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#52 Aug 28 2011 at 9:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Floyd was '99, that's the biggest thing I remember.

Up here the yard, which I've been working on re-seeding all summer is completely flooded, so there goes that project. As of 11:30am it's still pouring rain. Haven't seen any damage yet, though. The power flickered for a few seconds about an hour ago but that's all.

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This was the first hurricane to hit NJ since one way back in 1903.
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Jonwin and I won't be online for awhile, as we wait for the power to be turned back on. My daughters came to get me out of the house where I was going nuts not able to do anything about the downed trees in our backyard. Right now I'm eating fries at McDonald's and using my daughters laptop.

We may be able to get trees cut and cleared from yard tomorrow, but not sure when power will get restored.

At least tonight we will not have to listen to the wind and rain beating on the window a/c.
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I went swimming in the Lower East Side today. That was kind of fun.
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I went swimming in the Lower East Side today. That was kind of fun.


The LOWER east side? I would have gone with "filthy" over "fun".
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You say that like any side is particularly clean. Smiley: laugh
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My office is closed tomorrow. Three day weekend! Our area isn't horribly flooded, so looks like we'll be able to get out and see a movie or something at least.
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I went swimming in the Lower East Side today. That was kind of fun.

In the streets, I take it?
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You say that like any side is particularly clean. Smiley: laugh


Upper East might not be too bad. :P And the lower west would just have rainbow waters.
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#61 Aug 29 2011 at 6:44 AM Rating: Good
I got stranded at my Hotel in downtown Boston from Saturday night until I left this morning due to the T being closed. Granted, I was only working for 22 of the 32 hours I was there (They let me sleep awhile!), but being at work for a day & a half away from the fiance whom spent the hurricane on the Cape sucked Gbaji-balls.

However, when I got off work around 11:30am, during the height of the storm, I ventured out for lunch. It was pretty wild out there, especially in the "wind tunnel" by the Hancock Tower. See, it's always windy there. Like, clear skies & a slight breeze until you walk around a corner & get hit with 35mph winds windy. Yesterday, those wind gusts were topping 70mph, so of course scooterdude was out there being his crazy self.

Since I was the bartender at Rattlesnake's first hurricane buddy, I gots a free beer. After a yummy prime rib po' boy (with au jos) & a couple of stella's, I braved the wind again (most of the rain came before the wind), went back to the hotel & tried to sleep before going back to work again for the overnight.

I was only about half successful with the sleeping, unfortunately.
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My yard and road and driveway are covered in debris. We're still without power. It was mostly just heavy rain and heavy wind though, so the thick wooded areas took a beating. It's kind of weird when I watch the news and see the folks in the nearby city/town getting on as if nothing's amiss while I'm cowering in my house feeling as if I'm in a warzone.

With all the leaves that have already been stripped from the trees, I'm anticipating a light raking season. Smiley: smile

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I went swimming in the Lower East Side today. That was kind of fun.

In the streets, I take it?
Yeah, we got to do a few patrols there for security purposes. That was quite invigorating. I "might" have been on the news, and I hope it wasn't when I got bored and started wearing water wings and a snorkel.
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#64 Aug 29 2011 at 1:55 PM Rating: Good
Lost my power at noon on Sunday and just got it back sometime today while I was at work. Needless to say, Sunday was as boring as hell.
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#65 Aug 29 2011 at 3:03 PM Rating: Good
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Since I was the bartender at Rattlesnake's first hurricane buddy, I gots a free beer.


This sentence could be improved with more hyphens.[:annoyingpaperclip:]
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Since I was the bartender at Rattlesnake's first hurricane buddy, I gots a free beer.


This sentence could be improved with more hyphens.[:annoyingpaperclip:]

Yeah, it took me a few passes to parse that correctly.
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When I left for work this morning we were still without power. I'm catching up on my sleep.
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Well, our train station was closed again today due to flooding. Drove an hour in traffic to get to the next open one, only to find that there were no parking spots left. Tried to call the office, only to find that my phone didn't work.

Went back home frustrated.
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Debalic wrote:
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Since I was the bartender at Rattlesnake's first hurricane buddy, I gots a free beer.


This sentence could be improved with more hyphens.[:annoyingpaperclip:]

Yeah, it took me a few passes to parse that correctly.
Moi aussi. Which brings me to my next point, Quebec's not underwater. Smiley: frown
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Which brings me to my next point, Quebec's not underwater. Smiley: frown
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As of Wednesday at 7:00am (est), my street is still without power. Smiley: mad

The response from the power distribution company, as compared to our more normal wintertime outages, seems pretty lackadaisical. The weather around here, since Irene's departure, has been picture perfect. Still, I need to wash clothes.
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I'm so glad Vermont is in so much trouble, especially the isolated communities. Nothing but anti-societal troglodytes (basically towns filled with varuses) who are still **** off about getting electricity wired to them. Fuck em all, let em drown, bring the reporters home. There's nothing of value left to cover there.

