Monday, October 29, 2012

Where in the World is Rafael Nadal? Hurricane Edition

(Rafa has gone to work for Carmen Sandiego!)

It has been really weird having Rafa be sidelined for so much of the tennis season this year. He had such great success on the clay, but then his knee injury took him out of Wimbledon (well, okay, technically he lost at Wimbledon, but he was already injured) and then missed the Olympics and the US Open, and still won't be back for the Year End Finals in London. I enjoy writing about Our Hero, Rafael Nadal so much and it's weird that there's been no news for him on the court. Hopefully he'll be back in Dubai at the very end of December. That is looking likely. Then it will probably be the Aussie Open and then only clay court tournaments outside of the major tourney's he has to play. I can't wait to have him back on the courts. I miss you, Rafa!

In the meantime, it's not like Rafa has been sitting at home trapped in his house as if he was waiting for a Hurricane to arrive that was sure taking it's damn sweet time to pass through. No, he's been keeping busy. So until he's back on the court, I'm starting a recurring blog feature titled "Where in the World is Rafael Nadal?" to help promote his exploits. The answer this time is: PARIS!

Nadal went to Paris and did some press. Here's a link to his interview with M6 in Spanish with French translation! He is adorable!

He has also tweeted his congrats to Ferrer for beating Dolgopolov in Valencia for his sixth title this season and 17th in his career. Ferrer is doing really well. I would love to see him break through at a major in 2013!

Nadal also wanted everyone to stay safe as Hurricane Sandy inches toward us. Do as Rafa says! Vamos! (except stay put)

Red Fanta Lives!

(it DOES exist!)

While gathering Hurricane rations yesterday, I stumbled upon a sight I thought I would never see. On the opposite side of the aisle where they stock the bottled water stood the soda rack. On the shelf right at eye level were several bottles... of Red Fanta!! I couldn't believe it! Up until this point I thought Red (aka Strawberry) Fanta only existed in TV ads, as I had never seen a bottle available for purchase in the Tri-State area. I've actually written about this before on the blog, almost 2 years ago to the day, in fact. Now suddenly here they were. And they were on SALE, no less! Obviously I had to pick up a bottle, in case this chance never showed itself again. Concrete evidence it exists. I shall put it on the shelf next to my Yeti's paw and my Loch Ness Monster's tooth.

I am not drinking the Red Fanta just yet. I have two weeks to go on a nutrition and exercise program I'm doing at Mark Fisher Fitness and the empty calories of soda just do not fit into my daily fitness plan. But when its over I might celebrate with some Red Fanta on ice. My taste expectation is already through the roof. Don't I want a Fanta? You bet your sweet ass I do!

Rock Me Like A Hurricane Named After Annie's Dog

(Want to know a secret? This storm's a real bitch...)

Oh man! It's been so long since my last post. Over a whole month! I cannot believe it. It's not that there haven't been things to write about - travel, election coverage, TV shows, general insanity - I've just put all my time into play writing instead of blog writing. Plus somehow with Rafael Nadal still on the disabled list, it's been hard to motivate to talk about the world. But now I'm stuck inside waiting for Hurricane Sandy, so while I still have power, I figured I'd catch up on some blogging, before going back to the play writing. Because that still needs to get done too.

Sitting alone waiting for a Hurricane is odd. Hearing that the subways would shut down Sunday night and I wouldn't have to go to work on Monday, was of course incredibly exciting. I will always love the idea of a "Snow Day." although I know the potential damage of a "Hurricane Day" is actually much worse than that, and I'm hesitant to celebrate the arrival of something that can cause a lot of damage and distress, just so I can sit on my couch for an extra day. Also, the fact that the actual hurricane is not reaching us until late tonight on Monday means we had all day Sunday to gather supplies or flee to higher ground, and then we have all day today to basically... wait. And then the next day we get to assess the damage and maybe wait some more for things to be cleaned up or just go back to work. But for now we just play the waiting game, and as I said before, sitting alone just waiting for the Hurricane is odd. And can get boring REAL FAST.

Here are some things I ponder while waiting:

Should I read? No, if I read now and then the power goes off I'll be tired of reading and then have nothing to do. My book should be placed with my pile of emergency supplies. Today's book is "A Graveyard For Lunatics" by Ray Bradbury

What is "Storm Pay" rate for these reporters forced to stand outside in hurricane-force winds so that the anchors in the newsroom can ask them how it feels to be outside? Is it triple over time? Quadruple overtime? It's a rare day like today when I hope Roger Clark is making more than Pat Kiernan on NY1.

If my dollar store across the street is actually open I should go buy the finishing touches for my Halloween costume and assemble it all today for a trial run, right?

Am I really supposed to own a battery powered radio? Do they sell those at the dollar store if the dollar store is actually open? (I just checked and my clock radio takes a 9-volt battery. Hmm, worth investigating this morning, I guess.)

Is my family safe spread out across the Eastern seaboard? I hope they are safe.

Should I watch a movie marathon today? If so which one? The Muppet Movies? The Lord of The Rings? The BBC versions of the Narnia Books? Or maybe a BSG mararthon? Or Buffy? Or Strangers With Candy? I might spend the whole day just staring into my DVD bookcase.

Are there any new soft-core movies that have been recently added to Netflix that I haven't seen? If not, I can just watch Clue again. Not because Clue is soft-core, but because it's CLUE!!! And it takes place during a stormy night, so it fits the mood.

I can't watch The Dark Crystal unless it snows. The Frankenstorm promised snow, but I don't think it will deliver this close to the coast. The Dark Crystal is standard viewing for the first snow storm of the season and a Hurricane just is not close enough. I must have patience.

Wait, I'm supposed to have NON-perishable food items? I have a lot of perishables. But it's just me. Surely, I have enough food in the fridge that will last a day or two even if the power goes off. Plus I've got a lot of water and almost an entire box of saltines. I'll be okay.

Oh, I really hope the power doesn't go off.

Should I go through my entire closet and drawers and discard all clothes I don't want and make up bags for the thrift store? I need to get rid of this stuff and right now I've got the time.

Why does my DVR only record the first 45 minutes of The Walking Dead?? I'd like to see how the episode ENDS, DVR!!!

I'm so happy that I did massive cleaning earlier this weekend for when friends came over for my birthday so that now I don't have to stress over whether I should use all this time to clean my apartment. Plus it's nicer to sit here in a clean space than to sit in filth.

Is the storm REALLY going to affect the Presidential Race, cable news outlets? It still amazes me that people are "undecided" when the two options are so radically different. Can't you just talk about the actual impact of the storm on the people affected and not the politics affected for ONE EFFING DAY?? I will not be watching cable news today, for sure. 

I should move my furniture around so I have enough room to work out in my living room since I can't got to gym class tonight.

Are all my electronic devices plugged in to charge? I want to make sure I have my laptop, ipod and iphone last as long as possible before I pick up my crossbow and start living out Revolution

(Spoiler Alert!: the power went out due to global climate change!)

These are my thoughts so far and it's not even noon. The storm is still like... 9-10 hours away. Who knows what will be running through my mind by then. I might just share it with the interwebs. Stay safe everyone! 

...the Waiting Game sucks, Let's play Hungry, Hungry Hippos!