Shakespeare And Sandy

“Anything to say about the hurricane?” Spence says.

“How about we let Shakespeare speak for us?” says Admin. “Hard to top him when it comes to saying just about anything.”

(From King Lear, Act 3, Scene 2)

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!

“That’s like a little word hurricane all by itself,” says Spence.

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212 Responses to “Shakespeare And Sandy”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:35 am on October 29th, 2012

    Good morning, All. Chet, hope Spence is locked up tight. Or better yet, hope he evacuated with Admin, Audrey, Pearl, and everyone, back to a safer inland spot.

    Mom is working from home. We are making her crazy. hah hah!

  2. Terry Ballard
    8:45 am on October 29th, 2012

    Great Shakespeare quote. Glad it wasn’t the one from MacBeth.

  3. B.Stover
    8:51 am on October 29th, 2012

    I love it!

    Good morning all.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    9:07 am on October 29th, 2012

    It’s morning, but not a Good one for the Tigers. sigh.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    9:09 am on October 29th, 2012

    Terry & O.Howlers: Good to hear from youse!
    Good Morning, B.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:09 am on October 29th, 2012

    We knew Bee would like that post! Stay safe Spence and everyone.

  7. Rose
    9:11 am on October 29th, 2012

    Good Morning Youse Guys!

    I hope you are all safe! Working from home, as my busy place is closed. Luna and Masquers are a big comfort to us.

    Wolfie up top.

    **** Please check your SDDs for an important message from Bluecat, concerning G&BB.

    Stay safe all!

  8. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:31 am on October 29th, 2012

    Thanks for the heads up Rose. We checked our SDD and have sent prayers and hopefully words of encouragement to G&BB family. You stay safe.

    Mom won’t let them take out our copper wire phone line so we’ll be in communication with the world even when the power is out as opposed to having fiber optic phone lines.

    She has all my food ready to go into the cooler – not so sure about Dad’s food though. Heh-heh. Your Loving, if somewhat damp, Wookie

  9. B.Stover
    9:48 am on October 29th, 2012

    Kate Morton has a new novel out: The Secret Keeper.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    10:07 am on October 29th, 2012

    Good morning all! So far so good from the hurricane patrol around here. Glad to hear from OFA – the weather reports from his home town are not very comforting.

    But we want to share some happy news with you all. We just got the phone call from Callie’s cancer pathology. It is the best possible kind of news – the cancer was still encapsulated, it had not spread into any surrounding skin, and the lymph nodes were clear. So she is officially cured!

    Happy Happy Corgi Dance!

    We are praying this this is the beginning of a good news trend! Stay safe all, especiallly Wookie, the Howlers and others in the direct path of the storm.

  11. Siber-H
    10:21 am on October 29th, 2012

    Good Morning All!

    That is a very good news T&G! We needed that this morning. We are very thankful.

    Shakespeare did say it best. The media is hysterical about this storm. We pray they are overreacting.

    sob, sob, sob, We are losing one of those beautiful Tall Ships to this storm out in the Atlantic. It is taking on water. Three crewmen are still missing.

  12. Siber-H
    10:27 am on October 29th, 2012

    Rose, Thank you. I did check my SDD. Thank you Blucat.
    Our prayers and thoughts will be with Gus&BooBear’s family every day.

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:48 am on October 29th, 2012

    Just heard from Melanie. She and Zoe went out into the storm to rescue their Subaru. On the way home, the winds were blowing them around on the road. They should have taken the Pack with them for ballast!
    She said there were reports of elkectric outages already in their area, so if she isn’t on the blog, that will be the reason.

    We wish we could think that this is the weathermen being hysterical, but since this is the lowest pressure ever recorded since air pressure HAS been recorded, we kinda think this is gonna be a bad one. We are very grateful that we live on top of a big hill with no water near us. And we have batteries, and storm supplies, so we will be able to ride it out.

    Still sending up prayers for all our “family” in the path.

  14. Macy the min-pin
    10:54 am on October 29th, 2012

    We have been out of touch, celebrating Dad’s 60th b-day. Unfortunately, mom’s cousin DeeAnn passed away yesterday morning. She was the daughter of our uncle who passed last fall. Our aunt has had too much to deal with this past year.

  15. Terry Ballard
    11:03 am on October 29th, 2012

    Just went out into the howling storm to make a quick video from Storm Central. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=96HrwpQ3ERc

    Meantime, we’re cooking like crazy while we still have power. Started with Huevos rancheros, and now wheat-free muffins.

    We have the last of our Hurricane mix from New Orleans. Saving that for this afternoon when Sandy officially makes landfall.

  16. OleyHowlers
    11:10 am on October 29th, 2012

    Macy, Happy Birthday to your dad, but we are sorry to hear about DeeAnn.

    Here is just one of many godawful pic from the New Jersey shore.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:17 am on October 29th, 2012

    Wose: It is comforting, for us as well, to know Luna and Masquers will be with you and the Prof during the next couple of days.
    BlueCat’s SDD received and replied to.

    Wookie: Thanks for checking in. We are assuming the fiber optic wiring is more sensitive and that is why it will be out during the storm.

    Macy: Happy belated 60th to your dad. Sorry to hear of your family’s losses.

    Tupper&Gilly: We are joining you in that Happy Dance! It is wonderful to hear the joyful news about Callie this morning.

    Melanie: Happy to hear you and Zoe made it home safe and sound with the Subaru. If bigger cars are being blown around we can only imagine what’s happening to the smaller ones.

    Siber-H: That is sad news about the Tall Ship and especially the missing crew members.

    Terry: Going to check on your link now.

  18. Melanie
    11:18 am on October 29th, 2012

    Three towns around us have lost power. We still have it. The eastern slopes of the Berkshires is getting more wind. Hasn’t come into our valley yet. The wind has to be in a certain direction.

    From NYC: some rain, slight breeze
    From NJ: nothing yet.

    Terry, that link leads me to my videos. Can you try posting again between muffins?

  19. Rose
    11:31 am on October 29th, 2012

    Wookie, your mom is one smart lady. (especially since she has your Wookie provisions in the cooler)! :)

    T&G, I am doing a Snoopy dance for Callie. Gramp must be so relieved!

    Siber-H: That is very sad news about the tall ship.

    Macy: Happiest of birthdays to your dad. Very sorry to hear about DeeAnn’s loss. Hugs to you all. Mr. Redbone Hound posted late last night….

    Terry, can’t open your post. Stay safe!

    Bear, There is something about having very good four-legged friends near. You take good care of yourself.

    Melanie, Zoe, and the Newfs, be careful out there!

  20. Terry Ballard
    11:38 am on October 29th, 2012

    oops. Try this link – got it when I was logged off of my account.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96HrwpQ3ERc&list=UUfzVYdiy4nGULF4VUCGwwIw&index=1&feature=plcp

  21. B.Stover
    11:47 am on October 29th, 2012

    Thank you Bluecat.

