October 2017

October 2017: Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

When the first spaghetti models on Hurricane Irma showed it possibly affecting the East Coast, I made hotel reservations in Atlanta. If memory serves, I think it was 10 days before we were going to feel any effects. After staying for Hurricane Matthew, I decided I might as well make a vacation out of it. Here’s the thing; it’s not really a vacation, is it? Generally, when I leave for vacation, I don’t walk out the door wondering if I’m going to have a home to come back to.

Three major storms in one year have me ruminating on how little control we have over our lives—and how one big weather event can change life as we know it in an instant. As scary as that can be for a Type A personality like myself, when you get right down to it, it can also feel pretty liberating. At one point, when I was thinking about what to pack (besides my Lucy, of course!), it occurred to me that I should bring all my camping gear. If we didn’t have an island to come back to, I would just spend some time seeing the good old USA via road trip. Your mind goes funny places when the minutiae of day-to-day gets removed by impending disaster.

Of course, as it turned out, Irate Irma shifted left and my “vacation” in Atlanta no longer seemed the prudent choice. I waited it out on the island, yet again, and breathed a guilty sigh of relief with each westward turn she took. We were, for the most part, spared again here in the Lowcountry, and for that I am grateful.

But enough about Irma! And Lee. And Jose. And Maria…and whomever else is keeping the Weather Channel meteorologists up at night.

This issue celebrates the home, which may be fitting if you did happen to sustain damage from Irma. You’ll probably find a few neighbors amongst these pages who can assist in getting your house back in order, and maybe an insurance company or two that will help prepare you for the next event that’s out of your control.

On a lighter note: It’s the most wonderFALL time of the year! It’s time for the fall festival line-up, and many of them are covered in this issue—from Arts & Seafood in Bluffton to Beer and Bacon on Hilton Head Island, you can find a “fest you fancy” in October.

Until next month…be safe, and get your hurricane plan in place. And if we get hit by the big one, I’ll see you in Yosemite.

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