Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Observations from the Earthquakepocalypse

You just know I would be remiss if I didn't report in from one of the greatest natural disasters in the gallery's history. Well maybe a minor disaster, alright it felt like an overloaded trash truck driving down our narrow street. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia rattled our windows and sent Ash scurrying for bottles of wine as she is wont to do during natural disasters.

I shouldn't joke because I did see video of the crowds in Times Square which looked to me like New Years Eve had come in the afternoon. One thing I hadn't thought of was how people in the towers would react to the quake. People thought of the 9/11 attacks and had a 'oh god not again' reaction than instinctively got out. Thinking about it now I have to say I would have done the same.

With the Mets visiting the Phillies tonight the best tweet I saw was from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer who covers the Phillies. “Citizens Bank Park was evacuated. No one allowed in. But the Mets are still inside. Really.” Another, which came from the Phillies, was funny just because I couldn't believe I was reading it. “Tonight's 7:05 Mets Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park will be played as scheduled following today's earthquake."

I did learn a few important lessons today. During an earthquake do not under any circumstances stand next to tall buildings, duh. Do not immediately check twitter because if you do you won't get in that all important cell phone call because the system will already be down till you get to it. Do not whine about the quake online because anybody you know on the left coast will laugh and call you a drama queen. Do get on foursquare as soon as possible and check into earthquakepocalypse because if you are lucky like I was there will already be 8,000 people there and you can score the 'epic swarm' badge.

In the end we of the gallery survived the quake but we can't dwell on our luck for long as Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the east coast and is expected to be in the New York City area late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. "Quite honestly I am more concerned about our preparations for the approaching hurricane," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference on the earthquake.

Stay tuned.

Observations from the Coffee Shop 8.23

I haven't done much writing in the past week in what is possibly the longest drought sinse I started this blog. Truth be told there are a couple reasons for that. One is that as much as I love it I'm just totally turned off by politics right now. I just can't think of anything good to say about it and I'm trying to be good. I'm just a sweet little girl trapped in a tall bitches body trying very hard to let her out.

Seriously the collection of circus clowns chasing the GOP nomination for President is just pathetic. The emergence of Rick Parry from his neanderthal cave in Texas would make it all the more laughable if we weren't talking serious shit here. Charles Blow said it best in his opinion peice in Sunday's New York Times (l). "The Buzz Lightyear-come-to-life bravado of Rick Perry, complete with delusions of grandeur and accomplishment." Personally I think he is just a poor impersination of that last President from Texas whose name escapes me at the moment. Than again maybe I was right months ago when I said former Utah Govenor Jon Huntsman would end up being the GOP nominee for the simple reason that he is the only one running who seems sane enough to actually win. Last Thursday he tweeted "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy." He picked up 7,000 followers the next day.

Than I read this on Politico (l) yesterday and it just gave me another reason to think this country is run by a bunch of loons. "President Obama decides to vacation while world burns. White House aides say he deserves to spend time on an island with extremely rich people in order to get in touch with America. Aides also cite fact he has not played golf in at least several days. Good publicity follows: Though Obama started war in Libya in belief he was preventing a genocide and it appears to be a war the United States will actually win in under 10 years, headline on Washington Post website Saturday is: “As rebels close in on Tripoli, Obama getting updates on Martha’s Vineyard.'" Actually I found that pretty amusing along with GOP law makers complaints about Obama's vacation. When was the last time any of them were in Washington?

Oh i guess I still love politics but at times it all makes me want to dye my hair the same color as Hayley Williams and run away screaming.

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