Saturday Open Thread
August 27, 2011 5:37 AM - dibs
Hurricane or just storm???

489 comments
August 27, 2011 7:34 AM - BoerumHillScott
I predict tropical storm with localized flooding but otherwise minimal damage.
Edited at August 27, 2011 7:34 AM
#1
August 27, 2011 8:44 AM - CGar
This is going to be such a non-event. It's a Category 1 as it's hitting North Carolina. By the time it gets to NYC, it will be scattered showers. And, yet, next time, they'll all still be screaming, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!".
#2
August 27, 2011 8:59 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
was just about to say nothing but a city full of chicken littles. they act like they've never seen wind and rain before. bah. i have beer, water, smokes and pb&j. wees have food and water and litter. no cause for alarm. carry on. nothing to see here.

by the by...why the eff would the mta shut down at noon when the so-called start of armageddon isn't until late tonight? lazy fucks.
Edited at August 27, 2011 8:59 AM
#3
August 27, 2011 9:09 AM - minard lafever
I think this is the Mayor's way of getting a little revenge. "you criticized me for not doing enough during last winter's snowstorm? Alright you little twerps, mandatory evacuation from your highrises and no subways! How do you like that? Don't mess with the Alpha billionaire"
It is so unnecessary to evacuate those hospitals too, really almost an abuse of power. Do they really think that it could possibly turn out as it did in New Orleans, a city that is below sea level and which was hit by a category 4 storm? Nuance is not the Bloomberg Administration's strong point. And I do think a lot of it is a reaction to the last winter's bungled snowstorm cleanup.

Edited at August 27, 2011 9:09 AM
#4
August 27, 2011 9:12 AM - BoerumHillScott
I don't think this can be blamed on Bloomberg alone. He has no power over the MTA, Port Authority, New Jersey Transit, or many other agencies that are going into shut down mode.

This is the collective paranoia and CYA attitude from all the officials in the area.
#5
August 27, 2011 9:18 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
definitely cya. i also thought of blizzard-gate. they don't want another so they've all donned their chicken feathers. idiotic overreaction. paranoia can get ugly.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:18 AM
#6
August 27, 2011 9:26 AM - minard lafever
I blame Bloomberg for a lot. He is the mayor and sets the tone. One thing is to evacuate houses and cottages near the oceanfront and another to issue mandatory evacuations of highrise buildings in Manhattan and Williamsburg. That is jut loony. That is not the Port Authority, that is City Hall.

#7
August 27, 2011 9:26 AM - WonTon
According to the NYT blog the reason they are shutting down so early is that it's gonna take them 8 hours to move all the trains to "safe" places.

And then, of course, it will take them 8 hours or more to move them back. We're not going to have normal subway service until Monday evening I bet.

What pisses me off about this overkill is that it is going to make people cynical about emergency situations. So when a real emergency comes along, people won't take it seriously.

The idiocy of forcing people to evacuate but also cutting off all methods of transport out of the city is beyond words. Also, when you shut down the subways 8 hours before a storm is going to hit, you basically force most businesses and stores to close down, because how are their employees supposed to get home? So there's no place to buy food, supplies, etc.

Fucking idiots.
#8
August 27, 2011 9:28 AM - CGar
Yep. I agree with all of you. It's a gross overreaction to their failure to plow for 3 days after the snow storm. And, because they are shutting down mass transit, virtually everything else is shutting down because there's no way for employees to get in/home. Most places shut down at 11am today so employees can make the last trains and buses, but a lot of places are already closed, e.g., movie theater and Barnes & Noble on Court Street where I just walked.

Snappy, they are shutting down at noon because it takes 8 hours to secure all the trains and buses.
#9
August 27, 2011 9:29 AM - CGar
"What pisses me off about this overkill is that it is going to make people cynical about emergency situations. So when a real emergency comes along, people won't take it seriously."

Yes, I had the same thought, too, WonTon. [He says as he heads out to the garden for the mandatory removal of all patio furniture.]
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:29 AM
#10
August 27, 2011 9:30 AM - minard lafever
excellent points won ton.
#11
August 27, 2011 9:35 AM - BoerumHillScott
Bloomberg certainly has a big role to play in the overreaction, but in this case I think he is just another component of the paranoid group think..

Either way, the whole thing would be silly if it were not so serious.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:35 AM
#12
August 27, 2011 9:42 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
if it takes 8 hours to move all the trains, then they need to rethink how shit gets done. that's flat out ridic. if i owned a bar, i'd stay open...can you imagine all the business you may get! hand over fist baby. hand over fist.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:42 AM
#13
August 27, 2011 9:44 AM - CGar
I understand the run on batteries and candles, but why are all the stores sold out of fleshlights???
#14
August 27, 2011 9:45 AM - CGar
"if i owned a bar, i'd stay open...can you imagine all the business you may get!"

Montero's is staying open. Pepe has life preservers and lanterns.
#15
August 27, 2011 9:46 AM - Arkady
I wonder if Bloomie would've taken such draconian measures if it were happening during the work week.
#16
August 27, 2011 9:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:46 AM
#17
August 27, 2011 9:47 AM - CGar
Something you want to say, Snappy???
#18
August 27, 2011 9:48 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
that pic you posted...gross!
#19
August 27, 2011 9:50 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
and by the by, it can't possibly take 8 hrs to get the buses off the road. if i may borrow a word from *rob*, POPPYCOCK!
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:51 AM
#20
August 27, 2011 9:50 AM - Arkady
First raindrops are speckling the pavement here in N. Slope.
#21
August 27, 2011 9:51 AM - BoerumHillScott
I read that the MTA is getting ready to move all of the trains out of several large yards and will be storing trains on express tracks throughout the system.

They are also staging work trains at various points around the system.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:51 AM
#22
August 27, 2011 9:52 AM - CGar
The one I posted earlier was worse, Snappy. It was so big (so to speak) I deleted it.

But, you were the one who said "hand over fist baby. hand over fist".
#23
August 27, 2011 9:53 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
dirty bird!
#24
August 27, 2011 9:53 AM - BoerumHillScott
Shutting down the bus lines early is pure B.S.

#25
August 27, 2011 9:54 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
exactamundo
#26
August 27, 2011 9:55 AM - minard lafever
This is one of the horrifying consequences of tropical storm winds in Manhattan.
Viewer discretion advised.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:55 AM
#27
August 27, 2011 9:56 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
MY EYES! GAAAAAH! MY RETINAS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED!
#28
August 27, 2011 9:56 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i'll be suing you for my vision loss, minard! way too early in the morning for a pic like that!
#29
August 27, 2011 9:57 AM - CGar
Worse than the Fleshlight collection???
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:57 AM
#30
August 27, 2011 9:57 AM - DeadCatBounce
Minard, that picture us reason enough to declare a state of emergency.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:57 AM
#31
August 27, 2011 9:57 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
yes
#32
August 27, 2011 10:00 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
how 'bout this as a standard...if the winds are high enough to make a jersey girl's hair move, (mousse, hairspray, gel and all), then it's time to run.
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:00 AM
#33
August 27, 2011 10:02 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
lol @ at the arrest records online and criminal records ads. hahah

*rob*

#34
August 27, 2011 10:13 AM - minard lafever
On the bright side, I have not had to read the words "Dominique Strauss Kahn" in almost four days.

Edited at August 27, 2011 10:13 AM
#35
August 27, 2011 10:14 AM - Arkady
Minard - Then you haven't read today's Times.
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:14 AM
#36
August 27, 2011 10:16 AM - minard lafever
Arkady, I have not. Sounds like a good reason to pick up the Daily News later.

#37
August 27, 2011 10:21 AM - ij
Nothing grosses Snappy out more than a mention of hetero sex.
#38
August 27, 2011 10:26 AM - CGar
I just spoke with dave (yes, Arkady, by phone). They are on their way from Bucks to P-Town. He'll check in here when he gets to P-Town.
#39
August 27, 2011 10:29 AM - minard lafever
does dave have a drivers license?

#40
August 27, 2011 10:31 AM - CGar
I hope so Minard, as I've taken rides with him (nh)!
#41
August 27, 2011 10:32 AM - minard lafever
for some reason I didn't think he drove. He doesn't keep a car in the city, which seems inconvenient if one has a country place in PA.

#42
August 27, 2011 10:34 AM - Arkady
Minard - It's a double whammy in the Times: DSK AND Al Sharpton!
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:34 AM
#43
August 27, 2011 10:35 AM - denton
I sure hope you guys are right. But I'm not sure. Did anyone notice they've upped the rain forecast from 5"-10" to 8"-12"?

12" of rain is no joke.

My biggest fear is that my rooftop AC compressors go flying. I've tied them down as best I can.
#44
August 27, 2011 10:36 AM - denton
dibs is a car guy.
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:36 AM
#45
August 27, 2011 10:37 AM - minard lafever
those two should definitely be evacuated.

#46
August 27, 2011 10:39 AM - CGar
Minard, dave has a car in Philly - he goes to Philly first every weekend, and then they drive to Bucks, which is only an hour. And he has classic cars in Bucks.
#47
August 27, 2011 10:42 AM - CGar
For all the CCLs...
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:42 AM
#48
August 27, 2011 10:46 AM - rf
For you, Snappy; Denton too...
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/realestate/communities/the-sweet-smell-of-well-sweets.html
#49
August 27, 2011 10:50 AM - Arkady
denton - Last year's tornado patently went over my roof (tore down trees right in front) but didn't disturb my a/c.
#50
August 27, 2011 10:52 AM - DeLepp
all this panic is costing us a fortune.
#51
August 27, 2011 10:54 AM - BoerumHillScott
I think there will be some decent flooding.
#52
August 27, 2011 10:55 AM - minard lafever
light rain has just started in Brooklyn Heights.
#53
August 27, 2011 10:58 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
pouring in greenwood
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:58 AM
#54
August 27, 2011 11:01 AM - minard lafever
We don't usually get too much flooding in my area. Our runoff heads to DUMBO.

#55
August 27, 2011 11:03 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i need to go on a beer run but i have no idea how much i should purchase. i dont like having too much alcohol in the house for obvious reasons lol, but i dont wanna have nothing in case all the stores are closed!

*rob*

#56
August 27, 2011 11:05 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i feel very unprepared for all of this. tho i still think irene is a conpiracy to up consumer spending. grrr

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 11:05 AM
#57
August 27, 2011 11:12 AM - Deleted
evacuation complete. in the heights with water, whiskey, cigarettes and all apple devices.

people were mulling about on bedford ave like it was any normal saturday.
Edited at August 27, 2011 11:12 AM
#58
August 27, 2011 11:17 AM - CGar
Hurricane DH in the hood!!
Edited at August 27, 2011 11:17 AM
#59
August 27, 2011 11:18 AM - minard lafever
dh, you were evacuated from the wetlands of Williamsburg?
#60
August 27, 2011 11:19 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
people were mulling about on bedford ave like it was any normal saturday.

that's cuz shit like hurricanes dont phase zombies in the least

*rob*

#61
August 27, 2011 11:21 AM - Deleted
yeah minard - i was in flood zone a. apparently living in 100 yr old warehouses 30 ft below sea level is a bad idea in situations like that.
#62
August 27, 2011 11:22 AM - CGar
I kid you not that my garden already flooded. From this??? I battened down the furniture, as ordered, and swept so the drain didn't clog. But it did anyway. So I just removed the drain cover entirely - another moronic design element in this building, as it's not just a cover but an 8-inch thick contraption that is designed to catch dirt and debris, but no way to clean it out.
Edited at August 27, 2011 11:26 AM
#63
August 27, 2011 11:24 AM - Arkady
Someone is operating a chain saw out back! Can't see what's being cut. Incredible scheduling, eh?
#64
August 27, 2011 11:25 AM - Deleted
i must say, the media has done a great job sensationalizing this whole thing.

