I do hope my friends on the east coast come through this hurricane safely. Regardless what the predicitons are, we really don't know what will happen until it does. And I'm pretty sure that Irene hasn't registered to vote. I recall Ike which downgraded as he came ashore, then upgraded and came straight for Kentucky. There was a lot of destruction here in the wake of Ike, but where I sit on the side of a hill, all the winds just went over me. I was flabberghasted at what I saw in his aftermath, and didn't even know we could get hurrianes like that inland. Perhaps the bickering can stop for a while. I just want my friends there to be safe and likely won't hear directly from them for a day or two.