Left home about 7:30 AM and taxied uptown. Air already sodden, the sky an unpleasant ashen color, with haze, mist, fog.
We've finished helping do the physical prep for the house and so on. So now we're chilling and thinking about making dinner when the time comes. We're hungry! We've had a couple of periods of rain already.
However it rolls, however bad, however easy (but I'm sure it isn't going to be easy), I'm glad we're up here and not at home. What makes it really OK is that we were able to help and will be able to continue helping our friends, and they also help their neighbors. Not only are our friends really brilliant, intelligent and creative, they've got a community consciousness, as well as that Southern hospitality gene. All over again I'm aware of why we love them so much.
I hope everyone is safe, but I know not everyone is. Three people have been killed by Irene already. She's so huge and moving so slowly.