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Thursday, February 14, 2008

We Had Some Rain


February 14, 2008

I spent yesterday dodging the drizzle. It came down steadily, and I had to get some things at the A & P which is some half a mile from here, so I knew I had to go out. It meant putting on the snow boots I had bought in Switzerland 20-some-odd years ago.

The day wasn't all that cold. The temperature went up to 53, but there was snow all over from the previous day. It was turning to slush and puddles. It wasn't pretty.

Imagine my surprise after I got home and saw the rain coming down pretty steadily, and spotted the above picture on my favorite local website, Hoboken Now. To those of you who are curious about the conditions of Hoboken, it sometimes floods. Having lived near Mobile, a below-sea-level city which normally has a lot of rainfall and often has streets that look like rivers, I didn't take this seriously. And when I went out, I didn't see this wet scene. What I saw was patches of melting snow and gutters flowing with water. I wouldn't have thought that just a few blocks from where I was conditions were like this!

It's an old city, Hoboken, straining with outdated drainage systems, and when the weather bad those systems break down.

Something must be done, and it will. In the meantime, I'm lucky to be on the other side of town on wet, cold days, cuddled up with a cup of hot chocolate, and looking for a little spot of sun to come out.

Today the sun is shining, and it's all over -- for now.

5 comments:

birdwatcher said...

Better flood than snow or, even worse, drought...think I should send you some longjohns? Really wish I had been there for the Fantastiks...have the boys become any more forthcoming as far as commenting?

Night Stranger said...

Maybe I'll do another post on The Fantasticks. It was a beautiful show, with me loving it more than anybody, of course, but the boys actually got into it. They loved the primitive special effects (like confetti), and the old men climbing out of the trunk.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Been watching this Blog since you arrived in town. I'm a B&R, but don't spend much time here. Lower Hoboken floods if we have a sprinkle of rain. Welcome to town!

Night Stranger said...

Hmmm...now I'm going to spend the day trying to figure out what a B&R is.

Anonymous said...

The photo makes for better understanding why basement apartments are not choice there.
I wonder whether the Ho-ites make
such a big to do over mold in buildings as here in the sunny south. hmmmmm