Making a Mockery

August 25, 2011

Where I come from, hurricanes are pretty rare.

We’ve had a couple come through, that I remember . . . Floyd had us in a tizz when I first went to college–lots of traffic from evacuations, I think, and Hurricane Opal closed schools on the day I was supposed to be decorating for my sophomore year homecoming dance.  Once the storm passed, our student council decorating committee met up at the school and hung streamers by the light of camping lanterns.

. . . come to think of it, I might have had my district speech competition that weekend.  Huh.  Didn’t remember those two together *at all*.

But anyway, it’s always been just *storms*.  I know how to handle storms. . . keep an eye out for tornados, roll down the deck umbrella, and have candles handy for when the power goes out.

Now they’re talking about Hurricane Irene hitting at or near NYC, and I’m taking it semi-seriously. 

I’m going to buy a jug of water, and some candles in case we lose power, and I need to get a collar and leash for my cat.  My apartment is in a storm surge zone, but I’m on the third floor, so Emma and I will ride out the storm here (unless we get a mandatory evacuation order, and I don’t want to try to deal with her just in her cat carrier or hiding under a cabinet somewhere if the weather gets dicey).  My landlord has asked us to stow the backyard furniture and pull a/c units out of the windows, and that makes sense to me.

Y’know what I *really* *really* want to do, though?

I want to put those hurricane taunting signs in the windows.  I always thought that was kind of cool when I saw it on the news.

Hmmm. . . what rhymes with Irene?

Mean.  Scene.  Clean.  (And  my brain insists that I add, “bo-bene.”  I don’t think my brain fully understands what we’re trying to do here.)

Anyone got a sharpie?


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