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August 26, 2011

The talk of the town right now is Hurricane Irene. She’s supposed to hit this Sunday and I was talking to my Dad today and he asked if I had a flashlight. And I don’t. I’m really beat tonight, yes, another shitty night at work. But at least it wasn’t as stressful as the beginning of the week, but I’m really feeling burned out, so I thought I’d just take photos of my walk home tonight and one stop will be at an all night drug store to get a flashlight. It’s supposed to be raining outside, so let’s go out and see a rainy New York night.

Shit, it's dry as the Betty Ford Clinic out here. I was kind of hoping for a rainy night to get some rainy-night pictures. Oh well, off we go.

The Empire State Building is all a-glow tonight.

Iced and proud, say it loud!

Here's the 24 hour Duane Reade, let's see if they have flashlights for the upcoming Hurricane Irene.

Okay, here we are. Hey look...candy!

Dots. As a kid this was the candy I always bought at the movies.

Eccchh! Always hated the Raisinets. Gross. Raisins aren't candy. It's like covering brocolli with chocolate and passing it off as candy. It's just wrong and it should be stopped.

I never liked Goobers either. If you spell the name sideways you get Boogers. Chocolate covered boogers. Goober says hey.

I just asked a clerk about flashlights and was told they don't sell them here. Am I weird in thinking that drug stores should stock flashlights? Oh well, there's one more 24 hour drug store on the block, let's go check them out.

2 Bros. Pizza. I've ragged on about this place, but I do confess to having eaten at one of these places, but always on a walk home after a night of several beers at a bar or two. Let's check it out sober.

There's always a line and late at night the drunk to sober ratio is about 4 to 1.

The slice is happily served up by this affable fellow.

Here it is in all its greasy glory.

It literally defines, "You get what you pay for." The worst pizza in the world. It tastes like tomato phlegm on soggy cardboard. But it's only a dollar a slice!

The view from my sidewalk table at Two Bros. Pizza.

Okay, here we are at CVS. Let's see if they have a flashlight. I want to get home, my stomach feels a little queasy from that slice.

Plenty of light bulbs, but no flash lights. Oh well, I guess I'll go to a hardware store tomorrow before work. Hey, what's that over there...


Further reading: The Weather Channel, The Telegraph, NY Times and NY Post.

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Irene Ryan
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Me Myself and Irene

Here comes the story of Hurricane.


(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)

Reader Comments (36)

Beautiful, Bob Dylan. Who could be better on a rain locked in day?

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMykola Mick Dementiuk

A dollar for a slice? hell of a deal if it only tasted as good as it looked,,,,but it didn't right? Living down here in Miami I'm always rather prepared for storms and loss of power. I have a generator, plenty of fuel, about 8 flashlights of all kinds, shapes and color,,,plus a second pantry with canned goods, just in case. I've been caught unprepared in the past,,,I learned. Hurricanes as so uncommon up there that I can't blame you for not having an emergency supply,,,,but your dad is right,,,a good quality flashlight, some candles, drinking water, and a few cans of food and your good to go. Oh don't forget the liquor,,,always makes being in the dark more fun.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Mykola Mick Dementiuk: I agree wholeheartedly!

@Al: It's the worst pizza in the world! I'm getting a flashlight today and stocking up on food and booze tomorrow. Look for a special MAD Hurricane Irene edition on Monday...if I don't get blown away!

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Thanks to you, Marty...now we know what Cardboard Box Man looks like in his larval form, just before he attaches himself to your face, shoves an embryo down your throat and explodes from your chest in a bloody spray of bone and lung tissue.
Earthquakes, hurricanes...Christ, what's next for New York City....a brand new volcano forming in times square? The Beast from 20,000 fathoms stomping aroun outside your apartment window scarfing up cops like they were hours de vours!?!?!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Hmm, in the last year: tornado, ice storm, mis-managed snowstorm, earthquake, hurricane around the corner. Don't forget that the new re-calculated Apocalypse date is only a couple of months away!
That pizza looks very very nasty indeed.
Glad you enjoyed the giant rat.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronemorefoldedsunset

Hang on the Gumby if Irene comes your way like they are predicting.
Also all my East Coast pals here.
Irene sounds like a bitch.
The Chillmaster may have to close his window.
(and "Why the fuck not?")
Sorry we've missed this week Daddio.
(may classes started this week and have run later than planned)
Get a fucking flashlight (or a few of those battery powered lamps)
AND some batteries while you can.
Could be a few interesting days of posts.
Watch out for 'Boxface" and family floating down the streets.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

@Jaws: Who knows what to expect this weekend! Hopefully I can keep posting, if this blog goes down, you'll know the worst happened!

