Skip to main content

Extreme Weekend: Waiting on Irene

After what seemed like a frightening enough experience this week with a ten second earthquake, New York City is set to experience yet another natural disaster this weekend. Rare for the North East, this area is getting its fair share of preparing, experiencing, and enduring the type of wrath mother nature can produce. Next on the agenda is Hurricane Irene.

The upcoming weekend shall be interesting as being from this once natural disaster immune area known as the North East, I, along with others from this area, have very little experience in preparing and surviving hurricanes.

The only experience with hurricane preparation was about ten years ago when New York City was expected to get pounded by a tropical storm. Schools were cancelled and a few offices were closed. However, all we ever received on that Monday morning was some rain, a few rumblings and lightning. Nothing of impact at all.

Irene, however, is something all the more serious, and all the more real.

For years I've witnessed hurricane coverages and alerts from afar and on television as our neighbors to the South boarded up windows, evacuated, and watched in hope as the chance of the storm destroyed whatever it wanted. Visions of Hurricane Katrina, and the damage and destruction done to New Orleans always come to mind.
Lower Manhattan is expected to be flooded up to 4 feet
Today at work, I experienced this frantic and urgent preparation first hand. Gone were the usual casual attire, as I donned shorts and a t-shirt as our entire company worked with city officials from the Mayor and Governor's office moving valuables out of our basement storage area in preparation of mass flooding. For the non DP devotees and those who aren't aware, my offices are right on the West Side highway, a part of the vital "Zone A" area which has been declared an evacuation zone for the weekend.

After leaving work and watching as several surrounding buildings boarded up windows with clever sayings spray painted such as "Go home Irene", the images I once only experienced on television, was now in living color.

The hurricane experience (madness) continued as my tag team partner and I went grocery shopping in order to stock up for the weekend, and of course, prepare for any unfortunate situations.

Pre-Irene Grocery Shopping aka Grocery Battle Royal
In a few words, the grocery store was just as crazy and insane. A total visit of two hours, which included an hour wait on the check out line. Never have I ever seen a grocery store as congested, even on the night before Thanksgiving.

As the coverage continues to be updated as I strike these keys, I'm sure there are more thoughts and ponders that will be posted as Irene makes here way through. 

All in all, whether it be an earthquake, or an impending hurricane, we are forced to take a step back, and put the most important things in life in perspective.

In the past year, especially, New York City has experience a tornado, an earthquake, and now a hurricane.

Personally, I think it's fair to say the good Lord is attempting to send this city and greater area a message.

Extreme Weekend: Me, Myself, and Irene (Through The Night) 
Extreme Weekend: Goodnight (Morning), Irene

Recent Favorites

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Tower Heist (2011)

What is it about?  Building employees, who are victims of a wealthy tenant's Ponzi scheme, conspire and work together to rob what is left of the man's fortune to not only put him in jail, but to get revenge.  Who is in it?  Ben Stiller - Josh Kovaks Eddie Murphy - Slide Casey Affleck - Charlie Matthew Broderick - Mr. Fitzhugh

Quick Ponder: Daily Armor

Imagine, if we can see the dents and scratches, the smashes and chaos,  on the daily armor, each of us put on. Just imagine. 

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Hustle (2022)

What is it about? A long-time scout, Stanley Sugarman, grinds out the life of an NBA scout and the politics of the NBA by taking a chance on a prospect he believes in to change both of their lives.  Who is in it? Adam Sandler - Stanley Sugarman Juancho Hernangomez - Bo Cruz Queen Latifah - Teresa Sugarman Favorite Scene:   Kermit and Bo line up at center court and Kermit begins the trash talk to get inside of Bo's head, eventually taking him off his game.  Favorite Quote:   "I'll say one last inspirational thing to you: they can't kill you if you're already dead." Review:  Hustle sat on "My List" on my Netflix account for quite a long time. Parked on the couch in the middle of the night with a newborn, and jonesing for some hoops, I dove in on what I read (and heard from others) was a "really good film". I'll give away the suspense, I thought Hustle was decent. It felt too cliche and had little depth, but still, a really good film.  The