Storm Updates

Were any of you hit very hard by the storm? Here in the northern panhandle, so far, we seemed to really be in a sweet spot and the high winds that would bring down trees and cause power outages all occurred to the north of us, and all the heavy snow was about an hour to the south of us. Which is fine by me, of course.

What about you all? Any pics or stories you want to share?

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    👽 Martin says:

    Not very hard hit in SoCal. A few websites went down, but we dug deep and soldiered on. Sunny and 77 now, so our recovery is well underway.

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    Maude says:

    In my part of NJ we are very lucky. Parts of a rook came off of a building on Main Street. There was a transformer explosion a few blows down and Main Street was closed down. The sirens are gong off now, so something is going on.
    We didn’t lose power.
    Another sweet spot.

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    👽 Martin says:

    From Cory Booker on the Twitters:

    Police have reported ZERO looting or crimes of opportunity in Newark. And ceaseless reports of acts of kindness abound everywhere.

    That’s astonishing. Newark should get hit with a hurricane every day.

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    Maude says:

    @👽 Martin:
    You were great on the NYC flooding. You also had the levels right.

    Edit to add, Christie was asked about looting and he kept right on talking about recovery.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Yes, we were hit hard. Gas prices took about a twenty-cent per gallon dive overnight here in Cali, as apparently half the nation has stopped driving entirely.

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    jl says:

    @👽 Martin:

    NorCal survives!

    Might be some rain showers interrupting the last couple of weeks of ‘San Francisco summer’ when it is warm and still and we have sun. Other than that, all is calm.

    Way things were going back east last night I was expecting an earthquake that woud shoot the state into Hawaii, but I guess we lucked out.

    Hope everyone is OK in BJ land.

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    Michael says:

    Relatively unscathed on my block on the Upper West Side. Lucky. Lots of big trees came down nearby at the Natural History Museum, which is a shame because they were old and beautiful.

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    Capt. Seaweed says:

    The wind picked up a bit in the afternoon and blew about half the sunflower seeds out of the birdfeeder I had JUST put in there. It could have been tragic but the birds figured out that seeds gleaned from the ground taste just as good as fresh off the feeder. Birds know what to do. No FEMA required.

    In Oregon, it’s all good.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    The weather is unusually lovely in Florida as Sandy sucked all that nasty humidity out of the air and deposited it further north. It’s a bit chilly (68 degrees), but clear and sunny. I hope all our Juice compatriots fared well. Some of the pictures I’ve seen from NY and NJ are horrifying.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Toronto was well away from everything, so we just got really wet and windy. Winds gusted to 100 km/hour, but sustained winds were probably closer to 40-65 km/hr.

    The wind and weirdness were bad enough for one freak accident leading to a death, some falling trees leading to crushed cars and roofs, and a lot of power outages that should be fully cleared up in a day or so.

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    PeakVT says:

    Absolutely nothing to report from where I am, unless you count leaves that would have fallen anyway in a day or two.

    Speak of falling, I’m glad this wasn’t my front yard. Turn down the sound if you are offending/annoyed by the repeated use of OMG!

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    Violet says:

    My flight out of London yesterday was completely full, although two days before it was wide open. We were not headed to the east coast, so everyone whose final destination was not the east coast tried to change their flights to ours or another non-east-coast-bound flight so they could still connect to wherever they were going. Left stand-bys at the gate. Storm was top story on the BBC while I was in London.

    We flew over the storm and the east winds off the top of the storm gave us a tail wind and we landed an hour early. From the air Sandy was massive. You could get a sense of the circulation just from the cloud structures. Couldn’t see an eye, but the windfield was a far as I could see out the plane window.

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    beltane says:

    Where I am in Vermont the power was out for a few hours last night and the gate of the dog run was blown off but that’s about it. I am from NYC originally so I was a lot more focused on what was going on down there. I will confess to crying last night as I listened to WCBS news on my crank-up AM radio.

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    cathyx says:

    I know this storm is immense but we haven’t had any damage from it here in Oregon.

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    As Marie Antoinette Cindy McCain noted, San Diego is gorgeous this time of year. Thank you germans for founding our city in 1904.

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    lacp says:

    Center City Philadelphia got a lot of rain and some wind gusts that might have hit 40 mph. We were very, very lucky.

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    PreservedKillick says:

    Lost power for 6 hours or so in Mass. A few trees down, and a lot of people without power, but better than expected.

    Over the last year, we’ve lost so many trees due to hurricanes and that freak snowstorm (and the power companies have taken so much flack for slow response – and have been proactively trimming) that I was surprised how widespread the power losses were.

    But, basically, not so bad.

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    Disco says:

    Your weapon is guilt.

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    trollhattan says:

    Yes, NoCal has been largely untouched, but I’m obliged to note the plunging temps–after days of 79 it’s predicted to only hit 75 today. Brrr.

    And with that said, I await the inevitable combination earthquake-flood-firedrought. (We were actually hit by tornadoes last week, which seemed quite weird.)

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    Geoduck says:

    Gray, dark, steady rain. In other words, typical Washington State weather in October.

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    Poopyman says:

    In Tidewater Maryland we got 10 inches of rain, although I don’t know how they measured it since it was coming horizontally. Despite that we never had more than a flicker of the lights 3 or 4 times, and there are no trees down in the neighborhood, nor did I see any on my (long) drive to work. There are plenty of folks without power in MD and Northern Va, but far fewer than from the derecho in June.

    The winds really picked up at sunset and howled until around midnight, then instead of a gradual tapering off that was predicted, they nearly died completely. The rain kept falling at a moderate intensity but steadily until around noon. Now it’s off and on showers as the last bands go through.

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    TBogg says:

    Temperatures plunged down to the high sixities today and I think I saw some clouds this morning. Other than that we’re holding up as well as can be expected.

    Also, we had some fog last night that made the palm trees all drippy with condensation which can be annoying when walking the dogs.

    Pray for us…

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    trollhattan says:

    Also, too, shouldn’t we be yelling, “This is Obama’s Sandy!”

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    Poopyman says:

    @ranchandsyrup: And what does “San Diego” mean in German?

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:


    Hope everyone is OK in BJ land.

    Where is this BJ Land you speak of? Is it as wonderful as I imagine?

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    trollhattan says:

    Bassetts need dew snorkels, stat.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Maude: Thanks. I really miss NY. I hope they can recover quickly. And really sad to see what happened in Breezy Point. Having whole neighborhoods burn down is something we’re all too familiar with out here. It’s crushing.

    @The Moar You Know: Costco gas was down under $4 almost a week ago. The price drop seems to correspond to when the stations sells off the last of the gas from their tanks that they bought $1 a gallon higher than now. We had a few stations simply close for a week rather than buy a bunch of gas at a price that they knew they couldn’t sell at.

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    Violet says:

    @TBogg: Isn’t your daughter in NYC? Hope she’s doing okay.

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    var says:

    Still without power in Northern Virginia. Used to brag to Maryland friends that we never lose power. Well that will stop.

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    Dave says:

    We lost power for about three hours in S. Maine. Then the power came back. Watched a pine tree topple into a fairway in the golf course across the road. That was it.

    We got lucky.

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    @TBogg: election night party sponsored by Jameson at the PB Shore club. Walk there, stumble home.

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    FridayNext says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford:

    Where is this BJ Land you speak of? Is it as wonderful as I imagine?

