HURRICANE LEFTOVERS

chipper spewing out chips

If you think last month’s Hurricane Irma is long gone, think again.  I’ve lived in South Florida long enough to have survived several hurricanes.  One thing about the region’s mindset following a big storm is to hurry up and get the place fixed up, cleaned up and back to normal ASAP.  That’s always been the case.  It seemed within minutes of the all-clear sign people would be outside with rakes, shovels and chain saws.  Before you could say blow me down matey, things were lookin’ good again.

Debris1Now we have Irma…definitely not your father’s hurricane.  As usual, household cleanup crews we’re busy on the scene within moments of Irma’s goodbye. Damaged landscaping, blown trash and what you call your basic hurricane debris were quickly attended to and then stacked up along the front curb of each house where city trucks would drive up and make it all disappear.  That didn’t happen this time and here we are a month past Irma’s wrath and most of it still lines our streets.

Debris3So what’s the story?  Well, as usual it’s a matter of money. Seems, despite contracts many communities had secured with the cleanup trucks to be available immediately following the storm, many of the crews took off for the Keys and Miami-Dade County where the fees for their services were much higher.

Moral of the story….after a big storm if you’re talkin’ trash to a guy with an empty truck, best you up the  ante or your pile of debris will be left blown’ in the wind.

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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3 Responses to HURRICANE LEFTOVERS

  1. We had our first fire in the fireplace this week. Fall here in PA has been hiding behind a slow to leave summer. Methinks winter will soon kick down the front door and demand supper. The fourth in the crime novel series is edited and awaiting cover art. The third in the historical series is nearing the completion of the first draft of Chapter One. Once winter is at the dining room table and the multiple trips up and down the basement steps to feed the wood stove begin, the lure of the back yard and balmy fall days will be replaced with barren trees and snow flurries. Then I’ll have a lot more motivation to park my butt in the office and finish creating a fictional 1779.

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  2. Marc Kuhn says:

    Mike Fuller….it almost sounds tempting enough to build a fireplace in the family room…you forgot to mention having a good detective mystery along with the marshmallows…I bet I know where to get a good one!

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  3. Fireplace. Yes, I know, you’re in the Sunshine State. But at least one night a year the temperature will dip down to a chilly 50 degrees and the chimney will actually draw the smoke UP instead of back into your living room. So there you sit, sipping a hot beverage, feeding pieces of formerly live oak and palm fronds onto the grate. You may have to dress lightly and switch on the ceiling fan to disperse the heat but that pile of debris will be put to use. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

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