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2012-10-31 02:23:51 PM  

Spade: freewill: nonvideas: So, a lot of people did not evacuate the flood zones in the city despite Bloomberg issuing a "mandatory" evacuation. A lot of these people are saying on TV right now that they had no idea how bad it would be, and are mad at the city for not doing more to warn them. That's a separate issue. My question is - what's the point of a mandatory evacuation if it's not mandatory? Seems more like a voluntary evacuation to me. If you want to issue a mandatory evacuation, you should either drag people out of their homes kicking and screaming, or issue them summons or fines if they refuse to leave. I'm not surprised that some young people tried to ride it out, but the elderly or debilitated folks who tried to stay and the parents who decided to keep their children there just blow my mind.

Mandatory evacuations rarely involve physically dragging people from their homes. That's very, very extreme, as in, "you are facing imminent death". As a practical matter, it would generally be impossible to enforce with masses of people. It's more like "if we see you outside, we're going to yell at you", whereas in a voluntary evacuation, you aren't doing anything wrong by staying and can still reasonably expect police assistance, etc.

Yeah, the best you can do is scare people, really. I heard that during Irene some cops went door to door with waivers for stay behinds to sign saying they understood that EMS folks weren't coming to get them. And Texas authorities told stay behinds to write their SSN's on their arm so they could id their bodies.


You guys are absolutely right, options are very limited. I'm not advocating dragging people from their homes. But the NYPD is writing summons for being in a public park right now, or for surfing on the waves before the storm hit....if you're going to declare a mandatory evacuation, why not have SOME force of law behind it and let people know they'll be appearing in court or facing fines if they don't leave?

/not sure why I'm advocating for increased police/state powers...
 
2012-10-31 02:24:05 PM  
Remember though, if you are prepared for disasters the current administration considers you a terrorist.
 
2012-10-31 02:26:50 PM  
The bums are going to have to work overtime to get that urine smell back after NYC got it's once in a century bath
 
2012-10-31 02:27:28 PM  

for good or for awesome: Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.


Quiet, you primitive screw head.
 
2012-10-31 02:28:04 PM  

TNel: Yanks_RSJ: kvinesknows: the were warning WELL WELL WELL in advance that people should evac... I assume parking would have been fine at whatever shelter or hotel they went to.

They told people to take public transportation or taxis if they were going to the shelters because there WOULD NOT be available parking. Mayor Bloomberg was very clear about that on either Saturday or Sunday before the storm hit and well before MTA service was suspended. Parking at hotels is also limited, because most people staying in Manhattan do not drive here.

mjohnson71: Let me go passive aggressive:
Fine, you're right. Everyone that parked their cars underground in advance of the monster storm are without fault. They did nothing wrong. Brand new cars for everyone.

That's not passive aggressive, that's being an ignorant asshole.

Drive an hour to a hotel outside the area. My god if I cared about my car and I knew there was a massive rain storm coming there is no way in hell I would park it underground. It's not be ignorant they were being lazy. They couldn't care less about it because their car insurance will cover it. Like I said before I would have left my car there also, worth more destroyed at this point and I bet that's why a lot of people did it.


Like I said before: when I lived in a very parking challenged area of Chicago every time they forecast a decent snow I put the car in a covered garage. Yes, it might have been an hour's work to drive, park and get back home. Plus I would have to pay $20+ bucks for parking. But at least I knew the car would be okay.
 
2012-10-31 02:29:51 PM  

Spade: freewill: nonvideas: So, a lot of people did not evacuate the flood zones in the city despite Bloomberg issuing a "mandatory" evacuation. A lot of these people are saying on TV right now that they had no idea how bad it would be, and are mad at the city for not doing more to warn them. That's a separate issue. My question is - what's the point of a mandatory evacuation if it's not mandatory? Seems more like a voluntary evacuation to me. If you want to issue a mandatory evacuation, you should either drag people out of their homes kicking and screaming, or issue them summons or fines if they refuse to leave. I'm not surprised that some young people tried to ride it out, but the elderly or debilitated folks who tried to stay and the parents who decided to keep their children there just blow my mind.

Mandatory evacuations rarely involve physically dragging people from their homes. That's very, very extreme, as in, "you are facing imminent death". As a practical matter, it would generally be impossible to enforce with masses of people. It's more like "if we see you outside, we're going to yell at you", whereas in a voluntary evacuation, you aren't doing anything wrong by staying and can still reasonably expect police assistance, etc.

Yeah, the best you can do is scare people, really. I heard that during Irene some cops went door to door with waivers for stay behinds to sign saying they understood that EMS folks weren't coming to get them. And Texas authorities told stay behinds to write their SSN's on their arm so they could id their bodies.


I "road one out" once. The best time to evacuate is about 12 hours before landfall. There were people reporting spending 36 hours trying to make a 150 mile drive. That cluster fark had pretty much cleared up by 24 hours before land fall and it was smooth sailing the last 12 hours...provided you had thought to fill up and had a bed reserved at your destination.

Other guys I knew, IT guys who stuck around until the last minute, literally took the last flight out of town. Though I had reports from friends stranded in Sandy's path because their return flight got cancelled well before Sandy's arrival.
 
2012-10-31 02:32:33 PM  

PrivateCaboose: mjohnson71: Dear New Jersey:
this is what you get for Snooki and the rest of those reality show clowns.

Signed
God

Snooki is from New York.

Signed,
Native New Jerseyan


Actually, she was born in Santiago Chile and raised by adoptive parents in New York. They did a hellofva job, didn't they?
 
2012-10-31 02:35:44 PM  

mjohnson71: Or, I dunno, maybe moved the cars 20 blocks north and into an above ground parking garage?


You're absolutely right, you "dunno" indeed.

I suppose you would drive around the streets of New York looking for a parking garage that was open and staffed in the middle of a hurricane, but then where would the idiot be to criticize that decision if you weren't here in the thread being that idiot?
 
2012-10-31 02:42:12 PM  

nonvideas: what's the point of a mandatory evacuation if it's not mandatory? Seems more like a voluntary evacuation to me. If you want to issue a mandatory evacuation, you should either drag people out of their homes kicking and screaming, or issue them summons or fines if they refuse to leave.


That is no longer possible because the National Guard is no longer available for that kind of mission. They are busy being deployed to wars that they are not supposed to be deployed to. I think the whole lot of them should rebel and go back to synchronized beer drinking as a protest.
 
2012-10-31 02:43:06 PM  

TNel: Drive an hour to a hotel outside the area.


Yes.
Except by "an hour" in this case you mean drive to Florida or Tucson, since the rotation of this storm covered a 1,500 mile radius.
 
2012-10-31 02:47:49 PM  

mccallcl: mjohnson71: Or, I dunno, maybe moved the cars 20 blocks north and into an above ground parking garage?

You're absolutely right, you "dunno" indeed.

I suppose you would drive around the streets of New York looking for a parking garage that was open and staffed in the middle of a hurricane, but then where would the idiot be to criticize that decision if you weren't here in the thread being that idiot?


During the storm? No.
Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes
 
2012-10-31 02:48:41 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Except by "an hour" in this case you mean drive to Florida or Tucson, since the rotation of this storm covered a 1,500 mile radius.


In fairness, anywhere further up than Newburgh would have been pretty OK as far as property damage goes, and most people realized that early on. It was the power outages we were worried about upstate, but Syracuse and Ithaca would have been great places to ride it out.
 
2012-10-31 02:51:54 PM  
I love how before the storm, we're all like 'Hey guys, be safe out there!'

And after the storm we're all 'Eff you man, we can handle storms better than that!'
 
2012-10-31 02:53:05 PM  

kvinesknows: perhaps actually BELIEVE the warnings and reports next time? just a suggestion.


Well the forecast called for a much lower storm surge than NYC got. If the forecast was right, then things wouldn't be anywhere near as bad. As it was, it was off by a tad. Given the forecast what people did was fine.
 
2012-10-31 02:55:39 PM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Didn't the History Channel cover this in its docu-shock series, "It Could Happen Tomorrow"? (Or was the Weather Channel? I can't remember for sure.) But it seems like one scenario was a hurricane hitting NYC.


I saw that one, too! I believe they talked about the flooding of the subways, tunnels etc.....
 
2012-10-31 02:55:47 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Except by "an hour" in this case you mean drive to Florida or Tucson, since the rotation of this storm covered a 1,500 mile radius.


Also if you get everyone doing this, well, after a while everything an hour away is full, so it's further down the road.

mjohnson71: Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes


Problem is, there's not enough above ground parking to handle the usual load plus the cars that are parked under ground. Also as mentioned the forecast was off, if things had been as bad as the forecast said, the cars would by and large by alright. As it was, the forecast was off a bit.
 
2012-10-31 02:58:36 PM  

WhyteRaven74: kvinesknows: perhaps actually BELIEVE the warnings and reports next time? just a suggestion.

Well the forecast called for a much lower storm surge than NYC got. If the forecast was right, then things wouldn't be anywhere near as bad. As it was, it was off by a tad. Given the forecast what people did was fine.


The garage they parked in was between fifteen and twenty blocks away from the river. In hindsight it was a bad idea, sure.

WhyteRaven74: mjohnson71: Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes

Problem is, there's not enough above ground parking to handle the usual load plus the cars that are parked under ground. Also as mentioned the forecast was off, if things had been as bad as the forecast said, the cars would by and large by alright. As it was, the forecast was off a bit.


This suggestion would have had the residents of my town walking 2 or 3 miles through the storm to catch a bus. Then they would have been riding public transportation for hours to get to destinations.
 
2012-10-31 02:59:28 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: TNel: Drive an hour to a hotel outside the area.

Yes.
Except by "an hour" in this case you mean drive to Florida or Tucson, since the rotation of this storm covered a 1,500 mile radius.


I live in PA and had no issues so you can't tell me everywhere in NY was flooded or had no above ground parking. This all comes down to how prepared you were. I wasn't worried at all even though my wife was loosing her shiat about it. We live at a high enough area that flooding wasn't a worry it was just the winds and damn where they bad around 2am on Monday night/Tuesday morning depending on how you look at that time frame.
 
2012-10-31 03:00:33 PM  
You have to wonder........how many of those cars were left in a particular location on purpose, when it's obvious they had enough time to move them to safer ground.....
 
2012-10-31 03:02:15 PM  
i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-31 03:02:31 PM  

mjohnson71: mccallcl: mjohnson71: Or, I dunno, maybe moved the cars 20 blocks north and into an above ground parking garage?

You're absolutely right, you "dunno" indeed.

I suppose you would drive around the streets of New York looking for a parking garage that was open and staffed in the middle of a hurricane, but then where would the idiot be to criticize that decision if you weren't here in the thread being that idiot?

During the storm? No.
Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes


Damn straight, I would have walked off my job and driven out of NYC. It would not have mattered if there had been traffic jams, early flooding, or other impediments. I would have taken my Pinto off-road. Government built roads are for wimps. I would have driven to Vermont, parked the car, and hitch-hiked to the nearest Bed and Breakfast. Once at the B&B, I would have kicked the front door off the hinges and taken control of the facility. And G-d help them if the kitchen wasn't well stocked because, if necessary, I would have cracked open the the skulls of the other occupants and eaten their brains until I could safely pick up my car, return to NYC, and demand my job back. You leeches always trying to get something out of the government and insurance companies make me sick. Man up, already.
 
2012-10-31 03:18:13 PM  
The storm was so powerful, it warped space-time around Tony's Pier Restaurant!
 
2012-10-31 03:18:37 PM  

mjohnson71: mccallcl: mjohnson71: Or, I dunno, maybe moved the cars 20 blocks north and into an above ground parking garage?

You're absolutely right, you "dunno" indeed.

I suppose you would drive around the streets of New York looking for a parking garage that was open and staffed in the middle of a hurricane, but then where would the idiot be to criticize that decision if you weren't here in the thread being that idiot?

During the storm? No.
Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes



NOPE!

IF folks had TRULY responded to "preparing" for this natural disaster - they'd of SOLD their cars altogether - and invested in small, flat-bottomed, easily maneuvered BOATS - AND filled THOSE with generators!!!!!!

Amirite??????

What did I win??????

hmmmm. . .

or maybe they should of - just went with the flow - and driven their cars onto large inflatable rafts - slapped a GIS or RFID chip on the vehicle - inflated the raft - and then

and ONLY THEN

FINALLY got themselves and their families the hell outta there!!!
!


