Haaavvveee you met Sandy? You might have realized by now that you’re not in class. Congrats. While you all get to sleep in and catch up on your reading/get crunk/whatever, we here at Wesleying are working hard to capture the magic of this here hurricane through the power of liveblog. So for the next few hours (or, more realistically, until power or Internet goes out), stay tuned for intermittent updates of how we’re surviving.
Submit photos of your hurricane survival experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org (or just tweet them at @wesleying).
Here’s a quick summary of what’s open right now:
- According to an all-campus email, “The Usdan Center is open until 7 pm tonight and is providing meals. We expect it to be open tomorrow from 9 am to 7 pm.”
- WesWings claims to be open for lunch. (Can anyone verify?)
- WeShop is open from noon until 5 pm today, but their inventory is pretty raided.
- “Libraries and other offices, including Freeman Athletic Center, are closed today and tomorrow.”
- Star & Crescent closed, obviously.
All liveblog content past the jump. When the content stops, you’ll know Wes has lost the Internets, God save us.
Liveblog out. This storm is done, and Middletown seems to have won.
We got 16,577 hits today!! Thanks for reading Wesleying :)
Zach, I’m sleeping now gnight! Yeah, I’ll upload pics tomorrow. GNIGHT ALL!
“The right to walk the streets, or to meet publicly with one’s friends for a noble purpose or for no purpose at all—and to do so whenever one pleases—is an integral component of life in a free and ordered society.”
Papachristou v. City of Jacksonville
Not tryna let this cyclone abridge my rights–I got some noble debauchery to accomplish.
Back off, PSafe.
Also sorry I didn’t come to WestCo.
Make that its own post, Samira!
I’m about to watch Run Lola Run. Also the WestCo dance party in the tunnels happened. It was great. Pictures forthcoming.
Sigh, Wikipedia is still down.
The crazy Wiki addict (Wikiddict? Is that a thing?) in me is dying a little bit inside.
Ben Doernberg ’13 is tweeting that this tree branch came within inches of crushing his house.
I won’t tell you his name, but he likes Prince a lot.
WESU has switched over to automation and encouraged its live DJs to stay home and not risk their lives for the sake of college radio. But I know at least one committed DJ who feels otherwise.
Btw, it’s stopped raining, it’s not very windy, and it’s actually weirdly nice outside. Yet Dan Drew is saying the most intense portion of the storm is still to come. I’m confused.
Wesleying got record page views for the semester today. Here’s what people have been searching for to get to our blog.
Lili Borland ’16 on her sheet fort (the first picture in the post below): “It’s perfect. It’s not even saggy.”
In other news, Frosh Fauvs 3 has two different sheet forts going on.
Well, I just watched about 15 different High School Musical numbers on YouTube.
#breakingfree #noregrets #sandy2012
Check Wunderground. So much easier to read.
Someone give me actual details. Has this really been the worst of it, as MA Gov. Deval Patrick said? Weather.com has so many graphics that it’s unintelligible.
Uh oh. High School Musical soundtrack.
Ellen Paik ’16: “You guys are transcribing my life. I was listening to S Club 7 earlier and eating chocolate-covered almonds earlier.”
oincidentally, I’m also listening to S Club 7…has the time for a campus-wide S Club jam finally come?
@otherbloggers: Want to transition to DRUNK,
SoBER, H1GH coverage at some point?
Nutella covered almonds are really tasty.
I’m listening to S Club 7.
These are dark times.
Facebook’s (hopefully temporary) freeze is making me feel very vulnerable and very early 2000s.
Correction: I just lost internets on my phone.
Facebook works on my phone but not on my laptop. Lots of sites aren’t working right now.
And does anyone have any info on the Facebook situation?
@goatmilk: It is defined as “a former tropical cyclone. This generic term describes a cyclone that no longer possesses sufficient tropical characteristics to be considered a tropical cyclone.”
It sounds like a middle aged lady trying to get into a club.
@hermes: Is that like postmodernism?
Would mangrove forests along the Eastern Seaboard have helped us at all?