CNN is the worst - last night they had some guy basically saying everyone in nyc was gonna die.
#65
August 27, 2011 11:25 AM - Arkady
CatGar - Battened
#66
August 27, 2011 11:27 AM - CGar
That's what I wrote, Puma. (How I love the edit feature.) ;-)
#67
August 27, 2011 11:29 AM - Deleted
Hallo arkay. Be safe during tha hurrykane!
#68
August 27, 2011 11:31 AM - minard lafever
This is a good day for the OT. Precious little else to do. As a public service I will keep everyone informed as to the status of the storm surge in the bay. The piers visible from my window are about 6 feet above high tide. If they get swamped, then we know the surge is serious. Anything much over six feet will swamp the subways.


Edited at August 27, 2011 11:31 AM
#69
August 27, 2011 11:32 AM - petebklyn
devastation in Katrina was after the storm and levees didn't hold. It was not the storm going thru that devastated the place. Took couple of days for water to fill the city.
I think those that own a house or building are more worried than those that don't.
#70
August 27, 2011 11:32 AM - minard lafever
I think it is technically accurate to report that everyone in NYC is going to die.

#71
August 27, 2011 11:34 AM - CGar
*rob*, did you fill your bathtub with water yet??? Trust me when I say that you, of all people, will want to be sure to have a bathtub full of water.
#72
August 27, 2011 11:36 AM - petebklyn
what makes all you such experts on how long takes to get public transportation shut down and secured in safest areas? when was the last time any of you have worked on such a project?
Edited at August 27, 2011 11:36 AM
#73
August 27, 2011 11:36 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i am NOT filling my bathtub up with water. ill just poop in a plastic bag if there's no way to flush the toilet.

*rob*

#74
August 27, 2011 11:36 AM - CGar
LMAO, Minard!!
#75
August 27, 2011 11:38 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
im probably gonna have to walk to work on monday. now THAT should be fun. does anyone know the quickest route from park slope to soho via walking!? i dont want to walk over any bridges tho (i get vertigo)

*rob*

#76
August 27, 2011 11:39 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay i just now noticed that picture of the pocket pussies that cgar posted :-/ i scrolled past that picture at least ten times thinking they were cupcakes. wtf is up with the fleshlight on the bottom on the left. eeeks! talk about a toofy blowjob


*rob*

#77
August 27, 2011 11:40 AM - minard lafever
cgar you will have to carry a heavy burden for the rest of your life if Rob takes your advice and is found tomorrow morning drowned in the bathtub.
#78
August 27, 2011 11:41 AM - CGar
That's Dracula's Fleshlight, *rob*.
#79
August 27, 2011 11:42 AM - CGar
Good point, Minard, lmao. You're on a roll today.
#80
August 27, 2011 11:44 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
uh huh

*rob*
#81
August 27, 2011 11:45 AM - petebklyn
if don't want to walk on bridge just swim instead
#82
August 27, 2011 11:45 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
tho im more worried about this

*rob*

#83
August 27, 2011 11:48 AM - minard lafever
leave it to rob to find the most nightmare-inducing images possible.

#84
August 27, 2011 11:56 AM - Donatella
Well, I set out early to buy sand to build my backyard levy. They laughed at me in Home Depot in BedSty. The shelves had been cleaned out of anything remotely useful for this storm. But I found a tarp and 50 pound bags of gravel at a Latino hardware store in Bedsty, that should work for my make shift levy against water getting into my kitchen if the drain gets overwhelmed. Denton is right. 12 inches of rain is no joke. That should be worse than the wind although I know I will lose some of that tree in the backyard. One large bough (over neighbor's yard) is dead. I went food shopping too. People were nice despite the crowds. I think I am ok now. Wonton is right too. This is one giant clusterfuck re mandating evacuation and then shutting down transportation, which means shutting down stores and almost all services.


#85
August 27, 2011 11:57 AM - Arkady
Found the chain saw work - won't help my garden but will give more light to an older woman's veggie patch. It had not been a healthy tree.
#86
August 27, 2011 12:00 PM - rf
Which hardware store, Donatella? I love the one on Franklin and (I think) Lexington. They are open 7 days a week, and they make keys for $1!
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:00 PM
#87
August 27, 2011 12:03 PM - Arkady
A week ago we had 8+ inches in under 12 hours so that's a guide.
#88
August 27, 2011 12:05 PM - etson
Hello from sunny warm Toronto. I was supposed to be in NYC today but wussed out. Turns out I could have got there, but would have trouble getting back.
Hope the storm doesn't cause anyone major problems. I am just going to have to ask the building staff to check on my place once the storm has passed. Seems to be more irritation / inconvenience than danger based on the latest projections.
Best thing (as in most life situations) is to stay in & drink a lot.
#89
August 27, 2011 12:05 PM - petebklyn
with that much rain...maybe should be planting some rice
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:05 PM
#90
August 27, 2011 12:06 PM - minard lafever
Very good points Donatella, I agree.
Are you going to fill sacks with gravel and make a little damn by your door?
If you lay a sheet of plastic beneath and behind the bags that will help divert the water to the sides and keep (most) of it out.

#91
August 27, 2011 12:07 PM - Donatella
Unrelated source of joy.

I have been complaining of Mr. Drug Dealer and his band of elves who sell drugs to school
children and the lost souls already going to the drug clinic on Fulton and Waverly. Daily he
and his band of dealers cluster around the Clinton/Washington C train. I used to
call the precinct on a regular basis to complain that they were openly selling stuff to people
getting on and off the train. Today, I saw said drug dealer getting frisked by three cops who
came out of an unmarked car. I actually had the temerity to honk to get the cops attention as
they were getting ready to pull away. They let the guy go but they went through every pocket
and were grilling the guy. Anyway, the cop comes over to my car and I THANKED him. I told him
that that drug dealer is there every blasted day. He said "I know and we are going to get him".
So not today but he is on their radar screen and if he continues, he will get busted.

Thank you NYPD.
#92
August 27, 2011 12:11 PM - WonTon
My emergency preparation shopping:

1 bunch broccoli rabe
Sheeps milk cheese with truffles
Goat milk cheese with herbs
Moroccan oil cured olives
whole wheat baguette
Ak-mak crackers

Already stocked:
1 litre of Polish vodka, vermouth
beer
2 bottles of prosecco



Edited at August 27, 2011 12:11 PM
#93
August 27, 2011 12:11 PM - CGar
I reconnoitered the bar situation on Atlantic Avenue. So far, only Henry Public is closed for sure today and tomorrow. I'm told - for now - that Montero's will be open, Irene be damned.

A lot of stores and restaurants are already closed for the weekend. And a surprising number have even taped up their windows, and Hibino even put plywood over their windows, something I've never seen before in the City.
#94
August 27, 2011 12:12 PM - rf
Donatella, you do know, don't you, that the possibility that there is one drug dealer is about the same as the possibility of there being but one cockroach when you see one in the silverware drawer, right? That corner had drug dealers when I moved to Grand Ave. in July of 1989.
#95
August 27, 2011 12:13 PM - Donatella
rf, it was on Myrtle, not far from Home Depot, I forget exactly, pretty far east, so just a couple of
blocks west of Nostrand. They were really nice.

Minard, I am going to lay a tarp down, put the bags of gravel on the tarp and against my door, wrapping
the tarp around them so no water gets between the bags and it makes a nice wall against my kitchen door
preventing any drain overflow from coming into my kitchen. With this volume of rain the drain becomes overwhelmed.
The better fix is a French drain, but still with this volume of rain, overflow is an issue.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:13 PM
#96
August 27, 2011 12:13 PM - rf
Not that it isn't a good thing to push that rock up the hill!
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:13 PM
#97
August 27, 2011 12:13 PM - WonTon
The ATT store on 7th av in the Slope put plywood. Silly. The new corporate chain pet store taped windows lackadasically with Xs of cheap duct tape. Optics.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:13 PM
#98
August 27, 2011 12:14 PM - petebklyn
this evening you will have heavy rain....but the heavy rains+high winds is tomorrow morning.
so no reason to stay home tonight.
#99
August 27, 2011 12:15 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
back from the vet. we greenwood heights folks are hearty stock. we are milling about as though this were any other day. irene who? hurri-what?
August 27, 2011 12:16 PM - etson
Do Mr and Mrs Montero live above the bar, CGar?
Can see why they would open if so.
Didn't several of the bars in the French Quarter stay open during Katrina? Seem to remember that.
August 27, 2011 12:16 PM - Donatella
rf, I know, I know. But I think it is important. There are tons of schools around there and that's what the
police are for. It is a great spot for druggies too because of that AND because of the not-quite-cured drug addicts
who go to the clinic on Waverly and Fulton. They annoy the merchants there (the guys at Yafa have to deal with
them and it is NOT easy for them) and it is just wrong. So I am all for keeping the pressure on them.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:16 PM
August 27, 2011 12:19 PM - Donatella
Yeah, Wonton, you sound ready.
August 27, 2011 12:19 PM - CGar
Hey PB! No, their son lives upstairs. They live in Carroll Gardens, as does the Fri & Sat night bartender. And the Sat & Sun day bartender - who I just chatted with outside Floyd - lives in Brooklyn Heights.
August 27, 2011 12:20 PM - Donatella
Snappy, whatchu tawkin about? That IS my hairstyle. It goes nuclear in the summer. Right now its big enough to block
the view in a movie theater.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:20 PM
August 27, 2011 12:22 PM - rf
Snappy did you see the article I posted earlier about Greenwood Heights? Your nabe's weekend in the NY Times real estate section spotlight!
August 27, 2011 12:22 PM - CGar
Bloomberg said to expect Con Ed to pre-emptively cut power in evacuation zones and other low-lying areas. Ugh, I'm 1/2 block from that zone and really don't want to lose power.

The City is also pre-emptively shutting down all elevators in all public housing so residents don't get stranded if the power goes out. WTF? If they're in their apartments, they're going to get stranded. I guess they're concerned about residents getting stuck in the elevators themselves.
August 27, 2011 12:23 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Lol Donat! my hair looks much like that of my avatar...the humidity out there is astounding. had me wheezing on my way home a bit ago. yikes!

rf, yes, i saw that! what ticked me off though is that they focused only on the most southern part. i assure you that it does not smell like sweets in my neck of the woods!
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:23 PM
August 27, 2011 12:24 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
when i next mail something, i'm putting my address as follows

Snappy Snaps
111 Noneyabusiness St.
ChickenLittle, NY 11215

big ole babies!
August 27, 2011 12:24 PM - petebklyn
am going to the gym now....
I will expect blow-by-blow description on OT when storm is happening late tonight tomorrow morning.
August 27, 2011 12:26 PM - CGar
Updated track takes the storm over the Brooklyn-Queens border.
August 27, 2011 12:26 PM - Donatella
Some clown thought it was a good day to put out the pieces of their bookcase on the street to see if
anyone wanted it I guess. It was the nearby condo. Nothing like having flying missles of boards to knock out
a few windows and dent up cars. The President of the condo assn had it removed. Thank you.
August 27, 2011 12:28 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
donat, on 19th st btwn 4th and 5th, some jackass put out a bunch of garbage including mattresses, recycling bag full of glass, wood slabs, etc. if the wind picks it up, i hope it only damages their home/windows. some people just don't think. i don't believe the storm will be all they are claiming, but i wouldn't be dumb/selfish enough to put out trash like that. nincompoops, i tell ya! i live near some nincompoops!
August 27, 2011 12:29 PM - WonTon
The business about shutting down the elevators in public housing is more insanity. It's almost like they want to punish people for living in public housing. Where's the rational judgment, here?
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:29 PM
August 27, 2011 12:31 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
wonton, they are thinking about lawsuits...i can just see some jackass getting stuck in a NYCHA elevator and suing the city. people sue for EVERYTHING these days!
August 27, 2011 12:31 PM - WonTon
Ha! The secretary of my coop board just emailed the building. She's baking brownies and inviting everyone over for drinks at 7.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:31 PM
August 27, 2011 12:32 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
nice! drinking together is the #1 recommended way to pass the time in a storm. at least i recommend it :-)
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:32 PM
August 27, 2011 12:32 PM - CGar
Snappy is right. A lot of the things being implemented are for liability issues, including the mandatory evacuations - "we told you to leave. you didn't. we're not liable."
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:32 PM
August 27, 2011 12:33 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
when can i officially start my 'storm drinking?' is it too early now?
.....
how about now?
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:33 PM
August 27, 2011 12:34 PM - sixyearsandcounting
good afternoon! was at Sycamore last night until 4 am (owwwww my head) - everyone seemed to be taking this approaching rain in stride and the bartenders thought they'd stay open through the storm. no chicken littles here in ditmas park!
August 27, 2011 12:35 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
SIX , ARE YA HUNGOVER? DOES MY SHOUTING BOTHER YA? WANNA HEAR ME SING?