/imagining the outrage after . . .
//the "what the heck" was going through the minds - of all those folks that drowned - trying to put their cars on rafts - instead of getting out of there????????
 
2012-10-31 03:21:16 PM  

WorthNoting: NOPE!

IF folks had TRULY responded to "preparing" for this natural disaster - they'd of SOLD their cars altogether - and invested in small, flat-bottomed, easily maneuvered BOATS - AND filled THOSE with generators!!!!!!

Amirite??????

What did I win??????

hmmmm. . .

or maybe they should of - just went with the flow - and driven their cars onto large inflatable rafts - slapped a GIS or RFID chip on the vehicle - inflated the raft - and then

and ONLY THEN

FINALLY got themselves and their families the hell outta there!!!!

/imagining the outrage after . . .
//the "what the heck" was going through the minds - of all those folks that drowned - trying to put their cars on rafts - instead of getting out of there????????


Misinformed Man Riding Out Storm In Bathtub Filled With Batteries
 
2012-10-31 03:23:34 PM  

Pick: You have to wonder........how many of those cars were left in a particular location on purpose, when it's obvious they had enough time to move them to safer ground.....


People didn't know the ground they were on was unsafe. The previous highest storm surge in NY was in 1821, and this broke the record by a couple feet.
 
2012-10-31 03:34:32 PM  

Lunaville: mjohnson71: mccallcl: mjohnson71: Or, I dunno, maybe moved the cars 20 blocks north and into an above ground parking garage?

You're absolutely right, you "dunno" indeed.

I suppose you would drive around the streets of New York looking for a parking garage that was open and staffed in the middle of a hurricane, but then where would the idiot be to criticize that decision if you weren't here in the thread being that idiot?

During the storm? No.
Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes

Damn straight, I would have walked off my job and driven out of NYC. It would not have mattered if there had been traffic jams, early flooding, or other impediments. I would have taken my Pinto off-road. Government built roads are for wimps. I would have driven to Vermont, parked the car, and hitch-hiked to the nearest Bed and Breakfast. Once at the B&B, I would have kicked the front door off the hinges and taken control of the facility. And G-d help them if the kitchen wasn't well stocked because, if necessary, I would have cracked open the the skulls of the other occupants and eaten their brains until I could safely pick up my car, return to NYC, and demand my job back. You leeches always trying to get something out of the government and insurance companies make me sick. Man up, already.


You sound bootstrappy.
 
2012-10-31 03:37:07 PM  

WhyteRaven74: kvinesknows: perhaps actually BELIEVE the warnings and reports next time? just a suggestion.

Well the forecast called for a much lower storm surge than NYC got. If the forecast was right, then things wouldn't be anywhere near as bad. As it was, it was off by a tad. Given the forecast what people did was fine.


they were predicting over 12 feet 12 hours before it hit.
 
2012-10-31 03:50:58 PM  

kvinesknows: they were predicting over 12 feet 12 hours before it hit.


The storm hit NYC in the evening hours on Monday, a little less than 24 hours after the evacuation orders were given and transit was shut down entirely. Predictions at that time were for a surge of 6-11 feet.
 
2012-10-31 03:53:52 PM  

kvinesknows: WhyteRaven74: kvinesknows: perhaps actually BELIEVE the warnings and reports next time? just a suggestion.

Well the forecast called for a much lower storm surge than NYC got. If the forecast was right, then things wouldn't be anywhere near as bad. As it was, it was off by a tad. Given the forecast what people did was fine.

they were predicting over 12 feet 12 hours before it hit.


You can never really be sure of their accuracy anyway. During Isaac I heard the phrase "prepare for the worst, but hope for the best" so many damned times I think it should now be our state motto.

Their predictions are rarely spot on. They are just making educated guesses.

If you want to know where the eye of a storm is going to make landfall, find Jim Cantorre. He apparently has a hurricane homing beacon implanted in his ass. Everything else...well just think of it as a surprise.

/life long resident of south Louisiana.
//you yankees have my honest sympathy.
 
2012-10-31 03:59:10 PM  
Abe Vigoda's Ghost : Stretching out to get three feet closer really got that shot!

You would be surprised how much of a difference a small perspective change will make in a final photo.

