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Terms of Enhurricanement

Whelp, that was quick. I was going to provide more in-depth coverage of what it was like living in New York through a hurricane, but I basically just slept through it instead.

Here’s a photo that Mike took of the aftermath:


Not sure what that has to do with anything though. We didn’t even listen to any Dr Dre this entire weekend. Here’s a photo that Mike took of E90th and 1st:


As you can see, there’s a random umbrella and a bunch of crap on the ground, so it’s pretty business-as-usual in my area of NYC with no signs of a hurricane having passed through.

So did I learn anything from this experience? Probably not. If the hurricane had ben more powerful and actually knocked out the power, it would have really sucked, and we would have all been miserable and unprepared. Ciao!

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Me, Mice, Jeet, and Irene pt 2

So how do 3 dudes prepare for the Irene-ocalypse? Well, since one of us was a former Microsoft Program Manager (and technically still is), we made a spec:


  • Don’t die over the next two days

K, now that we got that out of the way, we created a shopping list:

  • Toilet paper
  • Water
  • Food that doesn’t require refrigeration per se
    • Cans of tuna
    • Chinese take-out. Lots and lots of it. The msg preserves it like an Egyptian mummy.

And that’s that for the planning phase! We unfortunate ran into a few snags along the way in the execution phase:

  • We first hit up a super market casually after our post-workout Chipotle run and before we came up with a plan. Once we got into the super market… well, imagine three guys standing around in workout clothes not knowing what to buy and being like, “hey, what are people supposed to get to survive?” A bunch of (attractive) women laughed with (at) us.
  • We didn’t feel like waiting in line, so we went to the super market much later. There was still a long line, and all of the water was sold out. Instead, we bought 3 large containers to hold and refrigerate our own water. Mice and Jeet also bought a bunch of seltzer.

Here are some pictures!


I wasn’t joking about the Chinese food. That’s enough food to feed the Emperor for weeks and it was only $30. It also has all of your essential food groups: meat, broccoli, and rice.


We have large containers with water in it. The lids are not water tight, and they don’t support the weight of the full containers, so you have to lift it by the container. You’ll also notice that there’s more leftover Chinese in there.

And that’s how three dudes plan for survival! Stay tuned for the next segment on actually living through the hurricane!

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Me, Mice, Jeet, and Irene pt 1

Many (some?) of you far from the East coast may be wondering, “what’s the deal with this hurricane? Is Al going to be okay? What about his roommates? Will Al be able to protect them with his massive traps?”

First, I apologize for the title of this blog post. Were Jeet’s nickname “Elf,” it would have been perfect, but it was clearly not meant to be.

Second, here are some semi-quick bullet points that describe how we are doing:

  • Our current residence falls under “Zone C.” It means that we’re likely not going to need to evacuate unless either Irene gets stronger or one of us commits hubris and challenges nature/God/Poseidon.
  • New York in general is bustling! It’s still pretty nice out, and everything is like normal except that grocery stores and super markets are packed with attractive girls buying things that don’t seem to have anything to do with survival.
  • As some of you may know, I’m supposed to have an orientation for school on Monday. However, I received 3 emails saying (in this order):
    • Orientation is still on but stay tuned for updates in case of bad weather.
    • Disregard the last message; orientation is canceled.
    • Disregard all messages from the person who sent the first two; she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. More information is forthcoming.

So that’s it for part 1. Part 2 will be all about how 3 dudes prepare for a hurricane!

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