LALA LA LA LA!

:-)
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:35 PM
August 27, 2011 12:35 PM - BoerumHillScott
We went to Walgreens an hour ago and it was surprisingly well stocked, with checkout lines that were not too much worse than usual.
August 27, 2011 12:36 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
never in a million years would i live in a building on a floor that i was reliant on an elevator. im a very ground floor kinda of person which is why i love where i live right now. and also my dog turns into cujo on elevators.


*rob*

August 27, 2011 12:37 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
scott, i'll bet walgreens is orderly because everyone and their gramma is in target fighting over the last few boxes of raisins and totinos pizza rolls!
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:37 PM
August 27, 2011 12:38 PM - rf
I was in the Pathmark just north of the Manhattan Bridge, just west of the FDR Drive last night at about 11:30. It's in the evacuation zone and it was packed full of people, most of whom probably live in the evacuation zone. Since I have plenty of batteries and water at home, I didn't bother to wait on line for an hour to buy canteloupe and blueberries.
August 27, 2011 12:41 PM - rf
Also, I was at my dad's house yesterday, which is less than half a mile from the evacuation zone. He wouldn't let me move the flower pots from the end of his driveway and front walkway. He is a pretty young 88 but with his recently replaced hip, there's no way he could/should be moving flower pots today. Oy!
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:41 PM
August 27, 2011 12:42 PM - sixyearsandcounting
ahhhhhhhh snappy make it stoppppppppp!!! i can hear you all the way from greenwood.
just started pouring here.
August 27, 2011 12:44 PM - BoerumHillScott
My mom actually insisted on going to Target last night.

It was a madhouse and the grocery section was largely wiped out.
I convinced her to turn around and not try to shop there.
August 27, 2011 12:44 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
lol six :-) i'll stop. besides, my cats have taken cover under the bed from my screeching. they tell me i'm no whitney houston.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:44 PM
August 27, 2011 12:45 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
target is a shitstorm on a good day. if you don't get there right when they open, you can forget it. i can't even image the chaos in there the last 24 hours.

i want to go to b&n and get a book, but those wusses probably went home before noon.
August 27, 2011 12:46 PM - Arkady
Snaps - CG said the B&N on Court didn't open today.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:46 PM
August 27, 2011 12:47 PM - Arkady
I wonder if we'll get mail.
Had been dry for half an hour, now downpours.
August 27, 2011 12:47 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i was gonna go the one on 7th.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:47 PM
August 27, 2011 12:48 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Another one for the bureaucratic files - I keep getting calls to volunteer at the evac shelters:

Call #1 - I might get another call that might ask me to work
Call #2 - I might be asked to work
Call #3 - I might be paid to work (still no info on where)
Call #4 - Would I like to work? (without any real info on where or what I'd be paid, I didn't answer)
Call #5 - Would I like to work? (this time I answered yes)
Call #6 (at 8:30 pm last night, when I arrived at Sycamore) - please report to your nearest shelter for a 12-hour shift starting at 10 pm, bring a flashlight, change of clothes, and essential items. Answer yes if you accept this task (since there was no way to say HELL NO, I hung up).
Call #7 - We URGENTLY need workers at the following list of evac centers (and the list included the jr hs right next door to me, which had been dark and empty when I walked past it, and isn't on any list of evac centers on the web)

Still no info on pay, tasks, etc. They say Bloomberg makes the city better-managed? WTF.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:48 PM
August 27, 2011 12:50 PM - rf
6days, did you see this?
http://gothamschools.org/2011/08/26/schools-and-employees-playing-big-role-in-citys-hurricane-plan/
That must be how they got your contact info.
August 27, 2011 12:50 PM - rf
ooops, 6 years!
August 27, 2011 12:51 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
bloomie is trying to kill you, six! he wants you to go out in the storm alone and wash away! RUN! RUN FAST!
August 27, 2011 12:53 PM - BoerumHillScott
The post office across the street was open earlier, but is closed now.
I saw a mail carrier doing his rounds this morning.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:53 PM
August 27, 2011 12:53 PM - Arkady
Snaps - I'd phone B&N first. Then wait for a lull - it's teeming right now. If you go, I'll meet you there.
August 27, 2011 12:54 PM - Arkady
Scott - Is that the one on Atlantic? I think they close at noon on Sat. all the time.
August 27, 2011 12:54 PM - sixyearsandcounting
hahaha i'm staying right here! and rf, those commenters are even more bitter than I am - sheesh!
August 27, 2011 12:54 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
arkady, i gotta make up my mind to get dressed again and go out in this thick air. very hard to breathe out there. i could take a bus, but noooooooo...it allegedly takes 8 hours to get a bus off the streets. lying jackass ninnies!
August 27, 2011 12:55 PM - rf
Scott, that post office normally closes at 1 on Saturday. I guess their employees had to leave early to get home since the trains and buses stopped.
August 27, 2011 12:56 PM - Arkady
Let me know if you decide to go.
August 27, 2011 12:57 PM - rf
Sixyears, Gotham Schools commenters are almost all extremely bitter teachers. But it's a good source of info about what's going on in education, especially in NYC--2 lists of links every day. Plus misc. articles. But you're done with that!
August 27, 2011 12:57 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
wonder if bn will be open tomorrow. it's no hurry on the book. i'm still in the middle of one and have another audiobook lined up and ready to go. i plan to make jewelry, drink beer and listen to a story :-)
August 27, 2011 12:58 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Btw here's some good storm viewing!
http://www.pregnantchicken.com/pregnant-chicken-blog/2010/12/10/awkward-pregnancy-photos.html
August 27, 2011 12:58 PM - Arkady
Back to slight drizzle.
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:58 PM
August 27, 2011 12:59 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
though now wonton has me thinking about prosecco! wine store sells it and they are open right now. hmmmm.....
Edited at August 27, 2011 12:59 PM
August 27, 2011 1:00 PM - Deleted
Aren't volunteers by definition unpaid?
August 27, 2011 1:00 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
guns and watermelons. looks like a great afternoon :-)
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:00 PM
August 27, 2011 1:02 PM - sixyearsandcounting
snappy, i posted the tamest picture on the link!
dh - yes! that's what made it so confusing - one of the calls said "city workers who volunteer will be paid"...but this wasn't mentioned again.
August 27, 2011 1:03 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
omg six! that christmas card one is crazy! who the eff sends an x-mas card like that???!!!
August 27, 2011 1:04 PM - Arkady
Oy! NOAA's doppler radar for our sector is on the blink.
August 27, 2011 1:04 PM - CGar
Snappy, EVERYTHING is closed tomorrow. Places are staggering closing times today, with many closing between 11am - 12pm so their employees could get home by mass transit. A lot of places didn't bother opening at all.
August 27, 2011 1:05 PM - Arkady
Wow! Dry & sun peeking through.
August 27, 2011 1:05 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Six, the further down i scroll on that site the farther my lip goes towards the floor!!!! yikes!!!
August 27, 2011 1:06 PM - sixyearsandcounting
snappy, my favorite is the artistic/gymnastics one down toward the bottom (right above the beach ball)
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:06 PM
August 27, 2011 1:07 PM - sixyearsandcounting
yeah some of those are only appropriate for The Booth. Where's *rob*? I'd love to see his comments on those pics!
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:07 PM
August 27, 2011 1:07 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
my fave is where they are both nude and the capition is "i'm gonna go with a solid no on this one." ha!
August 27, 2011 1:08 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
the tire one was a real wtf moment!
August 27, 2011 1:12 PM - minard lafever
Cutting off power to homes in the evacuation zones is downright sadistic. A real "up yours" from the mayor.
August 27, 2011 1:14 PM - WonTon
I was thinking the same thing Minard. In his secret heart of hearts, I am sure Bloomberg sees public housing tenants as not really part of New York. His vision of our city is as an upscale Disneyland for the elite.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:14 PM
August 27, 2011 1:16 PM - minard lafever
If he had hounds to release in the evacuation zones, he would order them released.
August 27, 2011 1:22 PM - Donatella
eeewww....sixyears..... one is worse than the other.
August 27, 2011 1:22 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i hear he's already been on the phone trying to find some hounds to borrow.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:22 PM
August 27, 2011 1:23 PM - CGar
I see that thousands of people have packed up and are evacuating Battery Park City. You'd be hard-pressed to get me out of my house or apartment, even in a high rise . . . unless, like DH, the building cut off all utilities.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:23 PM
August 27, 2011 1:24 PM - Donatella
This is the downside of going to that conferfence. I did shopping today, just moved all the crap in the backyard so it won't fly around and now lugging my 50 pound bags out of the trunk. I look like a lunatic, my hairdo collapsed and my eyeglasses have spots of mud on them.
August 27, 2011 1:24 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
what's the diff between losing power via storm or just having it switched off? not enough reason to make me leave. craziness. the place they go may lose power. how could they be sure. hype. pure hype.
August 27, 2011 1:26 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
donat, start a new trend. call it hurricane chic. if enough of us rock the style with pride, it could hit the runways in milan next year. we'll start a coup!
August 27, 2011 1:26 PM - rf
I guess if the wind rips the siding off the buildings, then it will have been a good call!
August 27, 2011 1:28 PM - WonTon
Why, in god's name, are they switching off the power!!!!???

Here's something i just wrote about this situation on another site I write at, a political site. Many of you might disagree with some of this, but I'll repost it anyway:

Think about it: people are being forced into evacuation, yet the entire public transport system was shut down at least 8 hours before the storm arrives! Counter-intuitive, or what?

I don't think that what's going on has anything to do with my safety. I see it as "Natural Disaster Theater", very akin to "Security Theater." Fear is one of the tools that the powers that be use to distract us from the very real and present threats to our well being--like the unpunished theft of trillions of our dollars. Natural disasters are opportunities to manipulate and ratchet up the fear/control of the masses. And that's what were seeing now. Not a hurricane: a fear opportunity.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:28 PM
August 27, 2011 1:28 PM - rf
My brother lives in St. Croix. He was in a condo inland, up a hill. Hurricane Hugo scooped chunks of the building like a giant shovel.
August 27, 2011 1:29 PM - minard lafever
You have reached the mayor's office. He would like you to know he doesn't care what you think, he doesn't have to, he's a billionaire.

