Chantal measurements (a bust) and general jocularities

By: hurricanecrab , 8:41 PM GMT on July 10, 2013

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This blog is for the purpose of recording measurements of TS Chantal as it passes by my location (Cayman Islands).

Current measurements:

Wind: 12 mph from the NE; occasional gusts of 18mph from the NE
BP: 1101 mb
Personal BP: 125/90

NEW! Cayman Islands radar. woo hoooo!



Link to .Cayman Islands Weather Service
As is always the case when ANY storm is in our area, I'll be staying up all night on the internet.

Disclaimer: I hold myself responsible for my posts, however should I get a tad punchy in the wee hours, I hope you all will take that into consideration.

We're not closing the shutters. Shutter hardware is inside the house, just in case. It seems likely that power will go out, and if so, I doubt we'll know it, as we create 75% of our own power. Not taking down the wind genny; the company that makes it claims it is 'rated' to 70 mph. We'll see. We have another stored away just in case.

I fully anticipate a cat rodeo later on. Silly buggers always cry to go outside when it's storming, and sometimes they are able to hide outside if we don't get them inside in time. Oh yeah, I'm lookin' forward to this -- crawling on my elbows and knees under the shed to drag a pissed off cat out in the rain and carry them into the house. There is obviously something fundamentally wrong with me.

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19. LakeWorthFinn
8:23 AM GMT on June 03, 2014
Hey {{{crabster}}}! Seen you pop in here and there, been thinking of you and da bride a lot lately, don't know why. Did you get married or something? Vibes flying everywhere... ;)
Hugs to you both and your furry kids, may you be safe this season!.
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18. palmettobug53
5:53 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Happy New Year!

Hope you and The Bride have had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.
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17. palmettobug53
4:45 PM GMT on December 25, 2013
Happy Christmas to you and Da Bride, Crab!

Hope you have a good one and that those lights on the coco palm don't go out if one bulb blows!
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16. Barefootontherocks
5:50 AM GMT on December 25, 2013
Basil Rathbone recites "The Night Before Christmas"

Merry Christmas from

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15. hurigo
11:14 PM GMT on December 24, 2013
Hello there Crab and Bride,
Very Merry Christmas to you.
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14. sandiquiz
11:07 PM GMT on December 24, 2013
Well, it is time to light the last candle. It is late on Christmas Eve here in the UK.
All that is left to do is to wish you a VERY HAPPY and SAFE CHRISTMAS :)

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13. palmettobug53
5:07 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Hack, cough! You know, Crab, you really need to put up a clean entry. This one is getting really dusty. Smells musty and I detect a hint of a fishly ghost of dinners past somewhere in here. Phew.

How'd the decorating go? No unfortunate harness failures, I hope.
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12. sandiquiz
9:00 AM GMT on December 01, 2013


Wishing you a 'Happy First Sunday in Advent' and a wonderful month of December, full of tradition and love.

Crab - thanks for coming by the Advent Blog...
A copy of what I said!

Oh, Crab, do be careful... I am glad to hear you at least will be wearing a harness!!
Do come back, with a photo of your handiwork if possible, to let us know you had a successful mission!
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11. palmettobug53
2:06 PM GMT on November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving!

What's Turkey Day like on Da Brac? Do you stuff a lion fish, perhaps? lol

However you celebrate, I hope you and The Bride have a good day.
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10. redagainPatti
1:02 AM GMT on July 22, 2013
Hey Darling, I just posted a blog about the nasty red bugs I had a run in with a few weeks ago... they are not the same as your red cotton eating bugs...
so another blog with you in my mind... hugs and love to you and your family down south.
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9. hurricanecrab
11:36 PM GMT on July 18, 2013
Sandi, nope, we didn't drink any of the cherry wine -- no lowbrow brewers we, we have to properly age it for at least six months.......... if we can ;D I was thrilled to see that three of the five cherry trees are already blossoming again and already the carpenter bees are buzzing around to pollinate. weeeeeeeeeee!

