Unique ExperienceIamA sailor who lost both generators 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland and spent three days essentially lost at sea AMA!
Jul 28th 2017 by partridge69 • 12 Questions • 2620 Points
Edit:. That's all folks! Thank you all so much for the fantastic questions and the opportunity to serve you in our agencies! Please stay safe during the eclipse by stocking up on water, groceries, gas, meds and anything else you may need! Arrive early, stay put, and leave late. Buy NASA approved eclipse glasses. Most importantly, have fun. :)
Hello Reddit – We are here to answer your questions about the upcoming August 21st Total Solar Eclipse and how it will impact Oregon, as well as questions about the field of emergency management/public affairs, and preparedness. Spoiler alert: We NEVER expected it to be as big of a deal as it is today.
Today on this AMA we have:
• Jefferson County, Oregon - /u/PublicHealthPrepCO
• Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - /u/oregonstateparks
• Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management - /u/ashley_volz
• St. Charles Healthcare - /u/StCharlesHealthPIO
• Oregon Department of Forestry – /u/MyOregonForests-ODF
• Oregon Office of Emergency Management – /u/oregonoem
• Oregon Department of Transportation – /u/ODOT-Official
We will officially begin answering questions at 10am and stick around for about an hour, although some of us will stick around longer. We want to answer your questions and dispel rumors.
If you’re visiting Oregon and have questions, please be sure to look at:
City of Madras Eclipse website.
Oregon Health Authority website.
And the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network blog linked below.
This AMA was organized in part by the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN) and the mod team at /r/CascadianPreppers
https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyOrHealthDepartment/posts/1059907500806331 https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateParks/ http://www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com https://twitter.com/COEmergencyInfo/status/888531911567486976 https://twitter.com/ODF_COD/status/889997845062836224 https://twitter.com/OregonOEM/status/890296669262143488 https://www.facebook.com/STCHealth
What was the weather like? Were the days in the sun better or worse than the colder nights.
Is the animated series of Dr Katz ever coming back for a new season?
What's the favorite thing you have done so far in your career?
Is a shortage of fuel anticipated in the days before and after the event due to the influx of people?
It was thick fog pretty well the entire time we were out there. The first day the wind was thankfully quite calm, but the next day it picked up 35 knots from the Northwest, which put it right on our bow and slowed us down even more. The seas were about 4 metres, so just enough to be uncomfortable on a 110 foot ship. The lack of visibility was the worst though. It made a bad situation into a dangerous one.
That's up to YOU!
Grandma's Boy and Bucky Larson. But I'm proud of all of it. Zero regrets in roles.
The short answer is yes. We are recommending that locals fuel their vehicles up on Tuesday or Wednesday. Central Oregon has 3-4 days of gas on average before needing "restocking". Deliveries for most resources are going to be difficult because of the increased traffic on our roads.
Edit: And there WILL be deliveries. There are plans for influxes with the fuel companies but it's still good to be prepared for longer wait times for fuel.
What is the most fucked up thing that a fan has done/tried to do to you?
We are watching the eclipse in Madras and then driving to PDX to catch a 9 pm flight that night. Normally a 2.5 hour drive, but we'll have about 9 hours. Any guesses as to if we'll make it?
And a BIG THANK YOU to all of you and all the agencies and people working on this!
Someone sent me a Barbie doll once that had my head on it.
You can make it BUT make sure you have food, water, and patience in abundance since there will be increased traffic leaving the area.
could you estimate the budget dedicated to apoceclipse over the entire state?
I just wanted to say that answering your question would be extremely difficult since it's a partnership between many different city, county, and state agencies. I know we've spent a lot of time and effort planning for this event over the last 2 years!
Couldn't you duty cycle the GPS, taking readings only once every ten minutes or so to avoid exhausting the batteries? A handheld GPS will work for days on a couple of AA's, so the backup batteries don't seem very capable.
Well, golly - who is the other person? I think you are hilarious so anyone who could make you faint from laughter must be killer.
I know you're a huge Minnesota sports guy, and as an LA Clippers fan, I'm also an alcoholic. So my question for you is what's the best way to numb the pain?
I've seen some people think that we have infinite dispersed camping in areas like Mt Hood and that can be their fallback. I think lack of parking will self regulate that at least some. But for other areas in Central Oregon are there plans in place to deal with possible overcrowding of natural areas?
We did try that actually, but the batteries don't just run the GPS, they also run the Radar and VHF/MFHF radios, which we needed on at all times due to lack of visibility and contacting any vessels we were able to spot. This drained the batteries pretty quickly.