Update: Sandy is now being called “Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy” instead of “Hurricane Sandy.”
Guys, I’m running out of Easy Mac.
All I want is Yeezy on loop and a roast beef avocado sandwich.
21 DIY Emergency Preparedness Things, granted we actually have a blackout….when is that, in two-ish hours?
in lieu of the facebook shortage, Wesleyan students might consider engaging in a number of other rainy day activities
Either the person who lives next door to me or the person who lives on the floor above me is watching Moonrise Kingdom for the second time today.
I give them an A+ for movie choice.
These Sandy joggers in Central Park are almost as great as those two guys who were playing frisbee on Foss for several hours this afternoon. Speaking of which, who were ya? Seemed funnnn and reckless!
This is pretty bootlegged but I love Buzzfeed
Driving. Me. Crazy.
fuck that I just woke up from an ill-timed nap and now just want the internet
Ugh Samira so many Facebook problems.
@Samira Me too.
Captured by Anonymous just before the 8 pm curfew:
My wifi is getting all stop and go.
ughhhh I can’t get onto Facebook right now. Is anyone else having this problem?
And here is what the Lower East Side looks like right now, apparently. I don’t really understand what that person is going to do once ze manages to get into hir car.
OMG. Bye bye, Wall Street. Via @OccuWeather
That is a fucking awesome homework assignment.
“This is boring… I mean I want it to be bad.”
In other news, that class’s homework is “to look out the window today and tomorrow.”
Eerily, BIOL173 Global Change & Infectious Disease was scheduled to have guest lecturer Prof. Dana Royer (E&ES) give a presentation entitled “Climatology and the prediction of warmer and freakier weather worldwide” tomorrow during class.
Hannah Maniates ’16 and Penny Snyder ’16 laptoping out the storm.
My roommate when I told her that 10% of Middletown residents are without power: “We are the 90%.”
How to talk to your
kids freshmen about the hurricane.
(Thanks Mommy Dearest for the update.)
This just in: about 10% of Middletown residents are without power.
Filled a blender with Dr. Pepper from Usdan. Sandy is no match for its 23 delicious flavors.
My friends have resorted to Snap Chat.
It’s going to be quite a long evening.
Wait. Amazon Prime has videos. Including every season of West Wing. And both seasons of Pushing Daisies.
Another update: apparently people did in fact go body sledding down Foss today. I wish I had pictures.
Update: the pizza delivery was for the first floor of Frosh Fauvs.
Shame on all of you, first floor…and allies.
That poor pizza delivery man.
According to Governor Malloy, the worst is still to come overnight. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.
I made it to Home and survived (though drenched). Shout-out to the miserable Dominos delivery guy I saw in the Fauver parking lot. (I filmed my journey and will get it on the Wesleying YouTubes eventually.)
Smart House is an integral part of cinematic history.
What a fantastic film.
Periodic updates in Usdan come on over the music in a PSA-style announcement from a computerized voice reminiscent of Smart House saying to “Bring all dirty dishes to the dish return area as soon as you are finished, and return to your seats if you so desire,” the general assumption being that they no ones wants to have dirty dishes lying around if the power goes out.
Well here’s one Sandy partier who didn’t get caught by the new Butt RAs:
Really surprised no one seems to remember this particular Sandy jam. “Saaaandy, the water is rising behind us…”
don’t be fatuous zachary, you’re too skinny to sprint
Let’s get tropical. #pinacoladas
About to sprint to Home Ave. Here goes.
President Obama then said if I needed anything to call him directly. I appreciated that leadership and I will if/when we do.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 29, 2012
Hurricane Haiku #2:
Licking frosting from
the tongs, count the flickering
stories of the lights
Annnndddd a branch just hit my window.
It’s going to be a long night.
Well…this wind is indeed starting to get a little bit scary.
New rule: Every time a light flickers, take a shot. Every time you see someone running into the hurricane to play, take a shot. If there’s a blackout,
OMG. This really is a state of emergency. The Yale Club has dropped its dress code to accommodate stranded Yalies.
