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Hurricane Irene, 4:06 PM

We have a full house here in Philadelphia, with family who were from coastal New Jersey staying with us, and my brother and my girlfriend as well.

We’ve got a full refrigerator of beer and food, and I have a pork loin cooking on the grill out back. Christina, my girlfriend, spent the day canning tomatoes (this was planned for today anyway, well ahead of the storm). I just cleared my french drain, as well as my downspout, the latter performed with duct tape. I am convinced this repair will not only survive the storm, but indeed will last well into the winter.

I’m pretty sure the creeks under 43rd and 51st Street are going to flood, and the Clark Park bowl will once again become a mill pond (here’s a shot of the old Mill Creek running under 43rd, as it was buried as a sewer, and you can just make out the 51st Street creek here).

My basement will likely see some flooding as it always does -I hate to sound flip, because we have a big storm coming our way- but for now I am going to take another pull at my bowl, crack another beer, and check on the pork loin.

Surge map

If you want to see if you’re at risk of storm surge from Hurricane Irene, you can use this map.

NY-20

I really enjoyed this:

Congressman Chris Gibson says he represents all the citizens of New York’s 20th District. At a Town Hall in Millerton, NY, on August 23, 2011, several of his constituents challenge him effectively on this point. Gibson has voted with the extreme right wing Republicans since he was elected last year. He was among those who held hostage the good credit of the United States, to preserve low tax rates for the very wealthy. He also voted to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from doing anything to limit the greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Gibson signed the Grover Norquist pledge to not raise tax rates on billionaires, no matter how dire our fiscal circumstances. Does he represent you? Call him: 202-225-5614.

Bad weather

Poco:

Weather

Jim Boggia:

Moving

Checked my house on Google hurricane surge maps and we’re looking at potential for three feet of water here. Since I’m not eager to have my car destroyed by flood, I’m heading over to a motel in NJ with my laptop. Catch you later!

Stormy weather

Lena Horne:

Hurricane

Bob Dylan:

Toldja

He really is the world’s biggest asshole:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is insisting that “any potential emergency disaster aid be offset by spending cuts.” Huffington Post reports that “Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring on Friday declined to say where Republicans would look to make cuts to pay for a potential storm aid package.” Speaker John Boehner’s spokesperson “ducked the question altogether when asked if Boehner agreed with Cantor’s call for offsets for emergency aid.” Boehner and Cantor’s position is “a break from a bipartisan tradition” of immediately appropriating funds to help those in need following a natural disaster.

‘Only’ a Cat 1

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