Nancy Braudis. She's in the medical profession, and she told me "fainting is just your body's way of telling you you need to breathe.
The public lands folks do have plans in place to help protect our natural areas. I'll tag them to answer any specifics.
Oregon Department of Forestry – /u/MyOregonForests-ODF
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - /u/oregonstateparks
I love you Nick Swardson. I sent you a pint of my blood. Did you get my blood?
Yes. We will have our Amateur Radio Emergency Services folks working alongside us.
We have a network of HAM Radio Operators in Jefferson County that will be involved at our Emergency Operations Center and at their homes to give us situational awareness of traffic and other issues.
Who is your favorite comedian, or which one inspired you most to do comedy?
It was tempting, especially when we started running out of stale cookies to eat, but thankfully we made it home before anyone lost an arm.
Dom Irrera, and the late Ronnie Shakes!
Getting laughs is what inspired me.
What was the reaction when everyone saw land again? Was there celebration like in the movies or was everyone too exhausted/tired/hungry?
You are a national treasure, Katz. Is there any way we can download/own your old songs?
Hey Nick! Thanks for doing this. You've worked a lot with Adam Sandler over the years. There's a lot of critics who haven't been so kind to his films from the last decade or so. Do you think they're being unfair, or maybe missing out on what he's going for? Also, what do you enjoy about working with him?
no no and no. we'll keep the highway open in BOTH directions all the time.
We were all happy as hell, but scared too. Technically the worst part was over, we'd found land, but we were in a unique situation geographically and mechanically. We had to dock in St. John's NFLD, which has a very very narrow entrance to it's harbour and little to no tugs to assist you. Due to the lack of power, we knew once we got into the harbour and put the engine in neutral to slow down, it was unlikely we would have enough power to re engage the engine again if needed so it was a one shot deal to get it right. A very small tug and the local pilot boat had to help us get into the dock.
Once we were tied up, everyone breathed a big sigh of relief and went down the gangway pretty quickly, There's no way I can describe the feeling of relief when your feet hit solid ground after an ordeal like that.
Oh my god. I've been threatening to put out a CD called "Easy Listening: But Not That Easy." Because my music is truly mediocre, like the kind of a music you'd hear in an elevator. It is in fact elevator music.
Critics attack him. Makes no sense. He truly makes movies that make him laugh and that he knows his fans will like. He's genuine guy. He's a legend. You look at his body of work. Albums, SNL, all the movies. Annoys me when people shit on him. Everyone has an opinion but comedy is subjective. If you don't like him, move on. Critics like to feel like they've accomplished something taking shots at him.
The answer is no. ODOT has worked hard to make sure that roads will be open and that the flow of traffic keeps moving during that week.
Hey nick! Big fan of your tv show Pretend Time. Sad it was cancelled. So, my question would be: What is your daily morning routine? And, am i still creepy?
Where did you come up with the name ApocEclipse – isn't that kind of foreboding?
Depends. I tour a lot. Write every day. Try to work out. Some weeks I'll just get hammered. Depends on my mood and whether I have to fart.
The name is a joke because of the influx of visitors coming here and all of the planning going on. It makes it seem that we anticipate this to be a bad event. In reality, we don't anticipate anything negative from this event except increased travel times and demand for resources like food and fuel. We want to have fun and keep everyone safe!
What kind of boat were you in, a sail boat or a power boat?
Hey, Dr Katz! It's awesome that you're doing this. 2 questions. What's your favorite episode of Dr. Katz Professional Therapist? And, do you squiggle in real life?
Finally, people want to go to Madras.
We were on a 110 foot Guard Vessel, out supporting a larger seismic ship. The ship was actually a US submarine escort that was built back in the 60's before it was bought by our company and re purposed.
My two favorite episodes are "Mask" and "Bully." Bully is the name of a stuffed animal I actually had as a kid that was sewn together by my mom.
No I don't, but I'd like to.
This all depends on what part of Oregon you are viewing from! The coast and valley (Salem) can be cloudy this time of the year. The farther east you go, the less chance of being cloudy. That's why a lot of people have made reservations in Central and Eastern Oregon.
If it's cloudy where you're viewing from, our recommendation is to stay put and still experience the eclipse from that location. It will be hard to jump into a vehicle and get somewhere else.
I saw you at my school years ago. A girl in the back kept screaming "take off your pants." You compared her to a pterodactyl and told her not to have children until she is elderly. Do you remember this?
Also, which side character of yours from an Adam Sandler movie most deserves a spinoff?
I live in Bend, OR and have heard a number of doom and gloom predictions about the aftermath (And even the foremath with hundreds of thousands of visitors streaming in over 4-5 days).