Edited at August 27, 2011 1:29 PM
August 27, 2011 1:29 PM - Deleted
It's beer o'clock.
August 27, 2011 1:29 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
wonton!!! i was just thinking about how the powers that be love to keep us living in a culture of fear. terrorism, bedbugs, hurricanes, earthquakes, icrime waves, etc. this shit has gotten far beyond ridiculous. when did nyc become a populous of pussies????
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:29 PM
August 27, 2011 1:30 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
one ringy dingy, two ringy dingy :-)
August 27, 2011 1:31 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
::cracking open a bud light::

thanks dh! i was wondering when i could start! and now i shall :-)
August 27, 2011 1:33 PM - CGar
Minard, I love Ernestine!
August 27, 2011 1:33 PM - Bedstuymaven
Snappy I am with you. I have the essentials, wine, water, smokes and cat food.
August 27, 2011 1:34 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
hey bsm! we should've planned a cat ladies hurricane party!
August 27, 2011 1:34 PM - WonTon
Latest from NY Times:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that mass transit was “unlikely to be back” in service on Monday and electricity in Lower Manhattan could remain out.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:34 PM
August 27, 2011 1:35 PM - Arkady
I guess that means you're not going to B&N, right?
August 27, 2011 1:35 PM - WonTon
Lily Tomlin, always a welcome sight!
August 27, 2011 1:37 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
arkady, no. gonna just stick with the books i have.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:37 PM
August 27, 2011 1:38 PM - minard lafever
Cgar, everyone loves Ernestine!!

August 27, 2011 1:38 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
well, guess i don't have to go to work on monday then.
August 27, 2011 1:40 PM - WonTon
I was talking to a friend this morning about how differently storm situations are handled in Hong Kong, which gets several typhoons going through every year (the word "typhoon" is, in fact, a transliteration from Cantonese. Hong Kong is a bunch of islands and a peninsula, surrounded by ocean everywhere. These guys know their storms.)

In Hong Kong, there's an independent meterological observatory that has cut-in-stone standards and practices for every storm. They have a signal system in place--Signal 1 means a storm is within 400 km, Signal 3 means it's within 100, etc. When they hoist Signal 8, the protocol is that everyone must stop work, the transport stops within 3 hours, and everyone goes home.

It all works like clockwork and has for more than 50 years. And everyone follows the rules because they know it is an INDEPENDENT, SCIENTIFIC decision made by meterologists. Not a political one made by egoistic billionaires who want to run for President.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:40 PM
August 27, 2011 1:40 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
my friends just refused to leave battery park area. were interviewed by the times!
August 27, 2011 1:40 PM - Donatella
Hurricane Chic. Yes ma'am. I am getting the hang of this levy thing. The first bag of
gravel I dropped onto the dolly and the force of the bag caused the dolly handle to pitch forward
slamming me in the chest. I think I am ok now (are the hospitals open?). Good thing I really
don't have a rifle. I can imagine myself reacting to the report.
August 27, 2011 1:42 PM - DeLepp
three stooges on ifc
August 27, 2011 1:43 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it's been beer oclock for hours over here. i think im gonna do laundry. i hope no one is doing laundry. i have to go out and get detergent tho.

quote:
when did nyc become a populous of pussies????

around the time that brownstoner.com started

*rob*

August 27, 2011 1:44 PM - gemini10
HELLS YEAH!
you guys are here posting!
Ok - does anyone know what restaurants will stay open tonight and tomorrow in Park Slope
I will go back and start reading your posts
miss you guys
August 27, 2011 1:45 PM - Bedstuymaven
Everyone in NY is going to die because we legalized gay marriage. This is Gog's wrath.
August 27, 2011 1:46 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
hey gem!
August 27, 2011 1:46 PM - minard lafever
Mr. Burns, aka Mike Bloomberg, as president!! OMG!
Moamar Khadaafi would more or less have the same chance of being elected.


August 27, 2011 1:47 PM - minard lafever
don't mess with gog!

August 27, 2011 1:47 PM - gemini10
P.S. - I gots my bottle of Moscato!!!!!
August 27, 2011 1:48 PM - gemini10
Hey Snaps!
How are you? I am thrilled you got a job! How long you been working?
August 27, 2011 1:48 PM - BoerumHillScott
I just walked out and did a bit of shopping.
Most of the stores that are usually open on Saturday still appear to be open.
On the way back, my mail was being delivered.

The reason to shut power in an area you expect to get flooded is to keep underwater equipment from shorting out and messing up the rest of the power system.
I'm pretty sure that decision was made by Con-Ed, not the mayor.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:48 PM
August 27, 2011 1:48 PM - Bedstuymaven
Rob - you have to walk over a bridge. Their is no pedestrian walkway in the Battery Tunnel
August 27, 2011 1:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
hey gem! i know aunt suzies and al la la was open as of a short while ago. others seemed open as well. you probably wont have too hard of a time finding something open


*rob*

August 27, 2011 1:49 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
gem, been working for about 2 months now. yay!
August 27, 2011 1:49 PM - BoerumHillScott
Rob, if the trains are not running, just walk though the F tunnel.
August 27, 2011 1:51 PM - gemini10
Rob - I am NO fan of al lalalala b/c it's way to fancy pants. Personally I like La Villa for old school Italian food, but they are $$
We have food but am curious what will stay open. How are you?
August 27, 2011 1:52 PM - gemini10
Here's a pic of the baby at 4 months old!
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:52 PM
August 27, 2011 1:53 PM - rf
Gem! How's the babyboy enjoying the weekend?
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:53 PM
August 27, 2011 1:53 PM - rf
Oh! So cute!
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:53 PM
August 27, 2011 1:54 PM - minard lafever
Mr Boerum Hill Scott? This is the Mayor's office. Your check is in the mail and.... your building's juice will not be cut.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:54 PM
August 27, 2011 1:54 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
hahahaha cute baby. that baby is gonna be mad tall. got longer arms than me!

*rob*

August 27, 2011 1:55 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
cute kid!!!
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:55 PM
August 27, 2011 1:55 PM - minard lafever
cute baby!
congrats!


August 27, 2011 1:55 PM - gemini10
Hey RF!
He's good -we are a bit bored b/c I didn't bring him out today and obviously won't tomorrow so am a bit stir crazy, but it's fine - he's napping now. How are you and your daughteR?
Snaps - congrats on the job! What a relief!!
August 27, 2011 1:56 PM - rf
AUGUST 27, 2011, 12:41 PM
No Plans to Cut Power in Lower Manhattan, Con Edison Says

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Officials at Consolidated Edison said on Saturday they had no current plans for a pre-emptive shutdown of electrical power in parts of Manhattan. But the utility said its most vulnerable substations on the island, most of which are by the waterline in the financial district, would be monitored for any severe flooding conditions.

rest of article here:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/no-plans-to-cut-power-in-lower-manhattan-con-edison-says
August 27, 2011 1:56 PM - gemini10
Rob! - you are very astute, the kid is MAD long/tall - not terribly chunky but reallly long, everyone comments on it - kinda crazy
Thanks Guys!
August 27, 2011 1:56 PM - Bedstuymaven
Snappy - next time we will know better. My local bodega had a run on Newport Lights. My I also here there is a run a weed. I say a neighbor desperately searching for some.
August 27, 2011 1:57 PM - BoerumHillScott
I don't love Bloomberg, but I don't hate him either.

I also don't overestimate his power. He is mayor, not god.

Assuming he is guilty of hating the little people and doing this to spite them, so is every mayor, county supervisor, transit department head, and power company head up and down the coast.
August 27, 2011 1:58 PM - gemini10
Question:
How Effective is taping your windows? I have seen a few of my neighbors with taped windows and I personally don't think it would do much to stop high winds from shattering your window, right?

August 27, 2011 1:58 PM - CGar
Hey G10! Baby is very cute! Where you been? You don't call, you don't write.
August 27, 2011 1:58 PM - BoerumHillScott
Gem10, go take a walk now if you can.

It's kind of nice right now, at least where I am.

p.s.
Welcome back, glad you found us here.
Edited at August 27, 2011 1:58 PM
August 27, 2011 1:58 PM - Bedstuymaven
Snappy congrats on the job.
August 27, 2011 2:00 PM - Bedstuymaven
The window will still shatter with tape. Taping holds the pieces together so there is less mess.
August 27, 2011 2:00 PM - gemini10
Thanks so much Guys!
My job is completely nuts during the day I literally have NO time for myself and I have no downtime to even check out a website or two. The minute I get home, I am all about the boy, so I don't have a lot of free time to check out the Brownstoner folks - am thrilled I found you all though!!
Edited at August 27, 2011 2:00 PM
August 27, 2011 2:01 PM - minard lafever
gemini, according to the NYTimes, taping your windows is useless.

Edited at August 27, 2011 2:01 PM
August 27, 2011 2:01 PM - gemini10
Snaps - do you think Roots is open?
Edited at August 27, 2011 2:01 PM
August 27, 2011 2:01 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
thanks!
August 27, 2011 2:01 PM - CGar
They're concerned about the storm surge in Lower Manhattan/the Financial District and salt water trashing Con Ed's equipment.
Edited at August 27, 2011 2:01 PM
August 27, 2011 2:01 PM - Bedstuymaven
Hi Gem. I was just asking Mopar on Thursday if anyone had heard from you.
Edited at August 27, 2011 2:01 PM
August 27, 2011 2:01 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
they were open about an hour ago gem.
August 27, 2011 2:03 PM - minard lafever
Mr Scott? The Mayor is not pleased with that "he is not God" comment.
Your building is back on the blackout list.

Edited at August 27, 2011 2:03 PM
August 27, 2011 2:03 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
rofl minard!
August 27, 2011 2:04 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
gem, i was just outside, pretty much every restaurant is open except for one that has tape on the windows


*rob*

August 27, 2011 2:06 PM - gemini10
Ha! - I had a feeling that taping your windows was useless and leaves horrible sticky marks

Edited at August 27, 2011 2:06 PM
August 27, 2011 2:10 PM - WonTon
Either ConEd or the city just walked back on the pre-emptive power cut thing. An hour or so ago they were saying they were going to do it.


Edited at August 27, 2011 2:10 PM
August 27, 2011 2:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
taping your windows will help if a giant gusts hits it, it lessens a gazillion shards of glass coming at to only just a million. you can use blue painters tape instead of masking tape if you dont want residue


*rob*

August 27, 2011 2:18 PM - Bedstuymaven
In Jamaica they always shut down power - most of the power lines are above ground.
August 27, 2011 2:18 PM - minard lafever
"ConEd or the city just walked back on the pre-emptive power cut thing. "

-Don't think you've won this one my pretty. I am Mayor almighty and I have other tricks up my sleeve.


August 27, 2011 2:26 PM - Bedstuymaven
I got mail today - about 2 hours earlier than usual. I was a Con Ed bill.
August 27, 2011 2:27 PM - Donatella
I would be a total disaster as a construction worker, I tell you. The levy is finished.
Two of the bags of rocks broke - a little - but I successfully propped up three of them
against a plastic tarp which circles my door opening. It is not what I imagined at all,
but it should help. I need a drink. I am going to make a cranberry/vodka concoction.
A little one. After I move all the small flower pots into my little entrance way behind
the grated door. Man, I need strength training again. I used to be way stronger than
this.
August 27, 2011 2:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh my laundry room is PAKCED with tons of wet piles of clothes all over waiting for an open drying machine. what a bunch of losers!

