We have weathered the storm here in the D.C. area. I'm waiting for the sun to come up to assess the damage in my yard.Overall, we were very lucky. The AOW household lost power for only a few minutes during the night. My basement is dry.At the moment.The worst of the flooding is yet to comeNYC wasn't so lucky. The Beak lost power yesterday afternoon and remains in the dark and the cold. Temperatures are quite low, so no electricity means a lot of shivering without any furnace running.PS: I like Lena Horne's "Stormy Weather" version the best!
We're still getting a lot of rain, but we, too, still have power in Northern MD. Great "mood" music, FT. ;)
Good morning, Everybody.I've talked to friends on the Delmarva, a cousin in Kensington, Maryland, and other friends near the Washington Beltway, and so far nothing but heavy rain and abnormal gusts of wind, but nothing terrifying. I was relieved to learn that firsthand, because last night the news reported massive power outages in nearby Baltimore.The daughter of a friend from my Delaware days owns a three storey house on Staten Island. She wrote via iPhone that her first floor was flooded with five feet of water. As of late last night she was trapped with her pets on the second and third floors, but her refrigerator is literally floating around downstairs along with myriad other objects which can be heard swirling in the wreckage crashing onto each other. Truly a disaster, although her main worry, she says, is running out of pet food before help arrives. She admits to feeling "nervous."I should think so!On the other hand a lifelong friend in Bergen County, NJ -- not far from Staten Island -- reports he's "snug as a bug in a rug and enjoying the sounds of the storm outside the windows" of his cozy little house. But he always was a little nuts.I have yet to reach friends in New England.It's dramatic all right.New York City is my home town. Despite its many grievous faults, I have never lost my great love for the place -- probably because as a young person I was privileged to enjoy the best New York had to offer at a time when the lively cosmopolitan culture of the city was at its height.I feel deeply sorry for New Yorkers right now, although -- believe it or not -- they tend to be at their best during times of crisis. I'm very much afraid all the hullaballoo about Climate Change has a basis in fact. Extreme weather events have been alarmingly on the rise in recent years. There's no denying it.I seriously doubt, however, that allowing the United Nitwits to impose a "Global Tax" on energy consumption would have anything but a deleterious effect on conditions already strained to the breaking point.It WILL be interesting to see what effect this cataclysm has on the election. Wouldn't it have been beyond interesting, if dear Sandy had chosen November 6 for her unwelcome visit?HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I like Lena Horne's version too, AOW. Tommy Dorsey's band has a LOT to do with the appeal of her smooth, sophisticated rendition, which probably captures the essence of Popular Culture in the 1940's as well or better than anything else I can think of.Though very young, I was there, and took it all in when it was bright and new. Movies, the car radio, our Stromberg-Carlson combination AM/FM Radio and Record player, which could play both 78's, and the brand new LP's ;-), surrounded us with this great stuff. So did juke boxes which were a lot of fun back then. And restaurants featured blessed MUZAK, which echoed these tunes, albeit innocuously, and had the decency to keep them murmuring gently in the background, where they properly belonged when we were dining out enjoying the company of family and friends.It was a wonderful time -- never to be forgotten -- forever to be missed.
WELL! I guess The Powers didn't like my having exhibited Lena's 1943 rendition here. It has suddenly DISAPPEARED.Nothing is stable ANYWHERE, of course, but LEAST OF ALL in Cyberspace.SORRY!~ FT
Don't that beat all? Lena came BACK all on her own.HURRAY!And here I had just prepared to post one of her alternative versions. (She recorded the song several times, each one different, all wonderful.)~ Enjoy!
Sandy Smacks New Hampshire----I live in the northern part of the state and although we've had a bunch of rain and winds up to 40 mph, all is reasonably well. I have a son and his family in the southern part and another son and family min southern Maine. Both are living with generator power and sump pumps at full blast. Both should be fine, but my fingers are crossed. We got a good smacking, but not nearly as bad as the big cities and surrounding areas. Good luck and God bless to all.
That Ethel Waters is awesome.Didn't she play a maid called Beulah on TV years ago?I never knew she was singer too.Helen Highwater
Have to pick Ella
... Benny Carter on sax.
Your remembrance of the culture of your day is interesting, FT. It is relatively traditional while I went through a period that valued breaking rules.Pity the two can't seem to merge.
What, no BILLIE HOLIDAY - 'STORMY WEATHER'?Shame, shame, shame!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIgVCU19pjg~ D-FensDogg'Loyal American Underground'
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