When will the Sandy-related reminders STOP in Hoboken once and for all?
- In a nutshell: The city is inviting “members of the community” for a “special flag-raising ceremony” (also called a “Superstorm Sandy 2 year anniversary commemoration event”) over at City Hall on Wednesday, October 29th at 1pm.
- Who: “mayor” don Zimmer, some weather spokesperson, civil service workers (cops, firemen), and “local artists.”
- What else: A flag is being “donated” from a member of the military which was flown on a B1 Bomber in Afghanistan in 2012 “in recognition” of all the city endured during the “devastation” of the rain storm. The city will also show off a new “high water vehicle” and other toy trucks they bought with property-taxpayer money, one of which will be “repainted with designs by local children.”
Doing the job you signed up for is not enough these days
This so-called event is an utter (udder) waste of time, money and energy. Let’s break down some reasons why.
 If you’re going to put the effort into making a “commemoration event,” then why do it in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday? Is that an insult to the majority of people who might have been affected by the temporary setback two years ago? (Yeah, who cares about them – as long as we get some kind of “positive media coverage”)
 So we’re getting a military flag from a squadron on a vague mission that we had no say in, in a country that hadn’t attacked us, and that relates to “Superstorm Sandy” how exactly? Oh, I get it. Sounds “patriotic.” Right! (Okay, I have a pair of red, white and blue boxer shorts I can donate in commemoration as well. We’ve been through a lot together, and that will be in recognition of all “the shit” (literally) Hoboken has gone through…)
 Pulling attendees out of thin air. I mean it seems like they’re scraping the barrel here in order to satisfy all the requirements to make it an “official” event. (“Let’s pick some random NOAA scientist to attend. That will give us credibility!”)
 And to top it all off – no event is ever complete “without the poor children!” (Seems like children are the least fortunate of the bunch these days. They’re either used as political footballs, or stage props for other attention-seeking publicity stunts like this. When will they get it?)
Perhaps this is why they wanted to hold it when the least amount of people can attend?
In the end… what do you do?
Sandy was a weather event. Sure it was on a more distant end of the “weather phenomenon bell-curve,” but milking the rare and unfortunate event is long beyond tiring.
People ought to keep in the back of their minds that there are risks we knowingly take daily (like driving our cars or crossing the street with headphones on), and other risks we either forget about (or choose to ignore), like living in a known flood zone, or in areas close to major bodies of water, (or active volcanoes for that matter).
Again, I feel bad for anyone that suffers when the wrath of Mother Nature shows up. But we do what people do, get back up and forge ahead. No one needs help remembering this type of stuff.
It’s just too bad that we can’t decide on our own when and how to remember it. What if some people don’t want to be constantly reminded?