The Block Island Times

"I got wind of a blow." J. V. Houlihan, Jr.

By J. V. Houlihan, Jr. | Oct 28, 2012
Photo by: Amy McDonald-Hampton My wife scaring me, before " I got wind of a blow"!

"Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout yada yada yada." King Lear Act 111, Scene 2.

"Frankenstorm is coming!" Anonymous kook who probably got a raise for coining this keen and scary observation.

"A storm of epic proportions!!!" Another anonymous, well paid  kook.

"My god Joey, the water will be at our door step in the morning!!!!" Cindy McDonald- Houlihan (joshing her husband with faux hyperbole).



     Besides my favorite pun(above title) that ever spun, out of my head full of roiling verbs, nouns, adverbs and modifiers, what I've been hearing about this Sandy Cane has me baffled. Before work today, I was listening to Fox radio. The weather people-obviously jacked up on way to much coffee- were charting a course to perdition for listeners like me. A metallic, pained and squeaking female  ranted about the "enormity" of this "storm of a lifetime," and a Pu Pu Platter of certain dangers for "millions and millions of people!" It started to sound like an SNL parody. I mean, who can you believe! Should we pay more attention to the European computer models or the American? Maybe the Commander-in-Chief, he should know what's up, right! What's an average citizen to do. OK, old Will Shakespheare is eloquent, Frankenstorm is beyond sophomoric at best. "Epic?"  is simply an overused and trite contempo expression. My wife's hyperbole, is simply woman goofing on her husband.

        So, how's this work for you. Trust the sagacity of this Prince of Puns and do the following: turn off the TV and computer ( before you lose power), stay inside if it's blowing the dawg off the chain, only go outside if you really need to, pour a libation and crack "War and Peace," "King Lear" or Homer's "The Odyssey," and before you know it, said storm will be a dim memory. Whatever you do, beware of the Siren's song of the desire to turn on Fox or CNN and be tempted by the snake oil salesmen selling fear to the masses for ratings. One thing is for certain, this blow will be alot of wind.



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