Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane workshop

i cannot longer postpone it, i also have to write about irene, the hurricane. wherever you go, irene is there in some form or another. on the door of our apartment building, warning us to get enough "supplies", use flashlights and not candles when we will no longer have electricity. on the television, the newspaper, every store.... as im not that eloquent, this is what the free newspaper metro writes: "boston is expecting to get whacked with torrential downpours, heavy winds and potential flooding". and mind you, no newspaper on monday because of irene. boston will be without public transportation tomorrow, because of irene. and because of irene the home depot gave workshops on how to prepare, as you can see above. when i took a picture, a store employee came to me and introduced himself as the manager, asking me whether i found everything i needed. when i pointed at the sign and said i found it funny, he replied: "well, you do have to take this seriously! 1000 people came to the workshop!!" to which i could only reply: "you sure made some good money then, no?"
today we went for our weekly grocery shopping, of course exactly at the moment irene started her heavy rain (she came a few hours too early!!). in no time streets were flooded. it was interesting to see that most cars seemed to be heading to the liquor stores.... luckily our favorite supermarket still had everything we needed (i had seen on the news how people were hoarding water, food, batteries.. leaving shelves empty). since 2.30 this afternoon it has been raining on and off, but forecasts say tomorrow we really might see irene, which is why all public transport is suspended and everyone is asked to stay at home. according to cnn, 1 million houses are currently without electricity.
ah well.... lets see... i just checked the hurricane survival kit-list. we got most of it, although not the babyfood, nor the battery-operated radio. we do have the batteries and the manual can opener, but not the games. ah, i do not like games anyways...

4 comments:

biebkriebels said...

It must be scary and exciting at the same time. You don't know what is going to happen. They organized the preparations very well, a workshop, I couldn't have thought about it. Very dutch of you not to follow one.... Well I hope you will survive, you don't have to go to work I suppose? Stay safe.

Manon said...

I got those really 'cute' fake candles on batteries. Then I realized I can't read in that light, so I bought a reading light as well forgetting I have two fully operating flash lights at home and a maglite in the car... Well, at least I won't be sitting in the dark when the power goes out :D Hang in there and make lots of pictures. I guess the swimming pool will be flooding this afternoon... If you did forget some groceries, you can come over. I have plenty ;) I'll check with my next door neighbor later if she's alright. She just moved in yesterday. Bring it on, Irene!

anni said...

Hope the worst is over by now
Great blog,..just discovered it
greetings from Brussels
http://whatisbelgium.blogspot.com

Tim said...

ahaha.. i wish irene was bigger!