Weather Channel, you've not heard about Sandy, a late season hurricane whose eyes appear to be squarely set on our neck of the New England woods. Sandy has been described with equal parts somberness and delirium by the local weather hysterics as the following:
The Perfect Storm!!!!
If my years of living in Florida are any indication, Sandy will be none of these things. Every hurricane I rode out in South Florida was a big old bust. I hope Sandy will prove the same.
However, if she doesn't, thanks to the stunningly patient and mighty fine SML and her wicked organizational skills, we here in the Den are ready for Sandy's arrival. We tested the new generator this morning and it started immediately. I did have to go down to the local Ace to ask one of the extremely harried salespeople where I'm supposed to set the generator up. After he looked at me like I had two heads, I quickly explained I was new to the area and never had need for a generator before. He made it clear that I needed to leave it outside, regardless of the weather, once I had it fired up and going. He started to give me a lecture on the perils of carbon monoxide but I assured him I was aware of said dangers. I've got more oil for the generator as well as several gallons of gas. We're ready there.
I had to stop at the grocery store for one last item for the "hunkering" and that was additional amounts of Diet Coke and Coke Zero. This was critical. How can we be expected to ride out some crazed hurricane without said beverages? Based on the gutting the store was taking, it looks like a lot of people were not ready at all for the impending cataclysm.
I get it. We've heard all the stories from those folks who lived here last year and endured another late season shrewish hurricane (Irene). No power for eleven days. Not good, so the simmering hysteria is merited. It is, however, being fed by a nutty local media. The local NBC station is running a maudlin, gooey sweet commercial of their coverage of last year's storm and reminding all their viewers of how they were there for us last year and that they'll be there for us this year. It is cloying and more than a little ridiculous.
So we'll see what the next few days bring. Like I said, I'm leaning toward my previous experience with hurricanes and that this is going to be a whole lot o'nothing. In the meantime, we in the Den will do as instructed above: Keep Calm and Hunker Down