{{Finn}} Nice to see you too! It's hot and very, very wet here, but at least not supertemperatures as in the States; we have rain twice a day lately, and since I do a lot of work in de bush, I have come to think of myself as Wrinkleman. Don't ask. :D

Shore! Thank you SO much for the history of the Teignmouth Electron! It was here when we moved here 18 years ago. I've walked upon it and pondered it, but never knew the history. It was a rotten hulk even 18 years ago, but at that time, was still possible to rework it. Not any more. I just drove past it's final resting place this morning. Two of the hurricanes (Mitch and Ivan, I belive) really tore it apart. All that remains now is two of the pontoons. Somewhere along the line, somebody spray-painted "dream boat" on one of the pontoons.

It was a mighty and powerful sea warrior at one time, I believe. When I walked upon it 18 years ago, I thought to myself that if a person wanted to sink USD $10,000 into it, it could take on all seas. Sadly, nobody stepped up to the plate.

I noticed that it still has a screw and prop, thus it must've had an engine. Sad but intriguing story connected to the boat. It will not rise again.

SNOW! I want a heatgloo! I started building a sweat lodge two years ago, which I didn't finish............ surely that qualifies?? All I have to do to finish it is peel about 40 more square feet of sea grape bark off fallen trees and attach that to the lodge. I sweat plenty, all the time, but there are times when a body feels the need to commune with the elements, ya know?

Funny, sorta related story........... I sweat a LOT. I usually wear t-shirts, and I often go through more than four of them in a day. Today, I was doing errands and paying bills and such and wore a cotton button-down shirt. Do you know that four -count 'em FOUR -- people pointed out to me that the back of my shirt was wet? How is a person supposed to answer such an observation?? I was tempted to tear my shirt off, throw it to the ground, stomp on it and scream "BAD SHIRT!!!" hahaaaaaaaaa Like I don't KNOW my shirt is wet. Like it's a CRIME to be wearing it. People. (roll eyes)
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8. HeavySnow
11:03 AM GMT on July 16, 2013
CRAB!!!! Come get some heat! Heatgloo being built right now! I hope you've been great.
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7. shoreacres
3:08 AM GMT on July 16, 2013
Crab, I stumbled into your neighborhood tonight, thanks to ycd. He came over to wordpress to comment on my post there about Tristan Jones, and left a link about Donald Crowhurst. His boat, Teignmouth Electron, ended up in Jamaica, got sold and resold and finally landed at Cayman Brac. Have you ever seen the boat? Apparently some artist bought it - it went to Jamaica in 2007, so all of this is fairly recent. Just one of those funny connections that pops up. It would be too cool if you've seen the boat.
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6. LakeWorthFinn
6:14 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
I don't think any storm will "sneak" on you (((crab)))! Good to hear from you :)
...and rocket... I never saw that pic, please post!
Hi Sandi!
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5. sandiquiz
2:35 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
Hi Crab - did you drink some of the cherry wine whilst watching and waiting that sneaky storm? Gamma said she had come back for another bite, but I can't see it on the WU site.

Have a great weekend, if you can:)
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4. hurricanecrab
1:37 AM GMT on July 11, 2013
I'd love a copy of that, Rocket.

Well, all indications are that Chantal is a washout. Scroot....... I'm still staying up on the 'net all night, because I hate a sneaky storm.

Last time I did this was 08 NOV 2008, when Hurricane Paloma kicked our butts. I woke up several people at 2:00 a.m. when the storm turned and strengthened. They were all pissed off. "What d'you expect me to do??"

"Well, I don't know about you, but I always want to fight a storm with my pants and shoes on." :D

So it goes. I'm not disappointed. Glad that I don't have to close the shutters. Glad that I don't have to belay tomorrow's plans. Glad that we're not going to get our butts kicked again.

Still staying up. I hate a sneaky storm.

Current BP: 1011 and holding.
My BP: 120/85 and holding.
Wind: 10 mph ENE
Mood: Elevated
Smile: Extended

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3. outrocket
9:34 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
yup I still have a copy of that ...If you ever want it.
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2. hurricanecrab
9:29 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
You remember that, huh, Rocket? LMBO! 'twas 2005, if I recall. Well, it would be fitting. We already have a sizeable lake behind our house. Maybe I should stock it with something hard to eradicate, like lionfish. They are quite tasty, in spite of their venomous spines.

Good to see you matey.
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1. outrocket
8:54 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
I wonder if this one will take the shape of a crab on satellite and park over your Island...LMAO
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