    No, it sucks! (and blows)

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    dmsilev says:

    Completely off-topic, but the apocalypse is nigh:

    Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4B; New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Coming In 2015
    We plan to release the first new Star Wars film in 2015, and then plan to release one film every two to three years. These films will be released and distributed as part of our target slate of 8-10 live-action films per year, and will augment Disney’s already strong creative pipeline for many years to come.

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    joes527 says:

    @👽 Martin: If the Romney campaign could just store some canned goods in your garage, that would be a big help and keep them out of the way of the aid organizations. Thanks!

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    Bill says:

    We were very nearly spared in NE Pennsyltucky, relative to what I see on the TV of NY and NJ.

    Had power overnight, although we’re off as of now, for repair purposes, I expect (hope).

    Just a few small branches down on the property, AFAIK.

    Thinking of those harder hit.

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    trollhattan says:

    Did I hit my head and it’s April 1? Crap, that’s like discovering the Empire won, after all. So, who the election?

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    Dave says:


    I don’t know if this is good news (Lucas is stopped from making a mess of his franchise) or bad news (Disney just wrings it dry).

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    FridayNext says:

    In Philadelphia we got off pretty easy. Though I was prepared for my old, crappy apartment to leak and cave in, since it leaks during normal rains. But a hurricane seems to be no problem. Power is on, though some in Philly have lost theirs. Most businesses along South Street are open, except, oddly, Condom Kingdom and only a few signs down no downed power lines or trees. Again, Philly got off easy.

    Perhaps my biggest hardship is surviving the week before election day with no Daily Show.

    The horror….

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    TBogg says:

    @Violet: She’s fine. Never lost power, just hanging out watching movies and eating unhealthy food and being kinda bored.

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    Aet says:

    In northwestern VA, all I really got to see was a lot of rain and some wind. No power loss or any real damage that can’t be cleared in a couple hours. The gov’t shutdown seems a bit overblown for the federal offices out here, but I can understand what with the affect that high winds have on things like schoolbuses.

    Nearby the Potomac is running high, and there is some minor flooding that has some roads closed. But the damaged properties are those rural areas that always get damaged during heavy rains here.

    I had a pretty dodgy short drive home on Monday night: the rain was nothing to my SUV, but the wind almost spun me out enough to keep me going slow.

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    Jennifer says:

    I would guess that those hardest hit are having some problems accessing the internets at this time, what with power lines, cable, and cell towers all being knocked out.

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    Romney’s food drive reminds me of Cher in Clueless donating caviar and skis for the Pismo Beach disaster.

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    Poopyman says:

    @TBogg: Tell her not to walk under any loose cranes.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Coastal Virginia, rain and winds started Saturday night, worsened Monday noon through midnight, still going well into Tuesday but not as bad.

    Lots of limbs down, didn’t lose power for the first time ever.

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    Violet says:

    @TBogg: Glad to hear it.

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    Eli-Victor Cruz-Manning says:

    We lucked out here in upstate NY — Albany area. Winds in our immediate area were not anywhere as bad as we had during usual summer thunderstorms this past year. Very little rain — maybe a half-inch if that. Temps stayed in the 60s throughout the night. Today some wind, a few gusts, but not bad — temp now is about 66F and partly sunny. We were very lucky. There have been some power outages in the general region, but we lucked out locally.

    Expected the worst — got a good deal. Thanks Obama!

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    Poopyman says:

    @FridayNext: You can thank Romney, according to Bluegal.

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    Citizen_X says:

    Apparently conspiracy idiots are blaming Obama for creating Sandy, using HAARP (somehow), to make sure he gets elected.

    The comments have a decidedly tinfoiley flavor.

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    👽 Martin says:

    I sense a great disturbance in the force…

    Thankfully Lucas already destroyed all fond memories of my childhood with his prequel abomination, or else this would be upsetting to me. I suspect the Disneyfication of Star Wars can only improve it. I look forward to bringing my grandchildren to Princess Lea’s Castle at Disneyland, and the introduction of Buzz Lightyear as Luke and Lea’s brother by another mother.

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    FridayNext says:


    Apparently conspiracy idiots are blaming Obama for creating Sandy using HAARP to make sure he gets elected.

    If Obama could have pulled that off he deserves to be President. For Life!

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    SatanicPanic says:

    I apologize for all my fellow San Diegans bragging about the nice weather while the east coast is suffering… but the weather is pretty awesome this time of year.

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    Exurban Mom says:

    In Northeast Ohio, where we had no school today due to severe winds and intermittent power outages. Seems we missed the brunt of the bad stuff. Tree limbs down, localized flooding, but nothing too serious, save the changing of trick-or-treat to Saturday from the normal 10/31 festivities. And you would not believe how crazy some folks just got about that decision…jeez louise.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Yesterday went as I thought it would: rain and lots of strong wind. We had a little rain here around noon. Now the wind is kicking up again and strongly. I haven’t gone outside to see what tree damage there might be on our grounds.

    Talked to a friend in Timonium, MD. this morning. They’ve lost power.

    I need to contact a friend who lives in the Rockaways and find out if she evacuated or not. She lives right off the boardwalk, too.

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    Brachiator says:


    Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4B; New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Coming In 2015


    Sigh. I guess we should look forward to the inevitable Star Wars reboot, directed by Michael Bay.

    Very fitting, in a way, in a thread about disasters.

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    trollhattan says:

    Hurricane time lapse from NYT building. Neat, even if it only hints at the unfolding drama. Would be interested in seeing something like this done at the shore.

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    PreservedKillick says:


    If Obama could have pulled that off he deserves to be President. For Life!

    If he has weather control down, why would he even bother being president?

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    Geoduck says:


    Completely off-topic, but the apocalypse is nigh:

    I’m really surprised. Not that it was Disney who bought it, but that Lucas sold it. I would have figured he would cling on until he died at his desk, or whatever it is he sat at..

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    Poopyman says:

    @SatanicPanic: Yeah, well the weather is pretty awesome in Maryland this time of year too, but for the occasional hurricane.

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    FridayNext says:


    If he has weather control down, why would he even bother being president?

    Excellent Point!

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    Michael says:

    I’m tentatively optimistic that Disney will do better with Star Wars than modern-day Lucas did

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    MikeJ says:

    Watched Cabin in the Woods last night. Excellent movie. TCM is showing a much, much scarier zombie film right now. King of Kings with Jeffrey Hunter.

    Raaahr! Eat my flesh! Drink my blood! Raaahr!

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    Sly says:

    Im from southrn long island, and had to hightail it up to vermont to stay w/ family. Power is out back home and the water came just shy of entering the house, but everyone is safe.

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    rlrr says:


    Except for that one time, Lincoln enjoyed going to the theater.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I live on the East Side of Manhattan, but below 39th Street the electricity is out. I’m at a friend’s house playing Mafia right now in Midtown West, but we’re not scheduled to have running water or electricity for at least 4 days. I have to figure out how to cleanse myself while going to work the rest of the week. Going out for GOTV to Ohio at the end of the week is another blessing in disguise, aside from reelecting the president.

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    FridayNext says:

    @Michael: @Michael:

    I’m tentatively optimistic that Disney will do better with Star Wars than modern-day Lucas did

    Especially if they bring in more Muppets!!

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    me says:

    Lake Michigan is as rough as I’ve ever seen it. Some ballsy person could surf in it.

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    cathyx says:

    I would think that those who are suffering from no power and flooding wouldn’t be able to post a comment right now.