LIGHTS JUST FLICKERED FOUR TIMES.
Sandy, quit playing with me.
Flickering lights flickering lights!! Time to quickly make pina coladas before lights go out!
Hurricane Haiku #1:
The sun has gone down
the middletown winds howling
frank ocean croonworld
Woah, hear that? Senior Fauver just straight-up rattled with that last gust.
The wind is howling like crazy.
Yeah, just saw that.
Dude, how scary would it be drive an emergency vehicle through a hurricane?
Two flashing firetrucks speeding down Vine. That can’t be good.
Lights starting to flicker…
Commence charging every piece of electronic equipment I own.
In breaking news, October is officially Wesleying’s busiest month ever for hits (in part because of Sandy). Shout-out to the four people who got to Wesleying today by googling “fuck sandy.”
The curfew is more what you’d call “guidelines.”
Wait, so Middletown has a curfew tonight? Will we get grounded by Mayor Drew if we break it?
UPDATE: Sandy is expected to make landfall in Cape May, New Jersey in approximately 5-10 minutes. The storm is moving at around 28 mph and was about 30 miles away as of 5pm.
LET’S DO THIS.
So much for Hurricane Shwasty:
To Members of the Wesleyan Community:
Storm conditions are intensifying and are expected to intensify further. Meal service at Usdan ends at 7 pm this evening, after which students are advised to remain in their residences. Please note that the mayor of Middletown has established a curfew for the city starting at 8 pm this evening, and the “Ride” will not be running tonight.
We have no other news to report at this time, and we will send another update by mid-morning, Tuesday. Storm updates are also available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/storm or by calling the Wesleyan Info Line at 860/685-5678.
The Reese’s Puffs that I was eating earlier (and left out on my desk) have already gone stale.
Phuck you, Reese’s, phhuckkk yooouuu.
Grease > Spongebob
Some gems from parents_talk listserve:
“My freshman daughter said she picked up some cans of spaghetti on the advice of her R.A. I think they will be fine.”
“I was at Wes for the blizzard of ’78 when the only transportation on the streets of Middletown were cross country skis or hiking through feet of beautiful snow. We simply had a great time, found food somehow, and survived.”
“My daughter texted me that classes have been canceled for Mon and Tues. And her test was postponed to next week, so she’s pretty happy.”
Arrested Development on Hulu.
The hurricane just said hello to me. And my wet socks.
“Pretty sure the Northeast telephone infrastructure is not gonna go down because of the hurricane or people calling emergency lines but because of people posting Instagram photos of it on the Internet.”
It’s our RA’s birthday.
Happy birthday RA Dan.
“If the first two ingredients of Sour Patch Kids are ‘sugar’ and ‘invert sugar,’ do they cancel each other out?” –Miranda Katz ’15 #questionablenonperishables
Wishing I could be the crazy guy that is apparantly currently riding a jetski through NY harbor. Now scanning the interweb…
My friend showed me this on Tumblr: “Hurricane Sandy doesn’t even sound threatening. It sounds like the caption on a middle-aged mom picture of her middle-aged mom friend being margarita wasted at a Chili’s.”
“If you aren’t playing Pokemon, you’re losing at life.”
Option 2: Yes, you can, at least in the official Multicatan browser game.
If it’s the end of a road, yes; if you’d be building it through their road, no.
Debate question: can you build a city on someone else’s road?
Update from down the hill: as Sandy lays waste to Middletown, CT, my housemates bravely venture to settle the land of Catan. Trials and tribulations to follow.
You might say Sandy’s crying us a river right now.
Justin Timberlake’s song “Cry Me a River” = musical masterpiece.
Other debate question: Did Axl Rose write ‘November Rain’ for this very moment?
“Do you need some time on your own?
Do you need some time all alone?
Everybody needs some time on their own
Don’t you know you need some time, all alone?”
“Don’t ya think that you need somebody?
Don’t ya think that you need someone?
Everybody needs somebody
You’re not the only one, you’re not the only one.”
I vote no, but this man’s life is in your hands. Can you handle the pressure??