*rob*

August 27, 2011 2:28 PM - CGar
Just reconnoitered on Atlantic Avenue again. More closures. More places closing earlier than planned. And more plywood and tape! What is this Miami?
August 27, 2011 2:29 PM - rf
Here's a Hurricane Hugo shot of St. Croix in 1989. New condo construction.
http://photo.accuweather.com/photogallery/size/88706/Hurricane+Hugo+Damage+1989
August 27, 2011 2:30 PM - Donatella
why are they losers, *rob*? They are doing the same thing as you!!!

Thanks for your response to my love questions in your column. I like the way you
share little tidbits of your own experiences. Particularly the anecdote about the
surprise in the popcorn box! Your own box of cracker jacks!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAaaaaaaaaa.....hahahaha.....

*rob* I love you, you are a scream.
Edited at August 27, 2011 2:30 PM
August 27, 2011 2:31 PM - Donatella
oh and your baby is a doll, gem.

And I forgot to comment on the Donald's hurricane do.
Terrifying.
August 27, 2011 2:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i think im gonna take duke to the park

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 2:40 PM
August 27, 2011 2:41 PM - minard lafever
Donatella, congrats on completing the engineering opus. Hope it works for you. Keep us posted.
The hurricane seems to be losing strength and coming undone. I do think we are in for a lot a lot of rain though.

August 27, 2011 2:43 PM - Donatella
Thank you Minard. [taking bow]. I am now wearing dry clothes and sipping a cranberry and vodka.
Bring it on.
August 27, 2011 2:46 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i just ordered pizza. i'm ready for battle!
Edited at August 27, 2011 2:46 PM
August 27, 2011 2:55 PM - minard lafever
the office of the mayor is releasing a statement that the subway system may or may not be operational for a week or two but that the bicycle lanes are in place dammit and people better use them or else.

Edited at August 27, 2011 2:55 PM
August 27, 2011 3:01 PM - rf
Just called my 88-yr-old dad who lives a few blocks from the flood zone in eastern Nassau County who wouldn't let me move in the flower pots yesterday. Not going anywhere thankyouverymuch, don't worry, they are fine, he says.
August 27, 2011 3:05 PM - WonTon
Hey Minard, you'll like this one:

"Bloomberg says No to Rikers island evacuation"

http://solitarywatch.com/2011/08/26/locked-up-and-left-behind-new-yorks-prisoners-and-hurricane-irene/

Rikers Island is Zone A, built mostly on vulnerable landfill. But those prisoners ain't goin nowhere.
August 27, 2011 3:06 PM - rf
"As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials have warned that Internet outages could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. Residents are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. FEMA has advised: "Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together."
August 27, 2011 3:09 PM - WonTon
Ha, rf, is that from the Onion?
Edited at August 27, 2011 3:09 PM
August 27, 2011 3:09 PM - Donatella
Good things about Mayor Bloomberg.
1) 311
2) Good salesman to the financial sector
3) Low key, low confrontational leadership

Bad things about Mayor Bloomberg
1) Nanny state smoking bans in parks and beaches and promotion of nanny state taxes
2) Promotion of bike culture
3) Poor emergency weather management

Not necessarily in that order
August 27, 2011 3:32 PM - rf
Wonton, it's from a friend's Facebook page. She got it from another friend, so who knows?
August 27, 2011 3:32 PM - rf
Worst thing about Bloomberg: schools, and the hypocrisy and opacity surrounding educational policy in the city.
August 27, 2011 3:35 PM - Donatella
rf, I am not as focused on this as you since you have a kid, but what a shame, since this is something that he has always
seemed to really care about. He is talking right now by the way.
Edited at August 27, 2011 3:35 PM
August 27, 2011 3:37 PM - rf
Why, oh why does he insist on speaking Spanish with competent Spanish speakers right next to him???
August 27, 2011 3:39 PM - rf
I got a robocall from Cablevision telling me that if my cable/internet service goes out, they monitor it electronically and I should not call to tell them.
August 27, 2011 3:41 PM - Donatella
His spanish is abysmal.
August 27, 2011 4:00 PM - CGar
Most tracks are now showing the storm heading directly for the City, maybe a bit to the east. If it tilts to the west, that's where they're worried about flooding in Lower Manhattan.
August 27, 2011 4:07 PM - Arkady
Waste baskets along 7th Av. have been either removed or turned upside down so idiots are piling rubbish on top of upturned baskets - debris that would fly in an ordinary breeze, never mind bottles launched by high-velocity winds.
But if anyone needs anything, Key has fully stocked shelves & not too many patrons.
August 27, 2011 4:07 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Someone in the apartment building across from me hung their sheets out to dry a few days ago and still hasn't taken them down. I think they will fail in their mission.
August 27, 2011 4:08 PM - minard lafever
it is unusual to have such a direct hit from a big system like this. I recommend not listening to TV coverage they seem to be intent on scaring people. I wish it would just be over with already.

August 27, 2011 4:14 PM - Bedstuymaven
I have not watched the news since last night. I checked the weather this morning on-line and that's it for now. I watch again before going to be tonight.
August 27, 2011 4:15 PM - rf
Bloomberg's announcements and press conference should be on the nyc.gov website soon.
August 27, 2011 4:15 PM - minard lafever
I wonder when Dave will reach Ptown? I don't think that there would be that much traffic today heading towards ocean resorts.
In fact, he may the only one doing so.

August 27, 2011 4:22 PM - gemini10
So I tried that new sandwich shop "Zito's" yesterday. I got the chicken parm, it was VERY good, however next time I will order it with more sauce. Hubs got a Turkey/Salami sandwich - he liked it but is a loyal City Sub fan and said while his sandwich was good it wasn't worth $10!!!!
August 27, 2011 4:24 PM - CGar
"I wonder when Dave will reach Ptown?"

I don't think he was expecting to be there much before 4:30-5. I'll check in with him in a bit to make sure they arrived safely.
August 27, 2011 4:25 PM - CGar
Gem! Avatar, please!!
August 27, 2011 4:27 PM - gemini10
Oh ok lemme find one that's fun Cgar!!!
August 27, 2011 4:27 PM - minard lafever
I found a new avatar for Scott.
Wadya think?
Edited at August 27, 2011 4:27 PM
August 27, 2011 4:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
just got back from the park. i love park slope, i love brooklyn, i love nyc, but honestly if every single person just evaporated into thin air id be one happy camper. i am seriously not a fan of the kinds of people up there in the bouchoiez hill section of park slope.

*rob*
August 27, 2011 4:34 PM - CGar
It's perfect, Minard!
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August 27, 2011 4:34 PM - Bedstuymaven
I am going to spend the rest of the day watching natural disaster movies.
Edited at August 27, 2011 4:34 PM
August 27, 2011 4:35 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
corner garbage cans disappeared in my nabe yesterday. jackasses are just littering. wonderful. everything around me is still open for business. i feel like we are getting a buildup for a whole lotta nothin. i wish this stupid thing would come and go already. i'm gonna take a nap. maybe by the time i wake up there will be something to see.
August 27, 2011 4:36 PM - CGar
"i love park slope, i love brooklyn, i love nyc"

*hurricane rob*
August 27, 2011 4:37 PM - rf
Mayor said the sanitation dept. moved the trash cans alongside buildings and turned them upside down, as a precaution.
Edited at August 27, 2011 4:37 PM
August 27, 2011 4:37 PM - gemini10
Do you guys think places will be open tomorrow at all, even if the storm passes through us by noon?

Edited at August 27, 2011 4:37 PM
August 27, 2011 4:37 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
that bloomberg picture is seriously beyond scary. oh the garbage cans are overturned? i didnt notice that but i noticed all the newsstands were turned on their side.

now im really bored, which is ridiculous cuz i wouldnt be bored if there was no storm coming. i feel trapped even tho if the subway was operational id likely not be using it. now i dont know what to do with myself!


*rob*

August 27, 2011 4:37 PM - CGar
dave just called. He's on the Cape and about 1/2 hour from his house. He said they hit some pretty bad patches of rain.
August 27, 2011 4:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
gem: so many places around here have signs up saying they are closing early and are closed on sunday. im pretty sure the REAL bodegas will be open (they'll just sleep there overnight) and will accomodate their customers needs. moonface establishments, are all gonna be closed.

*rob*

August 27, 2011 4:43 PM - minard lafever
I think nothing will be open tomorrow and very few places will open on Monday before noon. If you need something, resort to the time tested NYC technique of mooching from neighbors.

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August 27, 2011 4:45 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
If you need something, resort to the time tested NYC technique of mooching from neighbors.

meh. i dont think im in any dire need of stinky breast milk and organic furina.

*rob*

August 27, 2011 4:46 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
my roommate put together like 50 thousand bags of ice hahahaha

*rob*

August 27, 2011 4:48 PM - minard lafever
bhi called from Zurich. says his flight to JFK was canceled so he will be flying to Cleveland and riding his Pashley back from there.

August 27, 2011 4:48 PM - cobblehiller
I knew you losers would be here.
August 27, 2011 4:48 PM - minard lafever
Cobble!!!
August 27, 2011 4:50 PM - gemini10
HAAAA - awesome
I think I need to change my thinking...I keep thinking like this is a blizzard which is actually sorta fun to be out in but a hurricane...not so much - I will keep my ass in the house tomorrow then!
August 27, 2011 4:51 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
hey cobble, i was just going to ask about you earlier. wtf have you been?

*rob*

August 27, 2011 4:52 PM - cobblehiller
Minard. : ) Did you think I had floated away? ; )

Glad to hear Dave's almost at the house, but now I'm worried about how they'll fare up there!
August 27, 2011 4:54 PM - minard lafever
Cobble, you are so needed here today to exert a little discipline. Posters are drifting in and out. We demand full attention on the OT!!
Edited at August 27, 2011 4:54 PM
August 27, 2011 4:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
the thing i like about natural disasters is that it brings out the niceness in people. not up near that park tho, they were their typical snooty selves, but in general.. quite nice. remember those lovely few days after 9/11? the blackout of 2003? people just seemed nicer and more approachable and the walls everyone erects around themselves seem to not be there. this is the best time to walk up to someone you find attractive and ask them out on a date, there's a huge chance they will say yes. there's probably a whole bunch of people fucking right now as well. gross

*rob*

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August 27, 2011 4:56 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
but now I'm worried about how they'll fare up there!

im not. the motherfucka has like 8 houses :-/

*rob*

August 27, 2011 4:58 PM - BoerumHillScott
The street garbage cans on my block are still out.

Growing up, the days after hurricanes sucked because it was always 95+ degrees, and we never had electricity.
August 27, 2011 5:00 PM - cobblehiller
"Posters are drifting in and out. We demand full attention on the OT!!"

Under these circumstances, the Emergency PLUSA Handbook rules are in force. Ordinary PLUSA Manual Rules & Guidelines have been suspended, Minard. : P

Do you have enough booze in the house? (I just need to know where to go if I run out... : P)
August 27, 2011 5:00 PM - minard lafever
Scott, I selected a colorful new avatar for you. You don't need to thank me.
you do like it -right?

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August 27, 2011 5:01 PM - rf
The mayor said that in some neighborhoods, "good samaritans" put them back on the corners.
August 27, 2011 5:01 PM - rf
I really hope the power doesn't go out. Now *that* would be boring!
August 27, 2011 5:02 PM - minard lafever
cobble, yes, plenty.
just knock and when the man opens the little window in the door say "Louie sent me"

August 27, 2011 5:02 PM - cobblehiller
I hope I don't run out of wine. THAT would be boring! ; )
August 27, 2011 5:08 PM - WonTon
Cobble!! Missed you at the gathering the other night. Your name was on the cake, but you did not jump out of it. Very disappointing.
August 27, 2011 5:11 PM - gemini10
Agree Rob - people are usually very nice during these sorts of times. I know I am!!!
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August 27, 2011 5:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i dont want the power to go out either. im charging my nintendo DS even tho i sold all the games, but i still have the web browser cart for it so i guess i can still use it if my netbook's battery dies. i rarely smoke weed, ever.. but ugh i wish i had a little this weekend!

