September 15, 2005

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WELCOME EVERYONE, to America's Best Loved and Most Popular Day-Themed Meme Experience, The AXIS OF WEEVIL THURSDAY THREE!

And here's your genial host Wink Martindale!!

"Thank you, EVVVVVrybuddy!"

"HEY! That's not Wink Martindale!"

Okay, so we couldn't get Wink on such short notice--he's got a Publix opening in Jackson, Tennessee. But let's not let that get in the way of the exciting season premier of the T-3! 'Kay? MMM-kayyyyyyy!

As you all remember, the Thursday Three was developed by a crack research team at East Carolina University, located in lovely Greenville, East Carolina, with the intent of creating an alternative to the burdensome chore of having to answer all five questions in the long-running Friday Five meme showcase, AND moving it to another day when there isn't as much going on, AND giving the hungry blog-reading public something to read and participate in that is completely FREE!

FREE! I said!

That's right--the entertaining Thursday Three is, as it has always been, completely free of fees, charges, admission price, costs, or taxes, all due to the generosity of our sponsors--Roger's Bargain Village on the Highway 5 bypass loop, and Sparkles and Bows Dance Studio in the SandycreekVu Shopping Center, between the Payless Shoes and the Lucky 777 arcade. When you're in town, be sure to patronize the establishments of these fine folks!

Now then, ON TO THE SHOW! Since we've been in summer hiatus (and working out a contract with the writers) it might be a good time to review the rules of the show. Let's send it over to the lovely and talented Kit, the Wonder Cat, for a full explanation.

Kit the wonder cat.jpg

Stupid cat. I knew we shouldn't pay him before the show.

Well, I'll do it then--The Thursday Three is open to everyone who wants to play, even if you can't read or write or anything. It is open to international entrants, even those from such places at Nevada or Rhode Island. You may cut and paste the questions into your own blog and answer them there, and leave a (full and complete) URL in the comments (and yes, this is directed at YOU, Larry) below so we can all find our way to your answers, or if you want, you can just put your answers in the comments if you don't have a blog of your own, or just can't stand the idea of cluttering it up with unnecessary twaddle.

SO, let's find out what we're playing for today--we turn it over to Possumblog Sport Center's newest Football Pickin' Chicken, "Lil' Joe Biden," for an answer!

Today's Grand Prize is....

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LET'S GET ON WITH THE GAME! And yes, the questions are actually of a serious nature, quite unlike the setup. Today's questions are about self-reliance.

1. With the recent hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast, it has once again been made obvious that being prepared ahead of time can be the difference between life and death. Do you and your family keep an emergency pack of supplies ready to go at a moment's instant as so many people recommend? What all is in it?

2. If, heaven forbid, anything as destructive as a hurricane or earthquake or fire or flood were to hit your community, and assuming you stayed around or couldn't get out, what are some of the skills you have that you think could be utilized to start the recovery efforts?

3. How safe do you feel in your own community when it comes to disaster preparedness?

SO, there you go. Go off now and fix up your answers and leave them in the comments, or leave a link to your blog. My answers will be up in just a bit.

Okay--sorry about the delay, but I had to go have another meeting with the Exercises in Futility Director.

Now then--#1--We don't keep a big SHTF bag just waiting for, you know, the S to H the F. I do know the things to have in the unlikely event we have to evacuate somewhere, and I do know where they are in the house. Yes, it does waste some time to have to go round all that up in case of Bad Mojo, but knowing what to have on hand does beat just huddling waiting for a government bureaucracy to tell you what to do. And this comes from someone who works for a government bureaucracy. Anyway, we have a sufficient store of batteries, flashlights, travel food, first aid supplies, medicine, clothing, fuel, and yes, firearms and ammunition, to be able to hold out comfortably for three or four days, and uncomfortably for an indefinite period. My wife and I both have had pretty good first aid skills and the general sense to know which situations would be bad to get into. You know, like getting out and playing in flood waters.

#2--Well, more than anything else, I have pretty good organizational skills (no, really, I do--I just hate having to use them), and the ability to keep an even keel. My career choice as an architect would really be rather useless in the first days after something catastrophic, although it would be good to have later on. But if it's a matter of survival, you have to have a clear concept ahead of time about what things are most important to deal with, and rely on that sense of priorities under stress. People get wigged out trying to save items and things and stuff, and neglect personal safety. As for other skills, just a basic willingness to do things seems to be in short supply in such instances. Cleaning up and fixing and doing and scrounging--I'm a whiz at jury-rigging solutions.

3. Pretty good, I'd say. We had a flood two years ago when we had a late afternoon thunderstorm that dropped close to a foot of water in the course of only a few hours, and the Cahaba and everything draining into it went over the banks. It receded pretty quickly, but the whole downtown was out of commission for nearly two weeks, and it was a year before the City Hall and fire station were ready to be occupied again. But city services never really missed a beat--things were done in good time and staff moved all over the place, but it worked out pretty well. But, once again it bears repeating--no one should rely primarily on the ability of others to save you, even if they're good, competent people.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 09:08 AM

I up and I have no idea what Terry is talking about on the URL.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at September 15, 2005 10:08 AM


Posted by: skillzy at September 15, 2005 10:12 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at September 15, 2005 11:01 AM

1. I don't have an actual "pack" but I do keep candles, flashlights & batteries and we have a generator. Ice storms and tornadoes are our main things, too. Flooding is not a problem, because we are on high enough ground to be covered by the Noahic Covenant.
2. I can run a chainsaw! And drag limbs, too.
3. We live in a small, rural community. There is no Official Plan, but we have wonderful neighbors and fellow church members. We have a volunteer fire department, but no politicians.

