Sunday, August 28, 2011


She's here! Just days after the devastating East Coast earthquake, hurricane Irene has hit the U.S. Of course, I don't mean to make light of a serious situation (as of this writing, 5 people have lost their lives), but it is 11:26 PM and the most we've seen here in southeastern PA is a lot of rain. Yes, it's windy. Yes, the rain is very heavy and dangerous to drive in. But my power is still on and none of my possessions has blown away.

Now, Uncle P isn't stupid. I'm not about to tempt fate and shout a hubristic "Nyah-nyah-nyah!" at Mother Nature. The full force of the storm is still about 3 hours away. And the street on which I live, prone to temporary flooding during heavy rains, is already underwater. The sidewalk and apron in front of my house is completely submerged and the water is lapping steadily higher up my driveway and I live at the high end of the street. The wind has died down a bit, but the rain is falling hard and heavy. I've got water, milk, bread and flashlights with fresh batteries. I have a 1000+ page novel to finish by candlelight, should the power go out. My ancient flip-phone is fully charged (I really should upgrade to a magic phone). I think I'm going to be just fine.

But in case I'm not... My friends and family get first pick among my book, CD and DVD collections. What's left over should go to my local library. My sister is already the beneficiary of my life insurance policy (such as it is). Should any of my screenplays be produced posthumously, the royalties should go to her, as well. Of course, none of this would be necessary if I had a hunky Hawaiian BF to keep safe. Of course, it could be much worse. It could be a Nuclear Hurricane!

Oh, Jack Scalia... when will we ever learn?

More, anon.


Stephen said...

I hope you are still OK... we have not heard from you in hours. Is it like Sadie Thompson?

DeepBlue said...

We have a dreadful tendency to overdramatized everything. Like you, I'm not saying that this is not serious, but I feel the media are really making such a big deal, instilling panic in the mind of people.
The problem is that, once people realize that the media went overboard, they might stop listening to the paranoid propaganda and one day, it will be DEAD SERIOUS, and nobody will listen.

"Never cry wolf" they say?

Prospero said...

Stephen - I'm alive and well, thank you!

Jon - I agree. But I'm sure if the evacuations (especially at the Jersey shore) hadn't happened, there would have been many more lives lost.