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    scottinnj says:

    Here in northern NJ we’re being advised that the utilities won’t even be able to start getting power on locally for 5 days, 10 days in some areas. Plus with the power outages there are concerns on water supply – our water company has already called and advised that we should only use water for essential needs, limit showers and washing etc. Plus it is almost impossible to drive anywhere with all the trees down. People still in good spirits, though, so far.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @dmsilev: Could Disney Star Wars films be any worse than Lukas’ three prequels?

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    Elmo says:

    NoVa horse country here. Lost power for about 20 hours – all hail Dominion! – but the worst part is the 15 – 20 massive trees that came down all around the house, turning my fence to splinters and setting my horses loose. Neighbor woke us at dawn to tell us they were gone, so we had a bad couple hours looking. Found them, and fixed up enough boards to keep them in the pasture until I can get Chainsaw Guys to come help clean up.

    Also the roof and one wall leaked water all night. This is a thousand-dollar storm for me, easy. And I haven’t yet recovered from the immense vet bills from our most recent medical foster.

    Say it with me: #firstworldproblems. We got very lucky that none of those massive oaks hit the house. Its all good.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Michael: That’s a low bar to clear.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Brachiator: On the upside, Yoda gets to be an Avenger now.

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    gene108 says:


    What I’ve always wanted! Star Wars/Marvel Comics mash-ups!

    Could Luke Skywalker beat Magneto? Now we can finally find out.

    Can a light saber cut the Hulk? Wolverine’s adamanteum claws couldn’t.

    Will Darth Bane travel forward in time and work with Apocalypse to try to dominate the universe? Who will double cross who first?

    This is either going to go horribly wrong or produce the greatest geek-gasm in the history of the world.

    We plan to release the first new Star Wars film in 2015, and then plan to release one film every two to three years.

    Considering the amount of non-movie Star Wars media that’s been produced, since 1977 there’s a lot of material (for better or worse) to draw from and exploit.

    True Star Wars fans know that even though the movies might end, the story will always go on.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @PurpleGirl: What about that awful Clone Wars CGI cartoon? (the one they released in theatres that featured Jabba the Hut’s gay cousin). Not even Disney could make an animated film that bad.

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    Schlemizel says:


    Isn’t the lovely & talented one at school in NYC? Have you heard from her?

    EDIT:@TBogg: I probably should have read further but was surprised you didn’t mention it. Glad to hear!

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    PeakVT says:

    @Geoduck: I believe this is where Lucas sat to write the dialog for Eps. I-III.

    ETA: Fixed url.

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    Elmo says:

    Santa Anas can be brutal in October, tho.

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    Steeplejack says:

    The storm underperformed her advance billing in my little corner of NoVa. Steady rain yesterday but little wind, then my power went out at 5:30 p.m. We did get heavy rain and high winds last night–the Weather Channel page for my ZIP code said 30 mph winds gusting to 55 mph–but the storm petered out in the night. It was projected to continue to rage until midday, but when I got up this morning it was dead calm with no rain.

    I drove around for a while at midday as my cell phone recharged. Power was out in some big patches–parts of Falls Church and Arlington–but I saw only two trees down, both on the same street in a residential area near Seven Corners.

    I got home a little after 2:00 and found that my power had come back on at 1:38. So it was out for 20 hours. Immediately turned on the heat (for the first time this year) to get the indoor temp up from 64°, and I reanimated the housecat’s heated throw by the computer. She is toasting on “high” right now. So all is well here.

    My sympathies to those who had damage.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @PurpleGirl: No. That’s why this is okay. Hell, we already suffered through Ewoks, and I dare anyone to sit sober through the Star Wars Holiday Special (I forced my kids to last xmas).

    Disney saved Avengers. If they can do that with Star Wars (and not repeat John Carter) it’ll be fine. Neither Star Wars nor Indiana Jones is foreign territory for Disney, though.

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    Zelma says:

    Live on the south Jersey shore Apparently most of the towns south of Ocean City did pretty well. Considerable flooding but not too much structural damage from the wind or the water. We’re not allowed back on the island so we don’t know what we’ll find. We’re hoping for the best.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    Here in Oklahoma, we’ve been hit with severe, sustained speculation that Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy is an effort to divert attention away from Benghazi.

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    Maude says:

    It’s Halloween, go to work as a DFH.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @cathyx: Laptops running on battery. My friend in MD mentioned to me that her daughter’s battery still had a little power left so she’d be able to do some schoolwork.

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    jl says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford:

    ” Where is this BJ Land you speak of? Is it as wonderful as I imagine? ”

    Wherever a pack of snarling deranged rabid hyenas howl and bite, wherever the mind sours into a sewer of retribution and rancor, wherever mild disagreements explode into generations of murderous internecine strife, there, my lad, BJ land dwells.

    Fear not, my son, for BJ land is farther than the fevered imagination can reach, deeper as the wells of bitterness we store within our withered hearts, and higher as the impregnable walls of irrational entrenched prejudice and paranoia can climb.

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    Cermet says:

    Here, north of Baltimore, the center of the storm passed late last night and … nothing. Winds died down and rain was moderate to light. Being on the south side of the center made a huge difference.

    I am both very concerned and sorry for what happened to most of NJ and New York city.

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    feebog says:

    I am not going to add to all the snarky comments from Californians. However, the weather is very nice. So nice in fact that the crew working on the exapansion at the back of our house must have taken the day off and gone to the beach.

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    Maude says:

    I love the head throne for kitty.

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    gene108 says:


    I’m just waiting for November 7 to come and if Obama’s re-elected he’ll by all “psyche Gov. Christie you fat bastard, no FEMA help for you” and all like “FEMA re-education camps for everyone”.

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    ThresherK says:

    Lots of wind, which became background noise so the howling gusts got our attention and also the cats’. A few branches, certainly not something which would make you say “150 miles from the eye of hurricane”.

    Very little rain. Especially compared to Irene. And we’re inland, so we got off easy for the storm surge.

    No loss of AC. My guess is that in Connecticut many of the trees which Sandy would have trashed were destroyed in winter storm Alfred a year ago.

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    KXB says:

    My parents on Long Island are still without power, but a cousin who lives further east on the island checked in on them today. His town has electricity, and if my parents still have no power tomorrow, he will take them to his place. My parents have a gas stove, so they can still cook meals. The temperature is not too bad – upper 50s during the day.

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    No power out in Prospect Park though trees are down in the park due to the winds.
    My mom’s place in Rosedale Queens has no electricity and Jamaica Bay came right up to the backyard, which is.. unnerving, to say the least…

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    KXB says:

    According to the Long Island Power Authority website – 943,446 customers are without power.

    And, LaGuardia Airport is flooded.

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    Cacti says:

    This is probably the best time of the year to be in Arizona.

    Clear, sunny, and 85 in the Phoenix area.

    Hope everyone in stormville is staying safe.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Love the idea of a housecat with a heated throw.

    We did well in Northern Virginia. Lights flickered but stayed on. Damage to one window. Thought we got off lightly, given what weather experts forecast.

    It’s raining gently now. Maybe tomorrow night will be better for the trick or treaters.

    Feels like suspended animation again.

    Need Obama and Democrats to win big, or just plain win (keep the Senate, please) next Tuesday, and then life can get on to post-Election 2012, which has gone on way too long.

    We got problems to solve, including some new ones on the Atlantic Coast.

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    Comrade Mary says:


    Wherever a pack of snarling deranged rabid hyenas howl and bite, wherever the mind sours into a sewer of retribution and rancor, wherever mild disagreements explode into generations of murderous internecine strife, there, my lad, BJ land dwells.
    Fear not, my son, for BJ land is farther than the fevered imagination can reach, deeper as the wells of bitterness we store within our withered hearts, and higher as the impregnable walls of irrational entrenched prejudice and paranoia can climb.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see anything about cocksucking in there. I checked the ANSI standards and there definitely has to be something about cocksucking in there.