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Our internet was the last thing to be repaired, as they got our power back on Monday evening, just before I was going to bed. We got half of the tree in our back yard cut down, when the chain saw quit working for my brother-in-law. He been busy since Sunday clearing trees for people and willing to work for Jonwin on what he is getting after the insurance deductible, since I'm family Smiley: smile

We just have to stack the wood for a neighbor to haul down to his house, for heat this winter.
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#75 Aug 31 2011 at 1:08 PM Rating: Good
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I'm so glad Vermont is in so much trouble, especially the isolated communities. Nothing but anti-societal troglodytes (basically towns filled with varuses) who are still **** off about getting electricity wired to them. Fuck em all, let em drown, bring the reporters home. There's nothing of value left to cover there.
I've found the people of vermont to be very friendly. Twice I've had a vehicle bread down on the way to Montreal, and both times, people were incredibly helpful. Hell, one guy who owned a junk yard even gave us a free tire and rim.
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I'm so glad Vermont is in so much trouble, especially the isolated communities. Nothing but anti-societal troglodytes (basically towns filled with varuses) who are still **** off about getting electricity wired to them. Fuck em all, let em drown, bring the reporters home. There's nothing of value left to cover there.
I've found the people of vermont to be very friendly. Twice I've had a vehicle bread down on the way to Montreal, and both times, people were incredibly helpful. Hell, one guy who owned a junk yard even gave us a free tire and rim.


It's a mixed bag, but they don't call them Vermonsters for nothing. We used to snowboard up there every winter, and there's definitely some hostility among the locals towards ski tourism. It's a bit ridiculous, considering that the tourism is basically the only thing bringing any livelihood to a lot of areas there.
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It's a mixed bag, but they don't call them Vermonsters for nothing. We used to snowboard up there every winter, and there's definitely some hostility among the locals towards ski tourism. It's a bit ridiculous, considering that the tourism is basically the only thing bringing any livelihood to a lot of areas there.

Generally you'll find that the case wherever tourism is the main industry. Pick any Mediterranean holiday Island, the locals will all hate tourists, but it's how they earn their livelihoods for the majority of the year.
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It's a mixed bag, but they don't call them Vermonsters for nothing. We used to snowboard up there every winter, and there's definitely some hostility among the locals towards ski tourism. It's a bit ridiculous, considering that the tourism is basically the only thing bringing any livelihood to a lot of areas there.

Generally you'll find that the case wherever tourism is the main industry. Pick any Mediterranean holiday Island, the locals will all hate tourists, but it's how they earn their livelihoods for the majority of the year.


I think that depends on the nature of the tourism and what the tourists are doing. If the things that bring tourists to your town are things that the locals don't do often, then you don't see that problem. But when it is (like say with skiing, or hanging out on the beach), there's a lot more issues. I'm 100% certain I've never heard anyone comment "OMG! What the **** are all these stupid tourists doing at Sea World?" before.

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Yeah, but that's California, which like akin to @#%^ing Mars, really.

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When I was still in Nashville we all hated the tourists. No, Nashvillians do NOT dress like Porter Waggoner and Minnie Pearl, we don't all sing country music, and Opryland was a theme park, not a sub-division. Smiley: bah
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It's a mixed bag, but they don't call them Vermonsters for nothing. We used to snowboard up there every winter, and there's definitely some hostility among the locals towards ski tourism. It's a bit ridiculous, considering that the tourism is basically the only thing bringing any livelihood to a lot of areas there.

Generally you'll find that the case wherever tourism is the main industry. Pick any Mediterranean holiday Island, the locals will all hate tourists, but it's how they earn their livelihoods for the majority of the year.
This is another instance where I have found the opposite true. When I was in Nassau some local guys who ran a snorkel charter came and hung out with us at the end of the day in the condo we had rented. They brought their own beer and even supplied the weed. Same thing happened at the end of the week with a the crew of a different boat.
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Our train station is closed, likely through Sunday due to flooding issues. Now I have to drive out like 2 extra hours early to fight the extra 200+ people that I'm competing with for parking spots at the next station down the line. Didn't make it early enough today, so I may get to fight a parking ticket for taking one of the monthly permit spots.

Fucking hell, Irene. Enough of this already.
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#83 Sep 01 2011 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
Wait..trains transport people where you live? Weird.
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Wait..trains transport people where you live? Weird.

Yeah, they got the idea from Germany back in the late 30s-early 40s. But the conditions these days aren't quite as good.
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Our train station is closed, likely through Sunday due to flooding issues. Now I have to drive out like 2 extra hours early to fight the extra 200+ people that I'm competing with for parking spots at the next station down the line. Didn't make it early enough today, so I may get to fight a parking ticket for taking one of the monthly permit spots.