Debate Question: Would ordering Dominos right now be a dick move or not?
Wait, this reminds me of that music video with Slash playing guitar in the middle of a field during a rainstorm or some shit. Can someone remake that in a thesis film? killofrights? lesanjuan?
He turned the volume up. We’re up to the guitar solo, which sounded really epic when I was 14.
My roommate (pmyers) is playing “November Rain.” He says he’s going to liveblog about it.
I ventured out (stupidly) to Weshop, and all the way down to the Church lot. Photo post forthcoming.
Don’t use umbrella during hurricane. Hurricane > umbrella
Someone in my hall is playing Nickelback.
The struggle is real.
@aSandyHurricane please don’t judge my yoga pants. You have no idea of the facility with which spandex conforms to the human body. #whoevenwearsrealpantsthesedays
“There are two sides to this storm”. One side is a winter wonderland called Snow Shoe West Virginia where they have 3 feet of snow and a famous winter resort. We’re not on that side.
Easy Mac = good hurricane food.
“So apparantly this is an ‘Apocalypse Now’ scenario. The question is, are you Marlon Brando, or are you Martin Sheen?” – Some dude ’14
Uh, she is.
What if Sandy is liveblogging about us right now?
About to venture over to Weshop and see what the scene is like.
Easy Mac time.
C’mon power outtage…I don’t want anything due till Wednesday…
Wondering how that guy who spent his life savings before the Rapture is handling all this…
Person 1: This hurricane is complete bullshit. It’s not that bad out.
Person 2: That’s because the storm hasn’t made landfall and we’re not at the center of it.
Person 1: Oh….
Well…that was a letdown.
I was ready for a “The Day After Tomorrow” moment.
Uh. It’s 4.
Should we start a countdown? 29. 28. 27. 26. 25…
One minute until the rumored power loss.
It was nice knowing all of you.
So if we lose power, what are the chances I can get out of writing that Argus article for tomorrow? Is journalistic integrity even a thing anymore?
Sad day, bro.
From Wesleying’s tipbox: “A gust of wind through a cracked window just knocked over a full tall boy. DOESN’T SANDY GET THAT SHIT IS IN LOW SUPPLY RIGHT NOW”
T-minus 6 minutes until we supposedly lose power.
“all my candles and incense” = iPhone Flashlight app
“More than 67,000 without power” reports NBC Connecticut. Looks like it’s finally picking up. Time to get out all my candles and incense.
FYI: When the power goes out, I’m writing my thesis by candle light on my 1970 Olympia SM-9 De Luxe typewriter. You heard it here first.
Also, The_Madness says this: “a football coach says that ‘we might lose power about 4pm’ on Monday… where the hell he got this information, I have no idea.” Guess we’re gonna find out soon.
The Zipcars are usually parked right behind Allbritton; I’m pretty sure this pic is from a faculty lot(?).
“Just-outisde-of-NYC” hometown declares state of emergency, orders mandatory evacuation. Damn it feels good to be in Connecticut.
Someone is telling me the car that got crushed by the tree is a Zipcar…but I don’t know if that’s true…
If you have a blue Honda parked in the Church Street lot, now’s a good time to call your car insurance company. (Thanks, whoever just texted me this image. I don’t recognize the number.)
My former German TA tells me that there is coverage of Sandy even in Germany. Are all reporters really crazy, or am I just not getting how screwed we are?
Listening to every Karmin cover on YouTube.
Hurricane got you down? From Anonymous ’15:
My mother texted me to let me know that I used incorrect grammar in my post about the Macbook Pros.
Sorry, Mother Dearest.
anyone else tryna reenact the sexy rain scene from the Notebook? come be my Ryan Gosling (f4m)
@topanga my mistake
“I’ve decided to name my Spearow Ellen…as in DeGeneres.”
Cereal spillage alert.
There are no less than seven Macbook Pros in this room.
The Onion has been pretty quiet about this hurricane business, but this is pretty good.
Starting my English essay.
The worst hours of the storm have come.
From Slate: some fancy science pictures regarding today’s festivities.
