August 29, 2011

In the Aftermath of the Tremendous Carnage Left Behind by Irene You've Probably Let the Quake Slip Your Mind

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Posted by Vanderleun at August 29, 2011 4:22 PM
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I know ... only 35 dead is such a disappointment. Those east coast pussies don't even know how to rack up a proper death toll. And the hundreds of thousands still without power in Richmond and Norfolk ... pfft. Where are all the BODIES we were promised?

Ghoul.

Posted by: bubbela at August 29, 2011 7:11 PM

bubbela:
Actually, that picture is about the Virginia earthquake. I saw it before Irene hit.

Irene turned out to be a complex mix of media hype and reality. The media focused on NYC, while the widespread devastation in Vermont goes almost unnoticed.

Posted by: rickl at August 29, 2011 7:17 PM

rickl:

Understood. I was reacting to the headline. The damage done by Irene in places like NC, southern Virginia, and Vermont may not be enough to satisfy the appetites of some, but I bet it feels pretty bad to the people who experienced it -- and those who were in danger of much worse -- just the same.

Class warfare bad; geographic warfare yummy!

Posted by: bubbela at August 29, 2011 7:30 PM

bubbela:
I'm in southeastern PA, and caught the edge of the storm. I came through fine, but there is plenty of flooding, power outages, and tree damage to homes in this area.

Irene turned out to be less than expected in terms of wind damage and storm surge at the beaches. But it dropped a hellacious amount of rain, much of it on areas which were already completely saturated. Inland flooding along rivers and streams is the real story of this storm, which I think the media largely missed.

Posted by: rickl at August 29, 2011 8:15 PM

Oh, and I think the "Never Forget" picture is hilarious, and I have it taped to the wall where I work. I felt the quake, along with one other person at work. Three other co-workers didn't even notice it.

Posted by: rickl at August 29, 2011 8:24 PM

Glad you came through okay. It's no fun being in the path of a storm that unpredictable. As always in this type of thing, some were luckier than others.

I laughed at the patio chair picture too, and passed it around to friends and family last week. For us it was a little more stressful at first because I work in a very high-target building and we weren't sure it wasn't an explosion. When we found out it was "just" an earthquake, it was a relief!

Posted by: bubbela at August 29, 2011 8:58 PM

Speaking of wheather: Texas is right now, so hot, that in some parts, the dust is rising and blowing now. They could use a good soaking, right about now.

Posted by: Jewel at August 29, 2011 9:03 PM

Jewel:

I read that you had 40 straight days over 100 degrees at one point, and still no relief in sight. I can't imagine -- it sounds awful. I hope you get some relief soon!

Posted by: bubbela at August 29, 2011 9:27 PM

We're a nation of weenies anymore. And, apparently, humor-challenged.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 30, 2011 12:17 PM

Never forget! Winning!

Posted by: StephenB at August 31, 2011 9:36 AM
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