    T&G: Excellent news about Callie.

    This storm system is so strong that it is even affecting the Great Lakes.

  22. Staff
    11:51 am on October 29th, 2012

    Have spent the morning watching the weather. Gosh it looks and sounds awful.

    Gus and BooBear be very caring to your Mom and Pop cause they need lots of love right now. Things will get better for them soon, but right now they are scared.

    Loved the news from Callie. So glad the Mother Royal got a different v*e*t. She did the right thing and Callie is going to be fine also. Even if she does have to wear a lampshade.

    I hope everyone on the east coast tries to check in cause we worry. I am thinking it is sounding worse than they predicted if that is possible.

    Stay safe.

  23. Siber-H
    11:55 am on October 29th, 2012

    Macy, Happy Birthday to your dad, and condolences to your family on the loss of your Mom’s cousin.

    Terry, Thanks for the video and I hope Rescue Inc will be okay through this storm.

  24. Terry Ballard
    11:57 am on October 29th, 2012

    Siber. Thanks! Rescue reported in on their Facebook page that the animals have been evacuated and are high and dry. The facility which was yards away from the bay was already swamped. I’m worried about the damage that will happen there.

  25. Rose
    12:02 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Terry, thanks for the video. The waiting is the hardest part…

    B, is there any flooding where you are?

    Croton-on-Hudson Report: Some wind gusts and scattered rain. Keeping our fingers crossed for no power outages.

  26. OleyHowlers
    12:04 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Terry, thanks for the video. We are hoping the rescue will not suffer major damage. Glad all the animals were evacuated.

    T&G, great news about Callie.

    So sad for our N.J. Seashore.

  27. OleyHowlers
    12:10 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington today.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    12:13 pm on October 29th, 2012

    O.Howlers: These early photos of the damages appear to be only a preview of things to come.

    Terry: Having removed all things possible out of harms way, it looks like you are as prepared as you can be. Thank you for the video. We are happy to hear the animals from the rescue are safe.

    B: It is amazing to see the far reaches of this storm. We could hear the wind howling in the background when watching the game last night.

  29. Siber-H
    12:14 pm on October 29th, 2012

    I just saw video of the NJ waves.

    You guys that can, please let us know from time to time what the storm is doing where you live.

  30. OleyHowlers
    12:18 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Wookie, we just watched a video on the weather channel. Right now it sounds like your area is getting hit the worst, with heavy rain and flooding. Are you seeing that?

  31. B.Stover
    12:24 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Rose: No flooding here. I’m on high ground. Apparently the waves on Lake Michigan are 33 feet high and that lake is on the west side of the state. Hope you’re okay.

  32. Tupper and Gilly
    12:27 pm on October 29th, 2012

    We have a tv sttion here that is just dedicated to New England news. My gosh, there is some very scary stuff going on. Atlantic City is underwater. All streets and roads throughout Connecticut are closed. All mass transport in Boston is closed. People on the coast are losing their houses to the waves…and this is all before the actual storm hits.
    They just announced that Wall St will be closed again tomorrow – a 2 day shut down is unprecedented.
    (we are fine here – the worst will be here around midnight)

  33. Wookie 0f Chevy Chase
    12:39 pm on October 29th, 2012

    It has just been continuously raining hard for the last few hours, but the wind so far has not been that bad, and where we live in the DC area there is no real threat of flooding, although other parts of the local area are very susceptible to flooding. At most, our basement may get a bit damp; dad actually went out this morning and bought a new mop, just in case. Actually, mom and dad have both been out this morning for various reasons and it wasn’t that bad, just really wet. The danger for us will be later tonight if and when the winds pick up, which is what would cause the power outages to happen.

    As regards my prior comment about fiber optics, the problem with fiber optic telephone and internet links is that they are powered on the power grid, so if power goes out, fiber optics go out too. Copper wires (good old-fashioned telephone service) are not powered by electricity, so electricity going out does not affect phone service (although stuff like answering machines or hand-held units tied to a base station in your house won’t work if the electricity goes out either).

    Wookie

  34. Rose
    12:48 pm on October 29th, 2012

    I am really worried about youse guys that live right on the coast.

    Terry, I am glad that all the animals were safely evacuated, and pray that there is no major damage to the facility.

    As others have been saying, I think the worst part of this will be the overnight, when the winds really do pick up.

    B, it is incredible how this storm is affecting even the Great Lakes. shiver

    Please, everyone take good care of yourselves and each other.

    Thinking of Jasper in the middle of the mitten, and Kirby T.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    1:01 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Wose: I do wish you were not so close to the Hudson, but thankful at least you live on the second floor.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    1:09 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Wookie: We have the old fashioned telephone wiring here also, so when power goes out at least the landline still works. Cable and internet subscriptions are separate so when electricity is out those services are not available and my cell tower is down too.

  37. SnowBella
    1:14 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Years ago AJ and I came across a band called King Mackeral. They have a song called A Mighty Storm. I’ve always enjoyed the progression from having a storm party and challenging the storm to praying. I found a video of it being performed; it has a bit of an explaination (3 + minutes worth) before the performers start singing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hYblRuqMxc

  38. Melanie
    1:15 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Wöökie, we also have a land based wall phone. Needed it because of the puppies.

    Terry, nice tour. Hope it looks that good later.

    Here are some pictures (Not mine)

    Photo: Tom Mihalek / Reuters . . Long Island

  39. Melanie
    1:16 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Flooding in Atlantic City, NJ Tom Mihalek/Reuters

  40. Melanie
    1:18 pm on October 29th, 2012

    The Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
    Celeste Smith’s photo

  41. BearSpiritDog
    1:42 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Melanie: It looks like Katrina spread over the whole Eastern seaboard.

  42. Rose
    1:51 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Egads!

  43. Kat
    1:52 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Bear, I would very much like to do that!

  44. Kat
    1:54 pm on October 29th, 2012

    oops…I am being shunned for using Sasha’s avatar.

  45. dawson
    2:07 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear: Prayers have been redoubled for Truman and your whole family. Positive thoughts sent your way.

    T&G: Hooray for Callie and Gramps. Very good news

    MacyMinPin: Happy 60th b’day to your dad. Can he say, senior citizen discount? Sympathies to your aunt.

    Sad about the HMS Bounty. It is the captain and a former volunteer/new employee who happened to be a direct descendant of the man who led the original mutiny on the Bounty who are missing.

    One good consequence of Sandy is that the political campaigning has been suspended. Hooray!

    B.Stover: I would like to join your “no sports, never” club.

  46. Melanie
    2:09 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Just had a black out, but power came back on immediately.

    Winds are going to be high for the next 12 hours. But that is 8 hours less then what was predicted.

    Good luck!

  47. dawson
    2:10 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Oh yeah,
    Terry: Donna has wonderful boots!

