Catastrophic inland flooding?

40″ of rain?

Forty inches?????

There’s a little metric I like to keep in mind when thinking about rainfall: an inch of rain is equivalent to ten inches of snow.

So… this would be 400 inches of snow. That’s over thirty three feet of snow.

We’re on a pretty steep hill. So, I’m worried about the slope turning liquid and sending us sliding down into the creek. Or, the trees around the house falling over in the saturated soil.


I feel for the people out in the eastern 1/3 of the state, where the ground is basically flat and the winds will be stronger.

Guess Who’s Coming To Our Special Dinner?


We’re between the Friday AM and Saturday AM dots.

That’s far enough inland that the winds should be only 40 – 70mph or so (!) when the storm gets to us Friday morning. But the local police department put up a map predicting that we’re going to get “historic” rain totals because it’s going to slow down and drag over us for a day or so. I’ll get to see if the new French drains we just had put in are going to work or not.

The whole South Carolina coast just got put on evacuation notice.

Wilmington NC area schools are already closed for the week. Our friends there are coming up to this area to ride it out.

Friday is our 22nd wedding anniversary. I have a special bottle of wine for us to drink in the dark. I think we’ll probably have to pass on the dinner reservations we made for Saturday, too.

Seven Inches

In no order, 7″ records from my shelf. Part eight.

Led Zeppelin

For seven years, I dwelt
In the loose palace of exile

Velocity Girl

Playing strange games with the girls of the island
Now, i have come again


To the land of the fair, and the strong, and the wise
Brothers and sisters of the pale forest

In One

Children of night
Who among you will run with the hunt?

Small Ax / Beef / Coal Palace Kings / Catapult / The Figgs / Dryer

Now night arrives with her purple legion


Retire now to your tents and to your dreams

Colorblind James Experience

Tomorrow we enter the town of my birth

Air Miami

I want to be ready’

The Mummies / The Enchanting Spellbinding Accordion of Alicia Rose / Three Stoned Men / Slug Dick Nick / The Phantom Surfers

[And thank you, Mr James Morrison, for the narration]

Seven Inches

In no order, 7″ records from my shelf. Part seven.




I am the lizard king
I can do anything

Air Supply

We came down
The rivers and highways

Sonic Youth

We came down from
Forests and falls

Nick Lowe

We came down from
Carson and Springfield

Robyn Hitchcock

We came down from
Phoenix enthralled

The Cure

And I can tell you
The names of the Kingdom

The Phantom Surfers / The Mummies

I can tell you
The things that you know


Listening for a fistful of silence
Climbing valleys into the shade

Talking Heads