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blustery nights

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

The storm is ticking up a bit here in NYC, but it’s not nearly so bad as what you see on V in my neighborhood. The electricity is still on, and any sirens are distant and far between. I’ve also taken a shower so while the water wasn’t as hot as I’d like I won’t have grimy hair for three days if something goes wrong with that.

All in all: it could be worse. For many people, it is worse. Thanks for everyone concerned about me here and on FB. I appreciate the thoughts; though really, I’m not the one most in need of them right now.

In honor of the weather:

Want to kill more time? FB has the whole blustery day feature up, albeit not of very good quality:

  • Pt I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOF0LDIa6tY</p>
  • Pt II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsQkChqtF_w
  • Pt III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sryhYCEKVTg

I think I’m going to make toast and cocoa, then turn on some jazz and work on my TC piece. Nice atmosphere for it!


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Oct. 30th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you are OK.
Oct. 30th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Stay safe!! The flooding and damages downtown are frightening, I'm glad you are OK.
Oct. 30th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad all's well so far. Hunker down and stay safe, and don't forget to occasionally turn off the music and check the weather for any changes.

Oct. 30th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! The wind seems to really have died down the last few hours, so I'm hoping we're through the worst of it.
Oct. 30th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Okay, good to hear you still have power. I was just reading this report, and then another about the deliberate power outages.

And while, okay, you want to protect equipment from damage, was it a good idea to wait until a few hours before the storm hit to tell customers this? If I were planning to bunker down anywhere in a potential black-out zone, that call would've had me leaving the area... provided mass transit wasn't already shut down. Seriously, Con Ed, was anyone in the planning office thinking about how that announcement should be timed in order to help avoid a scenario in which people may go three wet, cold days with no power?
Oct. 30th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
We're not doing so well on the planning part of this. A lot of the destruction you see in Manhattan is from a construction crane that was left on top of a high-rise they're building, which got knocked off by the storm and fell 40+ stories. Thankfully no one was hurt, but that severed some gas lines which led to a lot of the problems in midtown right now.
Oct. 30th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Heard about the crane - another of those great head-desk moments. A crane? Seriously? The company just left that there where it would be an easy target of high winds because...?

I know it's not necessarily fair to criticize New York specifically for mishandling emergency planning, it's a United States phenomenon to think about money first and how much profit will be lost by shutting down "early," i.e., in time to prevent disasters like this, or how much it will cost to take adequate precautions to preserve infrastructure against exactly this type of violent storm, and to skimp on the emergency budget. Still... a giant crane. Really, New York?
Oct. 30th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
I suspect it's also a question of who pays the cost. It's undoubtedly cheaper to move a crane than to risk it falling and then deal with the damaged crane + damaged everything else. The difference is that the crane is almost definitely covered by insurance and the other damage will probably be paid for by the city or the private owners. On the other hand the cost of moving the crane would be borne entirely by the crane-owners.

This, America, is why we can't have nice things.

I'd like to subscribe it to poor planning. In Boone I would have bought it, or even in Cleveland. But in NY very little is left up to chance. I wouldn't be surprised if someone somewhere had done a cost-benefit analysis and decided it wasn't worth moving.
Oct. 30th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Good point
I wouldn't be surprised if someone somewhere had done a cost-benefit analysis and decided it wasn't worth moving.

... not worth moving to the company that owns it or is renting it, anyway. Good point - it always matters who pays the cost. If the company doesn't have to pay for it, that often ends up being the deciding factor.

This, America, is why we can't have nice things.

Technically: "America" = large monied interests, i.e., capital in all its disturbing, careless, anti-social, private and political ways.
Oct. 30th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Hope things will continue unexciting in your neck of the woods. The reports of the storm surges in lower Manhattan and New Jersey are quite scary enough.

Edited at 2012-10-30 07:15 am (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2012 08:35 am (UTC)
We came through okay. I blogged about it in posts after this one, if you're interested in more detail. But it was quite funny because it was almost like the storm was respecting county lines. (I actually live in the Bronx, which isn't on the island but is on the mainland of North America, right across the harbor.)

We were joking about it on FaceBook. Some people were saying even Mother Nature had it out for the one percent. My joke was that the storm was evidently some kind of experiment, and we were the control group. A friend who lives in upper Manhattan observed that on his dog-walks he's observed three completely different worlds: underwater, dark from complete lack of electricity, and more or less normal - people sitting in coffee shops reading the New Yorker and that kind of thing. It's a bit bizarre. But in my neighborhood it's almost like the storm never happened.
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