Here on the east coast I am looking out at a pretty calm ocean. There was a fair whip up earlier but nothing that came anywhere near the predicted storm, but then it isn’t actually predicted to hit here for another hour. The reason that I am at home is that the rail companies had all suspended services until 09:00, I’ve just checked the site and they are now suspended until 12:00. I did think that it was odd that they intended to start services at 09:00 with the brunt of the storm predicted at 10:00, it made me think of Homer Simpson stepping out of his basement and remarking how calm it was when the eye of the storm was over the house. The good thing about planning for chaos is it is a self-fulfilling prophecy, if you don’t run a single train until 12:00 then more people will drive, causing road chaos and of course the 12:00 train will be solid. I have taken an American view this morning and since I am not an emergency service I will be working from home.
I had one of those moments yesterday that children are so good at, you know when a single line reminds you that you’re an idiot. A friend’s daughter had a small puppy toy which she was proudly displaying when her Dad commented “he probably doesn’t work anymore”. I enquired, in all seriousness “what noise does he make” and young Emily’s immediate response was “woof woof probably”. In 40 years you would have thought that I would have worked out what noise a dog makes wouldn’t you? apparently not. In my defence I offer a conversation from Saturday with Emily’s mum, we were talking about the impending storm. Having concluded that it would be very difficult to get to work if the storm hit I thought that we were on the same page. The public transport system would be a mess with overhead wires down and trees on the line so travel would be chaos wouldn’t it? Apparently I had taken the thought a step further than, the ever pragmatic, Helen who said “you wont be able to walk against that wind”.
The storm has given me another reason for loving living at the coast. You can keep your pictures of trees on buses, your fence panels being blown along the street, I’ll trade them all for the pictures below. Any destruction is sad but check out the before and after pictures below, we don’t count trees fallen on the coast we count helter-skelters !