hurriquake

obviously i didn’t make that word combo up.

but here i am, in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, bracketed by natural disasters. ahhhh.

lucky me i didn’t feel that quake in virginia (although much of the city swayed) i was in central park – somehow i missed it. there is lots of action and noise and motion here, i blame it on that.

now, mostly it’s been raining for like 5 hours maybe? maybe… but off and on earlier too, so it’s confusing. when did it start. 9 pm, in this solid unrelenting way. maybe before that though. whenever that one arm of the storm swept over us. i try to look at that weather map as often as i can these days.

my part of west harlem is ok. we didn’t have to evacuate or anything. i’m just hoping the electricity holds. and the internet. and the gas lines (yeah, we have a gas stove).

my husband went to sleep hours ago. i watched the internet for a while – tried to get the cat to pay attention to me – and jumped at the noises. so many noises. all masked and mushed together. oh irene. dang.

mostly the noise of rain. sometimes bumps or shouts or whatever. but mostly the sound of rain hitting everything. hitting the air conditioners. hitting the buildings and windows and street.

when we moved in we inherited windchimes made from shells, they hang on the fire escape, tangled. that’s another sound around here… but luckily the wind isn’t super strong right now. the rain sound overpowers that clanky business.

i took a picture of the bags stuck on the razor wire outside – they weren’t blowing around. but the picture wasn’t actually exciting, since they were not doing anything. i will photograph anything interesting that i can though – and post it.

people around the country are curious about how nyc is faring in this irene thing. i know, i’m new, so i can’t speak for the population, but i think we’re pretty ok. as far as i can tell, mostly hunkered down in our or someone else’s apartments. earlier i saw lots of people outside. but that was before the rain started. i’ve been hearing a bit of the hurricane party action around the block, but things seem pretty calm today. yesterday was more hectic.

we did go to the grocery store to see the lines today, and to the drug store for batteries (with a long line). at the grocery nearby there was a line outside, because they were only letting in a few people at a time. us neighbors (well, whoever was there) were like “what the hell” in our various languages. yes, what the hell.

anyhow, the bodegas were open and had less lines, and liquids and whatever stuff for stocking up. i couldn’t find a watermelon, but i didn’t look very hard. and i think they might be open tomorrow too. what the heck are we all going to do anyhow, now that the whole mta system is shut down? such a feat. i’m glad they shut it down though, better safe than sorry. what if the power went out and a tunnel flooded and some people were stuck under the east river in the train? what if the power went out and people had to wade through the dark wet tunnels to the next station? suck! so it’s better to just stay and spend our time and money in our own neighborhoods for one weekend. i hope it’s all back up on monday though. i want my school to be open!

it’s weird to be in this apartment without the train rattling the teapot on the stove, and the cups in the cabinets. that makes me nervous. a weird quiet in the middle of all of this white noise. we went to look at the closed subway stop earlier, but there was just a florescent pink ribbon across the handrails. not very exciting. i wanted to go down in there and the the “no trains” sign. if there is one. hmmm, i’ll work on that if i can rile myself up enough tomorrow.

i got my new art studio (for grad school) on friday. and i’d anticipated setting it up and taking pictures this weekend. but the school is closed. we’ll have to wait. there is an interesting story that goes along with that too – stay tuned, i will update soon.

anyhow, i’m going to try to go to sleep again. please wish me luck. this weather makes me more awake all the time. i can hear wind now. and trees hitting buildings. and more rain.

and it’s 2, so part of me is bound to be tired, right? right?

xoxok

look, i'm growing a lychee

bags on the razor wire, and the ailanthus

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