Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
“Come in, ” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”


That is the Willowbrook section of Staten Island. The pond in Willowbrook Park  over flowed


There is never a good time for a hurricane to hit your town but when you are in the middle of remodeling your basement and your yard is full of debris and trash you want to get rid of, well 7 inches of torrential rain and 60 mph winds are not what you need to add to your everyday life upheaval .

My new French drain did its job as it should but I did get a leak in my dining room ceiling but my biggest fear of losing power did not happen and I‘m real thankful for that otherwise my basement would have been under a few feet of water. After all this a portable generator is on my must get list.

A couple of final thoughts on Hurricane Irene, while watching TV and following on Twitter you could tell who rents and who owns, the people who were out getting wine and movies to ride out the storm were renters. The folks out buying plywood and filling sand bags were owners. I was up all night Saturday hoping that the drains and sump would work, at one point of the storm I sat in the basement just watching the rain water flow into the pit like Niagara Falls praying the sump and sewer system could handle all the water, I’d much rather have been sleeping off a drinking and movie binge. Second, I’m not real crazy about living on Staten Island but god damnit do the local TV news outlets know the place exists?  I saw more reports on LI and Westchester and Hoboken NJ than I did on Staten Island. I know it’s the forgotten boro but the only TV station to cover anything on the Island was FOX5 who had reporters in the Bulls Head section and by Midland Beach.   Memo to the NYC Media, close to 300 residents of Staten Island lost their lives on September 11th 2001 please don’t forget us during your over the top coverage of the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Back to baseball today as Mets play a twi-nighter against the Fish. Let’s hope that Dillion Gee can have a strong performance today and that R.A. Dickey get a much deserved win and a big welcome back to Jose Reyes and his healed hammy.

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I don’t know about you but I need a break from we’re all gonna die coverage of Hurricane Irene, so I figured I’d keep  you up to date with some of the events  at Citi Field this weekend, well today and tomorrow because on Sunday we will all be waiting for Irene to come through town. Blizzards, below zero temps, record rain fall, 100 degree temps, and earthquake and now a hurricane, maybe these end of the world zealots aren’t the assholes I think they are.

Tonight at Citi Field the Mets will hold the first Mets Social Media Night. For $41.00 you get an $18 food and beverage credit, a seats in the Big Apple Reserve section and a greet and meet with Justin Turner (@RedTurn2 on Twitter) in the Bullpen Plaza before the game. There will also be giveaways and text and Twitter contests all through the evening.

Tomorrow the Mets will have a couple of events going on before the game.  At 1:15 PM NYC Firefighter Matt Long will give a talk about his recovery from a terrible accident he was involved in when he was biking to work during the 2005 Transit strike where he was hit by a from a private bus line shuttling commuters  during the strike. Long was a 9/11 responder and is the author of the book The Long Run which chronicles his recovery from life threating injuries.

As you enter the ball park tomorrow the Mets are asking that if you have some old baseball equipment gloves, bats, spikes, or catchers equipment that is collecting dust in your basement or attic to please donate it to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which collects equipment to distribute to youth baseball teams affiliated with the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Association. The drop off area for the equipment will be the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

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