29 August 2011

If it don't happen here, it don't happen anywhere

In the hours leading up to Irene's collision with New York City, there were cries of derision around the twitterverse and blogosphere (and not simply that "twitterverse" and "blogosphere" are godawful non-words). Whatsamatter, hipsters? Snarked the rest of the county. Can't handle a tiny li'l category one? Try living in Florida, we get three category fives before most breakfasts. 

Now I don't live in New York, but I did once long ago, and my little brother does now, and so do about nineteen million other people, hipsters or not, and I couldn't help but feel a little defensive on their behalf (Especially since the minute a single snowflake falls in Texas they break out the sackcloth and ashes). The fact is, no one really knew what was going to happen with regards to the costal surge, and what effect hurricane winds would have on 19th century brownstones, and because it's nineteen million people on a handful of fucking islands. I thought people could cut them a little slack for being a tiny bit jumpy.

So we all know now that, thank LaGuardia's ghost, Irene had minimal-to-no impact on New York. The key words being: on New York. Pennsylvania got creamed. Vermont has sunk under water. Here in Boston, just a block from my home a half a tree fell on a neighbor's home. Over twenty people died. And so of course, this morning all you see from the twitterverse and blogosphere (my apologies) is New Yorkers firing up their old swagger and complaining how everyone got excited about nothing.

So I take it back: you guys are all jerks.

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