(Photo: NASA via Ron Garan on the International Space Station.)
Hurricane Irene is rolling up the east coast of North America. I hope everybody in its path stays safe. To my cousins in Virginia: I know you thought that moving from Tornado Alley to the east coast would lessen the chances that Mother Nature would make your lives exciting. Sorry you’re getting an earthquake and hurricane in the same week.
To my son in New York City: You’re an Eagle Scout. I trust that you’ll be prepared. So I will resist the urge to ask whether you’ve got fresh batteries for the flashlight. And food. And whether you’ve filled the bathtub, in case you lose water pressure. And most important — whether you stopped by the Strand Bookstore to pick up enough books to get you through a weekend hunkered down in Brooklyn.
Books! Honey, do you have enough books for the hurricane?
On my side of the Atlantic, the storm won’t hit until late next week. And I doubt that when it gets here it’ll be anything like a hurricane. But people in Wales will be ready. This weekend is the 2011 World Bog Snorkelling Championship at Llanwrtyd Wells. “A host of crazy competitors will battle it out in a sixty-yard peat bog for the coveted title of ‘World Champion Bog Snorkeller’. The dirtiest water sport of the year!!”
Come on, Irene.