_Monica headed off yesterday morning toward Pennsylvania to fetch the boys back for Tuesday's start of school. She left in the morning before any breath of Hurricane Earl had reached this far north. It was supposed to be my task this week, but there are suddenly 5 research projects all in play at work, or maybe 6. We had a last torrent of research on nitrogen pollution, but also getting rolling on an ethnographic project in New Mexico and Wisconsin on the dairy industry and a couple of message testing projects for Ford Foundation that we're going to fall behind on, and one we've already fallen behind on for a California policy institute. And a bunch of other stuff I haven't have time to be in the loop for. So I couldn't get away, despite the impending arrivals of Earl (the hurricane) - and Leo (the new nephew).
Mom was already in Kutztown helping out with Cathie's new baby, so the boys were with my Dad. So Monica headed out before the storm, and drove the empty highways along the coast.
It began raining around 11 a.m. on Friday. But the north Atlantic sucked the life out of Earl, and while he brought a few downpours, there was no real wind.