Monday, November 05, 2007

Post-Noel. Anyone care for a dried apricot?

Well. That was underwhelming.

Hurricane Juan hits us as easily as a Harlem Globetrotter lobbing a basketball into a flock of sleeping pigeons. We count on it subsiding into the nice kind of tropical storm we’re used to but no.

So this time, as Noel scuds up the Atlantic coast all whirling hell and red center on the radar pictures, nobody is asleep. The pigeons are wide awake indeed. They are moving patio furniture, slicing off dead tree branches. They have water, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits. And…

It’s no small deal to have 170,000 people lose power – especially if you’re one of them and it’s two days later. Crews are in from New Brunswick and Maine helping out and everyone should be back to our precarious “normal” soon. Until the next one, anyway.

When we’ll all be effectively reminded that Mother (Nature, that is), at any moment, can fling us back two centuries.

The winds were fierce. Up to 180K in Newfoundland. It rained in sheets for hours.

Personally, I woke up Sunday morning to flashing digital clocks – and the sudden understanding that dried apricots and almonds (I just had to have a few) are about as effective as peanuts and prunes.

But really, nothing to see here, folks. And hence, no material.

Perhaps I should try another date if I’m seeking disaster material.


herhimnbryn said...

Glad you and Cat are ok.

LJ said...

Safe and sound, Herhimnbyrn. Cat just sat and stared wide-eyed at the windows and then cuddled up and fell asleep. He's a good storm-cat.

beadbabe49 said...

Trusts in you, I'd say....

zhoen said...

A cat is good to have around in a storm.

Koru's Daughter said...

" easily as a Harlem Globetrotter lobbing a basketball into a flock of sleeping pigeons."

Wow, a new simile. Glad you are OK.

Almonds and apricots are always useful. Put them in a compote or salad.

Wow, what a dramatic way to set the clock for daylight savings.

phlegmfatale said...

Power loss notwithstanding, I'm glad your neck of the woods weathered the storm sufficiently, and that you were amply prepared. :)