  48. Mollypop's Mom
    2:18 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Buffalo could have some tree problems from all this, but I hope not because a storm 5 years ago took down most of the trees. It was an Early October Surprise in 50 degree weather when 2 feet of snow fell and the trees still had their leaves. This time the problem will be because the wind is coming from the northeast. Our trees have grown and rooted themselves based on a prevailing wind from the southwest, so a complete wind reversal, combined with the ground soaked from days of rain, could finish them off.

  49. Melanie
    2:26 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Here’s a good site that shows what’s going on with updates. There is a live feed for a building in NYC that has a crane that buckled and is now dangling.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/live-hurricane-sandy-updates/58454/

  50. Rose
    2:33 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Yes, that building is at Columbus Circle and 57th Street. The Tappan Zee Bridge is being closed as of 4PM. My busy place will be closed again tomorrow.

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    2:54 pm on October 29th, 2012

    nothing interesting to report from here – and that’s a GOOD thing!

  52. Wookie 0f Chevy Chase
    3:05 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Outpost Chevy Chase checking in. Wind has picked up some but power is still on. Probably have an early dinner tonight though. And the rain just keeps coming and coming. Also, although it is a ways away, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge outside of Annapolis was closed a while back due to high winds.
    Wookie

  53. OleyHowlers
    3:29 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Pop is home. Dima is wandering, and Mom is worried because the creek is so high, and is now in places where Dima is wandering. So back out into the storm went Pop, to look for him. Why does he always want to be out in the worst weather?
    We are keaking at both front windows of the first floor. The windows themselves are not leaking, but the plaster over top ofthe window sills.
    Mom’s office is closed tomorrow.

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    3:44 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Melanie just called to say that they are ok and are just “denning” (cuddling, snoozing and reading) up there, but the power is flickering on and off so she is not putting the computer on.

  55. BearSpiritDog
    3:46 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Dima go home!

  56. Rose
    3:50 pm on October 29th, 2012

    All bridges in New York will be closed as of 7PM. My Metro-North station, Croton-Harmon is flooded, as are Cold Spring station and Beacon station. Winds are picking up, and lights are flickering a bit.

    Masquers is teaching us deep breathing techniques, and Luna is being mom to everyone.

  57. OleyHowlers
    4:02 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Ahem: Dima is in the house.

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:28 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Windows!…Beau and I are up on top of the Big Chair looking out the window for my friend. We do not see any rain or wind or flooding like you guys are all yeeping about…sniff!… It’s perfectly dry here by golly…wheeze!

  59. dawson
    4:37 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Yikes!

  60. Terry Ballard
    4:40 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Still hanging on to our power. Lots of people in the county aren’t so lucky.

  61. Princess Sam
    4:49 pm on October 29th, 2012

    If all our trees fall down again, Mommy’s not worried about losing power. After last time, we put in a whole house generator connected to our natural gas line.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    5:01 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Dima is safe. Sit, stay Dima!

    Good news about Callie. We need a bit of good news today.

  63. Melanie
    5:02 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Zoe is allowing me to use the iPaw. Just heard from YSAS. NYC is turning off the grid later. Very concerned about the surge and the high tide getting into the subway tunnels while current is on. He’s charging the cell incase they need it for emergencies. The area he’s in has been sheltered from most of the wind.

    Jeeze, this thing takes for ever to type on!

  64. BearSpiritDog
    5:22 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Melanie: Thanks for the report on YSAS. Wonder if this will also affect Rose and Terry.

  65. Staff
    5:35 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Bear, Terry is on the south side of Long Island. If you put Merrick, NY in noaa.gov you will see the warnings for them. Last night it said they could expect 6-11 foot storm surge, which is before the waves. And when you look at the way the storm is sending the wind at them you should worry about them. By the way the 6 foot surge was met earlier today according to the weather channel.

    I sure hope they will be OK.

  66. Tupper and Gilly
    5:40 pm on October 29th, 2012

    We’re praying for Terry, Wookie and OFA as hard as we can

  67. Siber-H
    5:43 pm on October 29th, 2012

    This is almost unreal. I have been out sunbathing. It is 70 degrees here.

    Oh, Staff, Loved your snow picture yesterday. That is the weather I want.

  68. OleyHowlers
    5:53 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Sandy just made landfall, ~40 miles south of Atlantic City. We read that the boardwalk is GONE in Atlantic City. This is all so very sad.
    We just got back from the barn. Mom took us all up there on leashes and told us the only running we are allowed to do is inside the barn. What is up with that?
    So the stalls are mucked and the barn closed up. It is too dark out now for us to see what is happening, and we think that is for the best.

  69. Pancho
    5:58 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Howlers: Batten down the huskies! Is Sheik doing better?

  70. Jasper the Poodle
    6:01 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Greetings plunderers. Hunkered down here in the middle of the mitten and thinking of our east coast friends. Mom has chicken tortilla soup in the crock pot for a harvest gathering tomorrow at her busy place.

    Wednesday we are off to Grand Rapids because sissy is having a “tweak” surgery to fix a few little things with her new girls. I will stay with my favorite cousins, Obi Wan the pomeranian and Cubbie Bear the dachsund and nap.

    Candles lit and prayers being sent to G & BB papa.

    Be safe, all.

  71. OleyHowlers
    6:04 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Shiek is sleeping a lot, and not so eagerly eating each meal. He ate ~3\4 tonight so far, and will probably have the rest eaten by morning. We are going to get a complete checkup for him post-apocolypse.

    We are all very tired now.

  72. Mollypop's Mom
    6:37 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Melanie texted that their power was flickering and they were just going to bed. I hope they get a good sleep and wake up in the morning to all this crazy storm stuff all over with.

  73. Belle Starr
    6:46 pm on October 29th, 2012

    I’m in trouble. At least I think I’m in trouble. Either that, or my Two-Legged has a funny way of showing relief. You can never be too sure with her. I’ve been a little upset that my Four-Legged left me behind because she wanted to have Wose all to herself. And, who is Sandy? The Professor surprised us by getting a horse named Charlie—a horse that I haven’t even met, yet—and, now a new friend, Sandy.

    In my frustration, I decided I was going to blur to Wose by myself. This is where my Two-Legged says my judgment became quesitonable at best. Something about not having my blurring license. Whatever she said, I stopped listening. I tried my very best. Concentrated my hardest. And blurred! I made it as far as the the container used to store dog food. AJ came home from training, put the dogs away and made to feed the team. He lifted the lid and surprise! I jumped out and ran up to the house like it never happened. I don’t know how long I had been in with the dog food, but I found a way to pass the time. Burp!

  74. Staff
    7:01 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Oh Belle! What a bad doggie. What a full doggie.

  75. Kat
    7:10 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Belle Starr, I can come pick you up. Luna gave me blurring lessons, and I just know I could do it. If only the wind would slow down…it is very scary.

