Tidbits - September 20 2018

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY



BE PREPARED

  The old Boy Scout motto of “ Be Prepared,” certainly comes through when dealing with a Hurricane.
  We are given weeks of warning. We just have to be smart enough to take advantage of it.
  With each hurricane, I am continually outraged by those who do not evacuate, and eventually cause rescue workers to risks their lives to save people who decided to stick it out.
  Government officials do their jobs, ordering evacuations. People on the coast need to leave. We don’t need any more tragedies like New Orleans.
  Hurricane Florence was so huge it affected a wide area. I’m sure people in Fayetteville were not expecting their city to be flooded, nor did they anticipate having to evacuate.
  It’s going to take a long time for complete recovery in the flooded areas.. We know. Saluda County still has at least one bridge still out from the 2015 flood. Columbia and Lexington have many places that have yet to be repaired.
  With each hurricane comes some great tips.
  One, I wouldn’t have thought of in a million years.
  Many of us have those solar-powered, outdoor lights.
  The hint I read said if you lose power, bring the lights inside your house at night, and place them in different locations. The writer said the lights will burn for most of the night, and the next morning you can put them back outside to recharge.
  Is that brilliant, or what? I have around five of those lights.
  Another suggestions said to fill all your Tupperware-type containers with water and put them in the freezer. If you lose power, move some of the containers to the refrigerator part, and the ice will keep the food cool.
  I did that.
  As much as it killed me to do so, I also bought a case of bottled water. We’re on the county waterline, and we normally don’t lose water when the power goes out, but you never know.
  I don’t believe in paying money for a bottle of  water that came out of a spigot, but you do things against the grain in emergencies. I also bought some Vienna sausages and  a canned ham. I already had two jars of peanut butter and bread.
  I charged all my devices, and the device that will charge the devices. I figured if we lost power, I could read a book.
  It’s easy to make light of these preparations when we came through unharmed.
  Countless thousands of people in the Carolinas are suffering right now, however. They have no electricity, no homes, no belongings.
  Some have lost loved ones, including Saluda High graduate Joan Gaylord Singleton, whose daughter died in a weather related vehicle accident in Lexington County.
  We lift up all the citizens, emergency workers, power company personnel, National Guard members and government officials in our prayers.
  I’m sure we will all be called on to help in some kind of way in the days ahead. Let’s be generous.

ENDED HERE?

  I got  the following email from Ann Ella Adams. Pretty interesting!
  “Ralph, do you know that Hurricane Florence officially ended right here at Saluda — over Mrs. Ailene Able’s house?
  We checked on it via cell phone Sunday morning and saw the official report from WFXG, showing that the hurricane sign was right there (and it was quite calm here).    When we checked later, we saw that there was a huge “L” over Mrs. Able’s house, which meant that Hurricane Florence was registering only as a low pressure point — over Mrs. Able’s house.  How about that???  Hurricane Florence ended right here at Saluda, SC.
  In other words, when we left for church, the eye of the hurricane was right on top of Mrs. Able's house.  When we returned from church and checked for the eye of the hurricane, there was an "L" over Mrs Able's house/back yard, indicating that the classification had been changed”

WHY DID I READ IT?

  I haven’t seen my “work son,” Ryan Metts in 16 “Entertainment Weeklies.” (I save my magazines for him.)
  Hurricane Florence “forced’ him home from med school in Charleston and he came by to see me and get his birthday  (June 9) present.
  Among the things we talked about was the HBO mini-series “Sharp Objects” based on a book we both read.
  I remembered the story centered around a writer going back to her hometown to do a story on some murders.
  I figured the rest would come back to me as the series went along. Nothing, not even the last episode brought it back.
  To confound matters, HBO decided to hold the surprise ending until AFTER the credits rolled.
  Unbelievably, I didn’t turn the channel as I normally would and saw the surprise. Nothing.
  I told Ryan I was going to go  back read the last chapter of the book, since I still had it filed on my tablet.
  I read the last chapter. It had the surprise ending just like the mini-series. Nothing.
  Reading, allegedly, is good for your mind......

SADDENED

  I was saddened to learn of the passing of Don Havird, a Saluda County farm leader.
  I guess I first got to know him through my emceeing of the Farm Bureau annual meeting. He and his late wife Betty Ann would greet the attendees and pass out programs and the all-important door prize tickets.
  He missed the meeting the year Mrs. Betty Ann died in a tragic accident, but the following year he was in his regular place.
  A few weeks ago, when he wasn’t at the meeting, I knew something must be wrong. He left us less than a month later.
 Saludans will remember fondly his late sister, Sally Ann Grice, of Ann’s Dairy Bar.
  Don Havird was a fine man.
  Mary Ann Crawford was a fixture around Saluda. She was an Avon Lady for 60 years, always was “dressed to the nines,” and had a great smile on her face.
  She was a walking testament to the products she sold, because who would believe she was 96-years-old!
  She will long be remembered around here.
  Unlike Don and Mary Ann, who were born in Saluda County, Elizabeth Schuler adopted our area as her home, following her brothers Jack and Phil Atkinson.
  Liz had a great personality and a boisterous laugh.
  I was stunned when I got the email containing her obituary.
  I extend my sympathy to the families of Don Havird, Mary Ann Crawford and Elizabeth Schuler. They will be greatly missed.