Week-Late Thoughts on Hurricane Irene

We got through Hurricane Irene okay, with water in the basement but no damage to the house, and we only lost power for a few minutes. A few thoughts on the year’s big hurricane:
– It bothers me greatly that people thought the hurricane was “overhyped,” and was somehow a disappointment, because not that many people were killed and not that much property was destroyed. A lot of this is New York media stuff; NYC didn’t get hit that badly, and who cares about the rest of the country, right?
– It’s comforting that most elected officials seem to have learned from Katrina and are much better at disaster preparedness than they used to be. Although, every time I saw Chris Christie on a press conference, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that he really just wants to yell at the hurricane and tell it to shut up.
– My favorite moment of the whole hurricane. Idiot CNN reporter Chris Lawrence was standing nearly waist-deep in the Cheseapeake with the hurricane behind him, and even the cameraman seemed to be hightailing out of there. Then Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley got on the broadcast and told him to get the hell out:

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