Okay, now we’re watching a video of some girl making all the noises for the first 150 Pokemon.
Shit’s getting real.
The Internet is starting to get sketchy.
If a tree falls in the Weswings parking lot and no one is around to see it, will it actually hit my car?
Ah, the first foliage foiled by Frankenstorm.
Wesleying just got a tip that a tree fell in Parking Lot C (Between 200 Church and Butterfields). Here’s photo proof.
In a surprising twist of events, the subject of my mother’s latest e-mail was not “Be safe” but rather “DO YOU WANT A PENGUIN COSTUME??”
Now looking for suggestions on ways to troll my parents with daily “I’m not dead” texts. So far all I can think of is “Hey guys, I’m really glad Verizon 3G has coverage in Oz.”
In other news, here’s what going on at Boston College.
I decided to venture outside for journalistic purposes.
I suggest you all do not venture outside for journalistic purposes.
NBC News provides a relevant factoid for all you prospective Econ minors:
For the first time since the Great Blizzard of 1888, U.S. stock markets will be closed for two consecutive days due to weather.
His other message was “Everybody take a few extra bananas today!”
… The bananas were gone by 12:30.
I hope he continues using the catch phrase “I’m serious. I’m Michael Roth” in emergency situations like this one.
President Roth was at Usdan today eating with the little people, the message was virtually “Calm the Fuck Down- I Got This.” Reminds me of when pols eat with victims at public shelters.
I feel better knowing that @KimKardashian hopes everyone is safe.
Just passed two guys chilling on Foss. I’m glad that some people are being really casual about this storm.
Is anyone else secretly thrilled to have an excuse to subsist on dried meat for two days?
Last night: “We should day drink all day tomorrow.”
Today: “Let’s close the blinds and hide all day today.”
HM just got back from price chopper with emergency supplies. SO MUCH CANNED TUNA :))))
My friend just broke out her emergency chocolate stash.
These are desperate times.
Seems my parents have lost power. No more safety emails from my mom where the subject line is the entirety of the email.
Should I make all my Easy Mac now in case power goes out? #newwesleyingpoll
Housemate decides to join said youths. Godspeed.
“Ugh, I hope Netflix is still working tonight or I don’t know what I’ll do.”
Update: power still on. Internet still working. The world has not ended…yet.
Watching the youths of Throw Culture play frisbee/cheat death outside my window. Great form guys.
my dad re:frankenstorm: “Keep the clean side up and the dirty side down!”
Had to Google it. Apparently something truckers used to say during bad weather.
Reese’s Puffs. Nom nom nom.
Breaking: MPD vehicle currently stationed outside Neon Deli. Seems to be in park mode.
Reporting live from a Butt single in order to prevent every update from being about the Neon Deli parking lot.
People studying for their Early African American History exam: “Shay’s Rebellion is my favorite rebellion.”
In other urgent news, Vicky Zwelling’s retirement party has been postponed. I was looking forward to that.
Oh yeah. And apparently the FDR Drive is underwater. Shit.
Slate is reporting serious flooding up and down the eastern seaboard. Updates here.
“I think I’m going to name all of my Pokemon after Greek philosophers…that or Sigmund Freud.”
Don’t be surprised if updates from now on out focus disproportionately on the Neon Deli parking lot. Currently: two cars, parked. One silver, one dark blue. Connecticut plates.
pmyers and I are now stationed in our Fauver living room, where we have a fabulous view of the Neon Deli parking lot and everything that goes on in it. We are listening to Port St. Willow’s LP, which is excellent for weather like this.
Annnddd people have moved on to playing Pokemon on their computers.
“I’m going to name my Cyndaquil…DayQuil.”
New York City storm porn is trending in my dorm right now.
Just took a glorious hot shower, mostly so I have something to fantasize about when the power goes out.
Checked out Weshop and the cereal is gone. Hope no one needs Frosted Flakes to survive.
(Picture below courtesy of Evan)
Meh. I forgot Tom Waits’ “More Than Rain.”
No Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”?