  76. dawson
    7:14 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Kat: You better stay where you are!

    5…4…3…2…1…right about now Rio and SiberH. will start going through baseball withdrawal.

  77. OleyHowlers
    7:14 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Our rain gauge stopped working hours ago. How much rain have we had? All we know is that our tiny little creek is now a raging river coming closer and closer.

  78. BearSpiritDog
    7:15 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Kat and Belle Starr: Latest word is All Flights have been canceled.

  79. c.hobbit
    7:19 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Stay safe everyone wherever you are.

    G&BB: cancer is scary but the love and support of the Plunderers individually and as a group will see you on this life journey. Our prayers are powerful ones offering comfort, inspiration, healing and acceptance. You do your part and we’ll do ours.

  80. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    7:27 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Dawson. By my dead reckoning, it’s only about 153 days to Opening Day, 2013. And the start of Spring Training is even sooner.
    Still got power here, but the wind is picking up. My Aunt Julie who lives in Bethesda near the Potomac River lost power a couple of hours ago. And dad is getting some good use out of the mop he bought earlier today.
    Wookie

  81. Terry Ballard
    7:27 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Just before it got dark, we were so impressed with the bands of clouds going by that we went out back and took a video of the tallest tree with the clouds going by. An hour later it pitched forward into the front yard, landing slightly in the street, causing no damage to our neighbor’s house or our own. The worst of the storm seems to be over. http://youtu.be/r25OrUwisO0

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Denial!…I’ve been in baseball-is-over denial all day long…grunt!…Its not really over yet, is it? I can’t believe we didn’t stay up and watch the award being given to the Giants…sniff!…I really really thought the Tigers would pull it out and we would have more games to watch….sob!sob!sob!

  83. SnowBella
    7:35 pm on October 29th, 2012

    CHH: I like that idea—you do your part and we’ll do ours. I was thinking about G&BB’s family a lot today and had the feeling that we may not know what the future holds, but Karen and her loved ones are not alone. No one rallies, steadies, eases heartache, and covers with the Quilt like the Plunderers.

  84. dawson
    7:35 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Terry!
    Are you one of those guys who gets out of the car to take a picture of a grizzly bear?!

  85. Belle Starr
    7:37 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Kat: Does it seem like everyone is against us? Staff called me a bad doggie. I guess that is a step up from what my Two-Legged called me—Devil Dog!

  86. SnowBella
    7:38 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Terry better put rocks in his pockets before he goes out into the storm.

  87. Princess Sam
    7:38 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Sorry Rio, you snooze you lose.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:45 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Crumb!…Crummie winter, crummie weather…grunt!….153 seems like forever and a day before baseball comes back….wheeze!whiffle!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:45 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Trees!…Pretty soon Terry won’t have any trees left at all…sneeze!

  90. Staff
    7:46 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Now all we have is football (said with a sneer). Football is boring and stupid and boring and stupid. Yeah. And silly too.

    sniff

  91. Tupper and Gilly
    7:52 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Staff – but the uniforms are prettier.

    Umm – we forgot to say that we are praying for the Howlers and for G & BB’s dad. And for Sissy. And Maggie. And for Rio’s friend. And….
    Well, you know… you are all always in our prayers.

  92. Beau - The Black Pug
    7:58 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Sneeze!….Football isn’t stupid….sniff!….Dat…dat is just a dumb thing to say…sneeze!…I like watching dose football games…huff!

  93. SnowBella
    8:04 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Wookie is up top in his bowtie. I imagine Wookie is always properly attired for black tie events to being a storm watcher.

    Rio: AJ pointed out Iditarod starts in four months. Does that help between now and next baseball season? He is signed up for two other smaller races this season as well. He will pay the deposit on one of the entrance fees tomorrow.

  94. SnowBella
    8:12 pm on October 29th, 2012

    I don’t really care for professional football as much as I do college football. Truth be told, the only football team I’ve ever cared about is the one Coach coached.

    T&G: I’m not sure if it had to do with the uniforms, but growing up as the daughter of a college football coach, I didn’t realize that not all men were well over six feet tall, and 200+ pounds of muscle.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:14 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Rebecca!…sniffle!…That does not help at all…wuffle!…Its still a very long time till baseball season starts again…cough!

  96. SnowBella
    8:17 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Rio: I wonder if I can convince AJ to carry a small baseball toy on the race. Maybe it will bring him good luck and maybe it could find it’s way to your warm, soft bed after the race. I can’t guarantee he’d do it because he is always concerned about weight, but if I could, would that make it better?

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Could he carry a bat too?….sniff!…A baseball and a bat would really make me feel better…somehow…wuffle!

  98. Terry Ballard
    8:27 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Dawson – no I am not a risk taker at all. We were standing on our back deck then. There was no flying debris. Now things are calming down a bit. We just heard that 600,000 Long Islanders are without power, but we seem to be dodging the bullet. If it went out now, we’d be fine because it’s almost bedtime anyway.

    We had four trees when we moved in 15 years ago. Now two.

    Good night Chet.

  99. SnowBella
    8:30 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Rio: I don’t think he could carry a bat. He is a minimalist when it comes to what he packs that isn’t for the dogs. He is taller and weighs more than most of the other mushers so he tries to cut down as much as possible. I can only think of two other mushers that are as tall as him in last years race. Maybe a keychain of your beloved Rockies…

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Rebecca!…oh….sniffle!

  101. Barb & Maggie
    8:34 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Hopefully by tomorrow morning Sandy will be on her way out. Night all. Safe slumbers to all.

  102. BearSpiritDog
    8:49 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Great video, Terry, sorry about your beautiful tree. Guess that was its Swan Song.

    Yesterday we pulled a Late Niter so tonight it’s off to the Land of Nods early. Saying our Prayers for All under the Quilt and Everyone in the Storms path.
    See youse tomorrow – Bear

  103. Princess Sam
    8:58 pm on October 29th, 2012

    The storms winds will hit over night. I gotta go to bed. If I stay up, I can’t stop them. I just hope in the morning that our trees are still there.

  104. OleyHowlers
    9:12 pm on October 29th, 2012

    We are still here, though our lights and sattelite keep blinking off and on. Terry, we are sorry for your big tree. It is very sad to lose a tree.
    Are youse guys watching all the news? There is so much flooding in Manhattan, and they are reporting 3 feet of water on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange. OMD! There will be drastic effects on our nation’s economy. And we are very worried about YSAS and OTAS.

  105. c.hobbit
    9:17 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Remember a few weeks ago when I wondered about animals with two different colored eyes? Here is a link to some photos:

    http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/38568/eye+spy+critters+with+mismatched+peepers/

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Weather!….Center!…sniff!…My friend is checking out the weather center. Is this the WEather Channel?…snort!…They are saying 4 million without power right now…OMDawg!