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 5:12 PM
August 27, 2011 5:14 PM - cobblehiller
I am sorry about not being there, and that you guys got the cake for me and Snaps. But real life is bearing down, and I've had to batten down my own hatches here.
August 27, 2011 5:18 PM - rf
Sorry to read that, Cobble. Hope you know that we are rooting for you!
August 27, 2011 5:19 PM - WonTon
Absolutely, Cobble!
August 27, 2011 5:19 PM - rf
Will my Cobblesnaps water bottle full of glitter explode in the car due to low barometric pressure? Uh-oh!
August 27, 2011 5:21 PM - cobblehiller
"Will my Cobblesnaps water bottle full of glitter explode in the car due to low barometric pressure? Uh-oh!"

CobbleSnaps denies any knowledge of exploding water bottles full of glitter. I mean seriously, who would hand those out? : P
August 27, 2011 5:22 PM - cobblehiller
Thanks, rf. : )
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August 27, 2011 5:31 PM - minard lafever
I was just comforting a friend in a Manhattan highrise who is afraid her windows will blow out. She is on a very high floor. I told her to turn off the TV and that windows in modern highrises are designed to sustain very high wind forces. Its hard being all by yourself today I think.
August 27, 2011 5:32 PM - rf
I guess it's time to start drinking.
August 27, 2011 5:34 PM - cobblehiller
I'm a little afraid of the windows being blown out, but we're only on the 3rd story.
August 27, 2011 5:34 PM - cobblehiller
Oh good, then I won't be, technically, drinking alone! (zipping off to kitchen to pour a glass of wine!)
August 27, 2011 5:35 PM - rf
My neighbors across the street on the first floor taped their windows.
August 27, 2011 5:37 PM - cobblehiller
I thought about taping the windows, but then I thought it was an over-reaction. Mother Nature will no doubt make a fool of me in the morning.
August 27, 2011 5:40 PM - minard lafever
it is true that if the wind is blowing at 60 mph down at the ground. it is probably 100 mph on the 40th floor, but windows are designed to take that sort of wind load. For us in little old lo-rise Brooklyn, the wind from this storm will be no problem. The water will be intense though. Here in Brooklyn Heights all our excess water runs into DUMBO, which we view as our natural drainage area. The northern gulch as the old timers call it. If we are flooded, DUMBO will be under thirty feet of water.

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August 27, 2011 5:40 PM - WonTon
I figure that if my windows didn't blow out during the scary tornado that passed RIGHT OVER PARK SLOPE last August, they are certainly not going to blow out from a Cat 1 hurricane.
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August 27, 2011 5:41 PM - rf
Cheers, cobble!
Edited at August 27, 2011 5:41 PM
August 27, 2011 5:42 PM - cobblehiller
A neighbor and I were joking about how the "trench" may spare us from being flooded here in CH! (My block is not in any flood zone, thank goodness.)
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August 27, 2011 5:43 PM - cobblehiller
Cheers, rf! (I really ought to have bought one more bottle...hope the liquor stores are open on Monday!)
August 27, 2011 5:45 PM - minard lafever
Cobble, I loved Oceans 8. what a weird and great place. You walk into the tiny storefront that looks like a little soda pop stand and then descend into this huge space. Very cool. We all missed you of course.

August 27, 2011 5:48 PM - cobblehiller
I'm sorry I missed you, too, Minard. Yes, isn't that place great? I had promised to play ping pong with Snaps. Have to make that up to her. We thought it would be fun to have games to play while drinking. And it wasn't too out of the way. What was weird?
August 27, 2011 5:53 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
modern highrises are designed to sustain very high wind forces.

uh, not really. not the ghetto million dollar apartments in brooklyn anyway.

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 5:53 PM
August 27, 2011 5:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
anyone up for an i survived Irene '11 meetup this week sometime? if youre all still alive that is. also i need to ask for advice about some stuff off the internet.

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 5:55 PM
August 27, 2011 6:01 PM - cobblehiller
wonton, I'm guessing you're right. i'm just not looking forward to the noise of the high winds and worrying about a really old oak tree in the backyard. Hoping it's still solid enough to withstand this.
August 27, 2011 6:02 PM - gemini10
I would be scared $hitless if I lived in a highrise with all glass windows

August 27, 2011 6:04 PM - cobblehiller
Hi Gem! How are you, hubby and baby?!
August 27, 2011 6:04 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Just took a walk outside. Traffic proceeding, just slightly lighter than normal but it's also shabbos...so I'd say the hurricane is having about zero impact so far.
August 27, 2011 6:05 PM - BoerumHillScott
I'll need an "I survived my parents' visit" drinkfest. My mom just decided we needed to do more grocery shopping, so we walked to Pathmark and were turned away at the door because they are closing up.
August 27, 2011 6:06 PM - cobblehiller
Hi 6 years...where are you?
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August 27, 2011 6:06 PM - BoerumHillScott
Traffic at 4th/Atlantic/Flatbush seemed much lighter than a typical Saturday afternoon.
August 27, 2011 6:08 PM - sixyearsandcounting
hi cobble! kensington/ditmas park area

rob, your theory about people being nicer in a disaster is so true. i was at sycamore last night and have never seen so many people making out in that bar!
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:08 PM
August 27, 2011 6:10 PM - Arkady
We won't be getting high winds until near midnight.
August 27, 2011 6:14 PM - More4Less
I worry about windows not holding up. Good thing is I found a nice spot to park car earlier today. This is the one time where all them big beautiful trees is a hazard
August 27, 2011 6:14 PM - WonTon
I'm worried about the trees too. We lost so many in the tornado last year.
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August 27, 2011 6:15 PM - More4Less
My freezer is full of ice
August 27, 2011 6:17 PM - rf
Cobble, look at Gem's baby--she posted a picture on the first Saturday OT page. Beautiful boy, so happy!
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:17 PM
August 27, 2011 6:17 PM - sixyearsandcounting
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/specials/110826_irene_winds/ - wind speed predictor here
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:17 PM
August 27, 2011 6:18 PM - cobblehiller
"We won't be getting high winds until near midnight."

G*d willing, I'll be sound asleep by then.
August 27, 2011 6:18 PM - etson
Having a drink as well, out of solidarity of course....
High rise buildings can creak pretty loudly as they sway in the wind - was very noticeable when I lived in them and we never had a storm as big as this. A good thing really but the noise would probably be disconcerting.
Wouldn't windows higher up be less likely to smash b/c of lower pressure higher up and probably less debris?? (don't know, just asking)
August 27, 2011 6:20 PM - cobblehiller
Thanks, rf, I'll skim.
August 27, 2011 6:21 PM - denton
I saw that RF. Rather strange article that really doesn't capture the nabe.
August 27, 2011 6:23 PM - minard lafever

cheers! A perfect evening for some lovely amber liquid from the Highlands!
so is this bag of wind ever going to get here?

Edited at August 27, 2011 6:23 PM
August 27, 2011 6:23 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im a tad manic right now

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 6:23 PM
August 27, 2011 6:26 PM - minard lafever
Rob, have a beer.

August 27, 2011 6:31 PM - etson
"A perfect evening for some lovely amber liquid from the Highlands!"

Am drinking Canadian beer (rather too fast as usual) if that counts.
Not a big whiskey / dark spirits drinker, except in emergencies..
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:31 PM
August 27, 2011 6:32 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: always good to have some hard liquor on hand. even my in-law here is having some johnny walker swing. I had to tell her to pace herself as we'll need to drink more later to sleep thru the mega loud winds
August 27, 2011 6:34 PM - minard lafever
Here's a hurricane tip: take some zip-lock baggies and fill them three-quarters full of water and put them in your freezer. If the power goes out, the frozen baggies will help keep things cold longer and they are also extra water if you should need it.
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:34 PM
August 27, 2011 6:34 PM - More4Less
etson, I'll likely be switching to desert wine as wife and in-laws prefer that than the strong stuff
August 27, 2011 6:35 PM - etson
You all have a good excuse not to work on Monday. I'd forget about sleeping and just get more shitfaced.
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:35 PM
August 27, 2011 6:36 PM - More4Less
Minard, would you kick down cvs doors to get to their stocked shelves if the power outtage last a few days?
August 27, 2011 6:37 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i just got off the phone with my grandmother. she kinda sorta found a boyfriend in her new apartment complex or something. she went off on me that she thinks im sad. im like im NOT sad, and she's like you ARE (im not btw) and blah blah blah. i white knuckle myself thru converations with her on the phone. very difficult for me. i might just camp out on the roof tonight.


*rob*

August 27, 2011 6:38 PM - More4Less
etson, they saying exchanges are to open as usual on Mon. hope you'll be trading against some shitfaced folks on the other side.
August 27, 2011 6:39 PM - DeadCatBounce
The Richard Meir building should get all its windows blown out!
August 27, 2011 6:39 PM - CGar
Exchanges aren't opening if (a) there's no power in the Financial District and (2) people can't get to work because mass transit still won't be working on Monday. Brownie Whore.
August 27, 2011 6:40 PM - More4Less
rob, do you have a tent capable of camping out on roof or the plan was to get blown away?
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August 27, 2011 6:41 PM - petebklyn
what bag of wind are you waiting for? dibs?
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:41 PM
August 27, 2011 6:42 PM - etson
Hah, m4l. More long-term focused than that normally, but who knows..
Was your CVS comment about getting hands on some interesting prescription drugs??!
August 27, 2011 6:42 PM - petebklyn
maybe u should follow your gramma's example and find a boyfriend in your bldg.
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:42 PM
August 27, 2011 6:42 PM - More4Less
CGar, emergency power and they have alternate hosting site - if they choose to. that's what TV was saying about the exchanges - open as usual. btw, snacking on your brownies from the freezer
August 27, 2011 6:42 PM - minard lafever
Minard, would you kick down cvs doors to get to their stocked shelves if the power outtage lasts

no, I am surrounded by neighbors with stocked kitchens who are in the Berkshires or Upstate. I have all their keys.

August 27, 2011 6:43 PM - minard lafever
pete, yes.

August 27, 2011 6:44 PM - petebklyn
drinking canadian beer in canada is ordering domestic. that's what cheapskates do. or did you start spelling it canadien ?
August 27, 2011 6:44 PM - etson
Masters-of-the-universe in NYC would just get cabs or walk.
Most that live in suburbs are probably set up to trade @ home.
August 27, 2011 6:45 PM - petebklyn
is not day after xmas so why would exchanges be open. Not like anyone getting some stupid sweater as present today.
August 27, 2011 6:45 PM - etson
Never claimed not to be a cheapskate. Plus beer's more $$ up here (like everything) anyway.
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:45 PM
August 27, 2011 6:45 PM - More4Less
CGar, did you manage to stock up on some food since your naysaying stance from yesterday?
August 27, 2011 6:45 PM - rf
But how would the servants get to work? Who would deliver or serve lunch, or clean the bathrooms even?
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:45 PM
August 27, 2011 6:46 PM - petebklyn
they keep moving center of storm track closer and closer to brooklyn. but seems like lowered rain total.
August 27, 2011 6:47 PM - minard lafever
Nobody is working on Monday.


August 27, 2011 6:47 PM - petebklyn
more $$ because of supply and demand. and they demand a lot up there?
August 27, 2011 6:47 PM - More4Less
etson, when pete calls you a cheapskate, he's probably right as he is big expert on cheapskate.

