Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone and left Massachusetts relatively unharmed. Rather unexpectedly, once the storm made landfall along the New Jersey coast, it turned west and avoided coming through Massachusetts.

There are still people without power but thankfully I am not one of them. We had our little 90 minute scare yesterday, but praise the Lord, it did not last beyond that. What little bit of time we were without power really made me irate since, once again, the storm had only barely started and -- pop -- my power went out. It seemed like it was going to be a repeat of the storm last year in which a simple breeze took away our electricity for five days.

Five days. It may sounds spoiled, but frankly unless there are houses blowing away, short of nuclear war, there's just no way a civilized and populated area like greater Boston should be without power for five days. This isn't the third world.

So I'm at work today. Oddly, I can be grateful to Sandy for one thing: the ease of my commute. Very few people were on the roads this morning. I was able to drive Ben to school in Weymouth, turn north up through Quincy, and still get to Watertown in an hour. That's astounding. And it made me happy.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fear Change

Damn you, Google, Facebook, SharePoint, and all the rest of you web services. Why do you never cease to insist on changing your interface and the tools you offer? Why must I continually adapt to your every whim?

I go away for a few months (a year?) of non-blogging and I'm brow beaten by Blogspot to change my blog. Leave me alone.