Good Night Irene


Three of the eight projected tracks for Hurricane Irene (pictured above) show the center of the storm zeroing in almost directly on my house.

So if I don’t post for a while, please understand.

It’s nothing personal.

I’ll be in my storm cellar playing Leadbelly’s original version of Good Night Irene on my battery-powered CD player:  at least until the cellar floods.

And singing along, especially to these lyrics:

I wished to God I’d never seen your face
I’s sorry you ever was born

My hopes for minimal damage go out especially to all those in New York City, who face this unprecedented meteorological assault only two weeks before the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

See you on the other side, if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.

But a look at that storm track doesn’t offer much hope that the creeks won’t rise.


23 Responses to “Good Night Irene”

  • Marie:


    Stay safe and take care of your family and pets. We will all be here when Irene has come and gone.

  • Hang in there, Joe. Love Leadbelly. Good luck.

    The eyewall of the storm center appears to have lost its integrity in the past six hours, with barometric pressure rising 20 points or more. Max winds have slowed to below 100, and the NOAA chart now shows its impact below hurricane level before it gets to the northern Jersey shore.

    Usually, when the eyewall starts to crash as the storm enters colder water and nears a coast, a hurricane becomes far less dangerous. I hope that is the case here.

  • Hope is fine, but guiding wisdom must remain: Hope for the best while preparing for the worst.

  • ToesInTheSand:

    Stay safe please….been there, done that, lost a house! Did you remember to stick up on wine, water & batteries?

  • WakeUpAmerica:

    First the earthquake and now the hurricane. Me thinks God is a bit ticked off at the Rethuglicans.

  • lisa:

    Hope you stocked up with extra batteries and water. A little bit of brandy might be a good idea too.

  • Jaguar:

    Stay Safe, Everyone!

    Our daughter was evacuated from New York, and will be staying with us along with her two roommates.
    So our plans to put a tent up and get sloshed on wine coolers just went out the window, oh well!

    We’re all stocked up, got our water, batteries, flashlights, junk food, good food, and wine. We’ll probably just sit around and play cards or board games when the electricity goes.

    Hopefully Irene won’t be too mean- at any rate, stay safe, Joe and Everyone! This, too, Shall pass!

  • Susan:

    Be safe…sounds like you will make sure to enjoy your time while confined. I hope Mother Nature has a change of course, but as has already been said, prepare for the worst and pray for the best.

    I am thinking of all who will be impacted and am hoping for only the best possible outcome.

  • Sue:

    They’re predicting winds up to 59 MPH where I am. Kinda like a Nor’Easter but without the frigid cold and snow. Us New Englanders have been through worse. The blizzard of ’78, the “no-name” storm, Bob… I recall people being disappointed with Gloria. Of course it’s wiser to err on the side of caution, but I think we’ll be just fine.

    I’ll be listening to some Bob Marley instead.

    “Don’t worry about a thing,
    ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”

  • ginger50:

    Just another fan here hoping your and yours stay safe. Still looking forward to you coming to Alaska.

  • Millie:

    Be safe, Mr. McGinniss and family!

  • kathleenpoliticalgates:

    It is good that you and the millions of others in the hurricane’s path have time to prepare.

    Imagine what it must have been like in the days when hurricanes hit without much pre knowledge that they would do so?

    Stay safe Joe and everyone else.

  • Lynne:

    You and me both Joe. I’m in Western Massachusetts and I’ll be hunkered down waiting this one out. See you on the other side Joe.

  • grammy11:

    This morning asks, “Palin a scam artist?”. Sound good to me. She reminds me of some gypsy tribe living on OPM while continually begging for more money in her Pac and legal fund.

  • Melly:

    Hope you and yours are safe. My family has a small lake home in Tolland, MA, with windows galore and tall trees everywhere.

  • lazrgrl:

    Was “no name” New England storm in the early 80s, maybe 1983? I recall 10+ inches of rain in one day that turned our local river into a torrent and closed bridges between the two halves of the city. Now we get to stay dry and check on the NOAA river gauges from the comfort of the couch

  • FEDUP!!!:

    Wishing for everyone involved in the path of Irene a safe landing on the other side! Do whatever you must, to stay safe! If ordered to evacuate: DO SO! Remember Katrina and the consequences for those who did not/could not evacuate…

  • msf:

    Here’s a link so some of you folks can sing along with Joe & Leadbelly. :) Also interesting info on Leadbelly.

  • ToesInTheSand:

    haha..meant to say STOCK up on wine!

  • Goldee Greene:

    I wish I could think of something witty to say. However,
    I’ve enjoyed reading the Joe’s voice and those of the respondents here. I’m in Garrison NY, and wish you all as non-hellish a night as Mother Nature deems possible.

  • SusanC:

    Amazing how many women named Susan can’t stand Sarah Palin.

  • Sue:

    No, it was in ’91. AKA “The Perfect Storm”.

    I’m about 25 miles inland, and I didn’t even have to close all my windows today!