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Good luck, East Coast folks!

Posted on 2011.08.26 at 16:20
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'Ships on a Stormy Sea' by Jan Porcellis.

Best of luck and God bless you, East Coast friends, as you brace for Hurricane Irene.

I am not in danger here in the upper Midwest, but my brother and mother live in the Virginia suburbs of D.C. And my California sister just arrived yesterday for a long-scheduled visit with my mother. Good thing she wasn't planning to fly in tomorrow!

Today, to go get more groceries and supplies in case of an extended power outage, my sister, still jet-lagged, got in my mom's car and it wouldn't start. Grrr. (The car is ten years old, but has only a few thousand miles on it, since my mom barely drove and now doesn't drive at all.) My mom's neighbours, absolute angels, brought my sister to the store. My brother left work early to come take a look at the car; sounds like a dead battery (probably it's the one that came with the car; I guess they get old even without being driven much). My brother plans to spend the night on his boat at its marina, where it's docked in an arm of the Potomac just south of D.C. He said a bunch of his other boating pals at the marina are going to have a hurricane party and hang out until it looks too dangerous. They're hoping it'll just [literally] blow over and they can stay and party through the whole thing. Guys.

The "angel" neighbours, who gave my sister the ride, themselves just got back yesterday from visiting family that live near the Maryland shore. They helped battened down the hatches before they drove back. His family has farmed there for two hundred years, so they have weathered many, many storms and don't plan to evacuate.

Apart from family, I have friends and acquaintance all up and down the middle Atlantic seaboard. New York, Philadelphia, even tiny Manteo, NC, a town near the ocean now bracing for the coming landfall. I worked in a summer theatre there during my college summers. I know a lot of you internet friends live in the path of the storm, too. Stay safe, and I hope you aren't put through too much hardship. May the storm weaken, better, may it go out to sea. Yeah!



Aspiring screenwriter.
ladyhadhafang at 2011-08-26 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. *Hugs*
mechtild at 2011-08-26 22:03 (UTC) (Link)
*hugs you back* (P.S. Good icon for getting through a flood.)
shirebound at 2011-08-26 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
I'll be glued to the Weather Channel all weekend. My brother in NJ and my dad in Philly, as well as all of my east coast friends and relatives, are in my thoughts.

Hurricane party! Guys, indeed. I hope everyone stays safe and dry.
mechtild at 2011-08-26 22:05 (UTC) (Link)
I see you've got friends and family in harm's way, too, Shirebound. Yes, I'll be watching a lot of weather, too. Hopefully lots of reports featuring disappointed announcers and interviews with people irate because they boarded up their homes and bought piles of provisions "for nothing". ;)
jan_u_wine at 2011-08-26 22:17 (UTC) (Link)
be safe, everyone! (and what a lovely post, Mech....even when you are being the storm-watch(wo)man, you make it beautiful)
mechtild at 2011-08-26 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
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mechtild at 2011-08-27 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
That's good to hear, Mews. I'm hoping that's all that happens around the D.C. suburbs. I was there at my mom's a few years back when there was a hurricane, a smaller one, which knocked down trees in the neighbourhood and tore off branches, but the power only went out momentarily. It went off for a long time in some other metropolitan areas, however. I guess we won't know until it happens.
primula_baggins at 2011-08-27 01:33 (UTC) (Link)
"He said a bunch of his other boating pals at the marina are going to have a hurricane party and hang out until it looks too dangerous."

Wow, your brother is either brave or... :-)

God bless us all, everyone! May the storm weaken, indeed.

mechtild at 2011-08-27 01:50 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, my brother is in the "or..." category, ha ha. Or so I think. I suppose they'll be fine, knowing when to get out of their moored boats and sprint up the dock before everything turns to splinters. They are all experienced boaters, and people who've seen some bad weather in their day. But, yes, like you (like everyone?), I just hope the whole hurricane downgrades to something less monstrous than the predictions. Better to have people moaning about how they did this and that for the big storm that didn't happen than have all their labours justified - or even wiping away the precautionary work they've done.
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-08-27 02:55 (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, your brother is brave. I hope he and his friends will be OK.

We're in northern NH, but far enough inland that I suspect all we'll get is rain...and maybe some wind. I have a lot of friends in the NYC area from having lived there for so long. Those who live on Long Island are pretty worried right now. From what I've read online, the plan by city officials seems to be to totally shut down Manhattan and the other boroughs.
mechtild at 2011-08-27 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I used to live in NYC too, and for five years in Eastern Long Island. I worked at a scout camp on Long Island, back when my daughter was a toddler; -- she was there with me -- when we had to evacuate to a high school for a hurricane. There was some flooding, a few trees went down and a lot of branches, so there was a lot of clearing up to do, but nothing amounting to "disaster". Best of all no one was hurt. I sure was worried, though!
not_alone at 2011-08-27 19:38 (UTC) (Link)
What a dramatic pic Mechtild - so apt for this worrying time. I do hope your friends and family - and everyone else affected - will stay safe.
mechtild at 2011-08-27 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
It's a beautiful painting, isn't it? I think the artist did many excellent seascapes, especially stormy ones. So far I think everyone's fine. It's not in the Washington D.C. area yet, but since the hurricane was downgraded to category 1, I should think they'll be ok, if inconvenienced. :)

P.S. Your raining icon is beautiful!
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2011-08-28 08:22 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, dear!!! We've gotten through the worst of it now here.
mechtild at 2011-08-28 09:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Power is still on, I am guessing, since you have commented. :)

P.S. Love your icon.

Edited at 2011-08-28 09:12 am (UTC)
julchen11 at 2011-08-29 20:55 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you and your family and everyone else will stay safe, dear. We are glued to the weather channel here - my thoughts and prayers are with the people from the East Coast.

mechtild at 2011-08-29 23:29 (UTC) (Link)
We are all safe, Miss Married Person. I was never in danger, but my east coast friends are all fine. Yay!
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-09-01 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
These are all The Lady in Black movies listed at IMDb.com. Which one were you referring to?

1. Damen i svart (1958)
aka "The Lady in Black" - International (English title) (informal literal title)

2. The Lady in Black (1928)
aka "Die Dame in Schwarz" - Germany (original title)

3. The Lady in Black (1951)
aka "Die Dame in Schwarz" - West Germany (original title)

4. The Lady in Black (1913)
5. The Lady in Black (1921)
6. The Lady in Black (1935)
mechtild at 2011-09-01 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
None of these. See the other comment I just answered. The TV production I'm talking about was based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill. Here's the entry at IMDB for Woman in Black:

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