That classic quote from my favorite movie seems quite apropos for what we are about the endure.
First of all, let me say that I made a mistake. I spent the better part of the weekend watching the mass hysteria of the news media discussing this unprecedented storm. The never before seen in all of human existences hybrid hurricane/nor’easter combination that is about to strike the area. I’d be lying though if I told you I wasn’t worried about it. I mean, how often is it that you’re in the eye of a hurricane in the northeastern portion of the country? It’s scary.
I’m looking outside at the beautiful fall foliage adorning the landscape for the last time. Before long, the high winds and heavy rain will pick up, leaving the trees completely barren and/or gone. I myself have gone through dozens of these types of storms during my life but still never get used to it. Huge winter storms that dumped two feet of snow, massive tropical storms that flooded rivers and made roads impassable for weeks and power outages that lasted for days.
The thing is, you can take all the precautionary measures you want: batten down the hatches, stock up on batteries and generators and furnish your pantry with all of the dry goods you want. You may even want to consider hoarding some gold under your mattress in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
But the scariest thing of all about this storm (and all storms like it, quite frankly) is not about the heavy rain, power outages or flash floods. The scariest thing of all is the inevitable: it’s coming, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. We all go about our day to day lives seemingly oblivious to it, but every once in a while Mother Nature likes to remind us all of who is really in charge.
So, to my friends in the “zone” right along with me – stay safe. We’ll make it through this. We always do.
Now, about that boat….