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October 19, 2005


Been busy. My last day on the job is Friday, followed by a weekend of getting my apartment back to a state of normalcy, and then on Monday I start my career as a woman of ill repute.

Or something.

Guess what? Another hurricane is menacing me. This time it's Wilma (tell me you can read that and not think of The Flintstones), the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever, based on millibars, or millipedes, or some such nonsense.

It's expected to hit south of here (I'm in the Tampa Bay area), but you never quite know with these things. Hurricanes give plenty of notice that they're coming to visit, but they're fickle about where they're going to stay the night.

So yesterday I was in Target to return a shirt and pick up miscellaneous items, such as toothpaste and laundry detergent. For some strange reason I remembered - and I never remember, usually - to visit the camping goods aisle to check out the Coleman stoves.

I've never been able to find any of these things in stock, because by the time I remember to look for one, it's only because a hurricane is fast approaching. There are never any to be had because, no brain surgeon am I - everyone else is having the same thought.

But last night I remembered and, even more amazing, there were products in stock. So I picked up the PowerPack™ Single Burner Propane Stove, a can of propane, and for good measure, the Pack-Away® Personal Size Lantern (which I now see is available exclusively at Target).

So I'm all set this time, should the power go out for long stretches. Of course, my diet will consist of 10 varieties of canned soup, chili beans, and diced tomatoes, but I'm not one to complain. Much.

Posted by Highwaygirl on October 19, 2005 10:41 AM to the category Day In the Life

Julie -

That reminds me. If you ever :-) get back to your roadtrip :-) I'd be curious if you stopped at the Flintstone Village outside of the Grand Canyon....

;-) just giving you sh*t ;-)

Posted by: Mike at October 19, 2005 11:15 PM

Oh and ps, you's cool, so if Wilma looks like it's coming towards you GTFO (which is similar to STFU), OK?

Posted by: Mike at October 19, 2005 11:17 PM

Heh, I always do this. I always start posting about trips I take and then abruptly stop, never finishing the story. But I WILL finish with this one - I've just been busy with quitting my job, then unquitting my job, and following a hurricane (from afar, for now).

Posted by: Highwaygirl at October 20, 2005 06:49 AM
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