Well, Fort Lauderdale, FL, even on the beach, seems to be in good shape two months after Hurricane Irma, whose eye apparently stayed 60 miles to the west. They were buffeted by weak tornadoes (east side of storm) and had some trees blown down and some minor damage, but a lot of flooded roads.
More beach bars:
Wilton Manors — I hear the power never went off, and that many power poles in Florida are made of cement rather than wood, which seems a reasonable alternative to going underground.
Yes, the draw bridges work.
And the freight trains run (and so does the Miami Metro).
Recall, however, the nursing home in nearby Hollywood Hills that had a number of deaths due to lack of sufficient backup generator air conditioning, NBC story.
Today I made a brief visit through the town of Hyndman PA, on state route 96 in southern Bedford County, 10 miles north of the Maryland border above Cumberland.
On Wed. Aug. 2 CSX had a freight train derailment which led to a fire and evacuation of many residents. Many had to stay in a shelter (maybe in Bedford) by some were housed by the railroad in hotels in Bedford or Cumberland. Winding up in a shelter because of disaster could happen to anyone.
Today, a quick day trip, to Burkittsville MD and Gathland State Park on South Mountain behind it, site of the black and white film “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. I saw it at the old Uptown Theater in Minneapolis on a sold-out Friday night then, with Josh Hartnett standing in line (he had just made “Halloween: H20” at the time).
There is a museum to honor one of the country’s first war correspondents, George Townsend, during the Civil War. There is a masoleum and tomb, and a great arch.
A lesser known similar film from 1998 was “The Last Broadcast” (Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler, Wavelength Releasing), a “fact or fiction” docudrama about the disappearance and death of three young men in the New Jersey Pine Barrens from the supposed Jersey Devil. I saw the film at the University of Minnesota Bell Auditorium, once of the first digitally shot features ever commercially made.
I didn’t get a perch for the 2017 High Heels Race near JR’s in Washington DC on 17th St because I ate in a sports bar on Dupont Circle (Circa) and watched Clayton Kershaw mow down the Houston Astros for the Los Angeles Dodgers for a while.
There was one man, about 30, who must have been 7 feet or so. It does seem that super-tall men are overrepresented in the (cis) gay male community.
There seemed to be more contestants than usual. It took close to three minutes for the race, starting promptly at 9 PM EDT, to end.