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the apocalypse will be blogged

I'm in a library of people sitting on the floor, gathering around the surge protectors as we charge all our electronics. This section of Main St, which includes the official town buildings as well as a few business, apparently Is on an emergency circuit. A+ planning there, Willimantic! Actually, from what I can find of the news, considering the range of the potential destruction and even though the situation in Vermont is worrying, preparations for the hurricane were very effective. The fact that people are already using this a an excuse for why the preparations weren't actually necessary is filling me with way too much rage to deal with in limited internet time.

Sunday was strange. Everyone was on the streets, picking their way carefully around downed branches and wires, and making sure the neighborhood was still there. It felt like we were cut off from the rest of the world. The families and older folks just seemed to be out to see what happened, but I also ran across a few small groups of people my age, with our cameras and video phones, exchanging notes and tracking down reports of where we'd seen a car crushed or the radio had reported a road closed. Sometimes, I can't decide if my generation is really cool or kind of weird.

People keep wandering in and explaining to the patient librarians that they need to get online to find out when the outage will be over – but all anyone official knows is that pretty much the entire region is out - most of the smaller towns near us are still at 100% - and they can't promise that will change before the end of the week. Ana and I have had a fairly pleasant time, all things considered. We've had wine and hamburgers and played card games by flashlight. But now we've had to get rid of all the perishables, so we're down to sandwiches and canned soup – or waiting in line for Dairy Queen, still open on Main St.

This is a few pictures I took of what my neighborhood looks like.




Meanwhile, I used the enforced inactivity to finally knuckle down on my ten-years-delayed rereading of the first three Song of Ice and Fire books, so I can get on to the new one. It took me over 500 pages to actually remember why I'd liked the series once, which I think is half because my trust in the writer is gone and half because I'm anticipating horrible things happening to the characters so I can't get attached. I'm on CoK and it's going better now, especially since by the end of GoT I just gave up and skipped Catelyn's chapters. I remembered not being fond, but I'm kind of surprised by how much I dislike her. This time around I couldn't find a single redeeming characteristic or scene where she was likable and the smugness in her pov annoyed the heck out of me. Cersi, on the other hand, I somehow like a lot more then I remembered. I'm going to be really embarrassed if I end up routing for all the bad guys. I never do that.

Well. Back to the battery-lanterns and card games.

Comments

( 13 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )
cetacea
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Glad you're alright! I as well am annoyed by all of the people claiming the preparations were unnecessary. Lame-os.
liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! Lack of emergency awareness is a pet peeve of mine, but it annoys me way more when I'm spending days without power.
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liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
It was nice to catch up on my reading, but this was taking it a bit too far.
spiralstairs
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Jesus! I hope they get your power up soon. That looks a lot like our neighborhood last year. #HUG Hurricanes suck. Enjoy the books.
liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks. I abandoned CT. They do suck!
gildedage
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
Hurricane and GOT Spoilers
I prepared! I am kind of eye rolling at people who said that they were unimpressed with the destruction instead of feeling like they dodged a gigantic bullet! Also idiots who are not from the Northeast calling our over reaction 'embarassing'. It's kind of like... Um. It's only 'over-reacting' after the hurricane hits? Whatever.

I am surprised you don't like Catelyn. I did like her but got kind of frustrated at her inability to really do anything (ie control Robb) and what she does do gets messed up (Jaime, that whole bullshit). Cersei really annoys me, but I agree that she does have some really sympathetic moments. Somehow Jamie became a sympathetic character but I think there is more room in that genre for true anti-heroes.
liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Hurricane and GOT Spoilers
It's kind of like saying that installing a smoke alarm is over-reacting if your house doesn't actually catch fire.

For some reason, I like Catelyn a lot more in CoK. I think it's because in the first book she is just so convinced she's right about everything. Her husband is already taking up all the self-righteousness allowed in one story - and he does it better - so it got grating. I don't actually mind her bad decisions once she starts to admit she might be wrong.
piernine
Aug. 31st, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
That's great news that everything is ok. Kind of cool for their preparations. Hopefully your power will be back soon!
liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! My grandmother is still toughing it out, but at least most of the state is back. I went to stay with a friend.
tenismoresonic
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hopefully the power will come back up soon. I can't imagine what it's like (except for losing power during storms for only a couple hours).
liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
It's very strange. I've been without power for longer with I was doing a field school out in the woods, but it's different in my own house.
zeitgeistic
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, wowwww. Those pictures. I am so glad you and yours are okay. I really need to finish GoT so I can get caught up to the new book, too. I started it, oh...5 years ago.
liret
Sep. 5th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
I would probably have taken five years to finish this time if I hadn't had the internet taken away. It does wonders for focus, with the minor side effect of driving me completely crazy.
( 13 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )