3.27.2011

While the cat's away...

...the mice will clean. Wait, CLEAN?!? Yep, clean.


As anyone who knew me in real life during our last deployment will tell you, my house was about spotless while MacGyver was gone. Granted, my children were much smaller (therefore, they made smaller messes) but the main reason was that I had only 2 small people to keep up after. With MacGyver home, I am outnumbered 3 to 1 and, while I am good, I am not THAT good. I fight a constant battle at the door to the garage - keeping the things that belong in the garage IN the garage, not to mention staying on my children to clean up their messes (I swear, they are Hansel and Gretl - you can tell what they've been doing all day long based on the piles of stuff strewn about the house and yard).


So, while MacGyver was on a camping trip with The Boy, I took advantage of his absence (and, therefore, an absence of any discernible bedtime for Yours Truly) to tackle the garage (the 1/2 that does not contain the workbench and the Army Gear), the bathrooms, the junk drawer, our bedroom, and the kitchen. And the living room. Needless to say, they were immaculate for about 2 days. And for 2 days, my OCD was at peace.


While some wives like to plop down in front of the television and watch Lifetime all day long or indulge in a glass of wine (or 5) while their husbands are gone, my silly OCD self likes to indulge in the smell of mildew and soap scum remover, big black trash bags, and the vacuum cleaner. I know, I'm odd. But I love it!


In other news, it looks like I will be missing the MilBlogging conference for the first time in 6 years. I am so very, very disappointed. I was hoping to be able to go visit my mom (she broke her hip about a month ago), visit my brother-in-law and his wife, and hit the conference but ticket prices are ridiculous and even if I could sell a kidney and pay for the ticket, I'm not sure that MacGyver can take leave so that I can go. It's still a month away but it's not looking promising. And here I was hoping to be on the same flight as Chuck. Bummer.


We're still waiting on the final word regarding MacGyver's Army career. His elimination packet is up at Human Resources Command and it will go before an HR board for their say. Assuming they follow suit and recommend the discharge (honorable! woohoo!!!) then it will work its way through a few more small hoops and then he'll start to outprocess. Right now he's looking for an AGR slot so anyone with any connections in the Guard world (specifically, aviation and, more specifically, Chinooks), feel free to drop me a note if you can offer help of any kind in this area. The less downtime between Big Army and a Guard position, the better off our family will be.


Barring that, the contractor world is our next level of interest. Although, right now, the contractor world is pretty tight. Hopefully by the time Big Army gets its poop in one sock, the federal government will have a budget in place and things will loosen up. We'll see.


That's really about it for us. Fun and excitement all the time over here!




Pau.




- hfs

3.11.2011

Tsunami WARNING - update

Seems we've dodged yet another bullet. Wave heights somewhere around 7 feet. No major damage reported though we'll know more once the sun rises. This was the real deal - just not as devastating as it could have been.


And now we turn our prayers and attention to Japan...




Pau.




- hfs

Tsunami WARNING

Ok - this just got a lot more serious. Our watch has been upgraded to a warning and, judging by the pictures and video I'm watching at the moment, we might be in for a bit of a bumpy ride. Moreso than the last time.

I think we're as good as we can be at the moment: we have food, water, TP, and ammo. I'll keep you posted.


000
WEHW40 PHEB 110731
TSUHWX
HIZ001>003-005>009-012>014-016>021-023>026-110931-
/O.CAN.PHEB.TS.A.0001.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/O.NEW.PHEB.TS.W.0001.110311T0731Z-000000T0000Z/
BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 3
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
931 PM HST THU MAR 10 2011
TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WARNING
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0931 PM HST.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME - 0746 PM HST 10 MAR 2011
COORDINATES - 38.2 NORTH 142.5 EAST
LOCATION - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN
MAGNITUDE - 8.8 MOMENT
MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
DART 21413 30.5N 152.1E 0659Z 0.76M / 2.5FT 32MIN
HANASAKI HOKKAIDO J 43.3N 145.6E 0657Z 2.79M / 9.2FT 76MIN
DART 21401 42.6N 152.6E 0643Z 0.67M / 2.2FT 40MIN
DART 21418 38.7N 148.7E 0619Z 1.08M / 3.5FT 06MIN
LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.
EVALUATION
A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG
COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION
SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.
A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE
CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD
COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE
INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS
CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.
TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT
RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI
WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL
QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE
CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED
BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH
TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.
THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
0259 AM HST FRI 11 MAR 2011
MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

Tsunami WATCH

Fun times, I tell you! Just a watch at this point.


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WEHW40 PHEB 110557
TSUHWX
HIZ001>003-005>009-012>014-016>021-023>026-110757-
/O.NEW.PHEB.TS.A.0001.110311T0557Z-000000T0000Z/
BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
756 PM HST THU MAR 10 2011
TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH
A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0756 PM HST.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME - 0746 PM HST 10 MAR 2011
COORDINATES - 38.0 NORTH 142.9 EAST
LOCATION - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN
MAGNITUDE - 7.9 MOMENT
EVALUATION
BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
0259 AM HST FRI 11 MAR 2011
MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.