  107. OleyHowlers
    9:21 pm on October 29th, 2012

    We have now lost our power. We will try to post an update in the morning, but for now, we are trying to hold off on using up our phone’s battery.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Howlers!….This weather center is saying the Stock Exchange has not been flooded…sniff!…So stop spreading rumors…grunt!

  109. Mollypop's Mom
    9:25 pm on October 29th, 2012

    I have to go to bed now. I don’t want to hear the sounds of trees breaking like last time – it sounds like gun shots. I will see in the morning what has happened.

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Goodnight!…Everybody stay dry tonight and sleep in the big beds off the floor, just in case….wuffle!

  111. Tupper and Gilly
    10:17 pm on October 29th, 2012

    The storm is all over here and all is well. Now we just have to worry about the Howlers and Sam and MPM.
    And OFA. The Cape was hit hard, so we will be anxious to see a post from him tomorrow morning.
    For now – good night all.

  112. Siber-H
    10:24 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Thinking of all of you…praying that all of you stay safe through the night.

    night all

  113. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:46 pm on October 29th, 2012

    Sleep my child and peace attend thee
    All through the night.

    Macy out.

  114. Melanie
    7:10 am on October 30th, 2012

    Still no power. The towns around us got hit worse. A few limbs down in the yard. Will have to take a better look later. Took us forever to get the generator working. Upper body strength has seemed to disappeared!

    On to the next thing. A time perhaps of when this might be fixed.

  115. Melanie
    7:17 am on October 30th, 2012

    And the bad news is . . . they don’t think this will be fixed until October 31 supposedly by midnight. sigh.

    Good news? Ummm, we have a generator.

  116. Gus & BooBear
    7:25 am on October 30th, 2012

    Melanie, glad to hear you “weathered” the worst of it. The TV coverage of NYC and surrounding areas shows horrendous damage. Praying that all our friends in harm’s way are okay. So many times, the aftermath and trying to get back to normal is as hard as getting through the storm. What is the temp? No one is mentioning the cold?

    Stay safe, everyone. Door is open if any want to evacuate to coastal Texas!

  117. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    7:40 am on October 30th, 2012

    We are so lucky here in Chevy Chase. Lights flickered a few times, but never went out. I think the derecho this summer probably took out all the vulnerable trees. We are very concerned though about all our fellow Plunderers along the East Coast. Please all be safe.
    Wookie

  118. OleyHowlers
    8:24 am on October 30th, 2012

    Good morning. Power is still out, but the generator is running. It is raining, not as hard as yesterday, but it feels so cold. And it is still windy. We don’t have much damage here on the farm, but there are lots of roads closed, due to flooding, trees down, and wires down. A man who lives closeby was hit by a tree that smashed into his house. He was on his porch letting his doggie out. And the dog is now missing. We didn’t know the man.

  119. BearSpiritDog
    8:50 am on October 30th, 2012

    Melanie and O.Howlers: Good to hear the generators have kept you up and running and the damage so far is minimal.
    Sad about the poor man and his doggie.

    Wookie: A relief to hear all is well.
    Hoping to hear from OFA, Wose and Terry very soon.

  120. OleyHowlers
    8:56 am on October 30th, 2012

    We neglected to say the guy hit by the tree was killed.

  121. Barb & Maggie
    9:44 am on October 30th, 2012

    Good morning. Hope all are OK. Wonder if OFA has power this morning.
    So sad about that man hit by the tree. Not like he was out running around in the storm and taking foolish chances as some do.
    We are getting high winds today as a result of Sandy. Chicago has flood warnings at the lake front, with 20-25 feet high waves on Lake Michigan.

  122. Wookie 0f Chevy Chase
    10:09 am on October 30th, 2012

    There are about 17,000 customers without power on the Cape, so OFA may be affected by that. The devastation in NJ and in and around NYC is unbelievable — hope Wose, Terry, and YSAS and OTAS are safe. It’s just drizzling here now, so maybe even a walkies may be in my future this afternoon. Public transportation (although operating on a Sunday schedule) should resume here at 2:00 pm. Guess that means that dad has to go back to the busy place tomorrow.

    Wookie

  123. Staff
    10:33 am on October 30th, 2012

    I guess we shouldn’t be surprised if we have to use the deep dark midnight side for a while. I hope it doesn’t go away completely. We need the blog.

    I think if it goes away we should make a plan to meet on BStover’s blog. Is that OK B?

    If it is please post your blog address.

  124. SnowBella
    10:36 am on October 30th, 2012

    Who are we missing? Spence, Wose, Terry, Tyb—who else?

  125. Melanie
    10:37 am on October 30th, 2012

    News from the Pack. First YSAS has called in. From a phone booth. Remember those? He is fine. No power, but plenty of food and water. He did mention that all the roomies were getting a tad tired of each other.

    GLAD and OTAS: Only ones in their area that lost power. Tree fell on their line into the house. Unfortunately, the salt water aquarium has only enough power for 6 hours. The fish are beginning to die. Kats, dog and humans are safe.

    Praying for those people in Queens that have lost their houses with the flooding and the fire. I’m praying for Terry.

    Battery Park was completely flooded. Sounds like all the subway tunnels connecting Brooklyn to Manhatten were flooded. One of the tunnels was flooded. Haven’t had time to look at all the info. Just back from acupuncture.

    We’re okay here. They are now saying maybe tonight we’ll get our electricity back. It will be interesting to see in the dead of night, just what lights we had left on!

  126. Siber-H
    10:38 am on October 30th, 2012

    Great to read the reports from all of you that made it through the storm.
    Wookie, Thanks for mentioning the Cape because I have heard nothing about it on tv. When there was no post from Spence this morning, I became concerned.
    Melanie? Do you know anythng about YSAS and OTAS?
    Wose and Terry, Hope you can check in soon.

    Trucks and utility workers from all over NM are on their way to the NE to help. umm It will take them awhile to get there.

  127. Staff
    10:46 am on October 30th, 2012

    This is from the Ossining-Croton on Hudson Patch. Rose lives in Croton on Hudson.

    “This morning there are about 904 homes in Croton-on-Hudson without electricity.
    ConEd is still scrambling to restore power to those homes and apartments without electricity. Right now ConEd is estimating that all homes in Croton and Ossining will have their power restored by the end of Wednesday. “

  128. Melanie
    10:48 am on October 30th, 2012

    I thought I had seen Rose make a comment, but I was mistaken. Be safe Rose.

    YSAS called again. Con Ed has said if you don’t have power now, you probably won’t have it for a week. Yikes! The crew is checking to see who has power and then beg some space.

    He had not heard about Queens. He is now calling to make sure his friends are okay.

    He walked to Battery Park and got a signal. He said that sand was everywhere down there.

  129. Staff
    10:55 am on October 30th, 2012

    http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/outagemap.html

    This is an interactive list of power outages on Long Island. Terry is in Merrick NY which is above Big Crow and Jones Islands. There is a pink triangle over the word Merrick. Looks like there is no restoration work scheduled anywhere on Long Island.

