September 16, 2003

Hurricane Isabel

For those of you who don’t keep up with the news, a huge fucking hurricane is expected to hit the DC metro area by midday Thursday. Being from the west coast – land of earthquakes and brush fires – I have no idea what to expect. Frankly, I didn’t even think it would affect me until last night. I was under the impression that hurricanes only bother people who live in beach cities – and as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am NO WHERE NEAR the beach. But I AM near the fucking Chesapeake Bay… and this Isabel bitch is supposed to travel right up it and land on ME!

I called my dad last night to see if he had any advice for how to prepare. His response, “I would call up that Ohio school and see if they still have a spot for you.”

Ah, my family – always with the funny, rarely with the helpful.

I woke up ass early this morning to go buy bottled water and nonparishables before the stores sold out. We decided as a house that we don’t have the money to go buy plywood (which is selling for $33 a sheet – capitalist bastards). On the upside, we realized that with 2 gay boys in the house, we are totally set when it comes to candles – so when the power goes out, we are good to go on the mood lighting.

I’ll probably be out of contact for a few days… but hope that I’m safe. Most people tell me that things will be fine. They are expecting 170mph winds for about 24 hours. But we have a big, comfy basement – and plenty of grad school reading to keep us safe and occupied.

Wish me luck!

Posted by j*2the*olie at September 16, 2003 08:52 AM

when i was that the name of the hurricane was spelled with an A and not an O, i got sad because i've had bjork's song "isobel" stuck in my head for days now cuz i had only heard the hurricane mentioned on the radio.

Posted by: jason r on September 16, 2003 02:00 PM

i was wondering if you would write about this after i saw it on the news. good luck! stay safe!

Posted by: michele on September 16, 2003 03:20 PM

batten down the hatches! bring the cows down cellar!

if you had cows, that is, which i think you probably don't. consider yourself fortunate not to have to spend any amount of time inside with them.

Posted by: dianna on September 16, 2003 07:56 PM

good thing you're not in ohio. then you'd have cows.

Posted by: michele on September 16, 2003 08:15 PM

Most people? Those other people must have really brought ya down...

At least your basement sounds better than any of the ones I ever saw at UPS.

Posted by: Melanie on September 16, 2003 10:26 PM

well - I've done everything I can do. my house is stocked full of bottled water and nonparshiables. we've got candles and batteries on hand. and the bathtub is full of water so we can use buckets to flush the toilet.

We just lost power for a while and it came back on. But I'm shutting my computer down now so it doesn't get fussy.

Seeya all after the storm!


Posted by: Jolie on September 18, 2003 01:15 PM

the toilet is not something i would have thought of. kudos to you, miss won't-have-to-live-with-a-stinky-toilet.

Posted by: dianna on September 18, 2003 11:47 PM

Indeed miss J, you seem well prepared. Hope you're snug as a bug in a rug in a basement - sans cows. I am eagerly awaiting more details of your adventures battling Mother Nature!

Posted by: kati on September 19, 2003 01:14 AM