Saturday, August 27, 2011

Someone Needs to Give Mother Nature a Midol

"I imagine a lot of people tune in simply to watch reporters get bitch-slapped by Mother Nature, and frankly, who could blame them?"
                                                                                                            -Anderson Cooper

          And that's exactly what I'm doing as I watch these stupid reporters try to stand out in the hurricane, on a beach, as they tell everyone else to stay inside and not do what they're doing...smh.  First Tornadoes in Western Mass, then earthquakes shaking the Eastern seaboard, now a hurricane?  Really? I almost shat my pants when I saw that funnel cloud over Shrewsberry St. on my way to get Cold Stone amidst of all the warnings back in July.  I knew the building was moving the other day but never would I have guessed an earthquake and now evacuations from North Carolina to Massachusetts in preparation for Hurricane Irene.  So now I don't know what to do?  Clearly I was in denial with the first two events but I don't think I can afford to be with this one.  New Haven is only about 85 miles from New York which really means nothing in a 430 mile wide storm (says  AND is doesn't help that I live literally right across the street from a river than runs into the Long Island Sound.

       I guess this is the dilemma the people in Hurricane Katrina faced.  With weather you never know what to believe.  I remember freshman year in college they canceled school on Valentine's Day in advanced because the weather predicted a crazy Nor-Eastern.  Needless to say, we had a dusting of snow later that day, and from then on they never canceled classes in advance.  On the other hand we had classes during the infamous ice storm of 2009 in which people lost power for weeks and mainly all the Tuesday and Thursday blizzards we had this past winter. 

          So should you over prepare and just not care? I guess the logical answer to the that would be to just prepare.  BUT WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN? Should I tape my windows, buy sand bags to prevent my bedroom from flooding, should I go as far north as I could go (maybe visit my family in Maine)?  I hate this kind of weather.  Just give me snow, I know how to deal with that but all this ground moving, winds whipping, rain flooding weather has thrown me for a loop.  I went to Wal-Mart to just get a few things for dinner and lunch this week and pick up some movies to watch while I wait it out (and pray I dont loose power) and practically all the shelves were wiped clean.  By the looks of it you'd think the end is coming today.

          Look at the map, CT is completely in the "extreme" category.  I didn't even know they had "extreme" and "catastrophic" categories on a weather map before, only low medium and high.  This is some bullshit.

         Mother Nature is an unpredictable bitch sometimes, its life.  And lately that has been a lot.  So if my building gets blown away or a freak accident occurs as a result of the storm its been nice knowing ya.  Stay safe and becareful.

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