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    Chris says:


    Fuck the universe.

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    La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    Our part of Brooklyn has power- not too many branches down in the back yard. My 6 feral cat feeding stations in the Brooklyn Navy Yard are another story, all basically trashed. Cats seem to have survived but we have a ton of cleanup and rebuilding to do. . .

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Wait a minute: Conspiracy … HAARP … control the weather … evil …

    Got it! “Our Man Flint” (1966), wherein mad scientists attempt to take over the world (it’s what mad scientists do) by controlling the weather and unleashing freakish storms. Fiction? Apparently not. Where’s Z.O.W.I.E. (Zonal Organization for World Intelligence and Espionage) when we need it? And James Coburn is dead. We are so screwed.

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    Raven says:

    @Maude: Thanks for the input earlier. While sciatica is her issue it seems to be tied to some of the same physiological issues you are facing.

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    karen says:

    My parents home in Plainview (Long Island) got hit with no power last night but regained it a little while ago. Because of what happened in the June derecho storm, I made bags of ice for my cooler to keep my Brattycat’s meds and my meds cool if I lost power but I never did, thank goodness. I’m in the Aspen Hill part of Silver Spring but I know other parts of Montgomery County got hit badly, not to mention everywhere else. I got very lucky and my heart goes out to everyone who lost power and property. Across the street from my folks’ a tree fell on the roof so I know how lucky my folks were.

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    Antonius says:

    We first called our local Massachusetts municipal electric company (i.e. publicly owned by the townsfolk) about the short power pole on our land that had leaned over 30 degrees and was evidently being supported by our power lines. Then we called them again when a dead tree fell over next to the pole and was also supported by the power lines.

    Ninety minutes later, in the teeth of 40mph wind and rain, one guy in a pickup drives up, gets out of the truck with a chain saw, takes the dead tree off the wires with one swipe of the saw, then changes out the saw for a length of rope. As I watch, he lassos the top of the pole, jockeys the line into position, hauls the pole mostly upright and ties off the line to nearby tree. Within ten minutes he’s gone to his next emergency.

    Last time we lived in an area served by Nstar in Massachusetts I was out of power for FOUR DAYS.

    The private sector is more efficient in extracting profits than delivering services. Nstar would have been moaning that the wind was blowing too hard and that they only have so many trucks. The public employees get ‘er done.

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    Cacti says:

    I look forward to the Star Wars series reboot directed by Michael Bay, with Larry the Cable Guy as the voice of Yoda.

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    @Comrade Mary: Al Swearengen is head of ANSI?

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    Robert Sneddon says:

    @👽 Martin:

    “On the upside, Yoda gets to be an Avenger now.”

    “Angry when I am, like me not you will.” He has a leg up on the role as he’s green to start with.

    [Wham][Wham][Wham][Wham] “Puny Sith.”

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    trollhattan says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    And James Coburn is dead. We are so screwed.

    Can’t his watch revive him if need be? It’s been awhile.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Maude, @Elizabelle:

    I’m not a total pushover. The “heated throw”–small heating pad inserted into a folded microfleece throw–was a compromise to keep her off the laptop keyboard, where her ass-typing had gotten so bad she renamed the “My Documents” folder and even opened a DOS box. WTF?! But between the heated throw and the fact that I put a password on the computer she hasn’t done any more damage, although she still occasionally manages to turn the computer off when I’m not around.

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    trollhattan says:

    I support this mashup. Only needs moar Wu and Calamity Jane.

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    PNW_WarriorWoman says:

    Greater Seattle, specifically Tacoma, rain, rain, rain. So we’re with people on the east coast in spirit and in actual weather without the wind. But…you know…it always rains here. Some folks love it. I didn’t grow up here so it drives me batty. Once my youngest child is college bound I’m packing the mini-van with an inflatable mattress and driving south to “Palm Something” for fall and winters. I’m thinking more and more that our household should invest in a portable generator. I know folks in emergency management here in my county. These people are crack professionals. Fire, flooding, earthquake…they do it all. Sis is volunteering at a Red Cross shelter in Greenwich, CT. She’s doing a 12 hour shift today as a volunteer. I’m proud she’s my sis. I’m wondering how long NYSE and NASDAQ will be down? They’re claiming they’re gonna open tomorrow. The Big Picture is the one to follow if you want quality balanced biz blog reading.

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    Hal says:

    So did Lucas sell the rights to the Star Wars universe with this deal? Star Wars alone seems like it would be worth at least a couple of billion.

    Also, still can’t get over Michael Brown criticizing Obama on the Hurricane efforts. What’s even worse, Gerry Sandusky gave an interview today saying he would like to give POTUS tips on how to be a good father and mentor.

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    negative 1 says:

    Here in RI a lot of coastal flooding (which is admittedly a lot of the state) but in the Providence area I didn’t even lose cable. Heard from a couple of folks that the northern part of the state, where there are still a few trees, most of the power was restored. Not much wind damage from all I’ve heard. As to the flooding – south coast still destroyed, but anecdotally the pictures I have seen were of predominately beach rental areas, so other than the URI students in the area it shouldn’t have been too many people’s primary residence getting destroyed. I do feel for the students, I saw a picture of my old college house which had flooded. All in all, not good but it could be worse.

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    MTiffany says:

    Ever notice that when some god-bothering cretin blames events like Sandy on teh gays and evil-kenyan-born-soshulists, certain folks say “Valid opinion.” However, when scientists say “Global warming is real,” those same certain people say “Junk science!”
    To those certain people I say: fuck you and please go die in a fire. I am not, of course, making threats against any candidate for any elected office in the United States; after all, I did say ‘please.’

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    @trollhattan: I have some candidates for Wu’s pigs to dispose of.

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    Maude says:

    I walk like a drunk sometimes. I don’t drink. Your bride has walking, sitting, standing, lying down issues. We have a lot in common.

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    LanceThruster says:

    Reports of such widespread devestation most often make me think of this from Dwight D. Eisenhower.


    [begin text]

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

    This world in arms is not spending money alone.

    It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

    The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

    It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

    It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.

    We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

    We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

    This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

    This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. These plain and cruel truths define the peril and point the hope that come with this spring of 1953.

    This is one of those times in the affairs of nations when the gravest choices must be made, if there is to be a turning toward a just and lasting peace.

    It is a moment that calls upon the governments of the world to speak their intentions with simplicity and with honesty.

    It calls upon them to answer the question that stirs the hearts of all sane men: is there no other way the world may live?

    [end text]

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    gozer galaxy s2 says:

    Lost power here in the Lehigh valley and its still out. Had to go to Wegmans to have phone or internet access. Luckily my college cancelled all activities and dr Mrs is on sabbatical this semester so we’re getting lots of reading done.

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    Maude says:

    Famous last words, I’m not a pushover.
    The cat got you to get a replacement for the warm keyboard.
    Sunday I bought salt water taffy.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Greater LA day for me and it’s condition red (out of sunscreen and beer).

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    Jay C says:

    Upper East Side of Manhattan was a fairly easy berth for the storm: a couple of flickers from the lights, but otherwise just another stormy night. Thankfully.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @ranchandsyrup: No, but he is in charge of pancake standards (which, I am sure, you have an abiding interest in.)

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    @La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes):

    Bless you for doing this.

