Update – Fall 2012

So, It’s just over a year since last major update, where Irene was about to visit.  Well, I ended up sleeping through it.  *chuckle*  The only major aftermath was a couple of mice that decided to snoop around my PC down here in the basement, but I did not know about that until I came back from a Labor Day vacation.  Argh.

Anyway, the rest of 2011 was reasonable, but ‘Snowtober’ (a major snowfall around Halloween) was interesting, to say the least.  I was on-call during that too, and ended up on two different conference calls from home.  Thankfully (and despite so many trees around the house) the Internet link has stayed up.

This year has been an interesting one so far, mostly around work.  I’ve been extremely busy, and yet I’m also very happy about it (due to some of the projects I’m finally able to take care of).  There’s been some down moments, as always, but I promised not to make this site about work, and that’s all I’ll say about it for now.

Of course, it is also a few days to 9/11 again.  I’m beginning to detect the tension that happens around this time, but it’s not nearly as bad as last year.  And someone, earlier this year, gave me some suggestions about how to cope with that – suggestions that really have helped.

Overall, an interesting year.  And I’ve not even mentioned Eve Online yet (in short? – I finally left it).  Probably in a later post…

 

Hurricane Irene – Landfall

As of about 40 minutes ago (5:30 AM US/EDT), Irene’s ‘eye’ landed in the area. We’ve had serious rain since about 11 PM last night, but compared to other storms this has been just a bunch of rain and wind. Both Gloria and Floyd were severe thunderstorms; we’ve not had that here. Still got power too, which is impressive – seems like this neighborhood will lose power if someone sneezes sometimes (ironic for it being within sight of a major PSE&G power plant).

Hell, just the week before we had some serious thunderstorms, with really impressive lightning. All of it short-duration of course, not this huge thing that’s going to last nearly a day and a half. :P

That’s not to say things are done here; Flash flood warning just popped up, which is normal for the area. Still worried if the car’s been hit by anything (I moved it before things got dark, hopefully that’s helped). And with the storm surge in NYC, I’m also very worried about the storage area I still have in Hoboken (it’s on the 2nd floor of that building).

Also, there’s the fun item about NYC’s mass transit going to be offline until ‘well into monday’ per the Mayor. Going to be interesting for work; Will the NYSE and other markets be open or not?

Still keeping my fingers crossed.

/salute

Hurricane Irene – Approach

[Update 4 PM – just checked that I can access the site with a blackberry app, so if power goes out I can still update. Otherwise no change yet, we’re expecting the real stuff to start around 9 PM and continue until next morning. –TSK]

[1:15 PM] The northern edge of Irene has made it here to Ridgefield. So far its just some sporadic rain, but is expected to be worse of course.

At the moment, we’re expecting it to hit our area early on Sunday. If that’s the case I may still be able to make it in to work on time (and, depending on power issues, will probably be tempting regardless).

I do have some supplies, both normal and ’emergency’ (freeze dried meals). My desk and dresser (both directly under one of the windows) have been cleared off. I had planned to move the computer anyway, so I’ve an excuse to dismantle and move the PC now.

The live announcement by NJ’s governor was shown by Fox just now, and since it sounds like things will pick up soon, I’ll probably go out and get one last eat.

So far, have not seen anything worse than normal from wind or rain perspective here. We’re in good shape still.

/salute
–TSK