What does this photo look like to you? The 9th hole on your local golf course? A middle aged woman’s left arm? What it looks like to me is a long week ahead. We’d been forewarned for days and yet I made my first trip to the store(s) Saturday around noon. Smarter, more experienced folks went days before and basically bought out all the items on my shopping list. You see, I’ve missed the last four years of “the biggest storms ever seen” on the east coast of the United States. And I just thought there was a huge CNN effect going on – you know, the doom and gloom over exaggeration of any news item ever. The updates in the past days reminded me of the hours after the earthquake and tsunami in March, 2011 when we kept hearing terms like “countdown to the the meltdown” whenever we would put on the US television. But as I’ve been watching the storm move north, and the various news reporters providing live coverage from their various cities I think this time we might be in for a little bit of trouble. The thought of spending a day let alone 7-10 in my small home with two teenage daughters and no internet or television makes me shiver. The power is fully on as I write this and they are starting to get edgy already. No showers, no flushing toilets, no hot coffee – meals of tuna (mayo less because of course that will have gone bad days before), canned chili and soup will not make for a happy family. And that’s assuming nothing happens to our windows, trees or flying outdoor furniture – despite all the preparations. I haven’t been in a home thats lost power in so long I can’t remember what its like. I hope I am not newly acquainted with the situation.