Getting Prepared vs. Not Getting Prepared

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 26, 2011, 7:04 pm

Hurricane Irene

I guess Hurricane Irene is turning out to be nothing to sneeze at. (Interesting expression and a nifty tie in to my recent post on ragweed.)

I remember when a Category 5 hurricane was nothing to sneeze at. Or even a Category 4 type, but these days I guess even a Category 1 hurricane, or even a tropical storm (even less than Category 1 intensity) may be nothing to sneeze at. After all, the mayor of the City of New York is shutting down the entire NYC Transit System starting tomorrow at 12 Noon. He HAS to know what he’s doing, right? He must be privy to information that the rest of us are not privy to (how’s that for an expression), isn’t he?

I mean, I’m no youngster, and I can’t remember any mayor of New York City ever shutting down the entire New York City Metropolitan Transit System as a response to an impending storm or hurricane or weather disturbance or whatever you decide to call it if you don’t want to call it just a lot of wind and rain and water. He must know something the rest of us don’t, right?

Still, it’s always better to be cautious and not get caught with your pants down. (There’s another one of those interesting expressions we hear from time to time. Imagine trying to explain these expressions to somebody trying to learn the English language – sneezing at something serious or not pulling up your pants when something serious is about to happen. I mean what if they’re not even wearing any pants or what if they don’t do much sneezing?)

But getting back to being prepared for dangerous situations. Of course, it’s always better to be prepared. That’s even part of the code of the Boy Scouts of America and the code of the Girl Scouts of America, isn’t it? Always be prepared.

So batten down those hatches! Nail up those boards! Seal up those shutters! Head for higher ground! Evacuate your homes before it’s too late!

Unless, of course, you’re just not that close to the ocean or a river or a bay or some other large body of water. I mean if you live in the mountains and you’re not near a river, I guess then you’re safe. Maybe. If you’re not trounced by all those evacuees heading for the hills from all those low lying areas they’re evacuating from.

What do you suppose New York City would do if a tsunami was headed its way? I shudder to think.

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