  130. Melanie
    11:05 am on October 30th, 2012

    If you go to this site, you can see many of the pictures of the destruction. Wow. A tanker beached at Staten Island.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/live-hurricane-sandy-updates/58454

  131. dawson
    11:08 am on October 30th, 2012

    Good morning,
    Hope everyone eventually checks in. What about Kirby?
    Sad about OTAS and GLAD’s fish.
    I’m glad that you all prepared so well for this storm.
    Gus&BooBear: Coastal Texas sounds good about now.

  132. Melanie
    11:11 am on October 30th, 2012

    Just heard again from OTAS. He can phone! The fish are OKAY! His neighbor didn’t need his generator so very kindly lent it to them. The fish, the refrigerator and the TV are now hooked up.

  133. Staff
    11:14 am on October 30th, 2012

    OFA lives in Falmouth. (orange color near bottom of map) Here is a link to power outages there. Again no work is being done yet. NStar is “assessing”

    http://outage.nstar.com/outage/

  134. Staff
    11:21 am on October 30th, 2012

    There is also a boat on the train tracks in Ossining which is next door to Rose. The news in on the link Melanie just posted.

  135. Princess Sam
    11:29 am on October 30th, 2012

    We are fine here. Lots of power out and trees down.

  136. dawson
    11:39 am on October 30th, 2012

    What about Mollypop’s Mom?
    Thanks to a helpful neighbor the fish will live! And the food won’t spoil.

  137. Terry Ballard
    11:43 am on October 30th, 2012

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Because it’s sticking out into the street, the county may be able to come and help at some point. Otherwise, we’ve started with insurance claim.

  138. Mollypop's Mom
    11:44 am on October 30th, 2012

    I don’t think anything other than wind and rain happened here in almost-ski country. We could have used all that lovely snow they got in West Virginia.

  139. OleyHowlers
    11:50 am on October 30th, 2012

    We are worried about Wose.

  140. B.Stover
    12:05 pm on October 30th, 2012

    I put up a new post on my blog Welcoming Plunderers. Here’s my blog address:

    http://frommyeasychair.blogspot.com/

    Hope Spence is okay.

  141. Siber-H
    12:06 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Glad you checked in, Terry.

    I’m also worried about Rose.

    Where is Stover? She is usually here in the mornings.

  142. BearSpiritDog
    12:11 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Terry: Your Beautiful tree! The video you took last night showed it in its final hour of glory. It is good to hear both your house and your neighbor’s house were not damaged when it fell. Do you know how old it was?

    Melanie: I know you are very relieved to hear from YSAS, OTAS & GLAD; that they are safe and all is well.

    Wose may be one of the ones without power. We hope to hear from her soon. She is the only one (?) in the area who has not reported in, other than OFA.
    Haven’t heard from the Royals either.

  143. Tupper and Gilly
    12:18 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Glad to hear from all of you. Now just waiting for Rose and OFA.
    All is well here.

  144. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:28 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Spencer!…Even if his power is out he can still keep writing…snort!… I’m sure the guy has a pen and paper somewhere.

  145. Cape Cod Times
    12:51 pm on October 30th, 2012

    “Massive Power Outages May Not Be From Hurricane”
    Anonymous sources have reported that while storm damage is significant across the eastern seaboard, some Cape power outages may not be hurricane related.
    Sources point to a possible location for the start of the rolling outages as the basement of a private home. A device known only as a Random Number Generator has caused previous power surges and thick black smoke. Although not frequent occurrences, local officials have tracked the disruptions to once a month events. The home owner has been contacted about the previous events, but assured emergency responders that no further difficulties were expected.
    Speculation continues as to the accuracy of those predictions.
    More information as it comes in.

  146. Melanie
    12:57 pm on October 30th, 2012

    snicker . . .

    We have POWER.

  147. Staff
    12:59 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Oh my Dog. The Random Number Generator! I wonder why they think that ‘no further difficulties are expected’. That is not what I would expect.

    I am waiting for more information with great interest.

    hahahahahahhaahha

    I am sure glad everyone is checking in as soon as they can.

    Wow Terry that is a huge tree and it looks like it was a home for several squirrels or birds. Sob. Now they will have to find a new home and I bet there will be a housing shortage in Long Island with all the other trees that are down.

  148. Melanie
    1:04 pm on October 30th, 2012

    So, Zoe was determined to make sure the generator did not run out of gas while it was her turn at the acupuncturist.

    Now my hands smell of gas even after washing 3 times. Came in after starting it and the power was on. Then I had to shut it off again.

    Going to wash my hands again.

  149. BearSpiritDog
    1:09 pm on October 30th, 2012

    OMD! The Random Number Generator. It’s almost the end of the month!

  150. Tupper and Gilly
    1:21 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Woo Hoo – OTAS fish will live AND Melanie has power!

    Umm – Rio….were you by any chance on the east coast recently, tinkering with certain machinery to increase your chances??

    We have now seen the black squirrel in our backyard 3 times. He(she) is truly beautiful with a solid ebony black coat. Gramp is going to put up a squirrel feeder where we keep seeing him. We have heard of the black squirrel colonies in DC, and we do have a small colony in a park about 20 miles from here. We think this guy is hanging out to get the last raspberries off our bushes. Do any of youse guys have or know anything about black squirrels? (Other than Tolkianistic ones)

  151. SnowBella
    1:31 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Melanie: Try washing your hands with toothpaste.

  152. Melanie
    1:48 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Thanks Bella, I’ll try that. Right now the odor seems to be under controlled.

    That wacky machine . .

    Terry, that is some tree. It looked better standing up.

    OTAS and GLAD’s tree should go to NYC for the ice rink. It’s big.

    Going to take a break . . much needed.

    Oh, black squirrels are gray squirrels with a recessed gene for coat color coming forward.

  153. Terry Ballard
    1:52 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Bear – our next door neighbor said that it was a big tree when he moved in back in 1971.

    Staff – there were four other trees on our block that went down. Just heard from the convoluted world of insurance – we can expect to dig deep, but that’s why we have savings.

  154. BearSpiritDog
    1:54 pm on October 30th, 2012

    SnowBella welcoming us to the Dark Side.

    Tupper&Gilly: What is the story with black squirrels and Tolkien?

  155. BearSpiritDog
    2:02 pm on October 30th, 2012

    That would be the Darker Side…..

    Terry: Is this an indicator of things to come in the insurance industry? If they can file this under an Act of God the claim conveniently falls through the loop hole.

  156. SnowBella
    2:10 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Last time I was warmly welcomed to any side, I lost an earring to some slurpy pug kisses. Worth it.

  157. dawson
    2:22 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Black squirrels came from Canada, heh.

    Terry: I bet the insurance companies will be doing a large amount of convoluting in the coming days.

