Yo. Texas.

Stay safe down there, y’all. Or ya’ll. (Screw it – I’m from Pittsburgh, and it’s “yinz” n’at).

Anyone else think there will be more weather-powered related paranormals in a year or two?

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    molly_rose says:

    its y’all.

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    JenTurner says:

    Go STEELERS!  Sorry… couldn’t help myself! :)

    When you say weather-powered…do you mean characters who can control the weather, or romances that transpire during some mystical power that a natural storm has?

    Everyone in TX – stay safe!

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    SonomaLass says:

    My partner and I are wearing our Galveston Island State Park t-shirts (purple, with pelicans) up here in NorCal, while hoping for the very best down there where we’ve had some of our best and most romantic getaways.  We have every intention of coming down to the Gulf Coast for a visit later this fall, and we expect YOU ALL to be thriving.

    Weather-related paranormals would be worth trying.  Count me in!

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    Mellie says:

    A quick update from one of the “y’all’s” located in Houston (a SoCal transplant)- the storm surge has started flooding some lower areas on the coast- my IL’s have a weekend place near Galveston and last they heard there was water on the first floor.  I’m much further inland- nothing much happening at my house- a little windy, but no rain as of 7:23pm CST.

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    Alex says:

    My partner and I are wearing our Galveston Island State Park t-shirts (purple, with pelicans) up here in NorCal, while hoping for the very best down there where we’ve had some of our best and most romantic getaways.  We have every intention of coming down to the Gulf Coast for a visit later this fall, and we expect y’all to be thriving.
    Weather-related paranormals would be worth trying.  Count me in!

    Fixed.

    Y’all is actually a very useful pronoun with no other convenient equivalent. It’s a mellifluous syllable, it’s widespread, and it sounds more friendly somehow.

    That being said, where are y’all planning to visit on the Gulf Coast?

    I’d really recommend the Naval Aviation Museum near Pensacola, Florida. It’s free, and it’s awesome.

    http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb70/Theliterator/?action=view&current=100_1339.jpg

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    Alex:

    Y’all is a personal pronoun, 2nd person plural.  It has regional equivalents: as SB Sarah said, Pittsburghese has “yinz” (sometimes “yinz guys”); there’s also “youse” and “youse guys” and “you guys” and “you lot”.  Other people say “you”.  But they’re boring.

    ObTrash: Any of yinz wanna recommend a trashy book with good use of dialect, especially Pittsburghese?  “Ravished N’at”?  “Redding Up My Heart”?  “Spendy Desires, Cheap Sex”?

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    Katie Ann says:

    I’m all the way up in Dallas, 300 miles northwest of the coast, and they’re predicting an inland tropical storm all the way up here!  *crossing my fingers they cancel my terrible Saturday morning class*  Hope everyone that needed to evacuate did, I hear pretty much the whole Galveston island is supposed to be underwater.

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    SB Sarah says:

    “Redding up my heart?” BWAAAHAHAHA

    “His Chip Chopped Ham.”

    “Jaggin Around”

    “Yin Junna Do It?”

    And please, let us all create romance heroes out of Steely McBeam. Because THAT is an erotica hero waiting to happen. Especially when the heroine starts talking about dahn nair.

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    Julie Leto says:

    Wasn’t it 2004 when Florida was hit four times…I don’t think there were any more weather-related paranormals out of that glorious summer here in the sunshine state.  After all that, the LAST thing I wanted to think about was weather.

    I feel for the Houstonians and Galvestonians.  Hang in there and stay safe!

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    SonomaLass says:

    Y’all is actually a very useful pronoun with no other convenient equivalent. It’s a mellifluous syllable, it’s widespread, and it sounds more friendly somehow.

    That being said, where are y’all planning to visit on the Gulf Coast?

    I’d really recommend the Naval Aviation Museum near Pensacola, Florida. It’s free, and it’s awesome.

    Alex,
    We say “you all” here in wine country.  In which the “ou” is clearly pronounced (both in “you” and “country,” thanks).  To each her own, in dialect as in romance novels!

    Been to Pensacola, have relatives there and in Chipley, love the museum.  Used to have a favorite vacation place to rent in Cape San Blas, but Ivan got that one.  We’ve been all along the Gulf Coast on various vacations; I’m sure we’ll be back.

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    Diane/Anonym2857 says:

    Born and raised in New Mexico, and with a slew of friends and relatives from Texas, I would respectfully suggest that, since you are addressing such a large population in a state that does everything on a grand scale, the proper usage would be “all ya’ll.”

