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Hub I didn't mean to write

Updated on August 20, 2011


Hello fellow hubbers and friends,

Do you ever have those moments or even days when you are bored and don't feel like reading or doing anything, but know that you need to keep your mind occupied with something? Well I do, not too often though.

I got tired of cybersurfing and decided it was a good time to experiment with my writing skills, just open up and let it flow like a suttle stream perpetually moving. I wanted to feel the empowerment of creativity and so here I am pecking away the day.

I am pretty sure this hub is not going to win me a prize or accolade but you never know, some of you out there may be able to relate to this.

As I write I am aware that it is the peak of hurricane season, I was born and raised here in Florida and have weathered many storms throughout my life. Camille, Frederick, Elena, and the worst was Ivan. It hit my home town of Pensacola September 16, 2004 and left a battle scare that survives to this day. The house I lived in at that time weathered it pretty good except the roof rose up from the walls about 2 inches and when the storm was over it leaked in several different spots. Every time it rained after that we had to put 5 gallon buckets in almost levery room to catch the waterfalls. A couple of months went by and the owners got their relief money from insurance and sold out to another person who immediately informed us that we had to move and at that time there was no place to go. Pretty much the entire city had been demolished, it was blue roofs ville as I like to call it. If you did find a place to live in the owners had jacked the rent up so high the average person could'nt even afford to secure the place let alone pay the monthly on it.

My wife and I had applied for help from FEMA but there were so many people in need that somehow our application just got covered up in the piles of applications and we never got the help we needed so badly. To this day I haven't really fully recovered from that traumatic catastrophe and don't think I ever will. Mother nature really did a number on the whole area.

Just want to say one more thing, I see the whole country as being under seige now by many forces out of our control, so I am praying hard every day that we get some relief from all of it. If you read this story please do comment as it would be an honor to me to post all comments. Thank you and I hope you never have to live through a nightmare such as the one I've just described. Peace and Joy to all.

What a storm!


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    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for publishing this excellent Hub. I hope you are still playing your guitar. God Bless You!

    • skye2day profile image


      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Artin Me oh My brother. I ask our Lord to Bless you and yours bro. God can turn all things for the good for those that love Him. He has brought you through much. He is shaping and molding you for His Kingdom work artin.

      You keep on in prayer Phil 4:13. U will I know it. I know in my brokenness Christ redeemed me for His Glory and purpose.

      I was in gulfport for 2.5 weeks with our church helping to put new roofs on homes. My life changed through that season. I met the most beautiful people so grateful to be alive. I will never forget the devastation in the town. Horrific. God is in charge and He will restore. You keep the faith and keep close to the Lord. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story.

      Your sister in Christ Jesus sends a hug to you and yours. Praying for you artin. Up and awesome

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank you guys for your comments. Earthquakes, huge fires and bad storms isn't really what we look forward to,but my grandfather used to tell me often, " expect the worse, and pray for the best!"

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      Barbara Bethard 

      6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      myself and my family were just up the road from you guys in Bay Minette...yes, I know about that storm! even Katrina wasnt so bad compared to Ivan/my love and prayers to you and yours Artin!

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Sometimes those randoms stories turn out great eh! Nice article, although we don't get such extremes in the UK, I too have noticed a dramatic increase in bad weather!

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Sorry for the delay, Thank you to all who've commented on my hub. Blessings and Happy Holidays.

    • jesusmyjoy profile image

      Betty Bolden 

      7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      just amazing wonderful

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Ten days ago I wrote this, today it fits into discussion about Irene, the historical hurricane of

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      thanks RN, Peggy yes Ivan was bad storm. That was enough but two more in 05 Katrina was bad, N.O. flooded.. certainly all of us have experienced some very uncertain and peculiar times @ some point in life. I say all in light of the "Sooner or Later Syndrome" I seem to have.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hurricane Ivan or the swirling currents of events dashing financial stability for many people today...sometimes things seem out of control. Steadfastness and prayers for better days ahead are certainly welcomed.

      Many years ago when I was still a teenager, my parents ended up with about 3 feet of water in their home due to Hurricane Beulah. No flood insurance! As you might imagine, so much was ruined beyond repair. They had to start over and we all survived that mess although it was certainly not fun.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      we were in Bay Minette, Al for that storm, what a horrible thing! lost 3 of the 4 stewart pecan trees in our yard...worst was the hike in insurance after that...when you are already financially stressed even a small increase is deadly/when Katrina came through that did it for us/now we are back in heart home /the sonoran desert /but in a lot of ways the tune remains the least we are free to pick up and move again if it gets really bad

      good hub!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Your writings encourage me Artin2010 always!!! Voted-Up!!! God Bless YOU!!!!!

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank you fellow hubbers, I appreciate all the support here from everyone!

    • manthy profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Cool hub - I like it when you just let it flow.

      Good job

    • x2x3 profile image


      7 years ago

      Its wonderful that u shared your experience with us!!

      Gud luck for your life:)

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank you for your comment Binaya I am honored that you read it.

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      7 years ago

      At the moment of suffering, a story about survival shows a glimmer of hope. I thank you for this brave and honest story

    • Artin2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank you Tom and Hunbbel, I have not published a hub in a while and had some time so I put this together. Yes it was a wild night there. My parents stayed in their home and my mom said never again. She passed on the Febuary following at the grand old age of 67.

    • Hunbbel Meer profile image

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Nature can be furious. I hope and wish, safety for all the people. Best of luck for your future.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Good and interesting hub. Ivan was still a very damaging rain event 1000 miles north of you in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. I remember it well. Thanks for sharing your time of trouble with us.


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