Meanwhile, Hurricane Frances leaves the battered Bahamas behind and heads for Florida.
We have no idea what happened on our little island in the central Bahamas. Telephone communications are out, and -- if past experience is a guide -- may stay out for days. Does the house have a roof? Is there sand on the beach? Is the car sitting in three feet of water?
Not so many years from now we will all be in cell phone communication with any place on Earth by satellite.
But not before Hurricane Ivan, churning along behind Frances, makes its way in our direction.