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Historic…

It was Historic for sure!

This “blizzard” we had was absolutely historic – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Historic because it set the all-time record for the highest “Hype vs. Reality” ratio! (A now distant second was Chicken Little’s “The Sky is Falling,” which held the record for nearly 200 years.)

Take a look at these EPIC photos!

It was (and is) still a storm!

This “weather event” was still significant in many ways. Snow storms (even pedestrian ones) do impact people’s lives in the short term, and this was quite a powerful storm (for some). It just snowed heavier in other parts of the northeast.

I guess this weather pattern was a bit too complex for our inferior technology to pinpoint precisely what would have happened in the future.

No one is to “blame”

While I find it humorous that the “Hype vs. Reality” ratio was so high, and always find the silver lining to situations like this (less snow is better for most) – I certainly feel no need to issue “blame” to anyone.

Why do people even use phrases like that when something like this happens “We blame those stupid meteorologists for getting it wrong! Burn them at the stakes!”

If anything – YOU are to blame for taking what those weather people say as gospel. How do you like them apples?

People should always be prepared for the circumstances that may take place in their neck of the woods.

  • If you live near a body of water – have a flooding plan (evacuation, supplies, etc.)
  • If you live in a cold climate – have your shovels, salt, fuel, etc.
  • And no matter where you live – it’s never a bad idea to have a supply of essentials on hand at all times (food, medical, water). What’s so bad about that? Just rotate it over time to ensure freshness.

Another bonus is that a majority of the sheep believed the hype and are frozen with fear and submission. Have you seen the roads today? Almost post-apocalyptic!

For the history books…


“The Storm”

Insanity and “the storm”

Man, the media hypes these storms as if people will be trapped for weeks or months without food or water, and will certainly cease living if they don’t rush to the store for their lifeline of supplies. This “major east coast storm” was no different. All major supermarkets and hardware stores were MOBBED the day before the snow started.

It’s probably the same people that go out every time a storm gets hyped too. You’d think that after just one instance, that they would permanently be converted into “preppers” who would always have at least six months of food and water on hand. But nope. Not the case. Why can’t people learn not to wait until the last minute? Is it that hard to comprehend? Do they lack those cognitive skills?

Anyway, here’s a quirky video from Hudson County Comedian Pat Lamb regarding the whole “hype machine” when it comes to prepping for “the storm.” I love the way he refers to these people as “locusts.”

“Bread & Milk!”

And I’m sure you’ve seen this viral video from two years ago from Comedian Vic Dibitetto “Bread & Milk:”

But getting your “supplies” before the storm makes sense

Despite the truly unnecessary need to rush to the store before the storm – I can see some logic behind it.

Because I for one, prefer NOT driving in the snow. And most importantly – it is because the IDIOTIC drivers that go out and try to navigate the snowy conditions. And your chances of getting injured or wrecking your car because of OTHER PEOPLE’S stupidity are much more likely.

Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts

Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts in Hoboken

top 5 blizzard don'ts in Hoboken NJOkay – it’s winter.

This is just like any heavy rain storm – except that it’s frozen precipitation. And that means it will accumulate above the ground and cause an impedance to anyone who is a “challenged walker.” Yes, that is what snow is! Amazing, eh?

It’s fairly elemental.

But when it’s frozen and “accumulates,” it’s a bit different than water – which other than flooding, eventually drains away quite rapidly compared with the many weeks (if not months) we’ll see this snow on the ground. Turning brown. Becoming annoying. “Please make it go away… Looking forward to summer…. “

When we get FEET of snow – it presents a whole slew of problems, which are usually transportation oriented.

So what are the Top 5 things you should avoid during a blizzard?

Number 5: Please postpone medical emergencies

Number 5 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAt the height of the blizzard late tonight – medical vehicles and apparatus will have a super-tough time traversing city streets. That could mean the difference between life and death!