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    Raven says:

    @Maude: In the past 5 years she has had a broken leg and a badly sprained ankle. They are telling her that her “issues” took a long time to develop and they are likely to take a long time to resolve.

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    quannlace says:

    Police have reported ZERO looting or crimes of opportunity in Newark. And ceaseless reports of acts of kindness abound everywhere.

    Ah, too bad. The folks at Free Republic were SO hoping for widespread looting.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Fabricate suitable shade and ferret out secondary alcohol sources until inventory is replenished.

    Stay frosty!

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    @Comrade Mary: Awesome! Thx for sharing and the lulz.

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    MTiffany says:


    I’m thinking more and more that our household should invest in a portable generator.

    Then please invest properly and hire an honest-to-goodness real electrician to install a dedicated household hookup for the thing. I believe the magic words are “double pole double throw transfer switch and a sub-panel.”

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    Redshift says:

    No more than intermittent power failures, but we had a small branch broken on the maple tree in the front yard. Oh, the humanity!

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    NotMax says:

    24 hours passed and FOX still not blaming Al Gore?

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    Steeplejack says:


    Key word: total pushover. Although you may have a point.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    I saw the term “meteorological 9/11” used on another social network, and the Daily Beast used it in a headline.

    I’ve already pissed off people at LGM about this, but frankly, this storm hasn’t yet come anywhere near the human toll that Katrina (not to mention her kinfolk Rita and Ike) visited on the Gulf Coast. I am truly sorry for the folks who are suffering, those who lost homes and those who lost their loved ones.

    But It Could Have Been Worse. And It Has Been.

    So there, call me an asshole if you like. I’m okay with that.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Along with the snark above, thoughts and prayers back to those affected in the Northeast; to a Californian, especially one that spends far too much time far too fucking close to the San Andreas fault (I could walk to evidence of it in a few minutes right now), this is kinda like looking into the future for what we’ll experience when (not if) the Big One hits. It’s more than a little unnerving (but comes with the deal if you like the sunshine).

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    NotMax says:


    Stay frosty!

    Reboot reference?

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    ’m sorry, but I don’t see anything about cocksucking in there. I checked the ANSI standards and there definitely has to be something about cocksucking in there.

    And no skullfucking of kittens, either. I am disappoint.

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    Raven says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: I’m not sure what you are so pissed off about? What the fuck is the difference which was worse?

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    The Moar You Know says:

    I walk like a drunk sometimes. I don’t drink.

    @Maude: Do you know what the issue is? I’ve been having this problem going on a decade, my grandfather did as well, and it’s annoying as hell, sometimes embarrassing as hell, and infrequently I get good and banged up.

    It’s intermittent. A good friend of mine asked me what it felt like. I said “nothing”. The ground feels level, I feel level, and then WHAM I’m right into a doorframe, and find that I’ve been leaning at about a ten degree angle.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Raven: Meteorological 9/11? Really? Hyperbole much?

    ETA: Maybe it’s just having grown up in an area prone to hurricane threats every year, and the upper East Coast gets one storm and suddenly it’s ZOMG hurricane apocalypse!

    I should have stayed off the Twitter the past couple of days, probably.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    Came out this AM, turned left to find my street closed — washout and wire down to the right, but it was off to the right. So no detour. Plenty of limbs down, but no trees.

    Power out for a few minutes — a year ago Irene was good for four-five days.

    Central Main Power caught a lot of crap for the last few years’ worth of outages — I average five-six days a year w/o power, with most in the winter from ice and nor’easters. So they’ve been trimming aggressively all late summer and fall. I don’t think there’s anything left up there to come down, with the Ice Storm of ’98 beginning the cull.

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    LanceThruster says:


    I think I got it from “Generation Kill.”

    I also like the words of famed Naval Commander Cap’n Crunch…

    Stay crunchy, men.

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    Raven says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: I mean I don’t really care one way or the other but the magnitude of this storm is pretty intense.

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    BobS says:

    We’ve had 2 days of sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range and gusts of 60 mph coming off of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Freighter traffic between Lake Superior and Lake Huron was suspended yesterday because of the predictions of 25-35 foot waves (the wave that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior was 25 feet).
    Our county road commission had to plow sand drifts off the highway fronting Saginaw Bay. It’s also raining and I’ve read that the only thing that prevented flooding is the historically low lake level. There’s pockets of power outages due to downed trees.

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    NotMax says:


    Mooslum wizards conjured up a storm and pointed it at NYC?

    Damn that Hogwarts affirmative action program.

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    TerryC says:

    We live in the country just outside of Ann Arbor proper; 7 miles from the center of campus, and we face north. Since we have no neighbors to worry about we never rake leaves. Last night the high sustained winds raked our front yard clean for us :)

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    👽 Martin says:

    @LanceThruster: ‘Stay frosty’ goes at least back to Aliens.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Raven: Like I said, I’m actually glad it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been. But I also remember seeing stretches of the Gulf Coast wiped clean (places I used to drive through all the time), and bodies floating in the water in 2005 and people stranded on bridges and stuck in the Superdome. And this has not been a “meteorological 9/11.”

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    Raven says:

    The impact of the French Revolution? “Too early to say.”

    Thus did Zhou Enlai – in responding to questions in the early 1970s about the popular revolt in France almost two centuries earlier – buttress China’s reputation as a far-thinking, patient civilisation.

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    Baud says:


    meteorological 9/11

    Is that term being used because NY was hit? A typhoon hitting Hawaii might be called a meteorological Pearl Harbor.

    Not that I disagree that media coverage tends to favor the coasts.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @👽 Martin:

    So many great lines from that…

    Hudson: That’s it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?

    Hudson: Hey, maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

    Ripley: Hudson! This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training.
    [to Newt]
    Ripley: Right?
    [Newt apes a salute]
    Hudson: Why don’t you put her in charge?

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    NotMax says:


    Nitpick: Typhoon a designation for cyclonic storms in northwestern Pacific.

    Hawaii subject to hurricanes.

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    Violet says:

    @Raven: I’m only just seeing what you’ve written here about your wife, but I want to mention that this treatment has really helped my hip/low back injury and has allowed me to get back to my normal life (I couldn’t lift grocery bags or garden or do much more than walk short distances at a slow pace): BEST Technique. The treatment works by balancing your body and removing any psychological issues related to the physical complaints.

    It seems like utter mumbo jumbo, but frankly I don’t care. It has worked for me when nothing else did. I am now able to do pretty much everything I want to do and it has been a long multi-year struggle and rehab.

    It’s non-invasive, you don’t have to undress, it’s not painful, in fact you come out of it very relaxed. The guy I see is fairly inexpensive and the treatment been incredibly effective for me. My friends and family members, who include skeptical science-types, will back me up. They don’t understand how it can work, and I don’t really either, but I don’t really care. It has enabled me to get back to my life.

    If your wife has sciatica or another ongoing, long-term structural physical problem, it might at least be worth a look.

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    Keith G says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Just saw the Weather Channel hurricane guy say “This is New Jersey’s Katrina.” He needs to get punched in the bag.

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    Mack says:

    Middle Tennessee here. Wind failed to blow away all the clueless rednecks. Coping.

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    Maude says:

    @The Moar You Know:
    I have inner ear imbalance as well as the hip issues. I can’t believe I’m talking about this. Most people around me don’t know any of it.
    I bet dollars to donuts it’s inner ear.
    I came out of the bath tub backward one time without even knowing it until I saw I was facing the wrong way.
    One kind of inner ear is the vertigo, I don’t have that. I have the lose all sense of where I am and can go down.
    It comes and goes. It’s not constant.
    Some medications make it worse.
    You have to be careful when you feel a bit off.
    Try explaining this to a doctor.
    When I was 14, I had all the brain tumor tests done. That’s how I found out what it was.
    I never thought about it being inherited, but it would make sense.

