Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ready, Set, Storm!

New Yorkers are notoriously tough.  We don’t take any crap and we certainly don’t take well to listening to instructions.  In the past twenty-four hours, the major news outlets have been showing NYC smack in the middle of Hurricane Irene’s path.  These are all computers projections, obviously, based on algorithms I could not being to understand. 

You see the problem with these news reports is that the storm could change course at any moment.  Other than one hurricane-turned-tropical storm in 1991, NYC has been spared many many times.  Sure we get some apocalyptic rain and high for NYC winds when there is a storm down south, but New Yorkers don’t do 100 mile per hour winds.  We just don’t.  We (well, some of us) live in high-rise buildings with lots of glass and elevators and all that good stuff.  I’m not interested to see how those two things mix with a hurricane. 

My building just sent out a guide to preparing for the storm, including making sure you have the essentials (flashlight, batteries, food, etc).  They want us to prepare for the worst case scenario.  Right now I can’t begin to do that.  Irene is relaxing down the Bahamas at the moment and I just can’t bring myself to run out and buy batteries just yet. 

So here’s to hoping Irene decided to take a lengthy jaunt in the Atlantic for the next few days.  Doesn’t she know New Yorkers just survived an earthquake.  I mean, come one. 

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