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August 10th, 2007
09:34 am


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The Elements Are Out to Get Me (Plus More Picspam)
So, we had really intense thunderstorms in New York City early Wednesday morning, and even a tornado in Brooklyn! It didn't touch down in my neighborhood, but did lots of damage where it did touch down. And the storms overwhelmed the pumps in the subway tunnels and shut down much of the subway system. I tried for over two hours to get to work, just taking whatever was running and getting rerouted nowhere near lower Manhattan and trying again. Finally I gave up and went home and worked from home.

Yesterday everything was back to normal. On my way home, though, the subway car I was in caught fire just as it entered one of the main transfer stations. The whole station got evacuated and I got home with a mixture of foot and bus.

So, in two days both water and fire have conspired to interrupt my commute. All I need is for earth and air to attack me and I will be done.

In other news, I have proof positive that Zara did something other than clean latrines at camp.

Here she is with a group of her friends. She's the one in the blue one-piece.

Here's Zara being a "polar bear." Polar Bears is an optional early morning swim before breakfast. I think there must have been very few polar bears this year, because all the pictures have Zara and one other kid.

Today's her last day at camp. Her other mother is en route to pick her up right now, even as I post. I can't wait to see her!

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Date:August 10th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Zara is so cute! It looks like she's having a great time.

Your subway car caught fire??? Holy crap! I'm glad you made it home okay.

I read about the storms and tornado. We didn't have much up here. Today it is raining, but quite peacefully. I really love this time of year. But I would not want to be one of the people who had their roofs blown off!

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Date:August 10th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)

zara is so cute! It looks like she's having a great time.

She always does! It's such a wonderful place.

Reading about the roofs blowing off was freaky. It seemed so... not New York.
Date:August 10th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
So is THAT why the subways were FUBARed on Wednesday? I heard about it, of course. This reminds me of a NYT Interactive thingy about what would happen if all the people went away. First event: the subways would flood. Then eventually the streets over them would collapse and turn them into cartesian rivers. Neat, huh?

Well, sort of.

Your daughter looks happy in those photos. I guess they put away the instruments of torture when the cameras came out ;-)
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Date:August 10th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
LOL! Zara's been going to this camp since she was nine. She suffers from "camp sickness" for weeks after it's over and is hugely excited for weeks before it starts the next year. So I figure they don't torture them too badly.

::pause for phone call:: My son just paid his college tuition for the upcoming semester and called to tell me that. With my credit card, in case that wasn't clear. Oh the pain!

I wonder why the subways flooding would be the first thing. It seems like there's so much more that's dependent on human interaction in the city...
Date:August 10th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
I was wrong. It was in Scientific American, not the NY Times. Check it out:
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Date:August 12th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Sure :) Of course, it's basically the science fiction version of a Tarot reading, but still fun to read -- for the same reason scifi is!
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Date:August 12th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
That was fun to read. Thanks for sharing.
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