Sorry, folks, GRM’s offices are closed. Moose out front should have told you. | Hurricane Ian

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Sep 28, 2022 | Ian

Due to the impending Hurricane Ian, the GRM offices will be closed September 28 through at least this coming Monday.

Assuming we have electricity and internet, we’ll be online as much as we can. But if you don’t hear from us, don’t worry, we’re not ignoring you and will reply as soon as we can.

Thanks and stay safe.

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Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/27/22 10:14 p.m.
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/27/22 10:21 p.m.

I had a few potential headlines. That one seemed catchiest. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/27/22 10:21 p.m.

Hope you'll appreciate the car, too. Seemed appropriate. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/27/22 10:23 p.m.
Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
9/27/22 10:32 p.m.

I'm expecting all the moderators will be busy filling sand bags and the inmates will be running loose.   

Javelin
Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/27/22 11:01 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

I'm expecting all the moderators will be busy filling sand bags and the inmates will be running loose.   

Not all of us live in Florida (any more lol)!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/27/22 11:07 p.m.

Plus we know that everyone here will behave. smiley

Gettingoldercarguy
Gettingoldercarguy GRM+ Memberand New Reader
9/27/22 11:11 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
9/27/22 11:45 p.m.

Loweguy5
Loweguy5 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/27/22 11:53 p.m.

All the best to your entire team and families as you prepare to face the storm!

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
9/28/22 6:05 a.m.

Y'all are probably getting worse rain up there than I am down here.  I'm just glad the crap the builder left behind in the lot next door is all under water right now.  Now to just worry about the Porta potty they left behind as well...

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/28/22 7:45 a.m.

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/28/22 7:52 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Plus we know that everyone here will behave. smiley

Why did you look at me when you said that?

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
9/28/22 8:13 a.m.
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Oh yeah, David is wicked funny. Main downside of working from home now is that I miss the belly laughs I could count on at lunch with JG and David.

Margie

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/28/22 9:07 a.m.

So by offices I guess you really mean phone lines/email, and also that hurricane selfies outside of the old HQ building are discouraged? cheeky

Another vehicle named Hurricane:

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/28/22 9:32 a.m.
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Yeah pretty much all of my stuff is ripped off from someone else at work when I think they're not going to be in a thread. 

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
9/28/22 11:18 a.m.
JG Pasterjak said:
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Yeah pretty much all of my stuff is ripped off from someone else at work when I think they're not going to be in a thread. 

Quoted for truth. Though I have used your "or maybe just Wind" every time I've talked about being excited for last night's Earth, Wind & Fire concert (which was amazing, btw). Larceny is how funny people express their approval.

Margie

RadBarchetta
RadBarchetta New Reader
9/28/22 11:28 a.m.
JG Pasterjak said:
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Yeah pretty much all of my stuff is ripped off from someone else at work when I think they're not going to be in a thread. 

Good artists copy. Great artists steal.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/28/22 11:33 a.m.

The phase of hurricane prep where I put five vehicles in a three car garage is complete.smiley 

Gettingoldercarguy
Gettingoldercarguy GRM+ Memberand New Reader
9/28/22 11:42 a.m.
RadBarchetta said:
JG Pasterjak said:
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Yeah pretty much all of my stuff is ripped off from someone else at work when I think they're not going to be in a thread. 

Good artists copy. Great artists steal. - Robin Williams

FIFY

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/28/22 12:07 p.m.
Gettingoldercarguy said:
RadBarchetta said:
JG Pasterjak said:
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Yeah pretty much all of my stuff is ripped off from someone else at work when I think they're not going to be in a thread. 

Good artists copy. Great artists steal. - Robin Williams

FIFY

I was already reminded of a joke which was often told with Robin Williams as the subject:

A comedy club has a light hidden under the edge of the stage so that only the performer can see it. There are only two reasons it may be turned on. Reason 1: [insert notorious joke thief here] is in the club, so don't use your best material. Reason 2: A talent scout is in the club, so use your best material laugh

 

Toyman!
Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/28/22 1:01 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

I see you have taken the master's course in spacial relations. 

Well done. 

I was lucky to get a Bentley in my shop last weekend, everything else will have to fend for themselves if we get any major wind. 

We will probably be closed Friday other than for emergency calls unless things change. They are talking 45-50 mph sustained and 70 mph gusts here. There is no good reason to be out on the roads in that. 

 

 

RadBarchetta
RadBarchetta New Reader
9/28/22 2:31 p.m.
Gettingoldercarguy said:
RadBarchetta said:
JG Pasterjak said:
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Yeah pretty much all of my stuff is ripped off from someone else at work when I think they're not going to be in a thread. 

Good artists copy. Great artists steal. - Robin Williams

FIFY

Actually Steve Jobs, by way of Williams, by way of Faulker, Kurtz, and Stravinsky, which makes that "quote" all that much more ironic.

