The Unbearable Banishment: A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall

We're going to get a little rain.

RED DOT = your intrepid correspondent

There have been fights. People were cutting in line for gasoline. A woman shot past a queue in her white Lexus SUV and pulled up to a pump. It almost caused a riot. The local hardware store only had four generators in stock for about 200 customers who had been waiting for them to open since it was dark outside. You can imagine how that went over.

As hurricane Sandy approaches off the Atlantic from the east, it will collide with a severe winter storm that's moving across the country from the west. The local media have christened it "Frankenstorm," which I love. New York will shut down the entire transit system at 7:00 p.m., so you'd better be where you want to be for the next three or so days.

I have a ticket tomorrow night to see The Daily Show correspondent Assif Mandvi in a well-received off-Broadway drama. Not many people are aware of it, but he's a hell of an actor. The entire run is sold out so even though I'll be refunded, I'll not get to see his performance. What rotten luck!

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UPDATE: Recent photo taken down the street from me at the Shrewsbury River.  The storm has stirred-up ancient sleeping monsters. Red Bank, New Jersey is under siege!


Anonymous daisyfae said...

i keep wondering if this is being blown out of proportion, but the more i read, the more i think that you are, indeed, going to get some rain.

hunker in the bunker, make sure you've got a full deck of cards, and pack in beer...

October 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Ms Scarlet said...

Good luck, Mr Banish, stay in touch if you can. Will be thinking of all my US blogging friends when I watch the news.

October 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Like Scarlet, my thoughts are with my 'merican friends. Also with my more local friends, battling horrendous fires.

Don't you just hate it when rain stops [a] play!

Stay safe,UB.

October 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: I'm still hoping it's a lot of blather and media hype. But it's kind of hard to think along those lines when looking at the satellite image.

Scarlet: Thank you, dear. Lots of power outages, they say. No Internet?!?! How will I go on?

October 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Dinah: I have a friend who actually said I was an idiot for focusing on the play, but I'd say I have my priorities in order. Wouldn't you?

October 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

A good time to be a gopher or a mole, I would say. Is there anyone who intends to watch the storms collide from a suitable vantage point?

October 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Be sure and keep your head down for a wee while while the rain is on. It might be a good time and excuse for cracking open something gold while you peep through the cracks at Mother Nature.

October 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I'm having difficulty getting on line - so whilst I can please stay safe.

October 29, 2012 at 3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear... that does appear to be in something of the direct line of fire. Will be thinking of you and yours UB and I trust you'll post when you can to let us know how you're getting on. All the best!

October 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM  
Anonymous nuttycow said...

Gin and a couple of good books.

Stay safe UB (and family!)

October 29, 2012 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Sausage said...

It came and left last week, it's what we call down here in Florida "An expensive blow job!"
Bunker down my friend

October 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

GB: The satellite images are impressive but being beneath the pretty swirly clouds is no picnic.

Chef: Mother nature is being an angry parent right about now. Can you hear the howling through the internet connection?

Pat: I'm online now but I hear it'll be impossible later in the day!

October 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

looby: Thanks for the good wishes. It's an inconvenience to me but the girlies are pretty scared.

nutty: Thanks for checking in. It's always a treat to hear from you.

Sausage: Could you have sent it over the prairie instead of up here? I'm holding you personally responsible.

October 29, 2012 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Furtheron said...

Good luck pal - I've a fair few friends on the North East seaboard - hoping they all stay safe ...

October 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

thinking of all y'all up there, sugar! when the news spoke about atlantic city the images that came to mind were of the photos you've shared. xoxoxo for you, Mrs Wife and The Daughters!

October 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Val said...

Thinking of you all! Living in a country without major weather problems (but plenty of others!)I am sure I would be petrified!!!
Take care - hunker down.
Val from Cape Town

October 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Furtheron: My daughter is in a bit of a panic. Too much news coverage! All it is is worst-case scenario stuff. We turned it off.

Sav: Thanks for you email. You're beautiful. Those small gestures reaffirm my faith in humanity.

Val: Thanks, tons. This sort of thing happens very rarely.'s no fun when it does!

October 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...


October 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...

What my 'Taller Pal' sayed! :¬0

October 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

By now, your power's probably non-existant (unless Daisyfae's lad got to you!) but, just to keep spirits where they should be...yeah, your priorities are right.

October 30, 2012 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I hope the worst is over and you are all OK.

October 30, 2012 at 7:48 AM  

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