Friday, August 5, 2011

My First Typhoon?

Apparently, Qingdao is directly in the path of Typhoon Muifa, from whom we're expecting a visit on Monday.  The waves outside were already getting big today; it was a little bit like dodgeball walking to the bus this morning!  The waves kept splashing over the wall, intent on attacking innocent pedestrians.  I managed to avoid any undesired wetness, but I may not be so lucky this weekend!

Click HERE to see a map of Muifa's anticipated route.

The US government has already issued a warning for all of us Americans over here to take precautions and stock up on water, food, and such.  So, I'm planning to stop by the grocery store on my way home tomorrow (I'm going in to school for part of the day to get more work done on my classroom).  At the moment, Muifa is a category 2 typhoon, but it's expected to be a category 1 by the time it hits us.  We're supposed to get winds of about 75-94 MPH and lots and lots of rain.  Some areas are being warned of mudslides; fortunately, we are not among them.  I just hope we don't get flooding or severe damage.  Living within clear view of the ocean may not be so nice if that happens!

What a way to start our first week of school!  (School starts on Wednesday, the 10th.)

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"