Frankenstorm Open Thread


Photoshopped but still cool.

The worst is not supposed to hit New York until … well basically right now. Sometime this evening the wind will pick up and the rain will really start to fall as Hurricane Sandy makes a pass and heads west. Things aren’t supposed to die down until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. Atlantic City is underwater, a building partially collapsed on 8th Ave., thousands are already without power, and transportation — public and private — is shut down in NYC. It’s a mess out there, so all of you in the area please be safe.

If you’re clear of the storm or just happen to still have internet access, use this as your open thread. The baseball season is over, so all you have tonight is the 49ers at the Cardinals. Talk about that or anything else (except politics!) here. Go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Joe F says:

    I’m definitely going to lose internet.

  2. Brandon Mauk says:

    From the AC area, go to St. John’s in Queens. Pretty much the entire Jersey Shore is flooded. My dorm is out of power. I’m a very sad panda right now

  3. Joe F says:

    On a football note seriously considering renouncing my Cowboys fandom.

    • jjyank says:

      Ha! They suck. Romo sucks. The Giants ALMOST didn’t take what they were offering, but eventually did. Screw the Cowgirls.

    • DC says:

      Taco Bell should give everyone a free taco if Romo has a game without an interception.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

      Dude the Giants did EVERYTHING in their power to give that game back yesterday…your team lost it more my team won it.

      • Joe F says:

        I know!

        Dez Bryant is an idiot with his punt returns and Felix Jones should have been cut weeks ago. Idiots who fumble.

        And if his ass would just hit the ground first…

        But that’s my fandom, the Cowboys lose games by beating themselves. Not getting beat. Worst way to lose too.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

          Lose games by beating themselves. Not getting beat. Worst way to lose too. I couldn’t agree more. When the Giants lost the lead I thought “if the Giants lose this game they did it to themselves, they had this game won in the first quarter and couldn’t hold onto a 4 score lead.”

          With that said, you have to put a lot of this game on Tony Romo. Regardless of what the rest of the team does it’s hard to win when your QB throws 4 INTs.

  4. Professor Longnose says:


  5. McLovin says:

    never seen winds this fast before at least I still got my power

  6. DC says:

    Hope you guys in the storm path stay safe. I’ll be sitting here waiting on the snow that may or may not hit.

  7. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That building in Chelsea is just crazy. Can’t believe that would happen in NYC. Something had to have been up with that building to just have the front facade pop off like that.

    I’m just rooting to not lose electricity. Other than that, I’m feeling alright. jjyank and Plouffy have been on FB all day, so they’re in various phases of “all right” as well.

    Hope everyone is keeping safe.

  8. Bo Knows says:

    You guys really don’t know how to handle a little hurricane like Sandy (Native North Carolinian) I hope you get power back soon

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      As someone who grew up in South Florida and lived through Hurricane Andrew, I can tell you that hurricane prep in New York City is a different animal than it is down south.

      I think that, for our friends in more suburban areas, it certainly resembles what it’s like down south more in terms of prep. How the storm approaches, though, and how the geography affects things? Completely different than what I experienced in Miami.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        Hurricanes were always fun. When Charley came through in August of 2004 it hit us head on with gusts of 170. All we did was sit in the bathroom and play cards. The best part was getting out of school for two weeks.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I honestly don’t think these storms, no matter where you are, are a laughing matter. I think people need to take their preparation seriously.

          This is not an Andrew or Katrina level storm, simply because it’d be a freak occurrence for such a storm to keep that intensity this far North. However, even a borderline Category 1 storm can have a strong impact, both on coastal areas in Jersey, as well as in affecting mass transit and other mechanisms that can make life difficult to New Yorkers.

          I get the sentiment, and it’s funny to have a laugh at the expense of those up north when you live this every summer/fall, as I did, but it’s apples and oranges.

          • Knoxvillain says:

            Yeah, it can cause some trouble. But I’m still betting on it doing nothing serious. It’s amusing watching people freak out over something because they aren’t used to it, but that’s just me.

