Grumpy Heat Fan wrote:gom wrote:Great thread.
Like HEATVols865, we were in Brazil when the Heat became an NBA team and moved to S. Florida just after Andrew. I was still a Lakers fan at the time, and you may recall, the post-Magic team led by Worthy & Divac (etc) wasn't great. Riley moving to Miami triggered my change of allegiance, but it took time. And while I disagree with a number of his choices, he gets it right much more often than not.
Ah man, Andrew. My family moved to Miami from New Jersey, in like 1989. I remember Andrew as a little boy. To this day, I've been through every single Hurricane in Miami since Andrew, and Andrew is the only one who scared the **** outta me. It was scary. Like, back then, I remember Andrew made our roof shake. It was literally shaking side to side about an inch either way. It was also shaking the **** out of our patio glass doors. We had to put a couch up touching the glass doors, and put some heavy things on the couch, so the glass wouldn't shake itself to destruction. We got lucky.
After Andrew, the entire city of Miami was a trash dump. It was like at least a week before we could drive our cars, due to so much debris and tree branches and stuff on the road.
A lot of people took advantage of the chaos after Andrew too. I remember the National Guard came in to Miami to help us, due to the massive destruction to city utilities and all that. There was a national guardsman who raped a woman and killed her boyfriend, he pretended he was helping them. That was sad.
My uncle lived in an apartment called Sherwood West near Kendall and when Andrew was hitting them he heard his front door cracking. It was about to bust open so he got battery screwed driver and drove all the screw he could from the door diagonally into the door frame, he said it was dozens.
When I visited him in 94 they were moving from that place and the door was Swiss cheese.
We went to a buddy of his for Christmas Eve and that year and in his neighborhood there were some houses that were not rebuilt yet and all you saw were the sticks standing and some outside walls. It was creepy and sad.
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