Monday, May 27, 2024

Hurricane Hiatus: We Were A Little Sidetracked


Just a note to explain recent absence and maybe more spotty postings this week. I went to New Haven on Sunday morning for a family birthday party. Wound up staying over night at the family homestead in Fairfield County, Connecticut Sunday night. By then it was clear Sandy was on her way. By 6:30pm on Monday were were in a powerless house, no internet except via 3G on the good old iPad. The hurricane on Monday night was very impressive and much worse than anyone in Connecticut could have predicted.

We awoke this morning to massive tree damage everywhere. And, still no electricity and now no 3G, no internet, nothing. AT&T and TMobile did not do a good job. United Illuminating continues to be a mystery of a company. Decamped to Manhattan this afternoon but till not home since Greenwich Village has been shut off from electricity and steam heat by Mayor Mike “I Like Bike Lanes No One Uses” Bloomberg. So we wait uptown. But now somewhat reconnected to the world.

Be patient. It’s nothing compared to what people on the Jersey Shore, out in the Rockaways and many other places are going through.

Interesting that on Monday night what got us through it all was good old fashioned radio: first WICC out of Bridgeport, folksy but not very informational. And then Newsradio 88 WCBS, which took over a bunch of frequencies. The old technology is still the best.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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