As Hurricane Sandy approaches, New Yorkers are taking every measure possible to be prepared. Streets and places of business were packed yesterday, with hustle and bustle equivalent to a Monday rush hour rather than a Sunday afternoon.
Last year during Irene, we were ready for the worst and got lucky, suffering little damage or impact. We stacked up on non-perishable items like dried pasta and canned soup (I quickly discovered that I do not like canned soup), and left those on the shelves for other less picky cane participants this year.
We also filled large pots and our bathtub --- in hopes that we'd still be able to flush the toilet if the power goes out. We never lost power, but wasted approximately 50 gallons of tap water.
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We were one of the three apartments on the Upper West Side that taped our windows with an $18.00 roll of tape, which merely created a bad window decoration. We decided to forgo the window taping this year for Sandy.
I did however complete a list of other necessary tasks that will take us through the next 48 hours with ease, no matter what Mother Nature brings to the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
1. I purchased lots of fresh food such as salmon, shrimp, chicken breast, turkey, tomatoes, apples, arugula, yogurt, and other perishables that cannot be frozen.
2. I stocked up on $7.99 bottles of Forest Glen Merlot (the cheapest and tastiest red wine ever)!
3. I filled an entire shelf of our closet with 14 bottles of Poland Spring since Bogey is a big drinker.
4. I bought enough candles to take us through Christmas of 2013.
5. I prepared all 6 working flashlights and a transistor radio for emergency. Like every Duane Reade in New York City, we are officially out of batteries.
6. I purchased a 12-pack of toilet paper because it seemed like the most practical item to buy during a natural disaster.
After waiting in line at the Food Emporium, which looked like it had been looted by a bunch of ruffians, I couldn't bear any more queues or crowds, and didn't stop by the Duane Reade for hair color as planned. I decided that Hurricane Sandy wouldn't judge my gray roots, and would excuse my neglected beauty status this time around.
I did however make it to Blue Mercury to replenish my Mario Badescu eye cream --- good eyes are more important than fresh color during Frankenstorm.
What am I missing? Did I forget any emergency supplies? Actually, I meant to make it to Crumbs for cupcakes, but I didn't. Maybe the 24-hr/365 Hot & Crusty is open today.....