Waiting on the Storm

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Waiting on the Storm

Y’know what’s worse than being in the path of a hur­ri­cane? Hav­ing loved ones in the path, when you’re far away and can’t do a whole lot to help. I’m with Fausta, in that my mind is else­where right now.

Of course, it’s alto­gether pos­si­ble that Irma will come up the coast and visit my neigh­bor­hood after she’s done with Florida. It’s a sign of the times that the thought of being assailed by Irma is eas­ier to grasp than the thought of an inef­fec­tual GOP major­ity in Washington.

So, hur­ri­cane thoughts:

Be pre­pared, just like they taught us in Scouts. If it’s not a hur­ri­cane now, it’ll be an ice storm in Decem­ber or a bliz­zard next March. Don’t be That Per­son going after the last water, bread and milk at the gro­cery store. (Because I am likely to be That Per­son, and I hate competition.)

Storm-​chasers are a spe­cial breed, and I’m still try­ing to fig­ure out if that’s a good thing. Neigh­bors of mine are indulging them­selves by head­ing south to observe Irma, up close and per­sonal. Part of me is look­ing for­ward to their reports, which are sure to be fas­ci­nat­ing — and part of me is think­ing “y’all are plumb crazy.”

If you haven’t seen this one, join me in a toast to the Delta crew that flew a 737 to San Juan as Irma bore down — and then out, the last plane to leave before air traf­fic con­trol closed up shop for the duration.

Finally, let’s spare a thought for every­one caught up in the west­ern fires. That part of the USA could use the rain that those of us to the east and south are endur­ing. I’m off to Wash­ing­ton state shortly, and I’ve been warned to expect ash on every­thing the way we New Eng­lan­ders get spring­time pollen.

May you and yours be safe in the face of storms of all kinds.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-​life activist liv­ing in New Hamp­shire. Read more of her work at EllenKolb​.com/blog.

Don’t for­get that Da Tech Guy is host­ing Robert Stacy McCain for “Buf­fet, Books, & Blather” in Leomin­ster on Sep­tem­ber 9.

Sup­port inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism by hit­ting Da Tech Guy’s tip jar. Thanks, on behalf of the whole DTG team!

Y’know what’s worse than being in the path of a hurricane? Having loved ones in the path, when you’re far away and can’t do a whole lot to help. I’m with Fausta, in that my mind is elsewhere right now.

Of course, it’s altogether possible that Irma will come up the coast and visit my neighborhood after she’s done with Florida. It’s a sign of the times that the thought of being assailed by Irma is easier to grasp than the thought of an ineffectual GOP majority in Washington.

So, hurricane thoughts:

Be prepared, just like they taught us in Scouts. If it’s not a hurricane now, it’ll be an ice storm in December or a blizzard next March. Don’t be That Person going after the last water, bread and milk at the grocery store. (Because I am likely to be That Person, and I hate competition.)

Storm-chasers are a special breed, and I’m still trying to figure out if that’s a good thing. Neighbors of mine are indulging themselves by heading south to observe Irma, up close and personal. Part of me is looking forward to their reports, which are sure to be fascinating – and part of me is thinking “y’all are plumb crazy.”

If you haven’t seen this one, join me in a toast to the Delta crew that flew a 737 to San Juan as Irma bore down – and then out, the last plane to leave before air traffic control closed up shop for the duration.

Finally, let’s spare a thought for everyone caught up in the western fires. That part of the USA could use the rain that those of us to the east and south are enduring. I’m off to Washington state shortly, and I’ve been warned to expect ash on everything the way we New Englanders get springtime pollen.

May you and yours be safe in the face of storms of all kinds.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-life activist living in New Hampshire. Read more of her work at EllenKolb.com/blog.

Don’t forget that Da Tech Guy is hosting Robert Stacy McCain for “Buffet, Books, & Blather” in Leominster on September 9.

Support independent journalism by hitting Da Tech Guy’s tip jar. Thanks, on behalf of the whole DTG team!