Share Your World 3-11-2020

And so another birthday rolls around. I am 73 today. In April, Garry will be 78. For both of us, this Coronavirus is potentially lethal. It is NOT the flu. Really. It isn’t.

It targets the elderly, children, and anyone who has any other kind of medical issue. America is completely unprepared to deal with the problem and guess who got us to this bizarre place? You bet. Finally, Trump has a problem he can’t make go away by attacking Obama, but he sure has tried. What a stupid, stupid man.

Hell, even the regular flu could kill me, but I get flu shots! There IS no vaccine for this and damned little that can be done. It’s a virus. They don’t respond to antibiotics and a lot of the people who have died were doctors and nurses.

Don’t think this is a scare tactic. The problem isn’t alarmists pretending there is a problem. The problem are governments who think it’s no big deal and are not preparing for what is going to happen. You don’t need to buy out your grocery store, but don’t think that pretending nothing is happening will make it unhappen.

Be careful, keep safe, and stay healthy. Personally, I’d like to make it to 74.

Are you a sweet, sour, tangy or another type of person?  Take that as you will! 😉

The only thing I know is I’m not sweet. The rest? It depends on the day you ask me.

Does the whole coronavirus phenomenon worry you?  Or are you more a “meh – it’s just another severe flu scare” type of person?

Of course, it scares me. I’ve had major heart surgery with two implanted valves, and a Pacemaker that keeps my heart beating. I’m also asthmatic. If I were a healthy 25-year-old I would probably not be as upset. At this age, I’d be an idiot if I weren’t worried.

If you think this is phony, you aren’t thinking. There have been thousands of deaths and it hasn’t yet taken over in the Americas, Australia, or New Zealand. Fear not. It’ll get there. Everyone travels and every place has a high likelihood of infection. If you are young and very healthy, you are lucky. But if you are young, very healthy — and you have family and friends who are not young and healthy and you get sick, you can kill them with your “meh.”

When was the last time you were snooping and found something you wish you hadn’t?

Other than something a dog left behind? That’s why I’m afraid to move the refrigerator. There might be something there. Ew.

What’s the most pleasant sounding accent in your personal opinion?   Everyone has a pleasing accent to someone! 

Absolutely Caribbean! There’s nothing sexier than an accent from Barbados or Jamaica or the Bahamas. Or any of the islands in the region.

THE GREAT WHITE HURRICANE OF MARCH 11, 1888 – Marilyn Armstrong

Today is my birthday. It’s also the 132nd anniversary of the worst blizzard to ever hit the east coast of the United States. Early March is frequently stormy and snowy. Blizzards are not unusual, though typically, snow melts quickly in the spring.

I appear to have been destined for snowy climes. This is not only the story of a storm, but a cautionary tale to never forget winter isn’t over until the daffodils are in bloom. You can never overestimate how dangerous weather in this region can be, especially in the spring when wind patterns become unstable.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 11. There had been a blizzard a few days before, but apparently, it wasn’t a problem because I was safely born in Brooklyn Women’s Hospital. Nonetheless, throughout my childhood, no one in my family ever forgot to mention the blizzard that had hit before I was born. They called me “the blizzard baby” and everyone still talked about it. It was memorable.

Early March is a fine time for big snowstorms in the northeast. March 11, 1888, brought the biggest winter storm to ever hit the region. Known locally as the Brooklyn Blizzard of 1888 and up and down the east coast as the Great White Hurricane, it is my birthday blizzard, a foretaste of Marilyn to come. Or something like that.

Boston’s downtown crossing right after the 1978 blizzard – 28 inches

It was the worst blizzard to ever hit the city of New York. It broke records from Virginia to Maine. It remains one of the worst — and most famous — storms in United States history.

Accumulations of 40 to 50 inches were recorded. It’s hard to picture how much snow that is unless you’ve been through a few really big snowstorms. The deepest snow from a single storm in my life was 34 inches. That’s only a bit more than half the amount of the 1888 blizzard. Despite all the changes and improvements to technology and infrastructure, that amount of snow can paralyze us today.

It’s more snow than any infrastructure can handle. Did I mention snow is heavy? 50 inches on a standard roof might cause it to cave in.

It wasn’t merely a snowstorm. The superstorm included sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. It was one of those occasions when people get put in their place, forcibly reminded of how strong Mother Nature is.

The storm blanketed areas of  New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. It carried with it sustained winds of more than 45-miles per hour. It produced drifts in excess of 50 feet high. My house, at its peak, is about 40 feet, so so we are talking about drifts as high as a three-story building. All forms of transportation were stopped. Roads and railroads were unusable. People were trapped in their houses for up to a week.

The Great White Hurricane paralyzed the Atlantic coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine. The storm extended all the way up into the Atlantic provinces of Canada. The telegraph went down, leaving major cities including Montreal, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Boston without communication for days to weeks. Because of the storm, New York began putting its telegraph and telephone wiring underground to protect it from future disasters.

The seas and coastlines were not spared. In total, from the Virginia coast to New England, more than 200 ships were grounded or wrecked and more than 100 seamen died.

130 years later, no winter storm has yet topped the big one of 1888. My special storm!

AND THE ORCHIDS BLOOM ON – Marilyn Armstrong

More Orchids – FOTD – March 11, 2020

This plant is a much sturdier, healthier plant than the last time I was able to bloom orchids. The buds are huge and the plant is sturdy and another bud opened this afternoon. There are two more big buds on this branch and at least half a dozen on another branch.

Five blossoms and big buds

This bud opened this evening. I took a few pictures, but I will take more tomorrow

I love the way the flowers are clumping

You can see the center of the other flowers through the translucent leaves