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    Svensker says:

    No problems for us in Toronto, but our friends and family in NY/NJ are having some unpleasantness Mom has no power, sis has no power, cousins have 3 trees down in their yard, friends in Hoboken have 2 feet of water in their first floor. PATH trains between NJ/NY predicted to be out for at least a week.

    Not the end of the world but not very much fun, either. The sheer numbers of people this has affected is incredible — and still, not nearly as bad as it could have been.

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    Kool Earl says:

    15 miles west of Philly. Honestly, if it wasnt for a 24 hour outage, on a local level, this storm wouldnt have been memorable in that I have been through more than a few worse than this.

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    Maeve says:

    Here in Southeast Alaska our run of FREAKISH weather has ended – it was SUNNY for 10 days is a row!!!! When normally October is the rainiest month of the year (avg. ~13 inches in Oct – the first year I moved here it we had over 20 inches – rained day and night for the month) Record cold for the dates (Temps from lows of 25 to 40F in the day – it got down to 25F – it only gets cold here when its sunny because the clouds normally hold in the heat))

    Today it was back to normal – cloudy – scattering of snow in the am changing to cold rain (temp high 30s)

    Tsunami on Saturday related to B.C earthquake resulted in 4 inch waves here.

    I put up a bird feeder during the freakish sunny weather. Dark eyed Juncos (Oregon variation) were the main visitors and a couple of Steller’s Jays but today I had what I believe where Chestnut Backed Chickadees.

    At one time I lived in southern N.J. outside Philadelphia so I know there was flooding there. My old house was on relatively high ground but there are neighborhoods in Philadelphia which must have major flooding.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Maude: I had something like that recently. Still getting tests. It’s a PITA to diagnose.

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    Maude says:

    Yes it is. It’s elusive. There’s nothing for it.
    I have sat down suddenly on sidewalks because I thought I was going to go down.
    If you stand with your eyes closes and start losing your balance, that is inner ear.
    When I walk, I veer to the left…ha, ha.
    This storm is nothing like 9/11.

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    greenergood says:

    Flight from Scotland to NY today, for annual month-long visit with mom, was cancelled a couple of days ago – new flight on Friday. Mom pissed to have 3 less days to annoy me. She is without power or phone – my aunt’s got a Blackberry, so she’s been getting emails, so I know Mom’s alive, and waiting… Unfair, I know, she’s 82 – but Election Night could be … tense. (I think I’ll go out.)

    So sad to see the fires at Breezy Point – as far as I remember from a high-school friend’s house many years ago, it’s a relatively down-to-earth working-class (sorry, US translation ‘middle-class’) neighbourhood with no pretentions and probably not too much money, that happened to happily be beside the seaside.

    It strikes me that we look at disasters/famines, etc. in 3rd World countries and think ‘oh poor them, maybe send some money’; we look at disasters like the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami and think ‘oh poor them, but they’re a developed country, so they’ll be okay’, and then we look at what’s happened with H’cane Sandy and maybe think ‘Whoah, this is for real, and it’s time to figure this out, climate-wise/crumbling infrastructure-wise’ But then you realise that half the country thinks that the demise of New York City (aka Sodom and Gomorrah) would be justified in the eyes of the Lord, and that’s when I start to despair.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @SatanicPanic: Dude, if I can paraphrase Florida writer John D. MacDonald: Sure the weather’s great in (Florida, San Diego, etc) in October. But the weather’s great everywhere in North America in October. And May, also, too.

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    Reposted from an earlier thread. WTF is this shit?

    The Man Behind @ComfortablySmug, Hurricane Sandy’s Worst Twitter Villain
    He’s a hedge fund analyst, Republican political consultant, and deliberate spreader of false information.
    During the storm last night, user @comfortablysmug was the source of a load of frightening but false information about conditions in New York City that spread wildly on Twitter and onto news broadcasts before Con Ed, the MTA, and Wall Street sources had to take time out of the crisis situation to refute them.

    Are there any of these guys who aren’t straddling the line between total asshole and outright sociopath?

    Someone in the other thread pointed out that this is pretty much a “shouting fire in a crowded theater” situation and that this guy should face criminal charges. It’s be nice to see one of these assholes go down for something.

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    Violet says:

    @Maude: Is it Ménière’s disease? A friend of mine has that and has ended up on the ground on sidewalks, supermarkets, etc. It was really scary for her when her kids were young–and scary for them. She takes a ton of vitamins and it’s better when she stays focused on doing that kind of preventative stuff.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Richard Fox: What’s left for you guys in terms of mass transportation into Manhattan?

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    The Bobs says:

    @👽 Martin:

    And ceaseless reports of acts of kindness abound everywhere.

    I think that part was just Cory Booker.

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    gogol's wife says:

    We got off fairly easy in inland Connecticut, so now my anxiety has turned back to the election. I hate to say I fell a little in love with Christie today when he told the Fox & friends that he didn’t care what Romney did. (I know there’s a political calculation there, but still it was satisfying.) I guess this is the new climate-changed normal, and we’d all better get used to it. I’m not doing well. It’s taking me back to spending hours in a KC basement listening to the transistor radio and wondering if the tornado was going to hit me.

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    Violet says:

    @greenergood: Be prepared for a completely full flight. My flight from London yesterday was completely full and they left stand-bys at the gate.

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    Violet says:

    @dr. bloor: I wonder if enterprising pedi-cab folks will appear out of thin air to ferry people across bridges?

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    Vlad says:

    My mom and dad have a place in south Jersey. Town Bank, which is about the same distance up the state as Wildwood, but on the bay side rather than the ocean side. Fortunately, they came through it OK – the storm surge got right up near the top of the dunes, but didn’t quite make it over, so other than some downed trees and the like they’re in good shape. Certainly nothing to complain about when you look at the people who were on the weather side of the state.

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    Ripley: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
    Hudson: Fuckin’ A!

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    PeakVT says:

    @Jay in Oregon: WTF is this shit?

    Conservative asshole shit.

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    @Jay in Oregon:

    Are there any of these guys who aren’t straddling the line between total asshole and outright sociopath?

    Yes; the ones who have boldly stepped across the line into outright sociopath. I think there are a couple of them on the Republican national ticket.

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    Lyrebird says:

    nuthin’ but rain and moderate winds in my corner of central PA, maybe 10% of people lost power. local authorities were being proactive; dunno if low-lying roads are flooded bc we were told to jolly well stay home today. PHEW. Can hardly believe the NYC pictures.

    Got family in NJ & CT, latter have no phone or electric but they’re expert campers. Good thoughts to everyone dealing w/outages & disruptions!

    OT: when does this guy get sued, please?

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    Raven says:

    @Violet: thanks! No practitioner close by but I’ve shared it.

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    Jennifer says:

    RE: Obama controlling the weather through HAARP – that is SO passe. I mean, way back in the early ’80s Nicos Cassadine had the technology to freeze Port Charles on General Hospital. Those of you who were in college in the early-mid-80s during the “Luke-n-Laura” craze for GH will know what I’m talking about.

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    double nickel says:

    I have 3 friends in the NYC area, so far only heard from 2 of them. hope Jason is OK.