Pete, where R U?
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:47 PM
August 27, 2011 6:49 PM - denton
Hardly anyone is this nabe is doing shit. Very annoying. Neighbor on one side still has his umbrella up. On the other side, a full swimming pool. A coupla people on the block tying up garbage cans, that's it.

I have all my outdoor furniture tied together even tho it is mostly heavy teak. All the light planters are stashed behind heavy stuff. My AC compressors are tied down. Moved main car to a block with no trees (I see most of my neighbors have done that at least). Sports car in back with cover tied six different ways. Sump pump is tested, shopvac ready, brooms and squeegees out. Plus I brought another portable pump from work (of course if electric goes out I am screwed).

We went to the greenmarket in GAP this AM... many vendors not there, including our fave fish vendor (dumbass, he's probably protecting his boat!). But we'll be eating corn, tomatoes, and roasted potatoes in a little bit. Plenty of wine in the cellar.

We go to Costco once every coupla months, but I went THurs AM figuring there would be a panic if we went Saturday as usual. Place was empty Thurs AM.

Yesterday realized I could use some more rope, so stopped by Tarzian. They had a guy at the door specifically telling everyone they had no flashlights, batteries, pumps, etc. But they still had some rope.


August 27, 2011 6:49 PM - More4Less
rf, they have executive personal chefs on call who cooks right in front of them - 100% organic fresh stuff
August 27, 2011 6:49 PM - petebklyn
am still trying to fathom why nyc would lose power? most areas are buried cables.
Up here it is almost a given we will lose power. happens all the time. even tho storm will be less severe.
August 27, 2011 6:51 PM - denton
What happens if those high tension towers fall down upstate?
August 27, 2011 6:51 PM - rf
m4l, the executive chefs live in? Wash their own dishes and set the tables?
August 27, 2011 6:51 PM - etson
More $$ because a lot of the economy is controlled by a very small # of firms (e.g. 5 big banks with like 90% share).
In the case of beer in Ontario, controlled by the govt & one other tightly regulated firm.

"Who would deliver or serve lunch"
Survival of the fittest, the weakest one would be lunch.
August 27, 2011 6:52 PM - minard lafever
I was once invited to a lunch meeting at the Banca Italiana on Hanover Square. OMG. Well, imagine, Italian bankers. It was one of the most unbelievable lunches I ever had.

August 27, 2011 6:52 PM - More4Less
rf, they stash those chefs in the tiny executive kitchen - along with the prep table, the cutlery, etc.
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August 27, 2011 6:53 PM - rf
ok, m4l, if you think so...
August 27, 2011 6:54 PM - CGar
Perfect night to go out for drinks. Fortunately, there are 6 bars open within 2 blocks of me on Atlantic. So many bars, so little time.
August 27, 2011 6:54 PM - More4Less
pete, power outage would only happen if the transformers in the grid get flooded and short out
August 27, 2011 6:55 PM - More4Less
rf, the masseur is in there too. some also have the mistress in there
August 27, 2011 6:55 PM - BoerumHillScott
Enough rain and flooding will put the underground electric equipment under water.

That's what happened during tropical storm Allison when I lived in Houston in 2001.
A number of highrises were shut down for weeks or more because water came into the basements faster than it could be pumped out, and the electric systems ended up underwater.
One woman drowned in an elevator stuck in an underground parking garage.
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:55 PM
August 27, 2011 6:57 PM - More4Less
no ft greene FLEA today so that's a plus
Edited at August 27, 2011 6:57 PM
August 27, 2011 6:58 PM - minard lafever
my sister called from DC, the damn thing is not even there yet.

August 27, 2011 6:59 PM - etson
Planning on heading out for a couple of (more) drinks later as well, CGar. Waiting to talk to my parents, who are at a birthday party tonight.
Will virtually cheers with you instead of doing it in real life, as we probably would have done if not for the f'ing storm.
August 27, 2011 6:59 PM - minard lafever
Scott, did you use to work in TV News?
August 27, 2011 7:00 PM - petebklyn
dibs is going to ptown not DC.
August 27, 2011 7:01 PM - petebklyn
no high tension upstate ...very stress free.
August 27, 2011 7:02 PM - petebklyn
you need to get your parents permission before you go out to drink?
August 27, 2011 7:02 PM - minard lafever
pete's on a roll!

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August 27, 2011 7:03 PM - etson
They usually tell me to drink more often.
Edited at August 27, 2011 7:03 PM
August 27, 2011 7:04 PM - petebklyn
pete's on a roll? some new sandwich?
August 27, 2011 7:04 PM - petebklyn
rain just started here again.
Edited at August 27, 2011 7:04 PM
August 27, 2011 7:06 PM - BoerumHillScott
I have lived the majority of my life in places that get hit by hurricanes, and I have been though quite a few.
August 27, 2011 7:07 PM - gemini10
CH - Hellooooooooo! We are goood! how are you?

Denton - We have every flower pot/chair/and entire BBQ that WAS on our terrace sitting inside my son's room. We don't mess around. I am happy though that the Building that has been doing construction for months across the street took the time to secure the tarp over the huge dumpster and put a couple of bricks on the top........
August 27, 2011 7:07 PM - minard lafever
This just in from the Mayor's Office. In addition to cutting off power to all homes in the evacuation zone, a new death ray device will be used to vaporize disobedient citizens who defy the great one's wishes.

Edited at August 27, 2011 7:07 PM
August 27, 2011 7:09 PM - gemini10
Do we really think we won't have to go to work on Monday?
August 27, 2011 7:10 PM - petebklyn
school directly across from me in bklyn has scaffolding on entire front. and netting, etc. I wonder if the poor security guard for the construction has to stand in that little shack thing all night during the storm.
Edited at August 27, 2011 7:10 PM
August 27, 2011 7:10 PM - Donatella
Denton, I hear you. I was wondering when the guy two buildings down was going to do something about two huge
planks of wood that he had propped against the front of his building. There are plenty of bikes out, garbage cans. Today was supposed to be a block party. The original block association has become so messed up, they reserved the street but
never told anybody. Never told me anyway. Well, it looks like some people knew because THEY ARE SITTING OUTSIDE UNDER A TENT COOKING. Too much.

I am really tired from lugging that gravel to my backyard to build the levy, securing everything in the backyard, moving flower pots to hallway, securing garbage cans, shopping, laundry blah blah blah. I am moving the car in a little while if a certain
spot is still there. No tenants around. The building is empty. Feels wierd.
August 27, 2011 7:10 PM - petebklyn
I am definitely not going to work on monday!!
August 27, 2011 7:11 PM - BoerumHillScott
I guess many companies will cancel work on Monday, but some will insist people come in.

I seriously doubt the MTA will run anything close to a normal rush hour service Monday morning.
August 27, 2011 7:14 PM - etson
I remember after NYC got the remnants of Floyd in 1999 a lot of subway lines were closed b/c flooded but buses were running as normal the morning after.
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August 27, 2011 7:14 PM - petebklyn
who goes to services during rush hour? don't you do that on sunday's?
and should not be up to gov't agency to sponsor religion anyway
August 27, 2011 7:14 PM - minard lafever
minard laver 6:47 PM: "nobody is going to work on Monday"

hear me now believe me later.

August 27, 2011 7:15 PM - Donatella
I guess we have to see what kind of rainfall we get. I am guessing that the rain will be the main issue. If the subways become flooded, that's a big deal. I am trying -- but not too hard -- to see what/where the storm is, how much rain. Nothing much happening right now.

I feel sort of nervous.
August 27, 2011 7:15 PM - petebklyn
okay...I'm gonna have some cheese and crackers and wine and watch movie.
If I lose power tonight up here (likely) won't be able to see if you all are still alive tomorrow
August 27, 2011 7:16 PM - More4Less
most of the TV stations are saying that if the flooding of the subway network pans out as expected, subways out till early afternoon
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August 27, 2011 7:16 PM - gemini10
Hahaha Pete!!!!
Rob - please don't camp out on your roof
Dona-Hellooooooo and M4L -Hellooooooo
August 27, 2011 7:18 PM - petebklyn
check accuweather.com --- they are saying only 6.66 inches in forecast....
of course that is devil number isn't it? so maybe you are all doomed.

(rain heavy but steady -- not like a cloudburst thunderstorm....so I don't think much rain flooding..just the suckers who live too close to water will get tidal surges)
August 27, 2011 7:18 PM - More4Less
pete, how will you tenants be able to reach you if their drains are stuck again???
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August 27, 2011 7:18 PM - minard lafever
donatella, I really don't think there is anything to be worried about. We will have a bad storm with a lot of rain. we have had so many this year. It will all be over in less than 24 hours.
PS: You are so right about Bloomberg. I have known Dachshunds who speak better Spanish.

August 27, 2011 7:20 PM - More4Less
g10, loving life with the wee one so far? my mini-me is sitting next to me watching his youtube videos - completely oblvious to what's going on
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August 27, 2011 7:22 PM - More4Less
with all this shit, am so far loving fact I got priced out of a fancy old townhouse - besides, am a lazy bumpkin who is more suited for bldg living anyways.
August 27, 2011 7:28 PM - Donatella
Well, Minard we had that driving 8 inches of rain two weeks ago and I had damage. The roof has been repaired so
hopefully there will be no leaks or drama. But thanks.

Hiya Gem....... Hi M4L. Scott, you should get the family guy of the year award.

August 27, 2011 7:29 PM - Donatella
Haha, M4L, I thought the same thing about the flea.
August 27, 2011 7:30 PM - Donatella
M4L, for real. Owning a building is really demanding with stuff like this.
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August 27, 2011 7:38 PM - sixyearsandcounting
rain really coming down now!
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August 27, 2011 7:40 PM - petebklyn
damn, the dvd isn't working....watched the previews then start movie--- and then it stops....
If weren't raining I'd go out and pick one up at redbox.
Candy withHeath Ledger was the movie we were supposed to see.
August 27, 2011 7:41 PM - BoerumHillScott
Hearing some nice thunder now.
August 27, 2011 7:48 PM - petebklyn
lesbi has become an addict. to some silly game on one of those gadget things.(tablet or iSheepbookBook or something I might as well be here by myself.
August 27, 2011 7:49 PM - More4Less
Pete, will your back up porn stuff work?
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August 27, 2011 7:50 PM - More4Less
pete, I hear the HP touchpad 3G version is now for sale for $150. it's a sweet deal if you can find one.
August 27, 2011 7:53 PM - petebklyn
no porn on dvd.
What kinda speed for internet toyou need to stream netflix onto tv?
August 27, 2011 7:54 PM - petebklyn
I could run out to bestbuy and get one of those things that start with an M and stream but he doesn;t think ourinternet speed up here is fast enuf
August 27, 2011 7:55 PM - petebklyn
weather.com showing biggest winds tomorrow 8am in nyc. under 50 -- but I guess that means sustained not gusts.
August 27, 2011 7:56 PM - More4Less
pete, am guess you need at least 10Meg
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August 27, 2011 7:57 PM - gemini10
Aww M4l = cute!!!
hard rains now in south slope/Greenwood - no winds though
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August 27, 2011 7:58 PM - rf
Starting to rain much harder.
August 27, 2011 7:58 PM - rf
Starting to rain much harder.
Edited at August 27, 2011 7:58 PM
August 27, 2011 7:59 PM - BoerumHillScott
Internet streaming can work with a consistent 1 megabit connection, but you really want 4-5 to handle ups and downs.
10 megabits is good if you have 2 people streaming over the same connection while also web browsing.
August 27, 2011 8:00 PM - BoerumHillScott
My son is busy filling up water containers in case the power goes out and out building looses water.
I don't think it's a big threat, but it makes both him and my mom feel better.
August 27, 2011 8:00 PM - petebklyn
maybe just find a movie on tv.. that would be novel.
August 27, 2011 8:03 PM - bfar
hi everybody. very sad I missed the party! waaaay too much stuff going on all of a sudden.

