Even ‘weary’ Irene leaves an imprint

LEXINGTON, Mass. — It was a lost and boring weekend, and do I ever consider myself lucky for that. Even in our little world, the 20-minute walk on which I take our goldie, Murphy, each morning, Irene left its calling card.

Five trees fell, three harmlessly on lawns and one partially blocking a side street. The fifth, a big one, flattened a car in its driveway and stretched across the street onto a neighbor’s lawn. Just around the corner from us, one tree-sized limb broke off, wiping out another neighbor’s second-floor balcony and tearing away a gutter.

Small stuff in the big scheme of this slow-moving but monstrous storm.  But it’s sobering that even this much damage can come from a mere 10 hours of buffeting by 35 to 40 mile an hour sustained winds with gusts reported at 60 to 70 mph.

I have gained a newfound respect for those who choose to live in the path of hurricanes.  As for our two huge white pines, one towering over our bed, I’m going to hire a tree company to assess whether we can continue to live in their shadow.

 

 

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About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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