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    Jeff(the other one) says:

    @Eli-Victor Cruz-Manning: We did luck out up here, but had teh storm been a 100 or so miles further up the coast when it turned we might have been f@#ked

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    dmsilev says:

    (paraphrasing something seen elsewhere on the intertubes)

    This could have all been prevented if ordinary citizens had the right to carry concealed hurricanes.

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    Violet says:

    @Raven: If you google the technique and your location, you might find someone. I’ve found their database is not always up to date. I hope your wife finds something that helps.

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    @dr. bloor: I have been trying to figure that out. I am right on F line and that is out, as is the R train. So presume express bus at this point. Problem for me is I work in Hoboken so normally take train to Manhattan then switch to Path. So I am doubly screwed. :-) Yet somehow I think this not the biggest prob. There’s far worse Lord knows… Cheers.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @dmsilev: I could get behind that if the first movie is “The Messy Death of Jar Jar Binks.”

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    Mike G says:

    @Jay in Oregon:

    Republican political consultant, and deliberate spreader of false information.

    Department of Redundancy Department.

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    sparrow says:

    @The Moar You Know: Do you have ADD? I plain just stop paying attention sometimes and find myself running into a doorjam. But then I also park crooked as hell because I don’t care 50% of the time. I also have very low energy levels and I think running into things is a consequence of trying to walk lazy esp. when this is done subconsciously. Probably not sinister.

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    taylormattd says:

    This is for DougJ. You’re welcome:

    Matt Bai:

    In books and speeches before he became president, Obama showed himself to be an evocative storyteller; …

    All of which makes it even more baffling that Obama’s presidential alter-ego, this grayer and more somber version of his literary self, spent the past four years immersed in legislative minutiae and marching out dull slogans. …. “It’s been random and unconnected.” David Gergen, who advised four presidents on communications, likens the larger story of an administration to a clothesline. “You adopt your clothesline, and then you hang all your policies from it,” he told me. “They’re missing the clothesline.”

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    dmsilev says:

    @Rosie Outlook: My theory is that we know what happened to Jar Jar. See, at the very end of the third films, there’s the funeral of Queen Amidala, and you see Jar Jar in among the mourners. What is not commonly realized is that Naboo-ian royal burial rituals include interring the servants of the royal as well…

    After the tomb was sealed, many eons passed and people forgot the ancient evil that still waited within. Until one day, somebody opened the crypt and the undead J’Har J’Har was once more unleashed upon an unsuspecting galaxy.

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    peej says:

    I’d like to give a big shout out to the US Postal Service. I’m in Maryland and have gotten my mail delivered both yesterday and today…whereas UPS held up a scheduled delivery due to the storm. Private industry, my ass.

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    Violet says:

    @Raven: Also wanted to mention that it’s not the kind of treatment that has to be done every week for three months or whatever. An initial appointment and another one a few weeks later and maybe another one after that can make a world of difference. Might be worth traveling to give it a go if nothing else is helping.

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    Ronzoni Rigatoni says:

    @Raven: well, Andrew in ’92
    was the worst I have seen in a lifetime in S. FL, But none of ’em are fun. ‘Specially if you’re not used to ’em. ‘Course, CAT 1’s are like the Lake Erie squalls I knew as a mere wisp of a lad.

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    geg6 says:

    The pictures from New York and New Jersey are just terrible. But it seems that the vast majority of the people there took precautions and the loss of life is minimal, if terrible, and the numbers may climb so I am only cautiously optimistic. Sent a little to the Red Cross today.

    Shockingly little wind damage around here. It was really blowing after 9pm last night. The only thing damaged at our house was the stink bug trap. Which should have been inside at this point anyway. Not a flicker of the lights and the satellite dish never flaked out even a little. The big oak in the backyard that was swaying in the wind is fine. It rained a lot today (just like yesterday), but the winds have certainly calmed and the rain is lighter and has some pauses. It’s kinda cold (low 40s) but not cold enough for snow, thank dog. I’m pretty sure there will be some flooding, probably over the weekend, when it seems the rain should finally be gone. All that snow in WVA will come down the Mon and make the rivers around here go up, I’m sure. And all the rain already had them running swift and deep.

    But that’s nothing compared to what others are going through. We’re lucky.

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    dmsilev says:

    @taylormattd: I saw the link to that story on the Times’ home page, and some deep-seated reaction buried far in my subconscious screamed “DANGER! STOP! DON’T CLICK!”. Apparently my subconscious knows what it’s doing.

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    taylormattd says:

    @dmsilev: Matt Fucking Bai quoting David Fucking Gergen, about how Obama lost his groove by failing to have . . . a clothesline.

    Excuse me, I’m going to go hang myself.

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    Violet says:

    @taylormattd: With a clothesline?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: This is true. But really, San Diego weather only regularly sucks in May and June. And we have good Mexican food.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    At another friend’s apartment waiting for the fiancée to finish at work. Go this sucks. Cannot wait to fly Friday

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    dmsilev says:

    @taylormattd: Isn’t it time to put David Gergen out to pasture? Preferably a pasture that doesn’t get cell phone or other communications coverage.

    As for Matt Bai, he’s just a generic waste of space. There are any number of Politco writers who could replace him and nobody would notice.

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    @peej: very good point. Mom worked for the postal union, I have nothing but praise for the hard working carriers doing their jobs and getting it done without complaint. Hate the demonization the right has been throwing out there. Makes me sick actually. Cheers.

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    @taylormattd: I would like to clothesline Matt Bai and David fucking Gergen.

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    scav says:

    @Jay in Oregon: Thing is, theres just not a real social downside to being an amoral shit anymore. @ComfortablySmug would probably enjoy any backlash most of us might give him — although some cold looks from the less benighted of his monetary peers might slow him down a second (before he called them commies that should aquire a sense of humor and he’s an artist and smarter than all of you, so there). Media attention might just thrill him to his very … sole, better spelling … although maybe he hasn’t thought everything through in the present instance. I’m really trying to hope here, but i’ve not seen a lot of learning on similar behavior on the interwebs. Any attention, and the more intense and constant and ALLCAPS NO ONE ELSE CAN SPEAK IF I’M HERE seems to be the current gold standard of brand and personal brand management.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @dmsilev: Put some goat horns and some green skin make-up on David Gergen he would look like a villain on Star Trek.

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    2liberal says:

    My dad lives just at about the middle of the Middletown/Portsmouth line on this map. He lost power for about 18 hours. His house is on high ground and he didn’t have any flooding problems.


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    FlyingToaster says:

    Our property is doing just fine here in MetroWest Boston (actually, not so west, but that’s what they’re calling the inner-burbs as well as 1% towns like Weston), but both preschool and work (in Newton) were cancelled M-T due to power outages. And trees down in the effing D-line stations.

    Our neighborhood lost a LOT of small branches (one of my neighbor’s frontage looks like a missle hit it), but the town trucks were picking it all up. All of the outages were actual falling trees; the bough removal by NStar this summer seems to have been successful. So there’s still about a thousand folks out, due to a tree that snapped 2 phone poles and the corner of a house.

    There’s no word yet on if they’ll have the power back on to the D-Line (HerrDoktor Toaster works right next to Riverside), but school and the Halloween party are definitely back on.

    @gogol’s wife:

    It’s taking me back to spending hours in a KC basement listening to the transistor radio and wondering if the tornado was going to hit me.

    Been there. Used to bet my dad every spring for what natural disaster would hit Olathe, and which personal acquaintance would get walloped. I won the personal acquaintance bet in 1978, when my JHS physics teacher’s house got blown away by a tornado; I was the kid stationed in the W window watching for cats’ claws and saw it come down. Heh.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Why was Chuck Todd on the nightly news whitewashing Willard’s fake relief efforts and Jeep lies?

