Yesterday’s “hurricane” was a dud. All that time spent hauling in patio furnitue, hauling boats out of the water, hauling ass around town for food, batteries and gas — what a waste!
Except it wasn’t.
Storms are capricious. We expected to be battered this time, but barely got a tap. Last summer, no one was worried about Isaias. It brought us to our knees.
It’s the same with winter weather. We’ve stripped Stop & Shop of all its eggs and milk, only to receive a few flakes. And we’ve been homebound for days after snow and ice we didn’t really expect.
So what’s the lesson? Should we ignore every warning, and just try to be prepared all the time?
No. The weatherpersons have gotten their forecasts right far more often than they’ve been wrong. Listen to the experts. It really is better to be safe than sorry.
Or put another way: It’s a lot better to be pleasantly surprised that Henri was a dud — in Westport, at least — than to broil in the dark, with no utility truck in sight for days, because of a storm we were not worried about.
After closing the town’s Emergency Operations Center yesterday afternoon, 1st Selectman Jim Marpe said:
“I want to thank our residents and businesses for heeding the instructions to remain at home and prepare for what could’ve been a major situation. I hope that for many Westporters, today was a day well spent with family, or at least a chance to test and improve your emergency preparedness.
Thank you also to the Westport Fire, Police, Public Health, Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Human Services Departments for their efforts to monitor and prepare to respond to the needs of our community.”
One last Henri photo.
In contrast to Saturday’s packed-all-day Merritt Parkway, yesterday was a breeze.
Maybe we should have hurricane warnings more often?
At Staples, Sam Wilkes was all music, nearly all the time. He played in the band, jazz band and orchestra. (He also took as many English courses as he could: 4 in senior year.) In high school, he says, “I learned how to learn.”
After graduating in 2009, Sam headed to the University of Southern California. He was in the 1st class of the new Popular Music Performance program.
He’s still playing — and living life on his own terms.
The August 23 issue of The New Yorker includes a piece about Sam and his musical partner, Sam Gendel. Kelefa Sanneh explores their 2018 jazz-and-more album “Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar,” one song of which was featured n the Netflix movie “Malcolm & Marie.””BOA” has been streamed nearly 2 million times on Spotify.
Wilkes is doing plenty of recording, including with Chaka Khan. Sanneh expresses surprise in The New Yorker that he and Gendels do not tour more, and describesthe quirky route to where the duo is today. He appreciates, though, their simplicity, ambience and texture.
Sanneh mentions a video Wilkes and Gendel filmed with the band KNOWER. They help the group “burn through a breakneck funk groove”; Wilkes, he says, “contributes a particularly tasty bass fill.”
it’s been viewed more than 5 million times. (Click here for the full story.)
Check out the new header (top photo) on “06880.” The great, wide shot of the Levitt Pavilion comes courtesy of Joel Treisman. Much appreciated!
Speaking of the Levitt: Here’s this week’s schedule.
- Tuesday, August 24: The Fairfield Counts (19-member big band)
- Wednesday, August 25: Sonia de los Santos (Latin Grammy nominee)
- Thursday, August 26: Nellie McKay (Great American Songbook)
- Friday, August 27: Mihali (Singer/songwriter)
- Saturday, August 28; Gunsmoke (country, Western swing, rockabilly)
- Sunday, August 29: Dr. K’s Motown Revue
Click here for times, and (free!) ticket information.
As summer workers head off to college, this retro Compo Beach Soundview parking lot sign may soon be hauled out of storage:
Robin Gusick ventured out to Fresh Market yesterday. She reports:
“The ice cream shelves were empty. But shoppers could start advance planning for Thanksgiving.
“They might even begin saving, to buy an $89.99 chocolate turkey.”
What?! Have we just skipped Halloween, and gone straight to “the holidays”?!
Spotted downtown: Support for a politician absolutely with no chance of winning.
These 2 Compo birds had no idea yesterday that a fierce hurricane was predicted. Or that it never arrived.
They didn’t even realize they were posing for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature. They just did their Compo thing.
Don Everly — the older of the duo, whose “fusion of Appalachian harmonies and a tighter, cleaner version of big-beat rock ’n’ roll made them harbingers of both folk-rock and country-rock” (according to the New York Times), died Saturday at his Nashville home. He was 84.
Click here for the full obituary.