Aug 28, 2011

A Mighty Wind? Come on Irene!

I grew up in Tornado Alley in southern Missouri, braving some really horrible storms and wall winds that we all knew were really tornadoes. When my childhood home of Joplin, Missouri, was decimated earlier this year, I felt Mother Nature's wrath echo in my bones. When my parents send me pictures in the winter of sheets of ice and trees turned into beautiful and dangerous pieces of Mother Nature's canvas, I cringe and remember what Nebraska winters were really like. But when news of Hurricane Irene started flowing in, I couldn't make myself concerned or worried.

I don't know. Call me crazy, but having survived wall winds and tornadoes and Nebraska winters, the weather and I just don't pay much attention to each other.

I stayed up late last night watching the news on repeat, not because I wanted to, but because it was the only thing on. Watching Brian Williams uncomfortably banter with the local News 4 crew was, well, uncomfortable. I slept through just about all of the rain and damaging winds this morning, waking up late afternoon in order to find a lot of tree branches and leaves downed, but not much else.

And now, I'm mostly lamenting the fact that nothing -- absolutely nothing -- is open to cure me of my boredom. Ho hum. Ho hum. What to do?

I curse you Hurricane Irene, for your lack of harshness. I would have rather you washed New York into the ocean. At least then we'd all have something to actually write about.

Note: I'm not trying to minimize the loss of life during Hurricane Irene in VA and NC, but let's be honest, the situation in NYC was a little ... unnecessarily intense. 


frum single female said...

yes, i agree with you . i grew up in st.louis and they have hurricane season every pesach . in fact there was a hurricane this pesach that wrecked the airport as well as many homes. this storm was over hyped . except for the fact that they are so un-used to these kinds of storms in nyc , and they were trying to make everyone take it seriously i just thought it a joke.

Anonymous said...

Storm took out a good chunk of Vermont - whole towns under feet of water. Just because NYC lucked out doesn't mean it wasn't a serious storm.

Anonymous said...

LOL. This has got to be the most ridiculous statement ever: "I curse you Hurricane Irene, for your lack of harshness. I would have rather you washed New York into the ocean. At least then we'd all have something to actually write about."

Get a life. Who says something like that? You wish that Hurricane Irene had flooded New York and possibly (probably) killed people, so that you'd have something to write about on your blog? You must have a REALLY interesting and fulfilling life if you need a natural disaster to occur for you to actually have something to write about.

Tamar SB said...

I grew up in a hurricane zone and evacuated several times - so I was actually worried that my childhood homes would be washed away this time. Thank Gd my home town was spared, damaged, but still there. I'm glad there was hibe and everyone prepared. I understand your under-wow-ed-ness (totally just invented that word) esp since where you grew up you really never got warning/time to prepare!

Carie :) said...

I don't think that is fair. Many are calling Irene a non event, but that isn't really the case. And not just for NC, but up and down the east coast. No, the storm wasn't as strong as it could have, but the forecasters in all their prep didn't know the exact path the storm would take. Luckily, it took a less aggressive and less destructive path. But there are still many trees downed in NY, NJ, and CT and all over the east coast. Hundreds of thousands are still without power. People have trees on their homes. Power lines are down and live. Roads in many places are literally washed away leaving people stuck and stranded. Maybe it wasn't as destructive as a tornado, but I am just glad and thankful that I and my family are safe and that the storm while bad in many places, wasn't as bad as it could have been. And had it not been over hyped and people over prepared, it could have been a lot worse. Better safe than sorry.

Chaviva Gordon-Bennett said...

Folks, this post was part snark. A lot of people complained about how uneventful it was, and it got me to thinking about how bloggers hop on all the big events and everyone has to write about big, bad events and when we don't have something to write about, what do we do?

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