// but it's a cell phone camera, so what's the point :P
 
2012-10-31 04:26:44 PM  

you have pee hands: Pick: You have to wonder........how many of those cars were left in a particular location on purpose, when it's obvious they had enough time to move them to safer ground.....

People didn't know the ground they were on was unsafe. The previous highest storm surge in NY was in 1821, and this broke the record by a couple feet.

cosmiccomicslv.com
You have sacrificed sure footing for an expensive apartment or house. A hurricane does not wait for you to be ready! A hurricane is not considerate, or fair! And make no mistake: here, you face hurricanes.

List of New York hurricanes
They have more hurricane attacks than you think though most are light but still the potential is there.
 
2012-10-31 04:45:32 PM  
If you took one huge storm and told the folks under mandatory evacuation, if you don't evacuate, we're not coming to rescue you;

and then DON'T RESCUE THEM;

and if whole boatloads of them die;

then in addition to improving the gene stock, you wouldn't have this problem the next time.


We will never get to this point apparently because god wants us risking our lives to rescue stubborn stupid people.
 
2012-10-31 04:54:02 PM  

WorthNoting: groppet: My folks live in Rehoboth Beach DE they made it through fine. I was worried about them because they have both had surgery in the last 3 months, so they are not as mobile. Im going up this weekend for punkin chunkin and to help the ole man do a little cleaning up.

What be this "punkin chunkin"?

Sounds intriguing . . .


http://www.punkinchunkin.com/


It's teh 2nd biggest "sporting" event in Delaware after NASCAR. Lotsa of tailgating/drinking, you get to see these amazing machines people build. They have almost broken the mytical mile mark the last few years. The pumpkin liqour will be flowing. And if you cant go they have a special about it on the science channel on thanksgiving.
 
2012-10-31 05:07:21 PM  

Ashrams: And here on the West coast were people are smart enough not to live in a hurricane alley, our before and after photos

Before
[bestof.longislandpress.com image 400x359]

After
[www.mauibeachtanning.net image 450x335]


I'm sure NYC wouldn't trade 2012 for San Francisco in 1906 or LA in 1994. (Or god forbid in 1857)

It's not like California can't get hurricanes. They're about as frequent as sizable earthquakes in NYC.
 
2012-10-31 05:15:25 PM  

FatherChaos: [www.washingtonpost.com image 606x453]

The final minutes of the Chum Dumpster.


No refunds?
 
2012-10-31 05:20:44 PM  

JackieRabbit: PrivateCaboose: mjohnson71: Dear New Jersey:
this is what you get for Snooki and the rest of those reality show clowns.

Signed
God

Snooki is from New York.

Signed,
Native New Jerseyan

Actually, she was born in Santiago Chile and raised by adoptive parents in New York. They did a hellofva job, didn't they?


I've always thought that to be quite hilarious.. you have a Chilean adopted into a NY family pretending to be an Italian living in NJ! LOL
 
2012-10-31 06:41:16 PM  

freewill: Like I said, I don't think most people understood what this was or what it was going to do.


That's correct. Same thing here in Austin, TX, when the roads get slick due to snow. It has happened four times in the 20 years I've lived here, and every time there are between 400 and 500 traffic accidents.

My solution? Keep the car in the garage. Heh, I'm surprised nobody has slid their car through my garage door yet when the roads are icy!
 
2012-10-31 06:57:54 PM  
I think the biggest reason people weren't ready for this storm was Irene. The news at the time of Irene had it coming in as the end-of-the-world hurricane.

Not to say it didn't do any damage, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it was hyped up to be.

/didn't park my car in a garage
//had it out on the street
///tree fell down around it
 
2012-10-31 07:39:31 PM  

groppet: WorthNoting: groppet: My folks live in Rehoboth Beach DE they made it through fine. I was worried about them because they have both had surgery in the last 3 months, so they are not as mobile. Im going up this weekend for punkin chunkin and to help the ole man do a little cleaning up.

What be this "punkin chunkin"?

Sounds intriguing . . .

http://www.punkinchunkin.com/


It's teh 2nd biggest "sporting" event in Delaware after NASCAR. Lotsa of tailgating/drinking, you get to see these amazing machines people build. They have almost broken the mytical mile mark the last few years. The pumpkin liqour will be flowing. And if you cant go they have a special about it on the science channel on thanksgiving.

