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Re: Was Jim now paychecks

Charley came through on, I think, a Saturday. At the nursery, on Thursday, we moved all the computers to "safe" rooms, which meant there was nothing for those of us in the bean-counting department to do on Friday. So they gave us a "hurricane holiday" with pay--because, I think, we wanted to but policy decisions made it impossible for us to do so. As you know, on this one, we just wasted a 3-day weekend with paid holiday.

Ms. Fatma, the Montessori teacher, is on salary. She would get paid if the whole state blew away.

But this is largely an area of low-paid unskilled and semi-skilled laborers--people who clean other people's bathrooms or swimming pools, or mow lawns, work as construction grunts, or are other bottom feeders attracted by the needs of a large older population. It's a terrible place to look for a job because the jobs are almost universally terrible and the pay is universally terrible and without benefits for the most part.

So when something like this happens, large numbers of people are either temporarily unemployed or they freelance and join the looters and scammers. When Charley ripped through Punta Gorda it became clear that it turned into a race between law enforcement and the scammers who began working the wrecked neighborhoods, offering to help people file their insurance claims or repair their roofs or replace their windows.

Florida's always been a state that fosters questionable business practices, going back at least to the land scams of the 50s and 60s. It hasn't changed much since then.

On Monday, September 6, 2004, at 04:29 PM, Kitty wrote:

Jim, What happens to the paycheck when all this is going on, if I may ask?
Not just yours and Ms Fatma's, but a lot of people down there. It can't be
"business as usual". There must be normal workdays when people can't get in
to work or their place of work has floated away. You mentioned your company
working overtime on cleanup for some of your clients earlier and right now
it's a holiday weekend so you woudn't have been working anyway, but I can't
help but feel anxious for people about these difficulties.

From all the pictures you've posted and the beautiful plants you've talked
about, it sounds like paradise, but I just don't think I could deal with
your hurricane season.


----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, September 06, 2004 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Jim

Feels like I've been under house arrest for the last 3 days. Winds have
mostly subsided now, with only occasional 20-25 MPH gusts and very
little rain. Nothing here destroyed as near as I can tell. Only a
couple of plants in pots got tipped over but none broken.

Those in the path of the eye weren't so lucky. Lots of damage in that
path. Tampa Bay has some pretty scary storm surge right now. And I
guess it's about to raise hob in the panhandle and Alabama.

Very different storm than Charley. Frances, like Jabba the Hutt, seemed
to get too big to move. By next Saturday, we'll have a better idea what
Ivan is going to do.

On Monday, September 6, 2004, at 10:04 AM, Donna wrote:

Jim do you think the size is what is causing the stall and amount of
moisture it is dropping? Thinking it can still be picking up more
moisture from both ends of it as those are still over water bodies?

Are you still ok down there?


Just saw a graphic on the tube. Frances has a diameter of 366 miles,
while it's parked over the state, a considerable amount of her hangs
off both sides.

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