            It’ll be fine. Just blown out of proportion by the media just like everything else in my opinion.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              I thought the “frankenstorm” thing was ridiculous, but this is so hard to judge. It doesn’t feel awful to me, but I’m not in, say, Seaside Heights. Snookie must be underwater at this point.

              • Knoxvillain says:

                That was really annoying. It’s a huge ass storm but it’s not like it has 200 mph winds. If Snooki is underwater then all damages are justified.

            • jjyank says:

              I went grocery shopping on Saturday. It was my normal week to go (usually do it every 2 weeks). Giant (the main chain down here) had signs on all the doors “Attention customers: Please prepare yourself for the HURRICANE”

              I got a chuckle out of that. I suppose that’s one way to sell your shit.

              • Knoxvillain says:

                Hahaha. Maybe if they called it Frankenstorm they would have made even more money.

              • Pat D says:

                I went to a Giant and a Weis on Saturday and both were completely cleaned out of bottled water. People here don’t panic that much during the threat of snow, which astounded me a tad.

                • jjyank says:

                  Snow? Hah. I laugh at snow. Actually, I open my arms to snow. And then I kiss it. And then I make sweet, sweet love to it.

                  Why did I move south again? God damn it.

                  • Pat D says:

                    I don’t freak out at snow storms either. Mainly because we haven’t really had a major one for quite a few years. We’ve had a couple severe ice storms, which is how I really qualify that one last Halloween, but snow seems a bit rare anymore.

                    • jjyank says:

                      Oh, last year was all snow. I had about 2 feet of it in Jersey. But I still love it. I’m a snowboarder. If I died and went to heaven, my heaven would look like the Swiss Alps. And I’d have a Never Summer Titan TX 163 with Ride SPI bindings and ThirtyTwo TM2 boots on my feet. And maybe a helicopter to take me to the summit.

                    • Pat D says:

                      Yea, we just didn’t get the snow during that storm for whatever reason. It was weird.

      • Steve S. says:

        Its also partly due to how poorly Katrina was handled by the local New Orleans officials (who’ve had a long history of incompetence and corruption). Now, no local pol wants their city to resemble the mess that followed that storm or have the gruesome images we all saw, so they all treat every storm as if its the end of the world. Better safe than sorry, I suppose, but there’s also an element of ass-covering at play.

  9. Anthony says:

    The wind is REALLY intense. Did anyone see the footage of that crane in midtown Manhattan basically collapsing? Its a miracle no one was hurt.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Out of risk of sounding like a “when I was your age” old man, I can tell you that Andrew took entire trailers out of nearby car dealers and planted them in backyards blocks away.

      I remember driving down to Florida City and just seeing block after block leveled. Katrina’s topped all this now, but I lived through some pretty crazy shit with Andrew.

      • Anthony says:

        Wow that’s insane. Irene was the first hurricane I lived through, before that I pretty much assumed NYC didn’t have to worry about them. Sandy seems worse but still… haven’t heard of anything crazy like displaced trailers yet *crosses fingers*

      • the Other Steve S. says:

        Was Katrina really that bad or was it the levee break that let the lake overflow the city that caused all the problems? Plus all the politicians were idiots.

  10. Knoxvillain says:

    Growing up in SW Florida makes this storm look hilarious. All this panic for some flooding. It’s barely a hurricane.

  11. Pat D says:

    Here in PA we haven’t had the worst of it yet, to my knowledge. It hasn’t rained a lot and the winds are gusting enough that a piece of siding ripped off our house partially and we just had to forcibly remove the rest of it.

    As with everyone else, I’m just hoping to not lose power and internet. I’ll be fine as long as we have those.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      When I was in Hurricane Charley in 2004 we went with no power for five days. That sucked ass.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

        That reminds me of last year during the Halloween Blizzard…no power for 4 days, because of fucking snow!!

        • Knoxvillain says:

          That sucks ass. I’m in Tennessee so I don’t get any snow really and obviously no hurricanes. I guess the closest thing we get are tornadoes and they are on the other side of the state. No interesting weather here at all.

