Jersey and CT, and past
Juno's home, we're watching and praying for everyone. So far, the ones
we've heard from, are all safe, but there is another day or two before it
moves out to sea completely.
According to the TV, there are many thousands who do not have electricity
and only have battery radio. Many don't even have that access to news and
depend on relatives and friends relaying the news by phone. I'll be glad to
help however I can.
Barbara in SC
Yes, we are all concerned and praying for our friends in the path of this
hericane and hope they are safe. We all have friends, and relatives of
friends in the Baltimore area and eastward on the islands, and in the
I responded to W. Boyce's comments and his response is below my paragraph.
Well, just because you call this drivel certainly doesn't make it so
does it. Folks are just keeping people up on what's happening with a
very serious situation and you say "duh a tree fell". Have a little
compassion for your fellow mankind. If you don't want to hear this
"drivel" don't read the damn thread. I haven't come across so many
caring people in my life as this newsgroup seems to have and you just
seem like a whining little "me.me.me" creature who can't say anything
remotely caring! Get a life or go somewhere else to whine about it.
This is his "insightful" response to me. I have no desire to read any more
of his posts -- he's in my kill-file. He obviously thinks I'm the other
You place many supposed motivations behind my post: lack of concern for
mankind, total self-centeredness, lack of having a life-purpose,
In turn, I have some possibilities for you: You could be a touchy-feely
poser cultivating your image by commenting on everyone's misfortune and
offering prayers all around while actually spending little or no time on
your knees in prayer.
You could be a Katie Couric wanna-be, puffing up your own sense of
worth and importance because you're geographically located in proximity
to a national event and capitalize on it not only being a source of news
but a helper of mankind as well. Never mind you can't get anything but
news on the storm, never mind they're in the middle of the storm and
you're miles away, never mind you can get this news on your cellphone, etc.
What, exactly is this "help" you're offering me to find out about my
relatives in the Outer Banks when I'm in Kansas that I can't do myself
in this electronic age? Phone communication through you?? How would you
do that, exactly, something that I couldn't do myself? You didn't post
your phone number, I noticed, or set up an 800 number. I have far
greater motivation to track down my loved ones on the coast (and they
me, to say they're "ok") than through a third party "do gooder" building
that image for her buddies online. But that's not you, is it?
I guess the proof is in the pudding: if people have been actually helped
by the individual effort offered by your post to be "communication
central", I commend you for it. I've been wrong before and apologize.
Thank you Bobbie! I read the response from W Boyce. I doubt this person
actually read my post because I only offered to relay on the computer, the
news I was seeing on the TV. And yes, I actually did relay some of the TV
news to one person, and received a reply to a question I had concerning the
wind and water around Baltimore, where I have friends, and also about damage
in an area of NC..
Barbara in SC
Bobbie: I honestly shouldn't have sent his response to the group I should
have kept it private--I've already sent him my apologies for doing so. I was
just angry at his rsponse and typed "off the cuff".
Killfile and forget him. As far as I can tell, he/it never
pops up here except to denigrate the regulars for what he
thinks is off topic. I do not recall a single thread in
which he contributed usable sewing information. YMMV
Well, my goodness. Where did that Jerk come from? As a matter of fact,
after Katrina I had a neighbor whose computer contacts were up and running
somewhat. She managed to email an in-law in Atlanta so he could let our
family know that we were okay. The phones were out, the cable was out, the
towers were down. There wasn't a road to us that wasn't under water or a
bridge safe. Barbara was very kind to offer to help any way she could.
Maybe there's a 12-step program for W. Boyce. Polly
He's been around for awhile. Most of us have put him in the kill file.
As far as I know I was his first object of derision. He is nasty beyond
words, considers himself the police of usenet and always defends
himself with self righteous drivel. Just put him in a kill file. He
pops-up every now and then, and is best ignored.
I have friends with no computer who often let the cell battery run down, and
the house phone is sometimes left off the hook and I drive over to check on
them during thunderstorms. Another friend, because of a speech problem from
a stroke, does not get out to socialize at all unless I say that I need the
company to go to a resturant and I do the ordering. We just never
Ick has a short memory, but true, I don't post often.
But unlike her and the resident klatsch, I'm not addicted to this NG
and/or feel compelled to chime in on EVERYONE'S post whether or not I
have something useful to add,IMHO,or to defend the sacred honor of the
annointed ones herein. JPBill