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Friday, November 2. 2012
Thanks to all for keeping good content flowing here. Some of us are in the land of no news and no real internet. But that's OK, because nothing is really happening in the world anyway, is it?
I am posting from a Fed Ex office.
Storms are exciting and dangerous, but they are to be expected. People make too much of it. A few interesting observations:
You can only buy $20 of gas at a time around here. Huge demand for gas for generators and power equipment.
No ATMs are working, no power to banks, thus no cash.
Our supermarket has no power, just emergency lights. But they're open to sell non-perishables. They have plenty of those on hand.
It's a great time to stock up on free firewood. A chainsaw is a wonderful tool.
My father-in-law put a new roof on his house, job was finished 2 weeks ago. Big old oak landed on his roof in the storm, puncturing his kitchen and wrecking the new roof. He is not happy.
In our town, clearing of fallen trees on roads and power lines is moving slowly. Why? Because here, the town union contract forbids subcontracting of tree work on roads and public land. Has to be done by town employees no matter how long it takes. Insane.
People have already mentioned to me that global warming caused the hurricane. One just doesn't know what to say in response to such ignorance. I suppose they never heard of hurricane Hazel, or Gloria, or all the rest. Hurricanes routinely hit the northestern US, but just not many in the past 2 decades. Perhaps we're in for a new cycle of them.
It was cool seeing CVS open through the storm and afterwards without power, staff in there with flashlights helping customers. Cash only, of course.
I feel badly for all the people who were subject to flooding. It's even more disheartening than a burglary in disrupting ordinary dependable reality. My advice is not to build or live near sea level.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 10:50 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
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Dear BD--SO GLAD to hear that you and yours are surviving in good health! With regard to clearing trees on public land--organize a small group--post look outs and get er done! Whose going to inspect the wood piles or count the logs in your stack versus someone else's ? Better yet--just go look and see where the "union trucks are working" and head the other direction. A guy like you who won't buy a generator needs to be creative at times like this! ;-)
Sorry to hear about your FIL's roof. That sort of thing is very disheartening.
Good luck w/ clearing the trees. I agree w/ apple pie. Get some real citizens and get it done.
Our corner of MD allegedly got the eye, but damage was not too extensive. Power out less than 20 hrs.
Growing up in a Southern town on the Gulf Coast, it was the general opinion that nobody built on the beach except fools or damn Yankees, the two being the same most of the time.
When LBJ brought in federal flood insurance, all that changed. Now the folks in Iowa and Montana could pay to rebuild the beach houses after the regular 10 year hurricanes.
Read a report that New Jersey union workers turned away non-union power crews that had been requested from Alabama. Some moved on further north, others headed back home.
I do not think the union rules will be perceived well by election day.
I wonder if this will finally put an end to the idiotic ideas proffered on occasion about going cashless. Marginal Revolution had a post not long ago about how getting rid of cash would permit negative interest rates so that they could force consumption to fight recessions.
JKB: Yes, some of those Alabama power crews volunteered as pay-back for the help received during Katrina. What a screwed up system; let people freeze because a union worker isn't restoring power in a devastated area.
Who was the female blond TV anchor that criticized Romney for packing trucks of water and whatever for the victims, saying the only thing that was needed was money, I think, to the Red Cross? The Red Cross pays its executives outlandish salaries and is notorious for delayed response. For goodness sakes, send those trucks of supplies into the communities most devastated. That woman should be fired!
Kudos to the small shopkeepers that kept their stores open 24/7 by flashlight to accommodate the needs of their communities. And to those more secure who opened their homes, electrical connections, landline phones to help those less fortunate connect with family and coordinate needs.
Hope all is well, BD and gang.
As one who lost power and "froze" (okay it was only 55 inside, so I wasn't "freezing"; but, it was cold!) I was rather pissed when I heard that report about non-union workers being turned away. Don't unions (and their members) realize that makes them look all that much worse? Or maybe it doesn't matter because nothing will be done about it.
we have CVS down here in Texas too. They are crooked and corrupt. look in Wikipedia
What will happen to Yankee land when they get a Cat 4 or 5? I believe Sandy was a strong Cat 1 that deteriorated fast once it made landfall. Of course, it did dump a lot or rain.
I lived between Boston and Providence when I was a kid. I remember Hurricane Donna going over my house. I actually went outside in the eye of the hurricane. I was 8 years old but I still remember how the storm had been blowing fiercely and then everything stopped, the air went still, the sun came out, the birds flew around and sang - and then it all blew up again in about 15 minutes.
Read the history (there's a Wiki on "Massachusetts Hurricanes"). There were a bunch of them in the 40's, 50's and 60's. Was THAT global warming?
BD, I hope your town sees the light on that tree-clearing. Or are the unions too strong?
I've read that one of the places an Alabama crew is from says it ain't so. The other hadn't responded.
NYC is very very bad right now. Limited subways and no gas. It took me 2-1/2 hours to get to work on the buses this morning, and that is typical. It's the only way to get anywhere, or else biking or walking, not always practical.
Plus lots of people I know have no power, no food, and many lost parts of their roof, or worse. And our totally moronic creepy mayor is going to use police and sanitation to do the NYC Marathon? He should be impeached.
BD: 20 gallon limit on gas?
Nice to have your Prius! That's about 1,000 mile range
I believe BD said it was a $20 limit on gas.
As for the Prius, how would you recharge it?
I would like to imagine most right-thinking men would go ahead and clear their own streets and if confronted by the unions, just tell them to go to hell.
If that is the case that the unions must clear the street, then why not sue the union the first time an ambulance can't make it down a street to someone's house?
When a rather weak tornado passed directly over my Salt Lake City apartment, knocking down a bunch of trees that lined the street, that is exactly what happened. When I got home I got out there with my ax and started trimming branches, a bit later a boy scout troop showed up with chainsaws. Then the church ladies arrived and served refreshments. By the time the city trucks came by pretty much all that was left to do was to load up the brush and wood. Well, except for a tree that had come down onto a house. That took some real equipment to deal with.
There you go, taking food out of the mouths of union workers.