Friday, August 22, 2008

Where's Waldo?

Well, who cares? I mean, really!

But I care where I am and in yesterday's comments Carl mentioned that he thought I was on the east coast of Florida. Maybe near Daytona. I then realized that not everyone in the Universe knows where the Redneck Riviera is. Shocking!

So I thought I would do a quick post on the RR and my actual location.

I am not positive where the nickname came from, but apparently Tom T Hall was either the originator or he caught on quickly.

Gulf Shores up through Apalachicola
They got beaches of the whitest sand
Nobody cares if gramma's got a tattoo

Or Bubba's got a hot wing in his hand.
From the song "Redneck Riviera"

So, I can be found right in the middle of this area. This write-up is all about it, but it was written in 2001 and is slightly out of date. We are slightly more upscale now, trying hard to mimic South Beach and falling short. Very short.

So, in case you still have no idea what I am talking about, I thought a little visual would help. I had a nice PDF of this picture, with a cute arrow and a "I am here," but for some reason blogger will not let me upload a PDF. But this is the area typically known as the Redneck Riviera, at least along the coast. And if you look at Bay County, I am about two miles off the coast.

And this is Fay's projected path as of 0800EDT.

At least she is up to 6mph and isn't supposed to linger as she has the last couple of days. Of course, she was going to be downgraded to a depression before she got close to me. And, really, doesn't North Georgia NEED this rain? Wouldn't Lake Lanier be better off?

So it is going to be long weekend. Bay County will flood. We have horrible drainage on our streets and there are some streets that flood if there is more than an inch at a time. Last time we received a lot of rain (March maybe?) the Emergency Management Office flooded.

Keep in mind, with the new puppy, I am going to have to get out in this mess periodically. And do the laundry* all weekend for all the towels we will use to dry her before letting her back in the house, and the various outfits we will change into after she jumps on us all wet. :-)

And it couldn't even come on a weekday so that I could get an extra day off!

*We do not normally lose power (knock on wood). We didn't during Ivan 2004 or Dennis 2005. I think it is because we are on the same power grid as the police dept, city hall and the fire dept. Something to keep in mind when you are househunting.


fallenmonk said...

Look on the bright side...Fay could still be a hurricane. Hope you do ok and yes Lake Lanier could use the water big time. Thanks for thinking of us.

LeftLeaningLady said...

I don't want a hurricane! Just a tropical storm on a week day. I thought they were going to send us home early, but no word on it yet.

andante said...

Ugh. Here's hopng you don't have to fend off gators or snakes.

LeftLeaningLady said...

andante, there is a snake at the bottom of the pool right now (unless DSD got it out at lunch) and my son was doing yard work this morning and came across one. And it hasn't even started raining. but thank you for the nice thoughts.

Carl (aka Sofarsogoo) said...

Thanks for throwing that light on things. Can I say it? I guess I kind of thought the ENTIRE coastline of Florida could be called the "Redneck Riviera."

LeftLeaningLady said...

Carl, the REST of the state, Mickey, et al, is much too.... hmmm, classy, worldly, cosmopolitan(pick your adjective) to be part of the "riviera."