Noddaz
Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/28/22 3:25 p.m.
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/22 3:46 p.m.
Stampie said:
David S. Wallens said:

Plus we know that everyone here will behave. smiley

Why did you look at me when you said that?

Because you're my star student. :) 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/22 4:50 p.m.

And so far, so good over here. Gutters are guttering, and I just cleaned the leaves and a plastic bag out of the sewer down the street. 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/28/22 5:42 p.m.
Marjorie Suddard said:
914Driver said:

... and I thought JG was the comedian.  Hang tough folks, fill in the blanks when you can.  

Oh yeah, David is wicked funny. Main downside of working from home now is that I miss the belly laughs I could count on at lunch with JG and David.

Margie

Booger

Oh my god, yes.

Good times.

 

Stay safe, y'all.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/28/22 6:09 p.m.

"Hurricane you say? Oh, you must be speaking of 'everything is a pond week.' Yes, we give it our highest endorsement."

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/28/22 6:25 p.m.

I splurged a few months ago and bought metal panels to replace the giant abomination made of three sheets of plywood that used to cover my front window.

Worth it. Even if the wind doesn't blow much this time. 

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/28/22 6:28 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

"Everything is a pond week" was so overdone this year.  We get it Florida, you like ponds, you want more of them.  We don't need every week to be "everything is a pond week."

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/22 11:47 p.m.

Don't want to jinx it–I know, too late–but we still have power.

We're now within the edge of the cone, too, for whatever that's worth. (Although the wind/rain picked up as I typed that sentence.)

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
9/29/22 5:12 a.m.

All right...  that's the last time I ever ride out a nearly Cat 5 direct hit.  Gusts of 155mph are not fun to listen to while you pray for your house to stay together.  I think the cats were calmer than I was.  Being inside the eye is a weird experience.  Very calm, while you hear the wind in the distance.

As soon as the sun comes up, I'll be able to see what the outside looks like.  So far, no water that I can find inside, so that's encouraging.

So to sum up - 1 out of 10, would not recommend!

TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) Dork
9/29/22 6:16 a.m.

So much rain!  Water piled up where i have never seen water hold up before. I think i could kayak around the house.  The house is up extra high. So no risk of flooding in. 

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/29/22 6:46 a.m.

Still good David? Based on the radar images, you all are still getting inundated with heavy rain. 

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
9/29/22 8:46 a.m.

David has no power or internet, cell is spotty, but otherwise good, he says. And holy hell, racerfink, you rode this out?!! Allow me to buy you a beverage of your choice from whatever stock you still have. Glad you're okay. Your east coast brethren are heartbroken over some of the photos we're seeing from y'all.

Margie

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/29/22 9:12 a.m.

Fink did your roof stay on because you had it strapped to your enormous tungsten balls? Glad you made it through but holy hell man, that must have been a ride. 
we've got a mess, but no real disaster. No power,  it we have a generator and internet. The amount of water is unreal, though. 

madmrak351
madmrak351 Reader
9/29/22 10:30 a.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

If you don’t mind me asking: what is the motorcycle next to the MR2?

AxeHealey
AxeHealey GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/29/22 12:18 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

The phase of hurricane prep where I put five vehicles in a three car garage is complete.smiley 

I guess I'm always prepping for a hurricane...

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/29/22 12:36 p.m.

In reply to AxeHealey :

I was gonna say, my 3 car shop has 5 vehicles in it currently as well, but it's because I'm a packrat and like to be close to all my worldly belongings. 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/29/22 1:38 p.m.

And here in north Ormond Beach, the storm is almost over. I haven't been outside, but from what i can see from my windows we had minimal damage. Guess I will head out to the shop to work on chain saws and blowers instead of projects cars this afternoon.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia UltraDork
9/29/22 2:18 p.m.

Good luck to all you guys , watch out for live electric wires .

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
9/29/22 8:24 p.m.

Well, the initial inspection at 7am showed that several shingles have broken off where they peeled back and broke in half.  Only one spot over the garage that is showing the tar paper underneath.  A few places where the soffit and fascia had enough and decided leaving was better than resisting, and the top to my well aerator was the extent of my damage.

The power GRID is down, so it might be weeks before I see power.  But, I'm alive and I have a dry place to sleep.  The rest I can deal with.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/29/22 8:34 p.m.

Stay safe, y'all.  Don't get it on your hootus.

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
9/29/22 8:43 p.m.

In reply to Marjorie Suddard :

I went to a race in Texas right about the time Ian formed.  I got back about midnight Monday night.  Spent Tuesday putting up the storm shutters and wondering why the construction crew for the house next door left so much debris behind, along with a Porta potty.  At least most of their debris was underwater before things got interesting.  Havn't seen a single clue of the Porta potty anywhere.

