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Anthony Lynch
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...So. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a Nook. Does anyone have any sci-fi novels to recommend? I've a HUGE backlog, and I wouldn't mind having some advice on what to attack first.
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Well, I own a Nook, so I suppose this is at least partly my fault.
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Six years ago today, at 10 PM local time, we received the first reports that Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the New Orleans area. It'd been a fairly normal day to that point; I'd worked the day shift at my job (which I'd started nine years before to the day) and was looking forward to the weekend off. Instead I found myself boarding up, desperately trying to pack what I could and safely box up what I couldn't, before we and some family friends convoyed out of town early on the 28th.

We were in bad shape, despite having done this before. So I can empathize with what a lot of people on the East Coast must be feeling right now, many of who don't have to put up with this shit on a regular basis.

If you're in the threatened area: I think the best advice I can give at this point (besides follow instructions from your local authorities) is to not overdose on media. Keep an ear open for updates and such, of course, but do your best to tune out the rest. A lot of it'll just be hype and random speculation to fill airtime and draw viewers, and it will fuck with your head if you let it. It stresses you out, and after awhile it can leave you numb at a time when you most need your wits about you. Weather Underground (linked below) is a good, mostly hype-free source of information, as is a NOAA weather radio if you have or can get one. Local meteorologists are usually better than the national media about giving things straight, so listen to them as well.

And remember that if all else fails, things can be replaced. But there are two things that nature can't take away from you: your head and your heart. Use them well, and you will get through this.
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