        • Pat D says:

          I got that lucky in that storm in terms of not having power. Hopefully the same happens now.

          What is interesting is that even though my call center only had partial power for a couple of days, they never closed. I wonder if they would have these couple of days.

        • jjyank says:

          I lost power for 8 days. Crazy shit.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Andrew…..two weeks. Didn’t get cable back for four months. It also coincided with registration for my first semester of college, which meant we had to STAND IN LINE to register for classes, since the computer system was down. I had an awful first semester scheduling experience.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          That would suck ass. They make the online registering hard enough right now. I can only imagine how much of a pain in the ass it would be to have to go do it in person and wait in line. I wasn’t born for another two months until after Andrew.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            People camped out for DAYS to be first. I was stupid. I underestimated the entire thing.

            Andrew was the day after Lollapolooza ’92 as well, and I came home from that with the worst sunburn of my 38 years on this earth. It was so fucking painful.

    • Steve S. says:

      As with everyone else, I’m just hoping to not lose power the fridge and internet porn. I’ll be fine as long as we have those.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky says:

      10 hours and counting of heavy use on my new RAZR MAXX HD and I have 50% battery left..Unbelievable! You’d think I worked for Motorola…I don’t!

  12. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    Be safe y’all in the storm path. I’m glued to TWC and Cable News in Chicago. I was wondering how this might impact the politi… OOps, never mind.

  13. Joe F says:


  14. Steve S. says:

    I would just like to encourage folks to go jogging, surfing and skinny dipping tonight in the NYC area, just because I’m sick of people telling everyone to be safe.

    Folks do realize that humans managed to survive for roughly 100,000 years before electricity was invented, don’t they? 2 or 3 days won’t kill you, unless you’re on a respirator. In which case, I’ll join the crowd and encourage you to stay safe. But if you’re not on a respirator, fuck off and deal with it. :)

  15. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

    Just lost a door’s hinges. Got the door secured as long as the wind doesn’t top 70mph again. Probably going to lose the awning over the door though…that shit’s shaking like crazy!!

  16. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    Geez, if Chris Christie’s power goes out and all the food in his refrigerator spoils what is the over/under for how long he could live off his own blubber? I’m setting it at 2.5 months. He’d need water though.

  17. Big Member says:

    cant believe i live in a city with so many pussies…driving my fiat in battery park right now. a little water aint gonna kill you

  18. Ray Fuego says:

    For those of us who work at hospitals we must brave the storm.

  19. “WSJ is now confirming that seawater has entered subway and auto tunnels. Could take a week to re-open.”

    Oh fudge. Hope none of you folks take the subway to manhattan for work.

  20. Nathan says:

    I hope you guys back East (gotta be almost everyone here) stays safe the next few day or two.

    Your Yankee brethren from California.

  21. kevin w. says:

    Ethier for A-Rod! I just want to be the first to make up that ridiculous idea.

    • Mattchu12 says:

      With Swisher leaving and the short-porch in right, a great many will like that idea. I for one, want to keep A-Rod. I think he has a .280, 25+ HR, 90 RBI+ year in 2013.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I don’t love the Ethier trade idea. He will cost the Yankees more than he’s worth in trade, and the Bostons, Detroits, and ChiSoxes will be in on him as well

      But if the money was legit, I would fully support a Ethier/A-Rod deal. Nunez to 3rd base, we all win!

  22. Pat D says:

    Well the power went out for good at about 10 last night. My phone network still works so I can post this. One of the trees in our backyard meet its end which as I gaze out upon it right now is incredibly depressing. Something that’s been around since I was 7 years old destroyed, it kinda sucks. Especiallysince of our other trees needs top be removed since its dying. It doesn’t seem to be doing anything right now, either rain or wind so I’d really like for the power to get restored soon. Especially since my neighbors appear to have a generator and the sound of it is just going to annoy the shit out of me. Hope everyone else is getting along.

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