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August 27, 2011

Okay, tonight I’m finally getting out of work on time. I’m going to go to the Food Emporium in Union Square to get my Hurricane Sunday supplies. I’ve heard people are getting a little kooky and stores are running out of supplies. I don’t get this. It’s only going to be one day. And it’s going to be one nasty-ass day indeed, I don’t want to leave my apartment during the storm, so I’m getting enough food for one day. I’ve seen people on the streets with bags of food and cases of bottled water. That’s fucking nuts! Fill up some jugs and bottles with tap water and put them in the fridge in case the power goes out and there’s no water. And why buy a shitload of food, a lot of it perishable if not refrigerated, if there’s a chance of the power going out?

Anyway, I figure I’ll go to the store tonight for food and then tomorrow I’ll stock up on the booze supply. The whole Hurricane post will be up this Monday, now it’s time to get the grub!

And we're off! The Empire State Building is colorful tonight.

It's really nice out tonight, the calm before the storm.

Windows are being taped in anticipation of the hurricane.

Okay, we're almost there.


And here we are at the Food Emporium. Time to get some supplies for Hurricane Sunday.

Holy freaking shitballs, look at the lines in here. This is nuts.

Goddamn, people do know that this is just going to be a one day shut in, right? All the bread is gone.

Nothing here either.

An empty freezer, I hope all the jerkoffs that bought frozen food realize that there's a good chance of a power outage and that shit is just going to spoil in the heat.

Another empty case. Oh well, I need to lose a little weight anyway.

A few shallots remain, maybe I'll make some onion soup on Sunday.

A real Slim Pickens moment!

The loneliest can of sleazy cheese in the world. Sob!

Well, I managed to find a few things but now I have to wait in this god-awful line. I'm glad I went tonight, I can't imagine what will be left tomorrow.

Okay, after a half an hour wait in line, I'm finally out the door with my stuff.

I took a break in Union Square Park to listen to this trio. They were really good so I threw them a few bucks.

On my way home I looked up and saw the lights in this building. I think the storm is the least of our worries. Aaaaahh!

Further reading: EV Grieve, National Hurricane Center, Drinks Mixer and EV Grieve (Featuring a Shawn Chittle photo),

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Five Songs About Rain.
Rain by The Beatles
A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan
Here Comes the Rain Again by The Eurythmics
I Wish It Would Rain by The Temptaions
Kentucky Rain by Elvis Presley

I wish I never saw the sunshine,
Then maybe then I wouldn’t mind the rain.


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Reader Comments (26)

Hang on to Gumby Daddio!
I hope it's not as bad as the panic predicts.
It certainly may make for some interesting 'post' posts.
Stay in touch as you can and be safe.
Your legions of followers are counting on you!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

If New York keeps acting like this, Hoboken is going to cross the Hudson and take its lunch money.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

The panic is always worse than the storm.
in fact sometimes mother nature takes down most of the show to show people up..
and ya i hear ya about perishables.. geez..
i remember after the 89 earthquake in SF our local safeway gave away meet to people with BBQ's.. it was gonna go bad.
and it didn't need to be on faith.. trust me.. no one took meat that was gonna go rancid at their houses.
we didn't have power for over a week.
and raw meat even though starving didnt sound good.
Gloria was awful and the panic was bad.. but contained.. and not nearly as manic...
anyway good luck to you..
keep safe...
keep gumby safe..
new york has survived all kinds of stuff.it's kinda strong.. it will be fine..
though some of those shopping might make there be a run on xanax after all this..

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

UFB to everybody who panics over this crap. Yea we're getting a storm - but the overreaction is beyond silly. It's only a 3/4 of a day event -- and you'd think people were preparing for a nuclear fallout ! People are stupid. UFB also to the Food Emporium and the empty shelves !


August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

Sat out Gloria on First St. - had only been in the States for a year & it was pretty exciting.
Those empty shelf pictures you took crazy! The supermarkets round here have been swamped, particularly the odious Union Market, but the corner grocery store has still has water, ice, bread, juice, etc. etc., & a much nicer attitude. I have roasted a chicken ,will fill the bathtub with water, & open a bottle of something. Feel pretty snug, but am sort of wondering if Timboo's will be open tonight - it would be fun to race over there (only a block) & see what the regulars are up to!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronemorefoldedsunset

@"Boris:" Thanks Daddio, Gumby is up on a shelf to avoid flooding, he can't swim as he's got no arms! Hopefully the power won't go out, I'm going to attempt a pre-Irene Cheeseburger Saturday Night tonight before the shit really gets going.

