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  1.  (10181.1)
    Since 256 had a good idea, let's run with it.

    How's everyone who can get an internet connection doing in NY?

    Also, if you survived one, tell us your grim tale of survival.

    I'll tell more of my soon. Let's hear you all first.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
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    Just got in from finishing topping off supplies, in Boston. The real stuff isn't supposed to start til the morning, could still be a Category 1.

    I'm figuring Worst Case for me is up to 3 days of no power, internet or cable. There are a bunch of ominous trees in the neighborhood that I expect not to be there anymore come Monday.

    We have gas heat and hot water, so unless the basement is completely flooded, we should be able to ride it out OK without leaving the house.
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      CommentAuthorhanjean
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.3)
    Things are still calm in New York. From the radar it looks like we've still got a few hours ahead of us. But I've already watched a movie -- treating the day like the hurricane's already here.

    The subway is right outside my house and the MTA employees have been driving around the city putting plastic tarps over the grates and weighing them down with sandbags. Not sure how effective this will be in the long term..
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.4)
    I'm in Manhattan and thus far, it looks like 4am.
    There are some stores closed, but several bodegas, organic marts and bars are still open. Even my Duane Reade was open, which allowed me to buy the incredibly important provisions of a giant bag of salt & vinegar chips. I had several beers at the bar down the street, since they were having happy hour. The owner said he planned to be open until 2am, since he lived just a few blocks down. Hell, even the 99cent pizza place is open and a bunch of people were enjoying the sidewalk cafe's brunch this afternoon.

    I've seen a few windows taped up, but not many. I didn't, since I don't really think that does anything the security grates won't handle. My plan is to sleep as far away from the windows as possible if the winds sound like they're really terrible. I'm just on the border of the flood zones, but I'm also a 4th floor walk up. Since I just moved in, I had to buy a ton of groceries Friday evening anyways (the fable of the grasshopper & the ant was especially relevant to me after I spent all week partying with friends and left the shopping to the last minute) & plan on cooking a bunch of stuff that should last a few days with very little refrigeration, but that + making sure I have my sketchbooks is about the extent of my preparation. I'm really not all that worried.

    I lived through Hurricane Andrew as a child. A Cat 1 does not scare me anywhere near as much as a Cat 5.

    Only sad point is the fact that transportation is dead and thus, I have no access to my Brooklyn bound friends who are having awesome parties. NYC survives everything by getting drunk, it seems.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.5)
    I'll be reading this thread with great interest. Keep it coming, guys!
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.6)
    I'm in a hotel in Times Square, about to go down to the hurricane happy hour party they are apparently growing all night for guests in the bar off the lobby. I'm also a bit bummed that I can't get around town to be where other people are.

    I am not really ready for power to die, so I hope that it doesn't.

    Those are all my awesome preparations.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.7)
    I have been cooking up a storm as well. If there's one thing I love, it's finding excuses to buy awesome things and make food.
    Bought an eggplant, which is my ultimate apocalypse vegetable and fried it up in slices to eat on its own with tomato sauce if the power goes out or to mix into foods if i can keep cooking (I have a selection of bread, noodles, rice and eggs). Also got a good cheese that can keep for days, am boiling eggs and basically precooking a bunch of meals to store.

    I also bought donuts because, really, even in an apocalypse I want something sweet.


    Anyone else been planning foods out besides canned beans & tuna?
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.8)
    Heh. I made a run for Swedish Fish and cookies. I am relying on the hotel for coffee. With those things, I can survive any storm.
  2.  (10181.9)
    I'm on Cape Cod and it looks like we may only get the edge of it, so I'm not too worried. Mostly pissed that the weekend in a tent with my daughter we've been planning all summer is blown away. It was going to be her first camping trip.

    We lose power if a fly sneezes, so I expect to be without for at least a little while. The food in the fridge should last a few days, with a few things pre-cooked to be safe. I still have a few pork buns from my trip to China town yesterday (which, now that I'm thinking about them, may not last 'till the storm gets here. Yum!), a full tank of gas in the car and some extra bottled water.

    My kid went to her mom's a day early, just to be safe. I think this might be the first time since we separated over two years ago that I gave up a scheduled night. Totally sucks, but if shit does get hairy, I would rather her not be out on the roads.

    Now I just need to keep myself entertained. My plan for tomorrow, when it's supposed to hit here, is to work on music. I've been composing the orchestral bits for a song lately. By co-incidence, it's called Storm, so him hoping things will be inspirational.

    Stay safe everybody.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.10)
    In Northern Virginia, and it looks like the worst has already passed over us. Lots of rain, coming down at a harsh diagonal, but no real damage as yet. Hard to see how far into it we really are, though - the radar makes this thing look like a constantly re-forming amoeba, rather than anything cyclonic.
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.11)
    lost power about five times since 10:30 pm. also, i live 15 minutes east of Trenton NJ. Another two hours or so until the real brunt of it hits but it's going to be hell when it does.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.12)
    Every single one of you stay safe.
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      CommentAuthorhanjean
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011
     (10181.13)
    My roommate's ceiling leaked during a thunderstorm 2 weeks ago, so he prepared for this weekend:



    Are you impressed or what? And it's working so far -- all water is directed straight into a trash can.
  3.  (10181.14)
    Nothing but barrels of pleasant rain and unbearable humidity in northern Manhattan. Even the wind is mild.

    My provisions of tortillas and omelette fixings remain strong. The goode Lord shall yet see us into fall with breakfast tacos a'plenty.
  4.  (10181.15)
    My girlfriend is somewhere in Connecticut, Wilton or Bridgeport or something, just flew in for a funeral on Monday. Do they cancel funerals? I hope not. That just sounds odd...

    So we're trying to stay in touch.

    She's the one that held my hand through Ike down here in Houston, which bounced between a 4 and a 2, not sure what size it was when it hit Houston, but it was actually kind of fun. I feel bad for people who were out power for a month, or died and stuff though. For the most part it was the only time I felt any sort of community with my neighbors. We all came outside and helped each other clear the streets, yards of debris. Never spoke to any of those people before or after that.

    Wishing all of you luck as you "hunker down"...
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.16)
    Hunkered just north of Boston. The storm appears to be slowing a bit, but the morning forecast still warned of 30-60 mph winds. Fingers crossed that the trees stay sturdy and off houses and power lines.
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      CommentAuthormister86
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.17)
    Only a little windy at the Mass/NH border. Rain is falling. As it is, it's not exactly something that's going to cancel my plans for the day.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.18)
    @glukkake - I'ma try to do some of that later myself. I have tomatoes and cauliflower that need to be turned into marinated salads that wouldn't mind sitting on the counter for a day or so.

    I'm all set with the neighborhood togetherness thing, honestly. We get that every winter when we try to figure out where to put the snow, so all the cars can park, and we establish and defend our dug-out parking spots with markers. That really brings the neighborhood together.

    I was just thinking that the perfect disaster would be one that caused a lot of inconvenience and paralysis, but nothing too really dangerous or anything. Like having mono as a kid. A plague of frogs, for instance, would make driving virtually impossible, but more or less just force you to stay put and take life easier for a while...
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
     (10181.19)
    Rain and light wind so far about 25 miles west of Boston, but still early yet for us. Most likely just a long day of Chinese martial arts DVDs ahead unless the power goes..
  5.  (10181.20)
    I'm south east of Boston and the wind is picking up, but no worse than a blustery day. No rain yet. I hope we don't get it too bad because my car occasionally takes on water. I've taped the bad bit up, which would be more than enough under normal circumstances. I've been up since before six, just 'cuz, so I'm going to try and get a bit more sleep. Later y'all.

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