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
9/29/22 8:59 p.m.

Waddya all fussin' about .......jus a bootiful day in da hood .....bring it

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/30/22 12:13 a.m.

I hope everybody made it through well enough down there!

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/30/22 12:38 a.m.

In reply to madmrak351 :

It's a G650GS. Here's the build thread

madmrak351
madmrak351 Reader
9/30/22 8:59 a.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Ok, Thanks. I could not recognize the back of the mufflers as anything that matched my Japanese bike knowledge.  BMW!! I read you cross Georgia thread and enjoyed/envied the adventure!

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/30/22 1:45 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

"Hurricane you say? Oh, you must be speaking of 'everything is a pond week.' Yes, we give it our highest endorsement."

And here's the "after" shot. Pond is up just a smidge. 

and now also includes most of the yard between the shop and the road. 

they think they're in a theme park

A truck bedliner came to live with me. Neither I nor my neighbor knows whose it is. 

te72
te72 HalfDork
10/1/22 2:01 a.m.
Toyman! said:

We will probably be closed Friday other than for emergency calls unless things change. They are talking 45-50 mph sustained and 70 mph gusts here. There is no good reason to be out on the roads in that. 

 

 

We call that Tuesday here in Wyoming. We don't have the rain part of the hurricane, but wind like that is typical. =P

 

Kidding side, hope everybody's alright. Some of the pictures I've seen are rather intense.

Toyman!
Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/1/22 8:08 a.m.

In reply to te72 :

Unfortunately our 70 mph winds frequently come with 3' of water over half the roads. Most of the city is only a couple of feet above sea level. I'm 20 miles from the coast and only 35' above sea level. Many areas flood on a high tide. Most of our work is in the city and it's not worth drowning the trucks in salt water to make a few bucks.

The county also closes all the high rise bridges at 50 mph otherwise the trucks start flipping. 

All of mine are good. There are a few trees down but nobody injured in my area. The Fla crowd got hammered. Reminds me of Hugo in '89.

te72
te72 HalfDork
10/1/22 2:01 p.m.

In reply to Toyman! :

Yeah the rain you guys get is beyond intense. Fortunately I've avoided hurricanes, living in the western states, but we do get monsoons of varying severity. Saw perhaps the worst one I've ever been through a couple years ago, in early September. Uprooted 100+ year old (big) trees, because instead of hellacious rain, we got hammered with snow and ice.

 

Nature's a beast...

 

And closing highways to keep trucks from flipping? Wish Wyoming would do that... nothing like a toppled over semi to close the only highway between two places for hours.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
10/1/22 3:51 p.m.

Just to update: Saturday check of World HQ revealed no flooding, no damage--and no power. We'll all be working remotely Monday, and feeling lucky for this small inconvenience given what Ian has doled out to so many in the Sunshine State.

Margie

te72
te72 HalfDork
10/1/22 6:04 p.m.

Good to hear Margie, glad you're all safe and the impact has been minimal.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/2/22 1:11 p.m.

We survived. No flooding, no damage, no internet, no cell data but we have power and great neighbors. Texting is spotty. Been cleaning since the storm cleared.  

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
10/2/22 1:24 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

After the storm, I looked for your house on Apple Maps and I feared it was completely wiped out. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/2/22 4:21 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

Despite what Apple maps says, the house came through just fine. The trees (and our backs) took a beating. I'm okay with that.

We now have internet, so we're back in business.

Thanks, everyone, for checking in. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/2/22 4:25 p.m.

And an event like this makes you appreciate your community. 

Before the storm even hit, our next-door neighbors threw a cord to their generator over the fence.

I was in constant contact with our other next-door neighbors–plus they helped us with cleanup.

As soon as the lights went out, our across-the-street neighbor knocked on the door: You all okay? 

 

te72
te72 HalfDork
10/2/22 4:47 p.m.

You guys have some awesome neighbors DSW. We're fortunate in that regard too, about a third of the people on our street are "car" people in one sense or another. We try to look out for each other when the snow starts piling up.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/3/22 9:22 a.m.

In reply to te72 :

Thanks and yeah, nice to be around people who are neighborly (and like cars, too).

We used to live around the corner from here. When we decided to get a bigger place, we kept coming back to the same neighborhood: Why leave here? So we moved around the corner. That was 20 years ago. 

Nicole Suddard
Nicole Suddard GRM+ Memberand Marketing Coordinator
10/3/22 10:09 a.m.

Good News, Everyone: The office is open again!

Pre-HOF Game Weekend Open Thread - Daily Norseman

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/4/22 11:07 a.m.

In reply to Nicole Suddard :

Good news, everyone. 

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/4/22 11:19 a.m.

So it is not a Dacia Sandero?   laugh

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