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We're staying for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma prep for our back porch

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Today I spent hours cutting up 6'-by-8' wooden fences to make them fit and then set them up to cover the 4' tall windows on our back porch; with the wind expected to hit our house from that direction, those single-paned windows were the house's main structural weakness. Meanwhile Jen and the kids got a bunch of things ready indoors.
It's also worth noting that we have a cement brick house with almost all of the main windows rated to be able to cope with hurricane-force winds. Oh, and the roof was replaced this past March. So the house is in good shape.


With (Hurricane) Irma threatening a visit, we were looking all week trying to work out what to do. Should we bail at the first sign of it heading inland, or just hold on and wait through it?
We decided to wait until this evening if we were going to bail; with South Florida doing an official evacuation I was already hearing on Tuesday from coworkers in Atlanta that hotels were filling up. By the time we decided a hotel room might be worthwhile the closest we could find to accept us (with our pets) was in Virginia, 750 miles away; this would be 750 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic which would balloon its normal 12 hour drive into 20 or 24 hours. At night. With two adults, three kids, three cats and a dog. This meant just running to a hotel wasn't such an easy decision.
Anyway, on Thursday evening the 5pm weather update suggested 90mph winds with gusts to 115mph because the eye was estimated to walk right over us. This obviously scared us quite a bit. But we didn't want to panic, especially when the alternative was the possible 24 hour, 750 mile drive.
The 11pm weather update had the storm starting to move west, which would save us from the full strength of the storm, and then this morning (Friday) the estimates put the eye fifty-ish miles west, leaving us with bare tropical storm winds.
So we're staying. We have a load of supplies, a BBQ grill to cook food if we loose power (which we expect to) and plenty of water. And a bunch of books to read. We'll be fine.

At the Women's March in Keene

Me, carrying Kian, who's holding his sign upside down, while I wear #awesomewife's hat.
The crowd starting to gather.
Kian holding the sign upside down.
Kian finally holding the sign the right way.
The crowd building at the downtown square.
Part of the crowd from another side. A larger portion were in the middle of the square, which you can't really see from this angle.
Aidan holding the sign he made (which lots of people took pics of).
Liam holding his sign (right hand) and Kian's sign (left hand). Thanks to Sara Lowe-Bouchard for the photo. No, that's not my wife in the background.

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We dipped our toes into political activism today, joining the Women's March event being held in our hometown of Keene, NH. A friend of my wife's made her a hat, which I wore when we were walking back to the car. It was a good event, and it's helping our kids start to see beyond their privileged positions in life.

Keyboard vs cat

Keyboard vs cat

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I left a laptop on the kitchen table, left the room for a few minutes and returned to discover one of our cats had pulled off several keys from the keyboard. The little cretin!

A post-event little treat

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While my wife was putting our toddler to bed I popped out for a quick snack, found an Indian restaurant next door with some rather tasty deserts. Went for chai and some cheese-based thing that's quite good.

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