Sunday, August 28, 2011

Disconnected

All is well here. The storm really weakened, so no real damage here except the yards are a mess of broken branches and junk.

I still have power but no cable. Hence I am writing this post on my phone. It's annoying to do. I will post tomorrow if the cable is back up.

Have a good night.

7 comments:

Jake said...

Glad to hear all is well. My hometown in NJ got crushed, but the family got lucky as most of the flooding wasn't near them.

Wild storm.

KLo said...

What a relief! I was a little nervous for awhile there, but it all worked out okay :-) Glad everything's well for you, too!

getyourselfconnected said...

Jake, lucky it had weakened so much. Earthquake now hurricane?

Klo, for about an hour there I was a bit scared! Glad you made it ok too.

GawainsGhost said...

I told you this was exactly what was going to happen. Cold water simply cannot sustain a hurricane. It's simple physics.

As the storm traveled along the east coast, it weakened. When it hit North Carolina, the winds were 85 mph. That barely qualifies as a category 1. By the time it hit NY, the winds were 35 mph. That doesn't even qualify as a tropical storm. Strong winds and heavy rain, big deal.

There was some idiot on CNN, wearing a stupid windbreaker, reporting on the "hurricane." He was at Long Beach, talking about the storm surge, standing by a wall. He said, "This is what we use to protect us from the wind." It might have been convincing, if not for the background. There was some guy in a t-shirt goofing around on the beach. A woman waved her arms and walked backwards. Then a bicyclist rode by. Some storm.

I've been through a real hurricane. Category 4, the kind that knock over trees, tears the roof off of buildings, destroys property, and causes massive flooding and power outages that last for a week. This was a joke.

The media response to this storm was pitiful. Oh my God, wind and rain! And the politicians, Christie and Bloomberg, embarrassed themselves. Obama showing up at the weather control center, pretending to take control, looked particularly pathetic.

There was some property damage, mainly due to flooding, and a few lives lost, presumably due to the storm, but no more than one would expect in any major weather event, especially over such a highly populated area.

When Katrina hit New Orleans I was in a hotel in San Antonio, watching the news. The levy broke. Sharks in the water! Shots fired in the Super Dome!! Cannabilism!!!

It was all lies, of course, but it freaked me out. So I went to a Black Sabbath concert. Dark storm clouds overhead, heavy metal, apocalyptic rock, the setting so eerie, it was one of the best concerts I've seen.

Everyone blamed Bush, but actually it was more the failure of the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisana to prepare for disaster response. Not to mention the failure of the Army Corps of Engineers to upgrade the levy.

All of this is ridiculous to me. Hype, hype, and more hype. It's just like lies, lies, and damned statistics. I took one course in meterology in college, and taught meteorolgy in junior high for a few years. But I understand the weather better than any weatherman? Certainly better than any reporter. Give me a break.

getyourselfconnected said...

Gawains we could never handle a big hurricane up here no doubt. I could tell the local news people today were a bit embarassed at how overdone the run up coverage was. Did you finish Creep?

Watchtower said...

Glad your OK GYSC.

GawainsGhost said...

I'm about halfway through the book. I only get to read a few pages a day, but I'll finish it and send you my review. I will tell you this though, my mother enjoyed it, and that says a lot.