Yes folks, I'm right in the path of the biggest hurricane to hit the Delmarva peninsula in decades. Oh joy. This is supposed to be the biggiest hurricane to hit the east coast since Hurricane Hazel in October of 1954, 57 years ago. I remember Hurricane Hazel. I was just a young lad of 11 years old but it scared the bejuses out of me. I was sort of hoping I wouldn't go through something like that again in my lifetime.
So here I sit at work, for once wishing I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the hotel guests have cancelled their reservations for the weekend or left early today. We have a few guests left in the hotel but as the one guest told me when I informed him of the dire situation approaching us this weekend, "Where am I going to go? We live in New York."
Ocean City, which is about 25 miles down the road, has a mandatory evacuation order. We, here on the east cost of Sussex County have a voluntary evacuation order. Bill and I are sticking it out in our house, which is on the east side of Route 1, two miles from the beach. We have a basement.
My last big Hurricane Experience was Hurricane Floyd in September of 1998. I was working at a hotel then too. Because of my extraordinary effort in getting to the hotel (The Hampton Inn in Lionville, PA) and keeping it running and the guests calmed (yes, I'm bragging) during that natural disaster the Hilton Hotel corporation awarded me a "Best Guest Service Representative" award which was a trip for two to Disneyworld for four days.
I hope this one passes us by, I've already been to Disneyworld.