Even though Hurricane Irene covered Fort Tilden and Riis Park with sand and debris, there is some good news. Gateway won’t have to ask RAA or the Little League to supply their own toilet paper. No worries, it’s on me. Thanks to survival shopping I’ll be able to donate seven years worth.
I was overstocked on most things but that didn’t stop me from going to the hardware store one last time. Well, going there on Saturday was like shopping 5 minutes before midnight on Christmas Eve. Everything was gone. I don’t know what they had been waiting for but some people were still hoping to find another flashlight or a sump pump late that afternoon. So was I. When I saw how empty the shelves were I realized how pathetically late I was. But I didn’t want to look stupid. I didn’t want to get the – what are you kidding me look – so I bought a bird cage. Not that I have a bird or want one.
On the way out, I saw some guy on line with a new mailbox. “I wanted batteries but they ain’t got any. I’m getting a mailbox just in case mine blows away.”
Now I’ve gotta make post hurricane plans. Besides donating my toilet paper to Gateway or using it for the ticker tape parade when Turner upsets Weprin, I figure I’ll run my Christmas light off the hundreds of D batteries I piled in a closet. I’ll wrap my presents in duct tape and pop bottles of Poland Spring on New Year’s.
Most people, even if their houses got flooded or damaged, took the view that it coulda been worse— as did one recent arrival who was pumping out his basement. That fighting spirit was acknowledged by his good neighbor who said, You’ve been here for the blizzard, the earthquake and the hurricane.” Pause. Did I tell you about the volcano?”
**Boyle-ing Points: For the few who read this column and turn on the computer and dabble in the Internets …I’ve got to tout twitter. I don’t get it on my phone but I treat it as a website. You just go to twitter.com and search Rockaway” or “Bob Turner” or Weprin’s toupee” and you’ll get up to the minute news and comments. You might find out about a rally or event that you otherwise would not have known about. You might even type in boyleing_ points because every now and then I have to blurt something out.
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**I got a tour of the D Piper Inn on Beach 114 Street. Owner Pete Duffy deserves a tip of the cap for being a beacon in the blight. He’s restored an old boarding house into a Bed and Breakfast attracting visitors from around the world. A good number of people who come for a stay are those who summered in Rockaway back in the day. He’s built a small bar off the lobby which will be a great place to chat with fellow guests. Rooms aren’t cheap and he’s not looking for it to be a flophouse or another sorry SRO. No doubt, a neighbor or two on the block should be banished from the peninsula but the D Piper should outlast them. When gentrification occurs, he’ll be hailed as the guy who started the turnaround.
**Poll workers in District 9 (where David Weprin doesn’t live) are going to earn their money. There’s gonna be a big demand for write-ins. Many Anthony Weiner loyalists will be voting for him and I expect the vast number who wrote me in the last time will do so again. Which reminds me. Seriously, how come Lew Simon isn’t running?
**Allow me to close with a fortune cookie: if you don’t like politicians or politics, never lose a friendship over them.
**Oh, and the Hurricane’s gone. Take down the tape on your windows.