As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials warn that Internet outages could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. Residents are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. FEMA advises: “Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Sports…the weather. Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.”
Gasp! What if the Obots Blackberrys go dead! They will all be so confused!
Himmicane Hurricane Day here in NY and this is your open thread.
The good news is the power probably actually will go out and we won’t be able to see and listen to Barack should he decide to read a speech written by a cardboard-cutout humper to the captive People Of Barackistan. I know that he and Michelle are probably very upset they had to cut their perpetual vacay short and will probably want a Redo. But for now, they are safe with the things that are important to them.The kids, Bo The Dog’s caretaker, lobster, kobe beef, ESPN, Barack’s golf clubs….
Should I disappear, consider that power outage has indeed occurred. If that happens, I will talk to you when I talk to you. Carry on without me. I know you know how to do that. I do have a laptop so I might be able to communicate till I lose battery power. But it’s also possible the internet in my area could be knocked out. So just hang out and don’t worry.
Also, if it’s possible, it would be great if all the members whose areas are affected would check in and let everybody know you are okay. And remember…we survived the savages of 2008, so we can survive anything. To quote…well, to quote ME………..WE WILL ENDURE. IT’S WHAT WE DO. So keep each other going and I promise to keep you posted so long as I can.
“US President Barack Obama warned the US east coast was in for a “long 72 hours”
Gee! Thanks for telling us! We didn’t KNOW that! This information was as useful to us as a screen door in a submarine. And so COMFORTING!
What a storehouse of useful second-hand information and comfort our President is! No need to watch the news any longer. I feel so much safer now knowing he knows there’s a hurricane.
UPDATE: Sunday, 10:44 Am. Very wet. Wind starting up. Water. Lotsa water. Lotsa lotsa water. Could grow rice. Local reports of some flooding near waterways. Trees down. If one of mine comes down (again!), believe me, I will hear it. Power still holding out, at least here. All vehicles are to be off the road. Not that some crackpots won’t be out there, costing us valuable resources to rescue their stupid, useless asses. Never fails. It’s rarely a taxpayer besides. No offense, but paying for stupidity isn’t in the contract.
If I lose power but am still lucky enough to have internets, I will conserve my battery. I do not have a second battery. I will not be answering emails to conserve, but will check in to let you know, if I can. If I lose internet, see ya when I see ya. xo.
Okay, see you later………gurgle…
We do have some basement water, but not measurable. It’s in an area we expected it, an old wine cellar area. Pump won’t be useful, as there isn’t enough water, so we have a dehumidifier working there, and have already emptied it twice. So we are going to hook a hose up to it and drain it directly to our storm trap. Storm trap is holding up, we have a two inch horizontal pipe that blows water accumulation under the house into the trap, which drains out to the storm sewer system. It’s coming pretty fast, so the trap seems to have a steady accumulation of about 4 or 5 inches of water. So we opened up a horizontal drain just below the water and that should reduce the overflow while the other drain works. We have a pretty good system, albeit kind of fugly. But who cares. It’s meant for days like this and beats flooding the floor of your basement. If the accumulation gets too far behind the drainage, we will hook another pump up and blow it outside, if we can. This is one of the things I love about owning a home that was build long before cutting corners was the builder’s mantra. This home will never float away. It’s built like a brick sh!thouse, so to speak. Before stiffing home buyers was in vogue, builders THOUGHT about these things and built helpful accommodations into the design.
I did a head count of the rescues while I was down there and they are accounted for and snug in their room, which is very dry and has AC, so they are fine. We put food and water down there and they aren’t going anywhere, that’s for sure. I did notice a neighbors cat sitting inside the closed pit area of our antique original block BBQ pit that’s been on the land for many decades. He got in thru the opening where the meat would have been placed in there. It’s pretty dry in there I’m sure, but I do think he’s got to be scared, so I’m gonna go out there with my Uggs and get him. He knows me so he’ll be fine with it. Then I am going to call my neighbor and tell them they ought to be shot in the head for letting their cat roam. Honestly, I am almost temped to hang onto him and place him someplace else and let them think he ‘disappeared”. . he’s a really nice cat and it’s not like I haven’t done this to irresponsible assholes before. But for now, I’m going to get him into the rescue room. he’ll be fine there. It’s not too windy out right now, but raining like hell and it’s a swamp out there, so Good On my Uggs
I am hoping I don’t get a call from rescue to hold a cat or two. No room at the inn, although the room is a very good size and completely away from the living quarters of the house. For some wonderful reason, these cats, some of them complete strangers, get along with no problem. They Know. Spaying/Neutering also helps. And they know there will always be food so they have no need for grievance against one another.