Friday, August 26, 2011

Is this Armageddon?

An earthquake and a hurricane on the east coast in the same week?  It's time to freak out.  People are stocking up on canned goods, and it's a damn good thing they are.  You think that box of cereal on the kitchen shelf will survive the storm?  No way.  Hurricane Irene will rip right through that cardboard and there'll be Cheerios everywhere.  Same thing with the eggs in your fridge, they're gonna be splattered all over the place.  But aluminum cans are tough.  After the storm has passed you'll still be able to eat that chicken soup once you pry it loose from the living room wall.

Almost exactly a year ago I was on Martha's Vineyard when an alleged "huge" storm was about to hit.  They made all the local businesses close, and imposed a curfew/no driving rule on the island.  Here's my facebook status from right before the storm:

filling up on gas, canned goods, and bottled water. cause when the storm hits the island all i'm gonna do is drive around staying hydrated while eating beans and tuna
September 2, 2010 at 3:35pm

And you know what happened?  There was a lot of wind and a lot of rain.  But the sun did rise the next day, and all the food in my house was still edible.

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