Saturday, October 3, 2015

Shorely the Best?


Our beach during calm weather.
Our town advertises life in this shore community as Shorely the Best. Beach living offers a wonderful lifestyle, but comes with a unique set of problems. It is delightful to walk down to the beach, stroll on the boardwalk any day of the year and breathe ocean air. Visitors marvel how well they sleep when here. The salt air magically lulls one to la-la land, allowing a long and peaceful night. Hub has become an expert on snoozing anytime of the day or night.

On the other hand storms and electricity blackouts are just two issues residents confront. Superstorm Sandy was not a positive life experience. The days involved evacuation, uncertainty about the condition of our home, relief that our house remained standing followed by weeks of floodwater-related repairs.

Then there was the storm named Irene. We lost electricity, then our microwave/convection oven died due to a power surge. In between and since is the insecurity of wondering whenever the weather forecasts an approaching storm what might happen. Will there be flooding? How bad will it be? Should I do laundry so if we evacuate we will have clean clothes to pack?

Hordes of Northerners flee full time or at least during the bitter cold winter months to warmer climes such as Florida. Hub and I have travelled to Florida ever since the kids were toddlers. My grandmother, my grandfather, my aunt and uncle, hub’s aunt and uncle all migrated south beginning in the early 1970s. Most recently our son and his family made Florida their home. Fun to visit, we are not interested in relocating to the Sunshine State.

Returning from the hot, humid Florida weather earlier this week we faced the possibility of another storm ravaging our area. Ominous reports of high winds, flooding, torrential rains and a hurricane dominated weather reports and special news alerts.

We stored the outside furniture, planters and other odds and ends in the garage and installed storm doors. Another positive aspect of coastal living, the weather forcing us to do what might otherwise not get done. There is a good chance outdoor stuff might remain outside throughout the gray winter months if storms did not compel us to act.

We ventured out to the grocery store and purchased the equivalent of a bread and milk snowstorm alert, in our case water, eggs and ice cream (a dietary necessity in cases of emotional turmoil caused by weather-related anxiety).

So what do we do now?

Long term, I mean. Do we stay, hoping to avoid severe weather damage for years? I doubt bad weather will skip our place until we decide to sell years from now. On the other hand maybe we experienced the worst for decades to come. Horrendous storms hit this area in the 1930s and again in the 1960s, and now in the 20teens. Maybe we are clear for another twenty or thirty years…

But I doubt it.

So where do we go from here?

Water has been discovered on Mars. Maybe we will colonize the planet soon, and hub and I can join the migration. That is one possibility, but I am sure we would not make it home every year for Thanksgiving dinner or any other event.

Maybe the top of a mountain, or at least a high hill.

Anybody have any good ideas? 

11 comments:

  1. I guess there really is no perfect place to live. Mother nature can hunt you down where ever you go.

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    1. So true. I guess every place has pros and cons.

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  2. I would stay even though there are bad storms and hurricanes. The shore is my favorite plac in the world. That said, be safe!

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    1. So we will stay for now. I do love living here.

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  3. I've often thought about the pros and cons of living in various places. Here in the Midwest, we have hot, humid summers and tornadoes are a threat. Then winter comes and we have ice/snow and downed power lines. One winter we were without electricity for 10 days. Needless to say, now that I'm older, we have a whole house generator which gives some peace of mind, BUT, you have to stay inside until the roads are passable. Who knows. Guess I'll stay close to family and friends---they're the real draw.

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    1. The best place to live, most of us would agree, is in close proximity to family and friends.

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  4. We would welcome you back to Lancaster in a heartbeat, and strongly suggest city living this time. Plenty of condos available high above ground, in case of flooding! And the new French bistro, bakery, and rooftop lounge are worth it all by themselves. Harvey's dream is to bring a chair and a fork to the bakery and eat his way through it left to right.

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  5. Should we ever move back, we will definitely opt for city living. Next time we are in town we will join Harvey at the bakery!

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  6. I grew up in Phoenix. Sun stroke on the way home from classes cured me from wanting to live there again.Wildfires in Flagstaff. Tornadoes in Kansas and Indiana. Hurricanes (or Cyclones) in Hong Kong and Hawaii. Earthquakes in California. Too many crazy people in the DC area.
    It is always something.
    I agree, friends and family are first. I still would like to give living next to the ocean a try. Maybe, after this last storm, the prices will drop?

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  7. I guess every place has issues...As for prices at the shore, they vary widely. A great place to live at a reasonable price - does such a place exist?

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  8. Yes, indeed, every place has its issues. I think we take the good with the bad. Thankfully, we seldom have extremes where I live. Well, that's true if you don't add in epic hail storms, snow storms, forest fires, and spring run-off floods.

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