    As in, I’ll be keeping all ya’ll in my thoughts and prayers.  Hunker down, everyone, and stay safe.

    Diane

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    SusanL says:

    As Molly said, it is y’all (a contraction of you all – drop the ou) and it is plural.  It is not used to indicate a single person.  ;)

  13. 13
    Charlene says:

    It is not used to indicate a single person.

    But it absolutely is in other parts of the world. Y’all think you own the language or something? ;)

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    Ehren says:

    Ya’ll is Ya’ll. It’s whatever you want it to be, since it’s not an actual word.

    And I’m praying my aunt and uncle and my cousins and their families are safe in Houston. They decided to hunker down and wait it out and one cousin works for the Houston power plant. Me, I’m further out on the edge, so we should be safe. Got winds going 10-25 mph outside and I can hear them howling.

    Took a look at the Galveston weather camera on Weather Bug and the parking lot of Moody Gardens went under water before Ike even got there. Got to watch Geraldo Rivera fall on his ass from some waves shoving him around. I’m convinced that they send him out to these places where hurricanes are beating down on him because the guys at the station are convinced that one of these days he’s going to die from it. >.>

    Here’s to hoping everyone is safe when all is over.

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    Ehren says:

    AH!!! And my post actually went through!!! It wouldn’t do it earlier when I tried to write it! I finally gave up because I was tired of playing with the damn thing.

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    Becky says:

    I left Houston for Austin on Wednesday, and I’m very glad I left early.  It took me 22 hours to get here during Rita.  A lot of people had that same experience and refused to leave this time.  The governor’s office is saying that it will be the largest rescue effort in state history, to help all the people who are in trouble. 

    I hear that all but downtown and the Med Center are without power right now.  I’m going to have a grody refrigerator to clean up when I get home.  I hope that’s the worst of it.

    You don’t hear y’all much in Houston.  Everyone here is from somewhere else.  It’s much more common in Austin.  Of course, in Austin jean and cowboy boots are acceptable formal wear, as long as a man tops them with a tuxedo shirt and coat, and a good hat.  And don’t for get the belt buckle.

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    Alex says:

    Ya’ll is Ya’ll. It’s whatever you want it to be, since it’s not an actual word.

    My inner linguist just cringed.

    If a sound conveys recognizeable, understandable meaning, then it’s a word. Of course, this is the same logic would say that ain’t, while irregular, is a word.

    Heck, I just checked. It has its own Wikipedia page.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y’all

    I use it because, well, it’s more convenient and actually sounds LESS hickish than saying ‘you-all’.

    Besides, if two Latin teachers and a Japanese teacher all recognize and admire its use as a second-person plural pronoun, then I’m down with using it.

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    Alex says:

    Oh, I forgot.

    I’m totally down with weather-related paranormal characters. It’s much better than the eternal rain of vampires and werewolves being thrown at us.

    Heck, I could probably write a couple, myself…

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    Suze says:

    I live in inland Canada, where we only have to worry about cold winters, and the occasional spring flood if the river breaks up badly and gets jammed up with ice.  No hurricanes, no tornadoes (they happen down south), no poisonous insects, no snakes.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be in the path of a hurricane.

    A coworker and her husband have bought a boat, and are taking a year off to sail around the tropics.  The new boat is stored at their starting-off point.  In Texas.  She’s a little stressed just now.

    Stay safe, Texans.  And get those refineries back on-line because DAMN! Ouch! and Whoa! the gas prices.

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    Suze says:

    Also, urban fantasy Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine.

    First book is Ill Wind.  There’s a secret society of people able to manipulate the weather (and earth, and fire…) who are working 24/7 to prevent that evil bitch Mother Nature from obliterating all life on earth in her capriciousness.

    The series starts off kick-ass, and I highly recommend the first few books.  It starts to go off in strange and hard-to-follow directions, but the ride is enjoyable.

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    Nikki says:

    I was locked into M. D. Anderson since yesterday to “Ride Out” Ike.  Just my luck, I just moved here, and they lock me in for Edouard and this again.  I have told my chief fellow that if there is another hurricane, I refuse to be on call, it is someone else’s turn. 

    It was pretty freaky overnight.  We knew from early Friday morning about the surge hitting while the storm was still over a hundred miles away.  All we could do was watch the news and pray.  Anyway, you couldn’t really see much but you could hear the wind and see the sky.  A few windows were out but we have been relatively safe here in the medical center.  I am pretty sure power is out in my building, but I don’t know what else is going on.  Argh.

