By Chris Gay
Chris’s Hurricane Sandy Journal (10/29/2012)
8:56p.m.-Considered taking out trash, ultimately opted not to risk ending up in Kansas.
8:39p.m.-Power remains, vodka refreshingly cold. Paused MNF game on DVR only to write this sentence. With no wish to lose electricity at this late hour, will not taunt hurricane gods by making sarcastic comment regarding their aim.
6:44p.m.-Lights flicker while Hot Pockets still in microwave. Power holds out, Hot Pockets are delicious.
5:37p.m.-Woke up from short nap in the darkness thinking power had gone out; turns out I’d just left the lights off before I fell asleep.
12:21p.m.- Watched a ‘Pumpkinhead’ sequel on DVR. Story turns out to be little different than any other ‘Pumpkinheads.’ (Oscar not likely, retroactively or other)
11:18a.m.-Considered praying that power stays on through Monday Night Football; remember I’m agnostic. (Pray anyway for ice to to stay cold for vodka later. So far, so good)
10:06a.m.-Made a Modified Shepherd’s Pie out of refrigerated mashed potatoes, frozen corn in butter, and cheap breakfast sausage. (‘The Bachelor Cookbook’ not yet published, but already paying dividends)
8:46a.m.-Go to dollar store for candles, actually get less value than what I paid for.
7:01a.m.-Woke up, listened to Buffalo, NY sports radio on phone app for four minutes; predictably, fell right back to sleep.
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Chris Gay is an author, freelance writer, voice-over artist, broadcaster and actor. He writes and broadcasts a daily, sponsored minute radio humor spot in Hartford, Connecticut. He’s written three humor books: Shouldn’t Ice Cold Beer Be Frozen? My 365 Random Thoughts to Improve Your Life Not One Iota, And That’s the Way It Was…Give or Take: A Daily Dose of My Radio Writings, and The Bachelor Cookbook: Recipes with a Side of Sarcasm for the Single Guy. He’s currently writing his fourth humor book, Another Round of Ice Cold Beer: My 365 More Random Thoughts to Improve Your Life Not One Iota, along with the Ghost of a Chance sequel Perdition’s Wrath. He has written and voiced radio commercials, authored both comedic and non-comedic freelance articles, scripts, press releases, website, media and technical content, done occasional radio color commentary for local sports, and acted in a couple of movies and plays. He lives in Connecticut.
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