So if you can – please avoid (or postpone if possible) the following medical emergencies:

  • Heart attack or stroke. (Stay off carbs, eat lots of veggies, keep blood sugar low, avoid strenuous activities).
  • Child birth / labor. (If you’re close to your due date – either try to push it out NOW – or figure out a way to keep the baby in the sack till the weather clears).
  • Profuse bleeding. (Any tricky home projects or drunken bar fights should be put off till the storm clears).
  • Broken bones. (While not as bad as some other emergencies – try not elevating your body to more than 12″ off the ground. And if out and about, ensure your shoes have proper traction).
  • Panic Attacks. (There is nothing to worry about at all. Everything is fine. It will be spring in less that 3 months!)

ambulance hoboken blizzard medical emergency january 2015

Number 4: Try not to start any fires!

Number 4 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAny kind of row-house fire in Hoboken at the height of the blizzard, will practically ensure that an entire block burns down. Just because the snow is heavy and wet does not mean that it will aid in any way in preventing such a disaster.

So in order to reduce your risk (and guilt) for starting an epic fire for the history books:

  • Do not use candles if you’re a known drunk or narcoleptic.
  • Shut your circuit breaker if your house is known to be non-code compliant.
  • Playing “fire bomb beer pong” not a bright idea during the storm.
  • More than 11 iPhone chargers in a power strip just to keep your facebook stream alive is just not worth it.
  • Deep-frying a frozen turkey inside your studio apartment in wood-frame house can wait.
  • Firing up the hibachi grill on your fire escape. Just don’t do it. In other words, don’t be an asshole!

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Click to see the Top 3 Blizzard Don’ts in Hoboken!

Major East Coast Storm

Blizzard Warning in effect for Hoboken NJ and Tri-State Area

Well – here’s your “Historic East Coast Storm!” Blizzard Warning now in effect for the next 2 days or so.

Looks like Hoboken is in the 2-3 foot range – with possibly more. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Move your cars if possible! The city is also TOWING cars if they’re not moved off “Emergency Snow Routes.” Keep in mind this wasn’t always the case. So you have till 9pm to move your cars tonight. See below for “emergency routes.

Have fun!

NJ Hoboken Blizzard January 26 27 2015 Winter

Hoboken Snow Emergency Routes

MOVE YOUR CARS OR GET TOWED.

  • Washington Street – Both Sides
  • Willow Avenue (West Side) – Observer Hwy to 11th St
  • 3rd Street (North Side) – Jackson St to River St
  • 4th Street (South Side) – River St to Jackson St
  • 5th Street (South Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
  • 9th Street (North Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
  • 13th Street (North Side) – Washington St to Madison St
  • 17th Street (Both Sides)

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Hoboken Week in Review: 1/25/2015

Hoboken Week in Review January 25 2015 Hoboken411 NJ

Okay! Looks like winter is most certainly back on the radar! Yay! Here’s a few noteworthy stories from Hoboken411.com to share from the week ending Sunday, January 25, 2015:

City Happenings & Political Quackery

  • Crap Pump“Luxury Living” in Hoboken now with added sewage! Yay!
  • NickedPark in a city garage? Get your wheels ripped off.
  • Parking FAILCity takes pride in installing shit upside down.

Business & Other Hoboken Updates

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

Employment frees man from the nightmare of unemployment while it chains him to his employers dream mokokoma

Hoboken Photo Leftovers for January 24th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: January 24, 2015

Hoboken Photo Leftovers January 24 2015

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photo 1: Always some kind of “work” going on in town, like this pile of bricks at Pier A Park.
  • Photo 2: The corporation known as the “state” of NJ is really milking the Lottery Cow. Frickin’ Rite Aid?
  • Photo 3: Gobs of construction + outdated infrastructure = The next Mayor’s problem.
  • Photo 4: Club Barks coming along. Dogs are expensive in a city.
  • Photos 5: The apartment next to the Mercury Lot also shaping up. Wonder where the doctor’s office will go?
  • Photos 6: Old school bars like Stinky’s a thing of the past in Hoboken. You need to be “upscale” to survive these days.

Can you smell snow in the air?

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