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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