As a lifelong resident of the Midwestern United States, my exposure to hurricanes is minimal. We have been known to get thunderstorms that can occur in fringe areas after hurricanes run their course, but for the most part we’re not directly affected. I do have a Chicago friend who has a second home on the Gulf side of Florida and he’s had his share of hurricane adventures, but that’s not quite the same.
Still, my heart still goes out to those who are at risk from Hurricane Irene so let’s hope that it passes with as little distress as possible. (As I write this, it’s moving up the Atlantic coast toward New York.) In the meantime, I’m going to fall back on what we do best here — music.