Back in the saddle

I am glad to be back from the darkness and heat. My power went out the night of Thursday, August 25 at 5:45 PM, when Katrina started to blow, and was restored on Wednesday, August 31, at about 1 PM. Six days withour power. That little lit porch light was a most beautiful sight when I drove up to my house!

On the minus side of the ledger, I had no satellite service because of cabling issues; Dish Network said the earliest they could come out to fix it was September 13, and DirecTV installed a new system on September 7. I love competition! (Do you hear us FP&L?) I want to give a BIG thanks to my mom, sister, and niece for letting my son sleep over, and to my sister-in-law for letting me and the Mrs. eat and sleep at her air-conditioned place for a couple of nights.

I missed most of the news coverage on the immediate aftermath of Katrina from the Gulf because of my satellite outage. The pictures were haertbreaking, but nothing could prepare me for the video I saw when my satellite service resumed. It makes the damage from Andrew look like like a thunderstorm. (And all of us here in Miami who went through it know better.)

We dodged a bullet — a big one. Keep giving ot the charities so we can help those poor folks in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

6 thoughts on “Back in the saddle”

  1. Hi George, by George, pal, you’re fortunate. The secret soul of my computer saved you from received the long winded message I had compose welcoming you back to bloggoworld.
    It’s good to see you back on the saddle, and shooting out of all your barrels. Giddy up, keep it up!

  2. Welcome back, George. First, read Mora’s and my comments on the death of Bob Denver, star of “Gilligan’s Island,” in the Sen. Mel Mart?nez blog. Mora is awaiting your remarks as am I.

    What you say about your family can, I believe, be seconded by most Cubans. The truest measure of a civilization’s advancement is the strength of the family structure. A country with fragmented families will always be less stable than one where the family structure remains strong. The great social progress achieved by pre-Revolutionary Cuba was a direct consequence of such cohesiveness. Castro’s attempts to break that bond, which has been the number one goal of his regime for 46 years, has succeeded in destroying our country, but it has not destroyed, though battered, those vital ties.

    Speaking of which there is a unique Cuban institution known as the Cuban aunt. I don’t think that her like can be found in any other culture. She is usually unmarried, childless and pass the age of childbearing. Yet she still possesses all the maternal love of the most devoted and selfless mother, which she lavishes on her sisters’ and especially her brothers’ children. In fact, her entire life revolves around them. Our Cuban aunts are usually a bit childlike themselves and a lot more fun than one’s own parents, and even more inclined to “spoil” their nieces and nephews. In pre-1959 Cuba, there were legions of these saintly women (for if saintliness can be found in daily life then they were surely all saints). I do not know if the breed still exists here. I should certainly like to think so.

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