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    Baud says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Because his side’s losing.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:


    Thing is, theres just not a real social downside to being an amoral shit anymore.

    Well, violentacrez might disagree with you there.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:


    And we have good Mexican food.

    You do at that. I lived there a bit many years ago in Point Loma and Ocean Beach. I miss the Mexican food since I moved here on the Right Coast. Although crabcakes and cheesesteaks sort of make up for it.

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    scav says:

    @scav: not everyone, just an increasibg sub-population. Loud and pushy can stay on all sidewalks, but determidly stupid while loud, pushy and self-indulgently / amorally proud of it . . .

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    efroh says:

    Check out this jerk. GOP campaign op naturally.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Laugh Out Loud.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Baud: I realize Todd is a hack, but now GM has joined Jeep in pummeling Willard for his lies. This isn’t an Obama attack. The vaunted private sector is hammering Willard, but Todd acted like both sides had valid arguments.

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    scav says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: must admit, thats the first I’ve ever heard of him, so I’m not sure how it might be worked into any general rule yet. Does he mind his notority? still reading about him, no sign of it yet.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Yes, Olathe seemed to have a target painted on it. After all that, though, the only tornado I ever actually experienced was in New Haven, CT.

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    Baud says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    I was watching the Romney Jeep ads on MSNBC, and it’s interesting that they wrote it so that if you read each individual sentence in isolation, they are all technically correct. That gives Todd cover to argue “who knows who’s right?’

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Jay in Oregon:

    Are there any of these guys who aren’t straddling the line between total asshole and outright sociopath?

    Yes. Plenty of them. I still have friends from my days as a trader. The problem is that they never do anything that you hear about.

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    chopper says:

    got really lucky here in brooklyn. power never went out, tho trees are down all over the place. the rest of the city is a hot mess but we really lucked the fuck out.

    was worried about losing power so i cooked up a storm and had everybody in the building over for a huge dinner. that was actually really awesome. it helps that we’re friends with everyone in the building and they’re all really cool.

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    Violet says:

    @J. Michael Neal: Hedge fund managers or analysts are not necessarily the same breed as traders.

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    Violet says:

    @chopper: If power is out for some but not others in your area, you might find people start sharing via extension cables. That happened in my area after a major hurricane. Extension cables from one side of the street to the other, all the way down streets. And after a week of that, the transformer blew so no one had power for the remaining week it took to get electricity restored.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @scav: He went on AC360 after the story broke. Lost his job, health insurance, and has become something of a pariah. He tried to sound contrite on AC360.

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    scav says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: ahh. “tried” makes it interesting. ta.

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    beltane says:

    Did Sandy eat our front pagers?

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    Lojasmo says:

    cool and sunny in southeast minnesota. Sorely disappointed at the lack of snowmageddon.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Poopyman: Damn you! I just spend a few hours watching clips of the Muppets. The show with Elton John was pretty good. The Star Wars one, not so much.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @beltane: Not Sandy, but Tunch did. They were nutritious and delicious.

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    Keith G says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    realize Todd is a hack, but now GM has joined Jeep in pummeling Willard for his lies. This isn’t an Obama attack. The vaunted private sector is hammering Willard, but Todd acted like both sides had valid arguments.

    Re: the lie

    I would feel a lot better if the Obama campaign did more (or even some) direct confrontation about this – even if just to say that no one who wants to be a leader should intentionally scare folks with wildly false stories. I hope Obama is in Ohio tomorrow being very blunt.

    Time is short.

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    jak says:

    From the WP:

    Hurricane Sandy dealt a heavy blow to Chincoteague Island, but its wild ponies were thought to be safe.

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    SFAW says:


    Until one day, somebody opened the crypt and the undead J’Har J’Har was once more unleashed upon an unsuspecting galaxy.

    Is there any particular reason you hate us, and apparently humankind in general? Because that’s what your comment indicates.

    Many more like that, and we’ll get some Official Gergen-Approved Clothesline for you. Either that, or stick you in that crypt with Jar Jar.

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    mainmati says:

    Here in Silver Spring, MD, we had more than 24 hours of steady rain so the whole DC region is flooded. Fortunately, unlike the derrecho, we didn’t lose power for many days. Winds blew hard but obviously not hard enough (35-40 mph on avg.). Fair amount of small debris but nothing like NJ and NYC.

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    virginia says:

    Thanks for asking, John.

    I’m normally pretty cool about these events, having lived in and out of the Washington DC area for most of my 57 years, but this one freaked me out.

    We made it through just fine having been prepared since last Friday but the relief I felt at midnight last night was intense and my heart normally stony goes out to those affected — I’m old and happily travelled enough to feel for those states most devastated.

    We here dodged a bullet but for real all I can think about is Clinton’s speech on the heels of Oklahoma City and to some watered down degree about how Arlington Va felt after September 11th.

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    virginia says:

    Thanks for asking, John.

    I’m normally pretty cool about these events, having lived in and out of the Washington DC area for most of my 57 years, but this one freaked me out.

    We made it through just fine having been prepared since last Friday but the relief I felt at midnight last night was intense and my heart normally stony goes out to those affected — I’m old and happily travelled enough to feel for those states most devastated.

    We here dodged a bullet but for real all I can think about is Clinton’s speech on the heels of Oklahoma City and to some watered down degree about how Arlington Va felt after September 11th.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Watching Rachel Maddow tonight seeing video of drowned subway stations suggests recovery in NYC will be long. She had a lot of footage of the devastation in NJ. Gov Christie is right to say: Forget politics. He will need enormous help for his state. And so many people still flooded and without power.

    Yesterday, in Western MA, the wind was ceaseless. And eerie. This was the fringe of the storm. Little damage. Never lost power. But the wind was so Wizard of Oz, so spooky, everyone’s nerves were shot.

    It was like any minute a branch could slam through your window, but what could you do? And the wind howled on, non-stop. Understand now how pioneers on the plains went crazy from the winds.

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    Ed in NJ says:

    I consider it a miracle we went relatively unscathed in our part of NJ. Howling, ferocious winds for hours, but all the trees fell in the same direction, away from the houses and power lines. So many transformer explosions but yet we never lost power, but for a few minutes a couple of times.

    The thing is, we were devastated just a year ago, with some folks around here just moving back home a couple of months ago. Other than some pockets of power outages, and some commercial building damage downtown, we’re okay. Maybe someone was looking out for us.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Richard Fox: Check the MTA website if they any updated information on the tunnels to Jersey. Also find the Path website.

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    @PurpleGirl: will do. Thanks for that.
    Just watched Rachel Maddow, the flooding in Hoboken was worse than I feared. Horrible in fact. Lord have mercy.

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    Trinity says:

    I realize this thread is old but we just got power back last night. Anyway, we live in Frederick MD on the outer edge of the Municipal Forest. Our driveway is just under a half mile that winds through the trees. Our house is (was) well hidden and surrounded by trees. Our back yard slopes downward toward two small creeks that meet at the bottom of the hill. Well the creeks were small before Sandy. They have quadrupled in width since the storm.

    Sandy brought down 30+ good sized trees around our property. A dozen of them landed up and down our driveway trapping us in on the first day. Our backyard looks like a collection of tree dominoes. Once we got power back and saw what happened to all those folks in NJ, CT, and NY we are grateful we didn’t suffer far worse. Our landscape is dramatically changed but I simply can’t complain about that. We are blessed.

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