  158. Mollypop's Mom
    2:39 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Dawson – The black squirrels stay in Canada, surprisingly, around here anyway. I live on the Canadian border. When I drive across the bridge over the Niagara River, all the squirrels are black. On this side they’re all gray. I guess squirrels don’t swim.

  159. Tupper and Gilly
    3:09 pm on October 30th, 2012

    BSD – we really only know the book “The Hobbit”, and at one point in their journey, they are in the Black Forest, where there are black squirrels. They manage to shoot one, but it tastes terrible.

    Dawson and MollyPop’s Mom – cool, aaaa?

    Melanie – we are for anything that involves recess.

  160. BearSpiritDog
    3:34 pm on October 30th, 2012

    That spooky Halloween dog, Shadow, is up top now.

  161. Barb & Maggie
    4:00 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Sorry guys, the loophole has nothing to do with an act of God. Most home insurance policies will pay for the damage the tree does when it falls (ie fence, building etc) but not for removal of the tree itself, if it fell from wind damage. Usualy lightening strike is covered. If the falling tree called ensuing damage (rain, snow damage to an interior location) after the fall, then that would be covered too. Just not the tree. Oh, and usually the cost of removing the fallen tree from an insured dwelling is covered as well. Flooding is never covered on a home insurance policy. Read your boring policy – it explains the limitations in there.

  162. Barb & Maggie
    4:03 pm on October 30th, 2012

    That should be caused ensuing damage not called. Also, if fire damages foundation plantings arould the dwelling, there is some coverage, usually %500 or $1,000.

  163. Staff
    4:40 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Hey Wose, Is this your Train Station?

    This photo provided by MTA Bridges and Tunnels shows floodwaters at Metro-North Railroad’s Croton-Harmon station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Sandy, the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane just before making landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ MTA Bridges and Tunnels) MANDATORY CREDIT

  164. Siber-H
    5:00 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Barb, That is interesting and useful.

    Staff, That is bad.

  165. Melanie
    5:22 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Whew, tired from getting ready for the storm, worrying about the storm and acupuncture.

    Zoe and I have started watching “The First Wives Club”. We have gotten to the first time the sing this.

    It is now stuck in my head. .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K8SpqTT-Gs

  166. Melanie
    5:31 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Before I settle down with an Inspector Lewis, YSAS is doing great. He is not working tomorrow, but will be working Thursday – Sunday (as a coat check person). His SO’s corporate office doesn’t see why she can’t go into work. Which would be in Hoboken, NJ. And getting there from NYC.

    As Wöökie would say . . “Riiiggghhhttt . .”

  167. dawson
    5:42 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Melanie: I love those 3 ladies and now the song is in my head too!

    Still now Wose?

  168. Barb & Maggie
    5:45 pm on October 30th, 2012

    I was typing fast earlier and didn’t have time to proof. I think I was a little unclear on the tree issue – if wind blows over a tree out in your yard and it just falls on the ground, there is no coverage. If, however, it lands on an insured item then there is coverage for that building, fence, etc. Also they will pay to remove the tree from the dwelling, but usually will not pay the total cost of having the tree cut up and hauled away. Does that make sense? Insurance companies can’t fall back on that act of God clause, because really, you could say ANY damage can be an act of God.

  169. OleyHowlers
    6:09 pm on October 30th, 2012

    We just founf out that a tree fell thru our cousin’s (Mom’s cousin) house during Sandy. She lives in North Jersey. Her daughter posted a picture, and it is a miracle that Jackie wasn’t hurt.
    Worried about Wose and OFA.

  170. Terry Ballard
    6:11 pm on October 30th, 2012

    B&M – that’s pretty much what was explained to me today. Translation – “I’m stuck with pretty much everything.” Nice.

  171. SnowBella
    6:20 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Terry: We are in need of firewood. I would be happy to send AJ down there with chainsaw in hand. :)

  172. Melanie
    6:43 pm on October 30th, 2012

    I wonder if you can Fed-x a tree?

  173. Tupper and Gilly
    6:44 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Terry – we feel your pain. Last October when we got hit with the freak snowstorm, our neighbor (from hell) had one of their trees drop on our house. The rigamarole we got from the insurance companies – both theirs and ours translated to roughly the same thing. “break open your piggy bank,cuz we ain’t payin'”.

    sigh

    On one good note – the power is being restored in pretty quick order to the Cape. Hopefully we will be hearing from OFA soon.

  174. Melanie
    7:06 pm on October 30th, 2012

    TTFN! I’m glad not to be worried about anything . .

  175. Wose
    7:08 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Hey Youse Guys, I’m here!!!!!!

    Staff, yes that is my train station, and the station south of me, Ossising is the one with the boat on the tracks.

    The Prof, Luna, Masquers, and I rode out the storm with little damage. We did not lose electricity , but our cable was out for a day and half. My office was closed for the past two days. The gang here watched two good movies— The Shawshank Redemption and The Best Years of Our Lives. We had barbecue for dinner ( Luna and Masquers enjoyed some catfish fingers).

    We tried to make our doctor appointments in Mt. Kisco, but so many roads had downed trees and power lines we had to turn back.

    I will try to make it into work tomorrow. Luna and Masquers will be staying a little longer.

    Sorry for those of you who suffered loss of property, but glad all youse Plunderers are safe.

    Rio! Hi!

  176. Princess Sam
    7:13 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Where is Mike Baker located? Who starts our blog each day?

  177. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Rose!…Well, she is safe and sound after all…heh!heh!…The way your train station looks, I doubt you will be going into the busy-place tomorrow Rose….sniff!…Don’t do anything stupid….snort!

  178. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Sammie!…I believe he is in Connecticut…sniff!

  179. BearSpiritDog
    7:22 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Wose! WoooooHoooooo!!!

    Just received a text from M. He’s trying to act soooo cool..like the storm was no big deal for Luna and him (whispering) it does sound like Wose and the Prof know how to ride out a storm and make the best of a bad situation.

  180. Masquers
    7:27 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Dear BSD,
    Not acting.
    signed-ZenKat

  181. Princess Sam
    7:28 pm on October 30th, 2012

    I just figured out why we have the black squirrels on one side of the border and the gray ones on this side – they can’t get through customs. Ha ha.

  182. BearSpiritDog
    7:31 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Sammie: HaHaHaHa…Thanks for the Smile.

  183. Tupper and Gilly
    7:51 pm on October 30th, 2012

    We will be doing a thanksgiving prayer in a few minutes. Please feel free to jump in.

  184. Luna
    7:55 pm on October 30th, 2012

    The harder the wind blew and the faster the rain fell, the louder cool Kat, Masquers and the Prof played their jazz. The wrath of Sandy is nothing compared to the wild and crazy Belle Starr that waits at home.

  185. Tupper and Gilly
    8:00 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Creator – we thank for this time of being together. We thank you for keeping our friends and family from harm.

