So perhaps I was a little flippant in my post last night about Hurricane Isabel. I should clarify that I like bad weather, not deadly weather.
Bad weather would mean rain and wind and leaves blowing all over the street and garbage cans ending up in your neighbor's yard; a fascinating greyish-brownish sky with clouds that look like assasins; perhaps a few small tree branches lying in the gutter, making for a nice photo-op the next day.
Deadly weather, I could live without. Isabel appears to be deadly. As of now, she is marching across the Atlantic and up the east coast and it looks like Jersey may be in trouble. Isabel, being the womanly sort that she is, could very well change her mind at the last minute and pound Long Island or even Virginia. Most likely we won't know for sure until toward the end of the week.
I'm not taking any chances and by that I mean not taking chances with the hordes of people who cram into supermarkets at the last minute before hurricanes and snowstorms, all fighting over the last half gallon of Lactaid milk. I'll get out there early, go food shopping today and avoid the local news people standing in front of Waldbaum's with their hair blowing in the wind and yelling at people "SIR, WHAT DID YOU BUY TODAY?" And the guy yells back to be heard over the howling wind "WHAT? AM I GOING TO DIE TODAY? YOU SICK BASTARD!"
They really do that, you know. I mean, stand in front of supermarkets to get the latest on what kind of snacks and staples people are stocking up on because, you know, that's big news. [A lesson to anyone attempting to interview me: remember what happened to the last guy who did this]
So anyhow, I made my list of necessities for the week. Cereal, milk, vodka, beer, ice cream, coffee and cigarettes. We've got plenty of canned goods and if worse comes to worse the kids can live on that 400 piece container of Twizzlers I bought at BJs last week. I just knew they would come in handy!
All smirking aside, it is very important to make sure you have batteries, etc. on hand in the event that a hurricane is coming. The deadliest hurricanes in history took a lot of lives because in those days, there was very little time to be prepared. Now, with radar tracking and Costco stores on every corner, you have a good enough head start on Isabel to be ready if and when she does hit.