Saturday, August 27, 2011

Stormy Weather

The big news here is the Northeast is the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene. I began the workday at three o'clock this afternoon, and am pretty much resigned to stay on site until... whenever. Most of the evening up til now was occupied with working an event, and the couple who rented the site must have built up a lifetime of goodwill, because the real rain held off until they left the site. Of course, I got soaked to the skin while dotting the i's and crossing the t's before closing things up. Now that everyone's gone, it'll be me and Irene (and I hear she blows like anything) until whenever.

I often pack for work as if I were going on a camping trip- this trip just involved packing additional impedimenta. Of course, the brunt of the storm is supposed to hit tomorrow, and I am safely ensconced here, while the roads will all be a godawful mess.

It's always good to have a place to hide when the storm breaks:

Gotta love The Alarm... back in ought-six, the reconstituted Alarm played three shows at the Knitting Factory (both locations, LA and NYC) in three weeks, and my good friend J-Co and I went to all three shows, while a revolving cast of friends took the other tickets we purchased. Damn, they put on some fantastic live shows.

Here's another weather related song, with an intro which perfectly showcases the late, great Stuart Adamson's use of the E-bow to achieve the characteristic sound of the band:

Here's a final song, a not-so-long distance dedication to Irene, with whom I am going to spend the night. I'm hoping I don't get fucked by her!

I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shoutout to _____, the Director of Operations for my employer. She's been calling every few hours to make sure that the skeleton crew that's working tonight are doing well. I can't say enough about her, she's great.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I love the Alarm.

In suppose that is not a surprise to you.

I have never seen them perform.

I suspect that may be a surprise to you.

Stay safe and dry.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Also, FWIW, one of the guys who started the Knitting Factory in NY is from Madison....used to be in a local band I liked quite a bit called Swamp Thing, I still have at least one of their LPs around here somewhere...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Mike Peters is a genuinely nice guy. When I saw him in ought-six, his backing band was sorta like an almost supergroup- drummer from SLF, bassist from The Sisters of Mercy... I forgot what band the guitarist played with during the 80's.

If you ever get a chance to see Mike Peters play live, GO!!! Dude is an awesome live performer, and ballsy enough to turn the mic towards the audience during the choruses.

M. Bouffant said...

Hope you aren't at flood level, or near flood level. Or at lightning level. Tornadoes are at every level, so good luck

And I'll take Lena Horne over every Limebag hair farmer from the '80s combined.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I'm okay, but the storm is huge, and slow moving, so there will be buckets of rain coming down for hours.

The major highways in my neck of the wood are all by watercourses, many of them are shut down. I may end up staying on site for over 24 hours, to ensure coverage. I often say that my job is cushy, except when it's not. This is one for the "not" column.

Another Kiwi said...

Good luck B4, stay safe

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

The flood fears are passing as I type this. High tide is in and if flooding hasn't started by now....according to Jim aint gonna.

As for your music I echo Bouffant:And I'll take Lena Horne over every Limebag hair farmer from the '80s combined. Nothing personal...just my personal musical choice. ;-D

With the subways all shut down how did you get to work and how will you get home m'dear B4?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The storm intensity for Irene is much lower than it might have been because the eyewall collapsed just before she hit North Carolina (too late to reform one before going overland).

So it's a flooding event.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Good luck B4, stay safe

I made it through to daylight- the storm is supposed to abate in a couple of hours, and the Director of Operations told me that I could hunker down, even sleep, if things are still awful.

With the subways all shut down how did you get to work and how will you get home m'dear B4?

I live immediately north of the city, and work north of home, so I drove to work yesterday (at 3PM!).

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

Bet it was the easiest drive to work you ever made. You still at work?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yeah, still at work, may end up crashing on the floor, and working this afternoon. There are others on site now, so I should be able to catch some shuteye.