Nowhere to Run

Nowhere to Run

If you are from a smaller place and you move to a bigger place, everyone in the smaller place likes to warn you about all the bad things that can happen to you in the bigger place.  When I was in the Navy I was stationed in the Washington DC area, which was the big city compared to my hometown.  People used to tell me don’t go here or there, at this time or that, and watch out for DC people in general as they are not to be trusted.  It seemed just a matter of time before a boy like me might be bamboozled, hoodwinked, and sent home with my tail between my legs.  Eventually this became a small irritation as I was taking it as some kind of commentary on my life skills in general.


Later on the same thing happens when I move to Miami, which was around the time of Miami Vice, and not so long after the Scarface movie, so you can only imagine.  It was going to be me, Crockett, Tubbs, the chupacabra and Tony Montana roaming the streets (not to mention Bo Boulenger) in the middle of Cat 5 hurricanes.


Back in DC, I served my time (in the Navy), went to school, worked at NIH and generally had a great life experience.  In fact, I don’t recall anything bad ever happening the entire almost six years I lived there.  Except…..this one time I went home for the weekend to visit, about a 200 mile drive, and like people do, I packed up all of my unwashed clothes in a sack to wash (for free) back home.  When I got back into town, I went to Smitty’s Better Burger, a local drive in style institution, to grab something to eat.  I got out of the car and walked over to the bathroom, leaving the car unlocked, because after all I was back in my hometown.  When I got back to the car, about ten minutes later, my dirty clothes had been stolen.  This was not good in most ways, as these were practically all the clothes I owned at time.  On the other hand, it provided me with a ready counterpoint that allowed me to interrupt anytime anyone had anything bad to say about the “big city”.


Because of the stolen clothes incident, the critics needed to switch to the weather as it was hard to argue with the idea that Miami was way more hurricane prone than Hampton Virginia.  So I get the annual “how can you live there when you are about to be blown into the ocean at any moment, we always thought you were crazy anyway ever since you left for DC” routine.  Except…..this year we had one of the most peaceful hurricane seasons on record in Miami and guess what happened you know where.  Here is a text message I got a few weeks ago from a high school friend just as the season was wrapping up…. 


The North Easter we had several weeks ago was awful.  My neighborhood was flooded and it NEVER floods……..the house I grew up in, which is now my brother’s house, had three feet of water in the garage and it came an inch from getting in the house………….and, at least since 1960; it has only been that bad in 1963’s North Easter (we had to leave the house by boat), Isabelle in 2003?? and the one a few weeks ago……..


So if you are ever visiting the Tidewater area, let me tell you a couple of things.  First, never leave your clothes unattended.  Second, the weather there can be ferocious……….




Got to get back now to Florida
Lay out in the morning Sun
Got to get back to Miami
Have a whole lotta fun
Going back to Miami    -Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders

Final Posting: The Last Day of the Season

It’s over….so let’s start out with the final report of the National Hurricane Service:


ABNT20 KNHC 301157




700 AM EST MON NOV 30 2009






And courtesy of our behind the scenes Cardiologist/Meteorologist Matt Snow:

Subject: 2009 Tropical Update Season Wrap Up

Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:51:25 -0500

Good morning.

Tomorrow marks the official end of the 2009 Hurricane Season. 2009 was a quiet year in the tropics as predicted with a typical El Nino pattern with high shear across the Atlantic and Caribbean which prevented the development and strengthening of most storms. In all there were 9 tropical storms, 3 hurricanes (Bill, Fred and Ida) with 2 major hurricanes,(Bill and Fred). On average there are 10 TSs, 6 hurricanes and 2-3 major hurricanes per year. Only Claudette and Ida made US landfalls, both as weak Tropical Storms along the NE Gulf coast. To the coastal residents’ and insurance industry’s relief no significant damage was reported from either storm.

Wishing everyone a great holiday season and New Year,



End note from Wayne Brackin:

It turned out our trusty Medical Librarian was right, the hurricane blog was a storm repeller!  Thanks to the more than 13,000 hits and 9,000 plus readers of Weathering The Storms.  I enjoyed your comments and questions.  It was a great experiment in new media and communication for Baptist Health that proved worthy.  More to come in this space.

Thanks so much to Roymi Membiela, Christine Kotler, Jo Baxter, Allen Montgomery, Mimi Taylor, Matt Snow, John Fernandez, Val Lopez, Felicia Carreras, Bob Ritchie, Jean Arias, Pablo Suarez, Chris Kilroy, Yuri Roldan, Terri Johnson and Brian Keeley.  You all did an incredible job, on short notice, putting this together and making it happen.

Panhandle Update

Panhandle Update Pensacola is getting some bad weather, landfall overnight, the big band running off of this storm will sling itself into all across the Gulf Coast of Florida. It looks like a rainy and medium windy event, some flooding. Locally, the wind we are feeling in South Florida is related to this storm and we may get a little moisture in the next day or so, that’s about all. Surf’s up in Pensacola and Panama City. (Anyone seen our surfing BHM CEO Bo Boulenger today? I heard an unsubstantiated rumor that he was seen driving across Alligator Alley with a couple of boards on his roof.) As always to our Panhandle hospital brethren, call us if you need us, we are standing by to help.