    We ask you to watch over those who are desconsolate tonight over loss of their homes and things. Grace them with eyes to see the beauty of life that they still have.

    Creator – we thank you for the strength and bravery of those heroes who put their own safety second to the ones they helped. We thank you for the miracles of newborn babies saved by the courage of their nurses.

    We thank you this night that our family has suffered no loss or harm to any of our people or beloved animals. We thank you for keeping the waters and fallen trees from creating damage beyond repair.

    We thank you for giving humans the spirit to continue in the face of adversity; for giving them the ability to work togethet for the benefit of others who have suffered more.

    We thank you for the voices from all of the directions that let us know all are safe and well. We only wait to hear from our friend, the one who has made this family possible. We ask you to be watching over Spencer and all of his family, those with two legs, and those with four.

    We thank you for the starlit skies that hold your promise for another sunrise to come. Those stars give us the hope to go on, and the knowledge that the world is unchanged by the small events of our day to day lives.

    Please be with all who need lifting up. Please let them feel your presence and give them peace.

    Creator – we thank for this time of being together. We thank you for keeping our friends and family from harm.

  186. Terry Ballard
    8:04 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Snowbella – all the firewood you want. Come on down!!

  187. Staff
    8:04 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Well said. Amen.

  188. BearSpiritDog
    8:08 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen.

  189. SnowBella
    8:11 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen.

  190. SnowBella
    8:16 pm on October 30th, 2012

    I may or may not had got a little sniffly when I read the prayer and thought of our friend who made this family possible. I hope he is safe.

    Terry: I wonder if just keeping the tree in one piece would count as one piece of checked baggage.

  191. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:18 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen.

  192. Barb & Maggie
    8:20 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen. Thank you again Amalia and Leonard. As always, a beautiful prayer.

  193. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen!…To that!…snort!

  194. BearSpiritDog
    8:29 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Signing off early tonight with thoughts of the one, who as Amalia and Leonard said, makes this all possible.
    SQPA, The Plunderers are thinking of you and your family tonight and praying all is well.
    Good Night Everyone – Bear

  195. Siber-H
    8:36 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen, A beautiful prayer. I am very thankful there were no deaths in that terrible fire in Queens, NY.

    Rose has returned to us safe and sound!

    Only one of us is unaccounted for now…Spence!

  196. bluecat
    8:36 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen.

  197. dawson
    8:46 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Amen.

  198. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Gasp!…SiberH is right!…snuff!…Spencer is the only one still missing….wheeze!…This is not good, not good at all…wuffle!…Who will write about Chet’s adventures if Spencer does not come back??…gulp!….Can Admin write?

  199. Barb & Maggie
    9:00 pm on October 30th, 2012

    T & G, One more comment about insurance and then we are signing off. I would have thought that your own insurance company would cover damage to your house from the neighbor’s falling tree (subject to your deductible). Then they could have subrogated back to the neighbor’s company if he knew that the tree was damamged and thus negligent (property damage liability to others). Or you could have just filed a claim thru his company then there would be no deductible applied. That is strange that neither company would cover it. Was your deductible higher than the damage amount or did he just have a bad company ?

  200. Staff
    9:05 pm on October 30th, 2012

    200- now we flip to the even darker side…

  201. Terry Ballard
    9:08 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Latest from Rescue Ink:

    Rescue Ink is bruised, but not broken.

    Everyone is safe and that’s the important thing. JohnnyO and his son, Bigg Ant and Joe Panz literally risked their lives last night. These brave men stayed to protect the shelter in spite of the warnings that they should leave. It was a tough, hard long night…maybe the toughest one in Rescue Ink history, but the guys made good on their promise to protect and defend.

    The shelter will need a lot of work… it’s completely trashed. Many of our animals are in temporary foster homes, we’re grateful for those people.

    Needless to say, we need our supporters now more than ever. We promise to stay strong.

    We just launched a campaign to rebuild. We hope you’ll consider donating to help us get the shelter back for the animals.
    http://www.indiegogo.com/rebuildshelter?show_todos=true&a=1095993

  202. Staff
    9:38 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Just a suggestion but I think that too many dogs are friends of Chet. There are lots of other species of animals that are friends of Chet. I know personally one pheasant, two kats and I am looking at a rabbit right now. I know Buddy was the first FOC but that was a long while ago.

    Let’s have some equality in the animals please.

    For Abbie, Alice and George the first.

  203. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:40 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Thanks Amalia and Leonard, T & G, and even those written kats B&S for the lovely prayer. You speak for all of us so eloquently and with such love and grace. Hopefully we will hear from OFA tomorrow, so that we will know all is right with the world and that the RNG is safe and operational. Good night from here in Chevy Chase.
    Wookie

  204. Staff
    9:57 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Goodnight all. I am glad you all checked in. Spence, it is your turn now.

  205. Siber-H
    10:18 pm on October 30th, 2012

    Terry, A big thank you to Rescue Inc. for all they did for the animals. Mom and I will donate.

    We really need to hear from Spence and all will be well in our blog world.

    Night Everyone

  206. SnowBella
    1:07 am on October 31st, 2012

    Terry: I don’t think I have your SDD address. Could you please send me a SDD to snowhookkennel@gmail.com?

  207. Wose
    5:47 am on October 31st, 2012

    Good Morning!

    Thank you, Royals for your beautiful prayer. Hope PASQ and his family 2 and 4 legged are okay.

    Making an attempt at the busy place today.

    Belle Starr and Kat: Even though I heart you both, I am glad you are both safe in your homes. I would not want either of you to be hurt by falling trees or power wires.

    Everyone stay safe and warm.

  208. Belle Starr
    5:52 am on October 31st, 2012

    One of my favorite things in the whole wide is when my two-legged can’t sleep. She sits up in bed, pulls me onto her laps and gives the best tummies in all the world. Sometimes I give her a kiss and sometimes I just go back to sleep. It is time like these that almost makes me forget I didn’t get to go to Wose’s with my four-legged.

  209. SnowBella
    5:55 am on October 31st, 2012

    One of my favorite things to do when I can’t sleep is to pull Belle Starr onto my lap and hold her. She gives and gets the best snuggles when she is sleepy. She cocks her head and gives half-asleep kisses.

  210. OleyHowlers
    7:08 am on October 31st, 2012

    Good morning! Glad Wose is back online!!!! And good that she, Masquers, Luna, and the Prof are all o.k. Now if only we could hear from OFA at the Cape.

    Last night, Pop carried Sasha up and put her between Mom & Pop in bed to see if that would help calm her down. It did not.

  211. BearSpiritDog
    7:29 am on October 31st, 2012

    Good Morning Everyone. We had hoped there would be a post by Chet, Spence and Admin this morning, but perhaps it is too early…..

    O.Howlers: Sorry to hear Sasha had a bad night. Bless her heart.

    Hi to Wose, SnowBella & Belle Starr.

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