Hogsbreath Saloon in Key West still has an operating webcam:
@ 2 months ago
Lakeland, MN 55043, USA
Somebody parked a beer bottle on a ledge near the cam, probably to see if the bottle or the cam goes first.
@ 2 months ago
It's a little breezy. Looks like a good place not to be.
@ 2 months ago
Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA
Thanks Doc, that's awesome.
@ 2 months ago
245 East 87 Corporation, 245 E 87th St, New York, NY 10128, USA
Come on bottle! You can do it, stay strong little buddy... Don't fall!
1701 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
Stupid is as stupid does https://twitter.com/Arspk24/status/906591628684488704?s=01
Yorkville, New York, NY, USA
Did anyone see that bottle fall? Checked in awhile ago and the cam was out. Bummer.
301-363 Quality Ave N, Lakeland, MN 55043, USA
Drew, in my opinion people like that should be allowed to just remove themselves from the gene pool. Darwin rules.
I 2nd that
@ 2 months ago
Arlington Heights, PA, USA
Like when you are 19, get super drunk, and pass out in a walk in freezer?
@ 2 months ago
1132 N Ardmore Ave, Villa Park, IL 60181, USA
Or perhaps murdered by your so called friends...
I'm contracting cleanup efforts between Savannah and Jacksonville for the hurricane damage. Some crazy #### going on down here.
@ 2 months ago
New Jesup Hwy & I-95 & US-25, Brunswick, GA 31520, USA
@ 2 months ago
What kind of crazy stuff?
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together...
299 Park Ave, New York, NY 10171, USA
299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, USA
Well the Hogsbreath cam is still out. The Keys got hit hardest of all. The reef near where the eye came over is only about 20 feet deep at slack tide, and on the business side of where the eye hit: just east of Cudjoe Key, off Vaca and Bahia Honda
I am fearful that one of the last three coral reefs in the entire world is badly damaged. Given the state of the waters, I doubt any damage will be recoverable.
Three reef was already dying from a combination of simple pollution and coral bleaching.
Racer, any updates on the crazy shít in your world would be appreciated. You may hear even crazier shít as time drags out in some people's situations.
Villa Park, IL, USA
Interestingly, the etymology of "reefer" is kinda mysterious, at least as it applies to the pot meaning.
I'm contracting cleanup efforts in Brunswick, GA. The National Guard are out in full force, and the state park has set up road blocks at every major highway intersection and interstate exit ramp checking people's papers.
I assume it's in an effort to prevent looters from robbing homes that have been evacuated, but I've heard a lot of contractors day they're being denied entry to provide cleanup services.
1 county over in Camden, residents themselves are not being allowed back in to return home and assess damage to their own property.
Some folks are living in hotels (which they may not be able to afford), with no communication as to when they'll be allowed to return to their homes.
I'm providing tree removal services, and have a convoy of trucks and equipment. I've had no problem making it through the road blocks and into the affected areas (with the exception of the islands...
...very few people are being given access across the bridges), but homeowners with whom I'm contracting work have told me their regular contractors can't get in to provide estimates for work.
There's minimal electricity, running water or other utility service and almost no fuel or basic supplies.
People are living off of generators and quickly running out of food.
I'm not sure if the National Guard is here to help, or to enforce martial law in case of rioting. I haven't seen them doing any work to clear roads or evacuate people. Just setting up temporary camps and massing equipment along the roads...
... that has little to no value in helping the current situation on the ground.
Several comments previous should read "State Patrol is setting up road blocks"... not State park
I brought fuel and supplies with us when we came. Monday, we drove straight into the eye of the storm in order to be on the ground in the impacted areas as soon as it blew over. Everybody told me I was crazy, but it worked like a charm.
The driving was surprisingly not difficult. I expected to have to stop and get out in order to clear roads, but we were able to drive straight through (had to dodge a few trees down on the interstate... not nothing too severe).
We went to Savannah first, because it looked like they were gonna have a ton of rain and some severe winds, but the damage there was minimal (I think hurricane Matthew took out the worst of their trees previously).
I actually used a Georgia Power (local utility provider) map provided by Google Maps to determine our route from there. The map detailed the location of power outages, and I looked for the most concentrated area. That's where we drove.