Posted by: Kathy at September 15, 2005 11:08 AM

Wow - make a simple request and look what I get. Guess I should be careful in what I ask for.

Any chance of starting a Kit-rina relief fund, because that po' ol' cat looks like it could use some relief. And you can just stop right now planning to take a percentage for AoW "administrative purposes".

I'll have to ditto most of Kathy's answers, although we don't have a generator, I natually drag my limbs around, and my community is a little larger than hers yet retains that small town charm (usually).

Maybe the bonus question should be: How much cash do you keep "under the mattress" for just such an e-MUR-jahncy? Maybe you should not ask that, as it could tip off some enterprising blog thiefs.

Posted by: MarcV at September 15, 2005 11:26 AM

No, once he sobers up he'll be fine. Although he keeps asking for an advance on next week's pay. Stupid cat.

As for the money question, it's a good idea to have some ready cash, which I manage to disguise as Volvo spare parts.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 11:37 AM

Hmm. I never thought of volvo parts as a recognized means of exchange. I guess when the revolution comes, only revolvoblogs will have cash. Or something like that.

Oh, and I'm up.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 15, 2005 11:53 AM

You know those Yap Islanders, and their big stone disc coins? Based on 15" Volvo 242 Turbo "Virgo" alloy wheels. Really.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 11:56 AM

I got your Thursday Three right HERE.

Posted by: jim at September 15, 2005 11:59 AM

Hey! Everybody's playing today! Hurrah! And, I'm up too!

Posted by: Nate at September 15, 2005 12:03 PM

Oh, and looking at Dan's answers, I think he makes a good point--you might not want to rely on the authorities and such to bail YOU out, but you ought to be the person to step up and try to help someone else, if you can. And this works best if you know and care about your friends and neighbors. Self-reliance doesn't mean you take care of yourself at the exclusion of others in need, nor that you should think, "hey, he's on his own, let someone else get him."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 12:05 PM

Cash is nice and in small bills—if the power don’t work neither does debit card thingy.

Posted by: jim at September 15, 2005 12:06 PM

I think I'm going to have to get schooled on how to put clicky links in the comments. Again...

Posted by: Nate at September 15, 2005 12:08 PM


You type in a leftward pointy bracket, then a href="" (or other URL), then type a rightward pointy bracket, then the text you are linking to, such as Wasted Electrons, then another set of right and left pointy brackets with a closing tag inside: /a

It does something like this:

Wasted Electrons

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 12:14 PM

Hey it's back! And I'm up too!

Posted by: Sarah G. at September 15, 2005 02:11 PM

Poo I got all excited and missed typed my link.

[Gotcha fixed, Miss Sarah. Ed.]

Posted by: Sarah G. at September 15, 2005 02:14 PM

Our most likely problems are ice storms, such as the one that hit in 1994, that knocked out electricity and water, and tornados. So while we have supplies in the house, they are not collected.

I suppose someone could blow up the levee, but there's small reason to plan against that this far upriver.

I have no particular skills to offer in an emergency, but am flexible enough to help where necessary.

I don't have a clue what our local plans for disaster are, but people around here are able and willing to help each other.

Posted by: Janis Gore at September 15, 2005 02:16 PM

Thinking about this circumstance further, I think I will be able to justify a laptop computer and a generator in my foreseable future.

Generator will be for whatever needs real electricity and the laptop to hold all the items that currently live on a desktop PC that we really would not like to loose.

Posted by: Nate at September 15, 2005 02:19 PM

Don't sell yourself short, Miss Janis--I know fifty folks who enjoyed a big mess of chicken and dumplings--being willing to help is a great thing.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 02:20 PM

The computer things are something that I have never given serious enough thought about--a portable backup drive would be nice to have.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 02:34 PM

1. No formal disaster kit at the moment. Our most likely disasters are tornados and blizzards, both of which are adequately forewarned by the weather guys (assuming you're listening). I have a good idea where the important papers are, and always have flashlights/candles/batteries on hand. I suppose it's time to add bottled water, a first aid kit and a few other things to my on-hand stores.
2. A CPA isn't exactly a useful commodity during a disaster (after is another story). But I have a unique talent to look ahead, evaluating the impact of decisions and actions. Brainstorming (no jokes please!) and coming up with alternatives is one of the few things I do well.
3. We have a full crop of local media who are well-trained in second-guessing, complaining, muck-raking...err, you said "community" Oops. We've done pretty well with blizzards and the few tornadoes in the area. People tend to band together to do what has to be done, then go on their way.

Posted by: diane at September 15, 2005 02:37 PM

Boy. That must have been some woodwork all these lurker-types snuck out from behind. Though maybe with bubonic mice running around, that's not the wisest simile.

And Nate, I have the new laptop to replace the creaky desktop, but I can't figure out how to port all the old useless nonsense onto the new machine. So having one and having it be useful are clearly two different things.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 15, 2005 03:36 PM

That's what my wife says about her husband.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 15, 2005 04:09 PM

SkinnyDan- email me an address and I'll send you a package of cable and software designed to do it automatically. If you have the right m'board stuff, it goes pretty quickly. Will be glad to share.

Posted by: Nate at September 15, 2005 04:42 PM