Evan, Wesleying’s HTML genius-in-residence, just emailed me to let me know WeShop has restocked on bread. (Or just has a lot of bread. Whatever.)
Alright, fuck The Scorpions. Revised Sandy playlist:
– Neil Young, “Like a Huricane”
– Herbie Hancock, “Eye of the Hurricane”
– Etta James, “Stormy Weather”
– Boris, “Black Out”
– Ween, “Cold Blows the Wind”
– Edgar Winters Band, “Frankenstein”
– PJ Harvey, “The Wind”
– CAN, “She Brings the Rain”
– Pere Ubu, “Stormy Weather”
– Gnarls Barkley, “Storm Coming”
– Donovan, “Catch the Wind”
– The Cure, “Prayers For Rain”
– Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Ain’t Gonna Rain Anymore”
– Alice Cooper, “School’s Out”
– Bjork, “Jóga” (Isn’t that the one where she’s all “STAAAATE OF E-MEEEER-GENNCYY?” You know the one.)
Peeps in my hall are putting together a puzzle.
More Spongebob memes plz.
Obama just e-mailed me about Hurricane Sandy safety precautions. Presumably he still wants me to donate to his campaign.
Today’s incident (as told by my roommate):
“MICHAEL ROTH came to my table and was like, ‘Hey you should take some bananas from Usdan,’ then pointed to my stack of six bananas and said, ‘Oh waaaiiittt…'”
My roommate: “Every time I grab a bunch of bananas from Usdan, something weird happens.”
Gov. Dan Malloy: “This is the most catastrophic event that we have faced and been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes.”
I MOVE MAH BODY LIKE A CYCLONEEEEEEE.
— Hurricane Sandy (@aSandyHurricane) October 29, 2012
Summary of the email:
1. Stay indoors.
2. Contact P-Safe if anything goes horribly wrong (like if you lose power).
3. Usdan is open today until 7pm and open tomorrow from 9am to 7pm.
4. Weshop is open until 5pm today (I’m surprised, considering the fact that their entire inventory was gone by yesterday night).
Obama isn’t joking around:
President Obama: “Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate.”
— Slate (@Slate) October 29, 2012
Usdan is supposed to be serving lunch(?) right now. Anyone got pictures of the line? I’m guessing it looks like this (watch the beginning of the clip).
What does it say? (They send those all-campus emails out in waves. My last name is near the end of the alphabet, so I haven’t gotten it.)
Oh, and here’s what the Weshop shelves look like. People be hoarding.
The administration just sent an email update on the storm.
CHECK YO EMAILZZZ.
Prominent campus (wedding) photographer Mike Nakhla ’13 just posted this on Instagram. Awesome.
My hall-mate is telling me that her town is flooding and that she won’t have a house tomorrow. This hurricane is actually doing some damage.
According to MSNBC, Obama is (or is about to) deliver a statement on Sandy.
Someone from my high school in Florida just posted this on Facebook.
The storm is gaining strength people. This shit is getting real.
I’m loving that all the comments on Roth’s no-class announcement are from royally freaked out parents. Can only imagine what sort of panic is ensuing on the Parents_Talk listserv right now.
Literally the entire Internets are freaking out about Sandy. Except Google is celebrating Bob Ross’s birthday. Never change.
It’s mad windy outside, but I haven’t seen/heard of any downed trees on campus yet. Anyone else know otherwise?
I believe hurricane Sandy and all hurricanes should have access to contraception.
— Barack Obama (@ThePresObama) October 29, 2012
The line for my dorm’s laundry room is longer than the line for the iPhone 5.
I kid you not.
Governor Malloy: “So stay home. Let me repeat — stay home.”
As of a few hours ago, Mayor Drew has declared a state of emergency in Midddletown, which ” allows him to exercise the powers that the City’s Emergency Operations Plan affords him.” (Don’t worry, WesDems, you helped elect this guy.)
According to WeirdWes, people are going streaking in this madness. NeverchangeWesleyan.
Alright, just put my laundry in. I know I’m tempting fate here, but let’s have power for two more hours maybe?