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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane SANDY - Preparations

Sue gets up really early today so she can see Gavin run XC at Saratoga State Park.  She gets there really early and has a great day.  After lunch in the crowded town with her sister, she makes her way home.  A long day for sure.  Gavin does pretty well with his run after returnig from an ankle injury, placing 3rd for his XC team.

I take Kyle to church where he is volunteering in the PBJ gang.  Community service for national honor society.  I do some grocery shopping and start preparing for the storm.  Hurricane Sandy is coming to town.

After picking up Kyle, he helps me flip the patio tables.  The back, front, and side yards are clear.  The pool has a pump ready should we get the 4-6 inches of rain expected.  An extra tank of propane is picked up, and I start charging some batteries.

This day in history "At 2:35 on the afternoon of October 27, 1904, New York City Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city's innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.
While London boasts the world's oldest underground train network (opened in 1863) and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system. The first line, operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), traveled 9.1 miles through 28 stations. Running from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, and then heading west along 42nd Street to Times Square, the line finished by zipping north, all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem. On opening day, Mayor McClellan so enjoyed his stint as engineer that he stayed at the controls all the way from City Hall to 103rd Street.

The impending storm may close the subways if they flood.  There is a high likelihood of cancelled LIRR trains, and the airports will be a mess if open at all on Monday and Tuesday.  We re hearing for potential loss of power to 10's of Millions of customers from Virginia to Maine.

We have made sure we have candles, coolers, ice, flashlights, lighters, propane, and some food.  I will be cooking a pot roast tomorrow morning, and hope and pray we don't lose power with this storm.  I couldn't buy a generator now even if I wanted to.

Kyle has a scrimmage today against a U18 team in Commack.  They spank them, and Kyle scores a hat trick.  When we get home I cook two dinners.  Steak for Sue, Kyle, and I.  And chicken for Luke.  Leftovers will be in the menu tomorrow for Luke who hates pot roast.

Sue gets home at around 830, and eats her leftover steak.  I see that there are some meetings tomorrow for work to discuss our data centers and services running in the Northeast...this includes NYC, NJ, Long Island, etc.  It's going to be a long weekend.

So, I bring in the outdoor solar powered lanterns, and make sure we are as prepared as possible.  Will 3 cases of water be enough ?  We have lots of soup, and other canned goods so we won't starve if we lose power.  Why do people run out to get milk, eggs, and bread ?  I got steak, chicken, and pot roast.  That's just me.  Guess we have peanut butter and jelly too.

Stay safe.

Photo of the day "Hurricane Sandy - Preparations"

P.S. The Tequila is optional.  Oh yeah, a battery and crank operated AM/FM/TV/Weather band radio.  

Don't forget to charge your phones, get some cash, fill the gas tanks, and batten down the hatches !

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