@onemorefoldedsunset: I think "Boris" may have a t-shirt in the works for all of this! And I had rat nightmares last night after seeing that!

@"Boris": I'll try and keep Gumby up in a high level zone, away from the flooding. I'm going to try and get a flashlight today and hope I don't have to use it! Let's try and yak tonight if you have time, I know things have been nuts for you lately!

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

I had a box of goobers once that had little freeze dried worm things in it...
never ate them again..
Stay safe.. i was living in jersey for hurricane gloria...
the panic is worse than the hurricane itself..
and flashlights are not by the lightbulbs at cvs.. they are in what they call there hardware section.
been a stormy year here., learned that store well.. its walking distance when i dont have power to get my car out of the garage.
honestly though
marty baby..after a hurricane you wont fear tornados anymore:)
i'm so sweet huh...
keep gumby safe

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Hey, you should get all the fixins for the New Orleans Hurricane and make that your blog for the night! Until the City (and you) black out, I mean. Good luck, Marty!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Gidget: They were sold out, luckily I found a small flashlight today and I have candles. Hopefully I won't have to use them.

@Biff: Good idea, I may just do that, one way or another, there WILL be a black out on 16th Street Sunday!

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

@MAD: INRE:Flashlights The problem is this, there are over 6 million adults in NYC. 20% know they have flashlights, 20% know they don't, 20%, think they might, 20% want another, 20% want all of them (OH my God A class 2 hurricane!) That's approximately 20 million flashlights being bought in a very small time span, meaning that until the disaster profiteers hit the street to sell flashlights at $40 each, the shelves are going to be barren. So where to does Marty get a flashlight you ask? May I present Plan B. (It's not even from Outer Space and is every American worker's civic duty.)

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Also, where to does mine grammar goes?

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@csp: I like that link! Good thinking! And both of my Grammars are dead. Sob!

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Also, by the power of Greyskull, check your He-Mail.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@csp: Just checked it, thanks!

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Hey!! I couldn't check your website from home, Jason told me that you banned my IP adress because of your fight with him, so I'm checking your website from AB bar computer !!!!!! And drinking beer!
I don't comment often but I'm reading everyday (I mean almost everyday because sometimes I go straight to bed after work!!) cheers!!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZioum Zioum The Chainsaw

@Zioum Zioum: I'm not fighting with him, I just don't consider him a friend anymore. Jason basically left a comment I have since deleted saying he wishes everyone in New York City was dead and there was no humor attached at all, as if you could attach humor to a statement like that. I told him that karma is a real thing and throwing shit like that out is not good. Enjoy your beer and cheers! Oh, some people at work saw it and were pretty shocked that he'd say something like that.

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

"don't panic"...am sure there is a flashlight available for sale some where...maybe one of the TSP rats has one for a reasonable price (no batteries included)...as far as the "candies" showcased on this jaunt A.D....i was sorta shocked that a country boy didn't ever suck the chocolate off raisinets and spew the raisinets inards at unsuspecting movie goers...ah hell guess you were sitting out there in the ol' car in the field feelin' like you were gettin' bombarded by raisins...

I think I have a huge ass! I think I could hide a flashlight there and it wouldn't be found for months. Definitely.
~ Yasmeen Ghauri


August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@rr: All of a sudden, being reincarnated as a flashlight is an idea I could get behind.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@rr: "suck the chocolate off raisinets and spew the raisinets inards at unsuspecting movie goers" Ha ha ha! Not a bad idea! Great quote, I need to check my ass and see if there's on in there, NYC has no flashlights left I've heard.

@csp: Ha ha! The key word being "behind" right?

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

csp...damn quick w/ a come "back"


August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

I agree with rr, no ifs, ands or butts about it!

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

fuck...now what i'am suppose to post...MAD has done and beat me no matter where i go,,,ev grieve jerimiah onemorefoledsunset shit even the obscure haw-lin...have not seen him at artistic bodies yet but am sure he will show up soon....


August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

startin' to believe MAD is the personification of CBM...


