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Don’t Believe The Hype

Last Sunday, I was abruptly woken up by my phone ringing a little after 10am. Thats like 6am for me. 

It was my sister telling me Governor Cuomo was shutting down the MTA (subways and buses) at 7pm in preparation for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival. 

My first thought was, “Why doesn’t he mind his own business? What does Bloomberg have to say about this?” My sister was trying to give me options for escaping the city and joining the family in New Jersey. I was still groggy, so I told her I’d think about it when I woke up. 

As you can imagine, I had a hard time falling back asleep. I had so much on my mind. Do I have everything I need to keep NYMM running? Our readers have come to depend on breaking news of what we at NYMM love and loathe. We can’t let them down!
Somehow, despite this impending disaster, I was able to fall back asleep. I woke back up at 1:30pm – my normal wake up time. All I wanted was a cup of beautiful coffee, but I was distracted by numerous texts from family and friends asking me if I needed a place to stay. 

My building is in Zone A. Reminiscent of last year’s Irene, this pain-in-the-ass Sandy was kicking me out of my apartment…again. While I was so touched by all the love I was seeing on my phone, I realized I am the only one who doesn’t take the threat of a natural disaster seriously. 

Listening to all the weather people talk up Sandy as if she’s the apocalypse reminded me so much of last year’s Irene. It’s like they’re waiting for a hot date, but he never shows up. I wouldn’t know what that’s like. 

Alas, when I realized there was no hot water, I knew I couldn’t live in my apartment any longer. It might as well have been a tent in the woods. So I conceded and evacuated per Bloomberg’s instructions.
I’m not a fool. I remember Katrina, Haiti and the earthquake in Japan. All recent natural disasters. But for some reason I thought this wouldn’t happen here. Apparently, I operate under the “ignorance is bliss” M.O. 

Just the other day I asked friends how in this day and age are we still losing people to hurricanes like in Cuba last week. One friend responded, “They have nowhere to go. It’s an island.” Well, there’s that. 
Before Sandy, the only real natural disaster I’d witnessed other than my curly hair on a rainy day, was a tornado in Nashville when I was in college. I was out and about on campus when we heard we needed to “take cover” because a tornado was coming. 

I didn’t want to hide, I wanted to see it. I had seen the 90s movie Twister, and I figured if Helen Hunt can withstand a tornado, so can I. 

At some point I told someone I was going to stay outside and watch it, then a man who I did not know said to me, “Nature has a way of eliminating the stupid.” I was stunned. How rude?! Later when I told my mentor the story, she told me I should have responded with, “I’ll be sure not to stand next to you then.” Ah, to have been that clever!
Up until last week, the only way I would have taken impending doom seriously is if I was told I’d be out of food. Take away my chips, you would have had attention. 

It turns out, Sandy was no hype. The joke was on me. The bitch was serious, and she showed she gets around. People died, homes were destroyed, the subway system drowned, and millions of people learned how good of an idea electricity really was. 
Not only can I not access my downtown apartment, but I can’t even get anywhere near it…four days later! Like any bully, Sandy came and took what wasn’t hers. Like any bully’s victim, I am left feeling unsettled. 

I’ve learned my lesson: just because they name a bad storm after a Grease character, doesn’t mean I should leave my refrigerator fully stocked and only pack a quick overnight bag.

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    November 4, 2012 at 3:06 am

    It is really hard to picture New York paralyzed again by another disaster! Guess large cities are also subject to nature’s fury~ Candy

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