First of all, I never mean to disrespect the Goddess of Mother Earth or anything. But the Irene hurricane news was absurd, the whole world almost stopped for this news. My Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp went crazy about this phenomenal. A lot of us were sort of expecting for her.
On Friday, I went to the supermarket for a normal grocery shopping and found some frantic shoppers stocking up water and food for days in case there would be a black out for a few days. So I grabbed a gallon of water and some strawberries for my first baking of the Smitten Kitchen.
Subway system and all the buses will be closed on Saturday at noon until the situation would get better. Pratt, my school has sent out around 6 emergency alert emails informed that there will be no class from Saturday until Tuesday. In addition to all the news and notes from friends and family, it was very promising that the hurricane will get really bad.
On Saturday, it didn’t rain until late morning in Brooklyn but then it rained like cats and dogs all night long. I cleaned up some buckets to stock some tap water and boil some eggs in case the next morning was black out. When I went to bed at 2 am, it was the worst of the night. The big trees in front of my apartment were shaken so hard that I was afraid to wake up to see them collapsed. Lafayette Ave. has never been that empty, only a few cars were driven passed by.
Sunday morning, I woke up with a bright sky, the rain stopped earlier. I approached to my laptop to check on the news and the hurricane path. Apparently it moved away from Brooklyn, it was not that serious as they have expected. I found this picture on my Facebook posted by a Thai friend trying to mock up the situation in New York city that almost stopped the world. And later, I found this image of two girls playing around in Times Square. Some people said Irene has disappointed us but for me, I feel thankful that it was not that bad.
Isn’t it ridiculous? Now the subway is back on business, many people will have to eat up their prepared dry food for quite a while. New York, thank you for many good experiences… first earthquake, first hurricane and hopefully many mores to come.