I think this whole thing is hype... but it did at least make me clean my 'office', put my backup HDs in the big badass pelican case where they probably should have been all along, and gave me an excuse to buy a few camping knicknacks I've been wanting to get for ages (esbit stove, water purifying doohickey) but couldn't figure out a way to justify.

I figure the power will go out some time tonight as I'm trying to get my class prep finalized, but since the university is closed on monday (!) while they presumably cart the piles of bodies from the streets, it isn't as bad as it could be... I had the same exact problem last semester, where a big storm knocked out power while I was trying to get ready to teach.

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August 27, 2011 8:04 PM - bfar
(oh, and it closed governor's island, which is super annoying, since it means no access to my studio. bah.)
Edited at August 27, 2011 8:04 PM
August 27, 2011 8:04 PM - bfar
scott, doesn't that only happen if your building is really tall?
August 27, 2011 8:07 PM - More4Less
hope my guy at the crown pad closed the windows else those repairs are on his dime
August 27, 2011 8:08 PM - gemini10
So by filling up your tub with water...what does one expect to do with said water???????????
August 27, 2011 8:10 PM - Arkady
Water will flow to its own level - i.e. the altitude of the reservoir it comes from. I'm pretty sure it should flow to at least 10 stories high.
August 27, 2011 8:11 PM - etson
Spoke to parents, now cooking dinner. Am allowed to go out, but if I get back after 12 am grounded for 2 wks.
August 27, 2011 8:11 PM - Donatella
According to Accuweather we are getting less than 6 inches of rain. The rainstorm a few weeks ago was
8 inches.
Edited at August 27, 2011 8:11 PM
August 27, 2011 8:13 PM - etson
I lived on 16th floor in the 2003 blackout. Wish I'd known about electric pumps and filled my bathtub when I had chance. Had a gross, hot, unwashed day and a half.
Edited at August 27, 2011 8:13 PM
August 27, 2011 8:14 PM - BoerumHillScott
I don't know if my building needs a water pump or not.
My 2 minutes of internet research came up with the guideline that buildings over 6 stories high need pumps, and mine is 8.

gem10, you use water from a filled bathtub to flush the toilet.
August 27, 2011 8:17 PM - gemini10
BHS -what??? why wouldn't I be able to flush the toilet normally?
August 27, 2011 8:20 PM - petebklyn
bldg would need one....but if you are not on top floors - -you should still get water.
August 27, 2011 8:23 PM - minard lafever
in brooklyn. street pressure can get water up to the fifth or maybe sixth floor max depending on location. Most larger five and six story buildings have two alternating water pumps used to increase and equalize water pressure throughout the building. Without the pumps, the water pressure in upper floors would be diminished.
The water in the tub can be used for flushing your toilet in the case your water supply is cut off.
August 27, 2011 8:32 PM - BoerumHillScott
In most taller buildings, there is one water system for the entire building that goes from the top down.

If the building uses a pump and the power goes out (and the tank is emptied if one exists), no one on any floor gets water.

I had the displeasure of being in buildings in Houston with no power (9 stores and 30 stories), and can speak from experience that bathrooms on the first floor did not flush.

Once again, I have no idea what system my building uses if any, and I do not expect that we will loose power long enough for me to care about it.
If my mom were not here, I would have done nothing, since we have a dozen or two water bottles left over from a party a few months ago.
August 27, 2011 8:32 PM - denton
Actually, that is the worse way to do it. The better way, and the way that it is done in even large office buildings, is to have one of those big round cedar tanks on or near the roof. The pumps are turned on to fill the tank. When the tank is full (as determined by a high water cut-off switch) the pumps cut off, and simple gravity allows the water to drop into the apartments as needed. When the tank drops, another low water switch activates the pumps to refill it. Simple.
August 27, 2011 8:34 PM - rf
Notification issued 8/27/2011 at 8:25 PM. The National Weather Service has
issued a Tornado Watch for the New York City area. A Tornado Watch indicates
that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. A tornado has not yet
developed or been reported. For more info: http://www.weather.gov/nyc

August 27, 2011 8:39 PM - Donatella
The rainfall estimate just jumped 2 inches to 8.39. ugh... I have to unplug from the storm news.
August 27, 2011 8:41 PM - bfar
denton- I think that's what was happening in the houston building scott mentioned; it pumped to the top and the entire bldg was served from that tank (though probably not cedar). therefore when the tank ran out (as he said) then no water for anybody.
August 27, 2011 8:41 PM - minard lafever
different buildings have different systems. Most large pre-war buildings in NYC have the "Chicago loop" system which supplies hot water from the top floor down and cold water from the basement up. The hot water loop is what gives you almost instant hot water when you turn on the tap, even in winter. The water is pumped into a pressurized tank or series of bladder tanks where the water pressure is maximized and the water will come out of a sixth floor tap with good pressure even if people in lower floors have their taps on too. In my building we have three so-called bladder tanks that we use to equalize and create good water pressure as well as two alternating pumps. They alternate pumping waters for one hour on one hour off so they don't burn out. it is a 6-story building.


August 27, 2011 8:41 PM - BoerumHillScott
You can't trust any rainfall estimate from a hurricane/tropical storm that does not include a large range.
There can be big differences in places a few miles apart depending on how the bands move through.
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August 27, 2011 8:42 PM - bfar
well, at least it isn't 8.4 ;)
August 27, 2011 8:48 PM - sixyearsandcounting
good find, rf! now we are permitted to panic about something else nature-related!
August 27, 2011 8:58 PM - BoerumHillScott
Boston announced they are shutting down their transit system tomorrow.
Talk about totally stupid over paranoia.
Edited at August 27, 2011 8:58 PM
August 27, 2011 9:02 PM - bfar
Like boston has a transit system.

August 27, 2011 9:11 PM - CGar
Biff and I are on an Atlantic Avenue pub crawl.

Thank God for extra BB batteries!
August 27, 2011 9:18 PM - bfar
cgar, very jealous over here. drinking rose and washing some kids. Not nearly as much fun.
Edited at August 27, 2011 9:18 PM
August 27, 2011 9:20 PM - Deleted
atlantic ave - riff raff i tell ya.


August 27, 2011 9:21 PM - More4Less
CGar, if you spot any single ladies roaming, tell them it's not safe to be out and not safe to be along in a time like this and that the best solution is to follow you home.
August 27, 2011 9:23 PM - More4Less
conditions outside look very misleading - ie super calm, quiet
August 27, 2011 9:51 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i napped for a long time. now i'm awake and bored. for once, a nap was a bad idea.

::sigh::
August 27, 2011 9:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
you use water from a filled bathtub to flush the toilet.

GUH-ROSS!!!!


Edited at August 27, 2011 9:58 PM
August 27, 2011 10:01 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
snappy wanna meet up for a drink? im SO bored walk a few blocks and i will as well

*rob*

August 27, 2011 10:05 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
nevermind

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August 27, 2011 10:06 PM - ij
I just made the most excellent pizza ever, and watched 127 Hours. Now I'm going to read the Saturday WSJ. Hope everyone is doing well.

I want my Saturday back!
August 27, 2011 10:07 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i'm too lazy to go outside. but i just had an awesome thought....

in a pinch, an ironing board could work well as a surf board! gnarly, dude :-)
August 27, 2011 10:08 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
oh, wait...all the vent holes in the ironing board would make one sink. dammit! well, it was a great idea for like 3 minutes.
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:08 PM
August 27, 2011 10:10 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
woooo! there goes the thunder and lightning!!!

this is the part where me and the wees hide (yes, we hate lightning).
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:10 PM
August 27, 2011 10:24 PM - minard lafever
new track has this thing coming right over Brooklyn Heights. Shit. Oh well we have too many big old trees anyway.
catch you all tomorrow.


August 27, 2011 10:31 PM - bfar
ahhhh... the rain. methinks it's time for a martini. stay safe and dry, all!


August 27, 2011 10:34 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: "I have been complaining of Mr. Drug Dealer and his band of elves who sell drugs to school
children and the lost souls already going to the drug clinic on Fulton and Waverly. "

That's a lie Dontella and you know it! The Dealers are selling drugs the Retards. The Assfucks are the dealers best friend now buying everything in sight.

"I used to call the precinct on a regular basis to complain that they were openly selling stuff to people
getting on and off the train. "

Another lie, they only sell drugs to people they know. The Dealers do not openly solicit drug transaction to people "people coming off the train", they know the person(s).


"Today, I saw said drug dealer getting frisked by three cops who
came out of an unmarked car. I actually had the temerity to honk to get the cops attention as
they were getting ready to pull away. They let the guy go but they went through every pocket
and were grilling the guy. Anyway, the cop comes over to my car and I THANKED him."

Great that was a DUMB ASS MOVE, now they know you're a informer and may take action against you, you should've mind your business and let the Police handle their job. You live in the area and now someone know you're a snitch!


" I told him that that drug dealer is there every blasted day. He said "I know and we are going to get him".
So not today but he is on their radar screen and if he continues, he will get busted."

There's 10 other Dealers to take his place, DUMBASS! The Retards are buying drugs now, black people not so much. This area was devastated thru the drug trade and now plenty of people are trying to get clean. Just go to the NA meeting at the church (Clinton bet Fulton and Atlantic) or the Senior Citizen Center of Fulton.

Dontella Brooklyn will always be Brooklyn and your actions are disingenuous, you want your house value to be up!

The What

Someday this war is gonna end...



Thank you NYPD.
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:34 PM
August 27, 2011 10:39 PM - DeLepp
Boneheaded kayakers needed to be saved off staten island.
August 27, 2011 10:41 PM - bfar
srsly delepp?? unfreakin' real. what's wrong with these people?
August 27, 2011 10:51 PM - DeLepp
selfish pigs, not only did they put themselves in danger byt first responders. natural selection should have taken care of them.
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:51 PM
August 27, 2011 10:54 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
a moth just attacked me ugh, i swatted back at it and my computer fell on the floor


*rob*
Edited at August 27, 2011 10:54 PM
August 27, 2011 11:00 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
The Retards are buying drugs now, black people not so much.

the What is kinda right about this. it's pretty much the moonfaces who are keeping the dealers in business these days. josh and molly <3 their coke. some of them even smoke crack, and a bunch of them cant afford oxy anymore so they switched over to cheap ass heroin.

*rob*

Edited at August 27, 2011 11:00 PM
August 27, 2011 11:17 PM - sixyearsandcounting
one of my friends just posted a photo of the news on tv - caption "Virginia Pounded By Irene"
August 27, 2011 11:26 PM - bfar
heh.
Edited at August 27, 2011 11:26 PM
August 27, 2011 11:52 PM - rf
Is someone going to start a Sunday open thread at midnight? I went to sleep but my cat just woke me up. Stupid animal!
Edited at August 27, 2011 11:52 PM
August 27, 2011 11:56 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
despite my super long nap, i'm tired now. finished making a watch for my niece. i think i made it a bit too big. oh well. she'll grow into it. cats are still hiding due to the lightning.
August 28, 2011 12:01 AM - rf
So I guess I should close my windows before I go to sleep for good? They stay wide open from mid-June to mid-September. hope I don't get claustrophobic!
August 28, 2011 12:01 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Happy B-Day Cobble!
Happy B-Day me!

Nite folks...don't float away :-)
August 28, 2011 1:06 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I CAN'T SLEEP! ARGH!

anybody else awake?
August 28, 2011 1:06 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Guess I'll go start a Sunday OT...see you on the other side :-)
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:06 AM