Elegy Never seen a pumpkin fired out of a homemade cannon before?

media.popularmechanics.com

/hotlinked like its going out of style


Sounds like some good times ! ! ! :-D
 
2012-10-31 08:01:01 PM  
Just for the lulz, they should have slipped in an "after" picture of post-tsunami Japan.
 
2012-10-31 08:57:25 PM  

freewill: Selfish, trivial question: Did Pommes Frites (123 2nd Avenue) make it, or did it end up in the East Village dunk tank?


OH GOD NO.
I will go and help rebuild it myself. Pommes Frites is my favorite restaurant of all time.
 
2012-10-31 09:24:46 PM  

The Whore Of Mensa: freewill: Selfish, trivial question: Did Pommes Frites (123 2nd Avenue) make it, or did it end up in the East Village dunk tank?

OH GOD NO.
I will go and help rebuild it myself. Pommes Frites is my favorite restaurant of all time.


Yeah. The g/f always wants to stop in whenever we're down and it looked one of the flood pictures was maybe three blocks from there. She'd have a major sad.
 
2012-10-31 10:29:12 PM  

charmbomb: At least the pirate ship will be a cool dive, once it gets to the bottom.


I first heard of that on the Tuesday local news. I guess there was a crew woman from the local area that was on board. She and the captain didn't make it out from what I last heard. They were trying to get to deep water away from the coast when they floundered. Sad.
 
2012-10-31 11:38:47 PM  

ozarkmatt: charmbomb: At least the pirate ship will be a cool dive, once it gets to the bottom.

I first heard of that on the Tuesday local news. I guess there was a crew woman from the local area that was on board. She and the captain didn't make it out from what I last heard. They were trying to get to deep water away from the coast when they floundered. Sad.


Well there goes my bright side.
 
2012-11-01 12:36:09 AM  

charmbomb: Well there goes my bright side.


No, no, that was what I meant. I would assume pretty much every shipwreck in history involved some loss of life. I just was throwing out a story, I hadn't heard of that ship with all the other storm stories until well after the storm and the only reason I did hear of it is because the local angle.

I am not sure how deep the water is there, but I would guess that ship will be pulled back up. If not, then yes, you are right the diving on it would be fantastic, especially to see how the marine life moves in over time. Again, provided it's shallow enough.
 
2012-11-01 01:09:53 AM  

Wise_Guy: dothemath: jack21221: dothemath: "Wow, it's almost like a huge amount of water washed pushed into the city by strong winds.
I'm sorry your shiat got farked up but let's stop with the 20 inch headlines every time you find a light pole knocked down or a flooded parking garage."
-Houston, Texas

Yeah, but this time the water was pushed into a REAL city, not some podunk town like Houston.

Yes, a REAL city that, apparently has never seen a big rainstorm before. I hope the NYT doesn't run out of ink, haha.

That water wasn't from the rain, you idiot.


Houston is 50 miles inland so storm surge isn't an issue. It has the same problem with large amounts of water with no where to go however. Hope NJ/NY recover well. I'm sure the rebuilding financing will put a real stimulus in the economy and the positive impact will 'trickle' down to the rest of America. Some real money, not just Wall Street chicanery.
 
2012-11-01 04:53:56 AM  

PrivateCaboose: mjohnson71: Dear New Jersey:
this is what you get for Snooki and the rest of those reality show clowns.

Signed
God

Snooki is from New York.

Signed,
Native New Jerseyan


Same thing
 
2012-11-01 12:10:56 PM  

mjohnson71: During the storm? No.
Planning ahead and taking care of it Friday afternoon/evening? Yes


You mean trying to plan ahead and trying to take care of it. If you live in New York, you may not have time to plan and execute moving your car from one parking garage to another (the exact same idea hundreds of thousands (millions?) of car owners are having at precisely the same time).

What you're talking about is shifting millions of tons of metal north through the island of Manahattan. Even if coordinated by the national guard, you would still see some destroyed cars. It's not as though there are thousands of free parking spaces sitting there waiting for the chance that everyone would evacuate lower Manahattan. If it were my job to coordinate such a move, I would ask for six months and a $2MM budget, and there would still be lots of destroyed cars.
 
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