Yesterday we watched a Park Slope man use a leaf blower to push the leaves from in front of his house to that of a neighbor’s house two doors up. We then watched him point the leaf blower up into the air in an attempt to blow all of the leaves off of a 40′ tree. Needless to say, he was not making the best use of his time to prepare for the impending emergency.
Then we came across another man in Park Slope who was telling his friend that he had brought his electrical heater up from his basement storage space so that he could use it to stay warm if the power should go out. His friend had to point out that an electrical heater will not work if his apartment does not have electricity.
Then we spotted this… someone tied down a plastic garbage container holder.
To be more specific, someone tied the lid of the plastic garbage container holder down. This will likely save a few lives.
We also noticed that a playground in Bay Ridge was locked up in preparation for the storm with children inside of it still playing. Yes, children are locked inside of the playground. They will hopefully be able to climb out of it before the Frankenstorm can kill them. We assume that the kids climbed over the fence and that the caution tape is actually attracting stupid people to the danger zone!
Lastly, we came upon a relic of Hurricane Irene. This year it is being secured by an old electrical cord.
It was featured last year on our blog, when we noticed two of the dumbest ways to prepare for a direct hit for a hurricane consisted of covering up one’s car in a sheet of plastic, and tying an old electrical cord and some stockings around a heavy cement statue of this Virgin Mary (click here for the post and PICS).
If we live through this Frankenstorm, come Thanksgiving we will be extremely thankful to have survived an act of God in the face of stupidity that is human civilization.