Ended up in a little town off of I-95 that looked like a fu(king bomb went off. Slept in the vehicles for a couple of days while going door-to-door offering to remove the trees from people's property. Been working from dawn to dusk every day.
The homeowners have been extremely grateful to have us here. We've done a sh!tload of work in a short time.
I've got 15 minutes to get the crews loaded and give them the day's marching orders. I'll try to check back in later. Sorry folks... I've got money to make!
Who is paying you?
The homeowners themselves. Ultimately their insurance providers. Most of the work is covered under insurance. The homeowner pays us, and submits the invoice to their insurance company for reimbursement.
Brunswick, GA 31523, USA
Small jobs are paid for out of pocket.
I didn't have a contract with any entity prior to arrival. we showed up and I literally knocked on doors. Once you land the first job and start working, all the neighbors come out and start inquiring about their property. Domino effect
We've done a tremendous amount of work in a couple of days. During state of emergency, the debris isn't required to be removed from site... just piled along the curb.
FEMA and GEMA send trucks to pick it up later
Get back to work you lazy bastard
I respect your hustle
(I don't think anyone would actually use lazy to describe racer)
Yeah no thumb love on that one Skål.
Thanks for the update Racer, I didn't realize that area was hit that hard. Geezus that was one monstrous storm.
After a few more of those, I wonder if we'll see some big coastal cities start to fail to recover. New Orleans is still recovering from Katrina:
How many cities are we going to rebuild repeatedly? Houston Miami New Orleans Tampa Jacksonville Fort Lauderdale Pensacola... all these places, as more powerful storms become the norm.
New Orleans is a true unicorn though. Something like Irma landing there would wipe their shít out. It's only a matter of time. Then what... rebuild?...again?
Are more powerful storms becoming more common though?
Palatine, IL, USA
The damage here is mostly wind related. lots of down trees everywhere. It causes a temporary sh!t storm, but once I roll through an become everyone's hero, life is quickly returned to normal.
Dock Junction, GA, USA
Replace some broken power poles, restring some utility lines, slap on a new roof, give the boo boos Band-Aids and kisses, and everyone can sit around over morning coffee and talk about the storm of '17. Not so much in South Florida.
Deep flood water is like a drunk frat boy. It fu(ks everything it comes in contact with. The longer that sh!t stands in the property, the worse the damage is.
We drove into the storm on Monday tying to predict the closest location to us that'd have plenty of damage. After finding minimal damage in Savannah, we head south on 95 to Brunswick.
We'd already decided that if there was no damage here, we'd shoot down to Jacksonville, then Orlando, then Ft. Myers, then Naples.
Boy am I glad we found work here. I'm hearing horror stories about Ft. Myers and Naples. I don't think we'll go any further than Jacksonville. There's actually considerable wind damage to my North in Macon. we may track back in that direction
I feel like a gold prospector chasing rumors of the big one.
As far as the rebuilding, I think the main infrastructure will be rebuilt with better materials and technology to survive stronger storms. Kinda like how they rebuild in California to withstand earthquakes.
The issue will always be the weakest link (trailer park). Certain structures are stinky a bad idea in a hurricane zone. I could see local municipalities changing their zoning codes to no longer allow certain buildings (mobile homes).
If the insurance wouldn't bail the homeowners out, the new property owner would realize they need to build the new home (after scrapping the flooded property they bought real cheap) on steel reinforced concrete pillars.
ami, I believe the answer is that average hurricane strength has been increasing since the 1970s.
Elevated above potential food level, and with better reinforcement of walls and roof. It can be done... just not for cheap. It costs money to do things the proper way.
^simply a bad idea... not stinky a bad idea
The warming ocean directly contributed to the strength of both Harvey and Irma on this round.
Racer, happy to say that my coastal property in Mexico is a concrete fúcking bunker.
But if I were right on the beach, I'd want stilts. The space underneath doubles as your garage when not flooded. A steel box on stilts: that'd do.
What maybe happened in the 1970s that allowed us to monitor hurricanes better..
José "counts" as an extremely intense hurricane. Except it didn't hit anywhere. But what if a José happened in the 40s? Would anyone even know about it? Certainly wouldn't contribute to any averages.
