Friday Videos like Streakers And Libraries And Generous People

The damage in my area from Hurricane Irene is, in a word, ridiculous. In New Jersey, the flooding continues as rivers rose to record levels, and homes were buried in mud and water. In Connecticut and Vermont, some people are cut off entirely as the damage to bridges and roads has isolated them. Some folks in New York and the surrounding area are still without power. As I said when Irene was heading for us: we had wet ground up here, and we have a lot of old trees. Many of them came down. It’s been difficult for so many people.

The damage is going to affect communities for awhile in many different ways, such as the complete destruction of the children’s library in Upper Jay, New York. The pictures of all those ruined books are so sad.

In the days before Irene visited, so many people from Florida and other hurricane prone states gave me advice on disaster preparation, and even now, people from as far away as Tampa Electric are up here helping crews restore power. I don’t quite know how to say thank you, so here.

Have some levity in the form of a streaker on the Weather Channel when Irene hit North Carolina:

Link!

A bit of jubilant silly peen makes everything a little tiny bit better, right?

If you’d like to help, the Red Cross is just about everywhere that needs help, and if you can’t give money, giving blood, if you’re eligible, is a huge help to your local area. Blood donations go down in the summer, from what I understand.

But mostest of all: thanks for thinking of us, and for helping us out. You rule.

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    Barb in Maryland says:

    SB Sarah
    Thanks for jogging my brain with the ref and link to the Red Cross.
    I used your link to go right over and donate.
    Loved the streaker video!  Brought a smile to my face.

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    Here in Florida we watched events unfold and were concerned and sympathetic.  I think a “thank you” should also go out to FEMA and its director, Craig Fugate, for being prepared and as proactive as you can be in these situations.  Craig’s a hometown boy, former director of Alachua County emergency services, former head of Florida emergency services, and now national director.

    Craig and his wife still enjoy kayaking in our N. Florida waters, and we’re all mighty proud of him.

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    Silver James says:

    Ha! Streaker boy will never be a porn star. ;) As much as I bitch and moan about my local utility company, they are johnny on the spot in an emergency. Nationwide, the utilities network and are always generous with sending crews into a disaster area. We’ve had them here in the aftermath of tornadoes and ice storms and ours have traveled for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other disasters. Things will never be quite normal again but I hope life becomes less frantic and more liveable soon!

    Ha! Spamword: woman74 I am woman but I’m still quite a ways from 74!

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    Rosemary says:

    Another Jersey girl checking in to add her thanks for all the good wishes, thoughts, prayers and donations coming in from all parts of the country.

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    Jeannie says:

    It’s so cool that Darlene Marshall is like my neighbor almost. I live in the big bend area of Florida, about 30 miles from the Gulf Coast. And I second everything she said. We native Floridians are so used to bad weather it all becomes like second nature to us, what to do, when to do it, etc. I’m afraid it’s been too quiet here for the last few years and we’re overdue for another bad hurricane season. This one is shaping up to be just that.

    Good luck with the recovery efforts and my thought and prayers go out to everyone in that area suffering from the damage.

    Sarah, if you hear of anything being done for the children’s library in New York, let us know. I’m sure lots of the bitches would like to help out.

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    Jeannie says:

    and that’s “thoughts” by the way. Many, many of them…

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    Patrice says:

    Please let us know how your neighborhoods continue to recover. I know the flooding is still going on in some areas. It’s too easy to forget that clean up and getting back to a “new normal” takes a lot of time after these events. I give to the American Red Cross regularly. I’m a Floridian now but originally from PA and the Shore. I remember my Dad being mindful of the flood stage of the creek near our house, even after a big rainstorm much less worse weather! We went through a few hurricanes when I was growing up, umm I just dated myself I think. No I’m not 100! lol I was very young when a hurricane split Long Beach Island NJ in half. So anyway, you and everyone affected by Irene in the NE are all in my thoughts and prayers. Stay positive! And spare us a thought as well, we’ve got some big rainmaker sitting in the Gulf and another K storm heading this way in the Atlantic! It’s Hurricane Season, yaaay. *rollingeyes*

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    Hey, @Jeannie (waving madly)!  Hope you don’t get blowback this weekend from the storms out in the Gulf, and the only hunkering down you do is with a good book.

    I find myself counting the days now until Nov. 1 and the official end of the 2011 hurricane season.

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    vee says:

    The press had focused on the expected impact on New York City by Irene and when the worst didn’t happen, moved on and lost interest. 

    There was serious damages in a few places in NYC but our fellow New Yorkers upstate were extremely hard hit.  Many towns in the Catksills Mtn area have been in effect washed away, a lot of farms in the Schoharie Valley have also been destroyed.  The infrastructure of roads and bridges is still under assessment, but I am told by relatives in the area that trips that took 15 minutes can now take an hour because so much structural damage was done.

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    CarrieS says:

    First of all – streakers, in shorts and otherwise, are weirdly hilarious.  Secondly, SB Sarah, I’m sure the Bitches all are wondering how you, personally, are doing?  Evidentially you have email access – are you home?  (I mean more or less in general, not right this second.  I am TOTALLY NOT standing under your window looking creepy.  I TOTALLY RESENT any implication thereof).  Do you need any support from the Bitches?

    And yep – looks like after a few months off, I’m gonna have to start donating blood again (sermon alert!  run away!)  Having received it many times, I very much encourage others to donate.  It’s a pretty easy way to save a life.  For those of you who don’t like needles, unless it’s a full-fledged, debilitating phobia, I’d like to point out that no one at the donation place likes needles – but we do take great satisfaction in knowing that our very brief encounter with needles is followed by a sense of small heroism and a cookie.  Because all the blood banks share blood based on need, a donation is helpful even if it’s to a blood bank far away from hurricane land.

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    SB Sarah says:

    You are so kind to ask, Carrie – I and mine are a-ok. I prepared for the storm like I’d lose power for a week, but ultimately we had a little water, a few power flickers and minimal damage. Everything that could fly around was inside, and we are all just fine. My neighbors aren’t all so lucky – some lost trees, and some have swampy basements.

    But Vermont and upstate NY are heartbreakingly bad, and I agree, Darlene, FEMA response has been kickass. I was never so glad for anyone to be declared a disaster area as VT, NY and NJ.

    Now, of course, I’m in New Orleans in time for record rainfall from tropical storm Lee. WHAT IS WITH THE TROPICAL WEATHER! It’s like I’m a virgin widow and the debauched rake storms are all coming after me.

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    quichepup says:

    I’m relieved Sarah and her family are safe and have power. I hope the other areas, especially Vermont, recover soon and everyone is safe.

    The video was funny, the reaction of the reporter was great but this is what made me snort Diet Coke out my nose.

    A bit of jubilant silly peen makes everything a little tiny bit better, right?
    A little tiny bit is right.

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    debbie says:

    Sarah, I was wondering about the destroyed children’s library. I go to many book sales during the year and they always have tons of great children’s books in terrific shape. Usually, on the last day the books are $5 for a whole bag. Is there any place yet to send the books? I would be glad to hold on to them until there is a place. Please let me know. P.S. We were out of power for three days but know we were lucky that it wasn’t worse!

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    non says:

    It looks like streakerboy was trying to moon the camera but then forgot his shorts were down and turned around. He looks surprised when he looks down.

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    It’s like I’m a virgin widow and the debauched rake storms are all coming after me.

    Until this moment I wasn’t aware you had a magical hoohaw.  You go, girl!

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