What plans are in place to deal with the almost guaranteed rise in crime in the major areas the eclipse is passing through (Salem, Madras, Ontario), and what will be done with people that get stranded here and homeless?
Haha. Sounds about right. And Billy Madison or Wedding Singer.
To add onto what OEM said, I think most agencies don't foresee a huge uptick in violent crime. There may be more things like trespassing and shoplifting but most people spent quite a bit of money to experience this here and I don't imagine they came here to get arrested!
Also, we have a local chapter of the Red Cross that we have been planning with, so we could potentially utilize their ability to shelter if we did have a lot of people temporarily stranded here for some reason.
Can the Vikings be the first team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium this year? Is Bradford or Bridgewater the future of the Vikings?
Two questions: How do you expect the amount of food and supplies in Eugene will hold up? And, if I'm flying out shortly after the eclipse (few days after), will traffic still be an issue?
Ugh, that's tough. We could be a sleeper this year. It's all O line. And we'll see about Teddy's knee. I like him a lot but that injury was horrendous.
To answer the question about flying; the heavy days for traffic leaving the area is Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd. Traffic may still be an issue on Wednesday but hopefully not as much. I would just recommend using TripCheck to view the cams to look at traffic, leave early, and have patience.
I loved Dr. Katz so much that, prior to the DVD release, I used to drive around listening to bootlegged audio recordings of all of the episodes. I'm so happy to have it back. Whose idea was it to do the new audio version?
No, everyone was surprisingly calm for the most part. Everyone was nervous for sure, especially as we got closer to land due to the lack of visibility, but everyone was very professional. There was many years of experience going to sea between the 8 crew members.
That idea belongs to a guy named Bruce Smith.
Anyone of the crew came in clutch? Like, if those one or two people weren't there, you wouldn't have made it. Or was it a team effort?
Also, I was wondering; is actual therapy anything like it is in the show? Probably not,but one could dream... Didn't know if you had life experience with therapy
It was definitely a team effort. There were only 8 of us; Myself, the chief mate and the Captain did our normal 4 hour watches, the two deckhands took turns manually steering the ship and the two engineers did their best to make sure our engine didn't quit on us. And the cook did his best to try and keep us fed on whatever food he could find that didn't need to be cooked. But having a 65 year old, incredibly experienced captain who was one of the funniest people I've ever met really helped. We were all confident in his experience and abilities and he kept morale high. It was funny watching him steering the ship into port dressed in a Mustang floater suit cause it was November in Canada and he was freezing to death haha
If you were supporting another boat why didn't you just call them and try and get some support. Coast guard tows for free in that situation, also did you not have a satellite phone?
Does the slightly squigglyness of your head cause any neurologic problems?
We did. They relayed our situation to our company and the coast guard before we left. The seismic ship could not leave the site so we had to go back on our own. We had a sat phone but it was not a mobile one and therefore received power from the ship.
Was working strictly in audio any different than previous Dr. Katz work? Also, the joke that you told on Marc Maron's show a few years ago about the guy yelling at Kate Smith at a boxing match is my favorite joke of all time.
was there enough light through the fog to power solar cells if you had them?
How do you justify your existence?
On a scale of 1 to Norovirus diarrhea, how high was Rogan during the podcast?
I'm not really sure to be honest
A role in the web series K&A. A role in Steve Sweeney's movie.
I mostly attribute it to being small and getting picked on as a kid.
Those two and Danny McBride.
Have you ever eaten pizza from the Tin Shed in Shakopee? It's good.
No. But I'll change that.
How much pot do you smoke? What's a funny memory you have from filming grandmas boy? Do you do any charity work? Loved you in grandmas boy- one of my classic go to stoner films. I just learned about your show via this AMA so I'll be sure to check it out!
I actually don't smoke weed. Haven't for maybe 25 years. Everyone thinks I do even though I've said I don't on specials.
I had diarrhea soooooo........ GREAT
That's all I had. No other dream. Truly. When I was a child I wanted to be an architect cause of the movie Three Men and a Baby.
Why do you think Bucky Larson was snubbed by the Emmys?
Robots, man, robots.
Yes of course. I love Adam. People hate on him and it's like "if you don't like him than don't watch his movies" but he's funny and great.
Happy to see you back on CC, man. Will you and Rogan really do a companion podcast soon and watch Laserblast?
Fuck yeah we will.
If you could work with anyone who has passed that you never got a chance to, who would it be?
Charlie Chaplin. Worship him.
Which do you hate more? The Saints, The Packers, or Packer Fans?
great question. Packers the team.