@csp: Ha ha ha! True!

@Gidget: Living through that earthquake had to be tough! The power lines in New York are underground, so hopefully we won't lose any power and I can keep in touch with everyone. Thanks for the nice wishes!

@GENE: I agree, the only thing people should be stocking up on is booze, because it never goes bad. In about 40 hours it'll all be over. Stay safe in Baltimore! Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

@onemorefoldedsunset: It was crazy at the Food Emporium. People are acting like they're going to be shut in for weeks instead of a day. We'll be laughing about this next week in Coney Island during our Chillmaster Road Trip!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

"Always the hurricanes Blowing...always the po-u-la-tion growing...I liike the island Manhattan..." - 'America' from the movie 'West Side Story'
"Hey boy, ya get me my Cheese Wiz?" - from the movie 'The Blues Brothers'.
I don't know how it happened, but today's post made me flash on the soundtrack from West Side Story for some weird reason...and I've always wanted to ask this question of a real live New Yorker Marty...and you're elected; do the gang bangers in New York always put on a really well choreographed dance routine before they kick your ass into the middle of next week?
All those empty shelves...well, at least they left you some cheese spread and some crackers, that was nice of them...PfwaHA! That reminded me of the panic scene from the movie 'The Day After' where everybody is freaking out and buying out the supermarket before the H - bombs hit. Seriously, good luck, dude!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@MAD: Misery loves company. Thanks for yesterday, I still can't get this out of my head.


August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@MAD: Maybe this will hep you get that out of your head.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Yes,,,those empty shelves are caused by fear,,,fear of the unknown. NY will be fine but its the media that controls this buying frenzy. Lots of rain,,,a few areas will flood but, everything will be ok. We sold out of water when Irene was still around Puerto Rico because of news reporters going nuts. I say all this is good for the economy, but no one wants it. Hope you stay safe and keep calm,,,,Gidget is right,,,the panic is worse than the storm. All big supermarkets down here now have huge generators,,,they don't throw out or give away any food anymore.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Jaws: Gang bangers do break into a dance routine out here and it makes getting your ass kicked a little more tolerable! You can see what I got from the Food Emporium on Monday when my Hurricane Sunday post goes up. Hopefully I'll have power!

@csp: Thanks for sticking that in my head! Here, this is for you!

@Al: You're right about the media and people feed off of it. With all the booze I have, I think I'll be beyond calm, more like comatose!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

@MAD: I have never closed my browser so quickly, including porn. To the anti-climax!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@csp: Ha ha ha! To the anti climax! Okay, I'm out for my Cheeseburger Saturday Night before the shit hits the fan!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

I never knew your power lines were underground, that's my learning of the day. Hope it's just a bad rain storm and you'll be nice and snug in your apt. Just so you know if it does get bad, you should always try to find a mormon nearby, they have the best food storage!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari

people are getting a little kooky...getting?...this is nuts...empty, empty, empty, empty...hell maybe neil young could come up w/ a song about this situation...the building w/ that light pattern...scary indeed...

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
~George Bernard Shaw


August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

How'd the onion soup turn out?

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

@kari: Nice tip about the Mormons, but I don't think there's any on my block!

@rr: I'm putting up the Neil Young song tomorrow, Al suggested it too! Great quote, so far it's just raining lightly here.

@Fat Al: You'll find out when I post my Hurricane Sunday post on Monday. If ConEd hasn't turned out the power, like I heard they might. If that happens, Marty After Dark will truly live up to the name!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Fat Al...hows that tequila holdin' out?...


August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

About a third through. Highly recommended.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

Those Mormons are sneaky. I bet you do have one on your block! And if they are a really good Mormon, they'll have at least a year of food storage. If you think we have a nicely stocked beer fridge, you should see our giant pantry - I didn't even step foot in the stores for fear I wouldn't make it out - I hear the lines are horrid here too.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

Sneaky mother lode indeed.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@Britta: When is the storm supposed to hit where you are? I heard we're going to get the worst this morning. At least if the power goes out, it'll be in the daytime, so I can get candles and shit together for the PM. Be safe!

@csp: Thanks for the map, I should go there while I still can!

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

This is late Marty but it was a non event for us too. At least as far as hurricanes go. We did have a big tree down in our neighborhood but luckily all is good after a day with no power. I'll post a picture tomorrow on my blog.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

@Britta: Luckily I got through the whole thing with power! Goodnight, Irene!

August 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

I like big storms, if only because they give me an excuse to eat cheese out of a can.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: Ha ha ha! Me too!

August 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

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