Rambling Man….I suckPosted: May 30, 2012
As you all may know, Jacksonville had a bit of bad weather recently. Look, I’m a born and raised Louisiana boy….i’ve been bugging in for hurricane’s for as long as I can remember. It seems no matter where you live in the US there’s some inclement weather concerns to deal with. With that said, know this- I would NEVER live anywhere but the South. Fuck California and it’s earthquakes (“but you can’t beat the weather” Die in a fire.), fuck the north and it’s snow, fuck “OH MY GOD A TORNADO” central portion of the US. Last Christmas I spent in NO it was 74 degrees Christmas day.
However, there are some concerns about living in Southern Louisiana: the DREADED heat during the summer, and hurricanes. Give me a hurricane any day. The day before it hits you know if you should ride it out or head out. I love riding out a hurricane. Well this trickle of a storm brought a lot of wind and some steady rain. I never lost power, and my direct tv didn’t crap out. I went to bed at 7am.
But I was ready for the worst. I actually got texts and emails from people asking if what they had was adequate if they lost power. Unreal. If you’re asking my dumb ass 3 hours before a tropical storm is going to hit if you’re properly supplied. You fail. I have TONS of candles and toilet paper, a solar powered heated camp shower, field toilet for making boo-boo, medication, surgical kit, 40 gallons of water, wet naps, 10 sterno’s, and enough canned food and MRE’s to eat for over a month. All I need now is a generator. Oh Brody food is well stocked as well.
Now if I had a family that might make somewhat of a difference in my decision to vacate. Matter of fact, I KNOW it would. Back when I was stationed in NO, I had a VERY cute Honduran neighbor named Carmen. She was about 6 years younger than me and had a son. One tropical storm pounded the city and her son was with the dad, so Carmen asked to wait out the storm with me. She knew I was set up well and lived on the third floor. We watched tv by candle light and listened to the rain. When I finally lost power we made blanket caves while pretty tipsy. I’m sure you can guess what else happened.
Something about inclement weather really brings out your inner freak flag. I remember her looking at me lustily as we play-fought. Maybe it was being in my “cave” during a storm that roused her “inner cave-woman”. Can’t be sure but I can say she wasn’t a gf, and we never really dated. But we’d messed around on a few weekends when she didn’t have her son. Tbh, I didn’t really feel the urge to try and date her. My only actual gf during that time was Beth. I was around 30-31.
This brings up an interesting topic Privateman and I were discussing. I’ve notice that as I get older, I’m less and less commitment minded. Where as….when I was in my 20’s I was VERY commitment minded. It seems to me that it’s the opposite for women. They aren’t as commitment minded when they’re young as they are when the reach their later years.
Oh, I know….if you’re a woman reading this site you’re probably recalling the boyfriends you had in your 20’s. But what I mean is that it seems women have a steady stream of boyfriends then as “the wall” approaches they get more “married minded”. As I get older I’m feeling less and less inclined to “settle down”. I have a very rich life, a good job, hobbies that I’m passionate about. I honestly have it all. I feel NOTHING is missing from my life. I feel no sort of regret for not having a kid, i have no “paternal instinct”. Hell, I’m the only childless, never married man on my street in a fairly affluent suburban neighborhood. And well, if you want to know a secret…all the married guys ALWAYS tell me how lucky I am.
While the prospect of a gf seems cool, I mean- I DO enjoy a woman’s company. I’ve always enjoyed being alone. Even when I had a serious gf, there were MANY times, I wish she’d go away. Lol. Since I’ve never been married I can’t say if that’s normal during marriage or not so I can only speculate. But I do know this- I’m just fine on my own. If she finds me….i’ll keep you posted. Until then, I might be alone, but I’m far from lonely.