    As for writing something, one of the other attendings and I were discussing starting some sort of a murder mystery during a hurricane.  The wind, the wind is bad.

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    Holly says:

    I just wrote a long, detailed comment that I’m sure ya’ll would have found fascinating, but the Internets ate it.

    We’re in Houston, just outside the Loop in the Meyer Park/Willowbend area.  No power, of course, but we have a generator and it’s fairly cool outside, thanks to the cold front that followed Ike in.  Street is flooded, trees down everyone, but we were very lucky – no damage to our house or our fences or anything – sis in law down the street has a split telephone pole that fell and took out the power lines to her house.  We have no idea when we’ll get power back – we’re very close to the grid, so I’m hoping a couple days.  Downtown and the med center have power because their lines are underground, but basically the rest of Houston is without juice.  Water pressure very low so we can’t take showers.  I’m feeling pretty grubby, and pretty guilty for thinking I’m suffering – as far as hurricane misery goes, we’re not doing badly at all.

    The daughter (6.5) is going stir crazy and if we are still w/o power on Monday, and the roads are clear for traffic, I may take her up to Dallas.

    All in all, it could have been much worse, but it was still pretty bad.  Can’t quit thinking about the people who chose to ride it out on Galveston Island.  Hope that not too many died, and that none of them were children.  I can’t believe that people would be so careless of their children’s lives.

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    Holly says:

    Oh, and hurricanes make you fat.  I’ve probably gained 5 pounds from beer and boredom snacking.

    I’m 44, I’ve spent my whole life on the Texas Coast, and this is my first direct hit hurricane.  I’ve been really lucky.

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    Lovecow2000 says:

    Since at least half of all romance authors appear to live down here, I imagine that there will certainly be some weather related paranormals coming out in the next few years. 

    Out here in Bastrop (30 miles East of Austin) we’ve had some wind and clouds, but no rain.  What a relief.

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    Liviania says:

    Ahem, it’s ya’ll.  Yes, it stands for you all but it’s irregular.  The apostrophe comes after the a.

    My family in Houston is safe, but their homes are damaged. (A tree went through one of my youngest relative’s bedroom – I’m so glad she wasn’t in it.) I’ve just been getting rain, which is all I should get.

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    ev says:

    Got to watch Geraldo Rivera fall on his ass from some waves shoving him around.

    Damn, I gotta find that on You Tube.

    we are supposed to get the rain backlash in the next day or so, which I can deal with. The basement will probably flood, but I can deal with that.

    Hope everyone is safe and dry.

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    JaneyD says:

    There’s a whole series —The Weather Warden Books by Rachel Caine.

    http://www.rachelcaine.com/

    They’re more urban fantasy than paranormal, but RC writes the most smoakin’ HAWT nookie for the unstoppable Joanne and her very own (and wholly studly) Djinn boyfriend.

    I love it—a drop dead gorgeous man who stays out of your way in his glass container, shows up when you really need him, makes sure your hair looks awesome 24/7, and even cleans windows.

    Start with ILL WIND. It’s when she and David meet.

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    Ehren says:

    @Alex – point. But I’m just saying that trying to find the proper spelling of a word that constantly changes between areas of the south is sort of pointless since everyone pretty well agrees on one spelling or another. I grew up with it being “ya’ll” not “y’all”. But then, I grew up in Austin.

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    Silver James says:

    I vote for “ya’ll” but I’m not gonna quibble if someone wants to write it “y’all”. I was born and raised in Okie-land on the Texas border. We speak Redneck as a first language.

    Geraldo’s ignoble fall, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FziScjyf4Ic hit YouTube within minutes.

    Hope everybody’s still okay.

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    Liz says:

    Hey, I just finished reading a weather-related book (fortunately BEFORE Ike)—it’s Tsunami. Got lots to recommend it, including action, adventure, disaster, suspense, even a romance between the scientist trying to warn people about a tsunami and a Coast Guard Commander who actually believes her.

    And here’s to hoping Ike victims will be back in their homes soon—it could ahve been so much worse. Meanwhile, here in suburban Chicago, we had 7 inches of rain yesterday (or close to it—set a record for most rainfall in a day) and it’s rain, rain, raining again… Here’s hoping the two sump pumps keep chugging away.

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