by Judi Fennell
I'm writing this on Saturday afternoon to post on Sunday because I'm in the Northeast and it's definitely NOT hot here as we wait for Irene. It's been raining since about 1 (5 hours ago) and I'm keeping an ear focused on the basement where our battery back-up sump pump will squeal when it's services are called upon. I'm hoping that doesn't happen. As long as we don't lose power, we should be fine.
So, what IS hot here in the Northeast? Let's say, first of all, generators. They're hot. How hot? Well, when I went to Home Depot on Tuesday to get a generator, I got the second-to-last "affordable" one in stock. The guy who helped me said they'd had a run on them. I know this is the first time I've ever bought a generator for a storm.
What else is hot? Flashlights, apparently. Here's my local Walmart on Friday:
Water, too, is apparently, one of the hottest items around. My sister took this picture at her local supermarket Friday morning. While she was there, another pallet of water was delivered; she said it was as if vultures descended on the pallet. She had to beg someone for a case of water - her normal weekly purchase. Some nice man gave her one.
So, I'm wondering how my Mers are coping with the storm. As you know if you've read In Over Her Head, Reel and Erica live at her family's marina in New Jersey and Reel has an underwater lair 10 miles off the coast of New Jersey. So, does the natural-born Mer man go back in the ocean when evacuations are being called for all over NJ? Does he take his wife and child (ah, spoiler for those of you who haven't read Catch of Lifetime yet). Or do they evacuate inland with the rest of the land-dwellers? Thoughts?
If I don't answer it'll be because I don't have power and I've used up all my iPad bettery playing Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends. (If you'd like to play me on either of those games, my name is GoLions87 - come find me!)