Monday, August 29, 2011
by the time massive hurricane irene arrived in southern coastal maine she had been knocked down to tropical storm status, her energy having been spent by, among other things, making landfall in north carolina, battering virginia with sixteen inches of rain, crashing into jersey and causing devastating floods in western massachusetts and southern vermont.
the aftermath: irene is heading to quebec and we have to assess damage, clean up fallen debris, repair roads, rescue the stranded, restore power, wait for the rivers to recede, bury the dead, and suffer the yelling from irritatingly loud-mouthed complainers on facebook and twitter who are blasting officials for over-hyping the storm. ya just gotta love freedom of speech. yessiree, welcome to life on this here planet.