285-299 Park Ave, New York, NY 10171, USA
One thing is for sure, we've been developing more and more properties and putting more people right in Hurricane Alley. So even if hurricanes have been the same intensities and frequencies before the 70s, far more are in harm's way.
47 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
Some of what you say is true (I see now Jose has restrengthened...). But none of it changes what's actually happening with weather systems feeding off warmer oceans.
I don't know if I'm ready to believe that hurricanes have always been this intense and just weren't monitored. Or that overdevelopment has simply provided more easy targets for the hurricanes.
Winder, GA 30680, USA
And of course more people living right there, directly in harm's way. Too many people. And we have better technology, yes, but still not good enough to warn those in the direct path of Harvey and Irma in good time, was it?
Have you seen what Irma did to the Caribbean?
Harvey blew up too suddenly and Irma simply took the less statistically likely path. Really not by much on her scale but the outcome was that the West coast didn't prepare like Miami...bam.
These types of events aren't routine.
I've always found comfort in the fact that most extreme disaster models show Chicago sitting pretty in the end.
The events aren't routine because not only does the hurricane have to form at that exact intensity, but it also has to follow an exact path over those islands, which unfortunately it did.
Midtown East, New York, NY, USA
Presatellite data on hurricanes really isn't that great, nor all that precise. And some of the settlements on these islands are really not that old (at least in geological terms).
277 Park Ave, New York, NY 10172, USA
106-122 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
Sure, no harm in denying reality at this point. We're not going to change it at this point. So you might as well feel like nothing's going on.
How do we know hurricanes in the past 40 years are stronger than they were between 1660 and 1700 or even 1900 to 1940?
Seems to me like we're looking at data from a small subsection of time and leaping to conclusions.
I'm not saying climate change isn't happening, I'm questioning the assertion that will get progressively worse
If the accepted causes are, in fact accurate, the models that predict a worsening are hard to ignore. As the artic thaws, immense ammounts of trapped CO2 will be released.
So, if CO2 is a culprit, it's likely to add to the existing problem.
Miami Township, OH, USA
Ok let's say that's true, can it be stopped? Or do we just tell people in those regions that they live there at their own risk
That I don't know. I'm sure we've all heard references to the tipping point. I don't know when that is supposed to be reached. Ten years ago they were talking about the real possibility of reversing the process. The majority of industrialized nations
started taking steps to reach that goal. Unfortunately the two biggest offenders didn't jump on the bandwagon.
I guess we'll have to watch Gore's latest movie to get the inside track.
They are saying lots of things in the 70s, 80s, and 90s too... There is plenty of reason to be skeptical of things... But common sense must prevail... I don't see a long term national advantage in aggressively pursuing 20th century energy resources
According to this article we've already "tipped".
Oh well, might as well live it up then! I'll pick up the tequila
If that's the case, Your original question is even more pertinent. Does the govt continue to insure coastal properties once they are destroyed? If so, there needs to be a conscious decision to permanently fund that practice. Emergency funding above
and beyond the budget seems like a fool's endeavor. Actually funding the practice would be admitting there is a problem. That would be a bitter pill for some to swallow.
My guess is that they will ignore the problem until rebuilding Houston or Miami becomes an annual event.
Let em eat corn
82 hours worked this week. Should have been 84, but I knocked the guys off 2 hours early today so they could go to the beach.
I guess I'm getting soft.
@ about 1 month ago
Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA
You've got to make hay while the sun shines. Just don't lose sight of why you're busting your hump.
@ about 1 month ago
That's only 48% of the available hours... It's a good start, but there's room for improvement
@ about 1 month ago
TODAY 26 Sep
4288 Kingsford Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA
Pretty sure I'm not leaving 52% of my potential revenue on the table. I'm maxing that sh!t out.
I know it, much respect
My crews pulled up at a client's house today at 6:20pm. He walked outside and asked why we bothered showing up so late. 40 minutes later, he was handing me a check, dumbfounded that we removed 2 massive trees that fast.
It's getting better, but there's still a lot of cleanup to go, and we're pretty far north of the worst hit areas. I'm glad we didn't need to venture further south.