August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

ohhh! sorry you take it bad, in fact I am the one that started this stupid cynical joke, because when I got back from job, I bought a newspaper and they were joking about New York being washed way to erase all the evidences of DSK's dirty sex act !! Also I guess our media in France don't take this hurricane as serious as America, somewhere, I guess because our country is not concerned, so they dare some cynical jokes. I'm sure Jason didn't mean he wants NYC to be dead, he as his mom and sister, brother, and all his family in NYC. I know Jason well now, and sometimes he just forget to say the whole story of why he came up with a joke, which finally make it not looks like a joke at all !!!! To tell you the truth, it happens to me everyday to misunderstand his "jokes" haha (especially when I just to wake up :) but he is like this! and I've learned to accept him this way...

Also, something to be understood... Jason is actually confronted to understand the differences between American and French medias, never the same point of view. While america's newspaper worry about hurricane, some French's newspapers joke and title things like "america getting paranoïd again" (in reference to the paranoïa around 9/11) or "is the Dollar God going to punish them for the war?" (in reference to the war for oil in Afghanistan) or shit like this... but again, it must be understand that Europe & countries have a total different story told about facts and so have a different point of view. To give an example, since 80% of French are offended about the war in Afghanistan, a news paper that title shit about America being punished for the war, they're just assured to sell it well, media business... Sorry about the facts with medias but it is the same all around the world. Who knows what African's newspaper joke about the serious subject in France? I guess Jason has been cynical because some of our medias are cynical about... But I've been confronted myself to that when I've learned speaking english. I had to learn to shut my mouth and not offend americans people on certain topics. Different culture, different "humor". He will have to learn ! ;)

Cheers !!!!! ok back to the fiesta, private party at AB bar because that's the last day of work of our bartender! he goes back to Australia!!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZioum Zioum

@Zioum Zioum: If you want to continue on this, please send me an email about it and let's not turn the comments section into a debate. I understand the difference in cultures, humor, reporting, etc. in different countries. The only problem is Jason is an American. He's been in France a whole six weeks, so the culture difference doesn't fly. And for someone who grew up in New York City to write: "I hope a tsunami hits New York and washes the whole city away!!!" isn't very cool at all. Especially when there's a hurricane on the way with 100 mph winds. Like I said, if you want to say anymore about this, please send me an email.

And everybody else who's reading this, do me a favor and leave it alone. Let's stick to what the blog is all about. Trying to have fun and not bring people down.

August 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

err, um..
Primus sucks?

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Do you know Greg gives a nice flashlight to people who get married? (Not Casie -- he gave her the cash for one). He must have dad's practical gene. Hope all is well out there. Mom will keep us posted.


August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerry your sister

Glad you got a flashlight! Pretty lame that the drug store didn't sell one. I'm very tempted to go check our drug stores because I would be shocked if they didn't. Hope the storm ends up not being as bad as they expect and that everyone is safe! Maybe just enough fun to get a good story and that's all :)

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@Terry: That's a good idea for a wedding gift! Maybe I need to get married again to get a flashlight! I think all will be fine, it'll all be over Monday.

@kari: Thanks, we'll see what tomorrow brings, it's just starting to rain here now. I'm hoping I can go out for a Cheeseburger Saturday Night, but I'll probably have to keep it in the neighborhood.

@Everyone: I"m running late today, so the post will probably be up around 2pm.

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

When I was a kid in the 1950s there were storms that were gonna rip NY off its moorings still my mother packed me off to school with my fireman's raincoat and fake helmet and prayed for the best. So you get a little flood and get shut out for a few days, what's the big deal? As the years progressed the residents have gotten to be nothing but wimps. Take a look at Ray on Ave A, he's smiling, doing business and grinning at the rest of the stupidity around him. I shake my head.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMykola Mick Dementiuk

@Mykola Mick Dementiuk: I agree, people are buying bags of food like they're going to be shut in for weeks! I went to the store last night and a lot of the shelves were bare. And don't get me started on the whole bottled water thing. The tap water is fine, fill up bottles with that and quit wasting money on bottled water already! And Ray rules!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Goodnight Irene.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

@"Boris": Ha! I'll be saying that tomorrow for sure...hopefully!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Damn! We have a hundred little promotional flashlights in our basement from Tom's old job. Sorry I can't get one too you - we should bring one for you so you have a back-up for next time the lights may go out. Hold tight! Hopefully all will be okay in both our cities.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

@Britta: I found a little flashlight and I have candles, so all should be well. Batten down your hatches and be safe!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

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