The idea of having to get up 2 hours earlier to drive some extra difference so that you can get on a train to get somewhere is just mindboggling to me. Why not just drive to where you're going? Oh wait! Because you live in an area where they chose to invest in public transportation instead of just building roads like sane people do so you have no choice. It's better, right? Smiley: rolleyes
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Because you live in an area where they chose to invest in public transportation instead of just building roads like sane people do so you have no choice.
You're right, that hurricane did a bit of harm. It wasn't the horrors of that massive three inches of snow and a few raindrops like you have to endure, but it was still a little something.
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Because you live in an area where they chose to invest in public transportation instead of just building roads like sane people do so you have no choice.
You're right, that hurricane did a bit of harm. It wasn't the horrors of that massive three inches of snow and a few raindrops like you have to endure, but it was still a little something.


Was there a point in there somewhere?
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Because you live in an area where they chose to invest in public transportation instead of just building roads like sane people do so you have no choice.
You're right, that hurricane did a bit of harm. It wasn't the horrors of that massive three inches of snow and a few raindrops like you have to endure, but it was still a little something.
Was there a point in there somewhere?
Yes varus, there was.
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Is Gbaji seriously suggesting that Eske's destination isn't connected to the world by asphalt and that there might not be other factors which still make the train a more attractive option?
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Is Gbaji seriously suggesting that Eske's destination isn't connected to the world by asphalt and that there might not be other factors which still make the train a more attractive option?


Seems that way. Last I recall, midtown Manhattan was connected to the rest of the world via roads. And yes, there are other factors at play. He's off by a wide margin.

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Is Gbaji seriously suggesting that Eske's destination isn't connected to the world by asphalt and that there might not be other factors which still make the train a more attractive option?


*cough* The "other factors" are the point I'm making. It's just absolutely bizarre to me to be so dependent on public transportation to get somewhere.
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Yet, with all those common sense roads you have a state full of lousy drivers. Smiley: dubious
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Is Gbaji seriously suggesting that Eske's destination isn't connected to the world by asphalt and that there might not be other factors which still make the train a more attractive option?


*cough* The "other factors" are the point I'm making. It's just absolutely bizarre to me to be so dependent on public transportation to get somewhere.

When was the last time *you* tried to park in Manhattan?
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*cough* The "other factors" are the point I'm making.

Your point is that parking or gas or wear or traffic or whatever could still make the train a more attractive option than driving even with an extra wait?

Well then! You had a bizarre way of saying it but I'm glad you agree!
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*cough* The "other factors" are the point I'm making.

Your point is that parking or gas or wear or traffic or whatever could still make the train a more attractive option than driving even with an extra wait?


No. My point is that city planning designed specifically to utilize public transportation instead of personal vehicles artificially creates the very problem that was being complained about. In many cases, the city planners deliberately make automobile access as difficult as possible in order to force more riders onto the public systems, so as to make them more economically viable. The end result is the somewhat absurd condition of having to get into your car 2 hours ahead of time, so that you can park at a different train station so you can get to work.


Cities that don't do this don't have this problem. Ever.
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Cities that don't do this don't have this problem. Ever.
That's true, you can't blame the city planners for your lousy drivers when it sprinkles a little.
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My point is that city planning designed specifically to utilize public transportation instead of personal vehicles artificially creates the very problem that was being complained about. In many cases, the city planners deliberately make automobile access as difficult as possible in order to force more riders onto the public systems, so as to make them more economically viable.

Hahahahahaha...

Oh my God. Seriously.

Yeah, that's the reason for traffic congestion and limited parking in midtown Manhattan. The conspiracy to get everyone to use mass transit.

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*cough* The "other factors" are the point I'm making.

Your point is that parking or gas or wear or traffic or whatever could still make the train a more attractive option than driving even with an extra wait?


No. My point is that city planning designed specifically to utilize public transportation instead of personal vehicles artificially creates the very problem that was being complained about. In many cases, the city planners deliberately make automobile access as difficult as possible in order to force more riders onto the public systems, so as to make them more economically viable. The end result is the somewhat absurd condition of having to get into your car 2 hours ahead of time, so that you can park at a different train station so you can get to work.


Cities that don't do this don't have this problem. Ever.


Wow. You're gonna spread yourself that thin just to avoid acknowledging that you made a dumb, erroneous comment?

Sad.
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*cough* The "other factors" are the point I'm making.

Your point is that parking or gas or wear or traffic or whatever could still make the train a more attractive option than driving even with an extra wait?


No. My point is that city planning designed specifically to utilize public transportation instead of personal vehicles artificially creates the very problem that was being complained about. In many cases, the city planners deliberately make automobile access as difficult as possible in order to force more riders onto the public systems, so as to make them more economically viable. The end result is the somewhat absurd condition of having to get into your car 2 hours ahead of time, so that you can park at a different train station so you can get to work.


Cities that don't do this don't have this problem. Ever.
You're confusing city planning with natural disasters. But I guess "cities that don't do this" don't ever have any kind of inclement weather. Why are you using a blatantly and completely unusual situation in your argument? It just makes you look stupid. At least go and pull up a slightly normal example of mass transit.

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You know what? gbaji's right. An extra five million cars on the streets of New York would alleviate these problems.
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publiusvarus wrote:
we all know liberals are well adjusted american citizens who only want what's best for society. While conservatives are evil money grubbing scum who only want to sh*t on the little man and rob the world of its resources.
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