Grump Central Archive: Week of 9 August 2020

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Recently I started slipping back into "news junkie" mode—I've felt compelled because of the upcoming election. Boy, was that a mistake. Things are getting progressively more absurd, to the point that some recent events would be hysterically funny if they weren't just plain frightening. And this is all piling on top of the pandemic, which is showing no significant signs of improvement. I'm crawling back under my rock with my kitties, thank you very much.


Friday, 14 August 2020

Here's a reminder of what sunlight is like, taken just before the hurricane. Haven't seen much of it since.


Thursday, 13 August 2020

Ever since the hurricane paid us a visit, it almost seems like it hasn't left: we've gotten at least one heavy downpour almost every single day.


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Just before the hurricane, I'd done caricatures of my cats. I was about to post them when all hell broke loose. So now here they are at last. The images link to their full profiles.


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

It's been a week since Isaias wreaked havoc on the northeast, and tens of thousands still remain without power; help has arrived from as far away as Indiana and Michigan. By all accounts, the predicted severity of the storm was grossly underestimated, and utility companies were caught with their pants down. I know the feeling—I was totally unprepared as well. Anyway, a year ago this week I was building my library.


Monday, 10 August 2020

If I stood at the bottom of the stairs in 2014, this is what I'd see. It was so different back then—it was thrilling to imagine the possibilities.


Sunday, 9 August 2020

On Tuesday, 4 August 2020, hurricane Isaias blew through, hammering us from 8 AM until 1 PM. Although my home and property suffered zero damage—I've endured much worse from plain old thunderstorms—Isaias knocked out power to over 700,000 New Jersey residents. Although it lasted five days for me, some folks are still in the dark. Since my generator died (totally my fault—I'd failed to perform timely preventative maintenance), I lost all of the food in my refrigerator, and was unable to get online. But, thanks to my friend Ed K, I was at least able to have my site hacked with a stop-gap message. Now it's time to get back to normal, starting with a trip to the supermarket for a ton of food...

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