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Here in Providence, the rain has stopped. The sky is a lighter shade of cloudy, and we're promised sun this afternoon. The temperature is supposed to go as high as 61F. So, improvements all the way round. We have been lucky. I think most of the city of Providence has been lucky. Looking at news reports and photographs, it's obvious that Providence is almost an island in the midst of the flooding. Part of I-95 has been closed indefinitely, and, at least as of yesterday, the Amtrak line to Boston wasn't running. We had black FEMA helicopters buzzing the city all day yesterday. My nerves are a little on edge from two days of constant sirens— fire trucks, police, ambulances. Spooky spoke with her mother yesterday, and their basement began taking water around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and her mom and dad had hardly slept since, using a shop vac to keep things as dry as possible.

We'd go to Moonstone Beach today, to get out of the House, but travel south is very slow and difficult at the moment, and we suspect that the road over the culvert connecting Card and Trustom ponds, which you must cross just before reaching the beach, has likely been overtopped, if not washed away. We'd try to get to Narragansett and Point Judith, but, again, I-95 is closed and the secondary roads are so backed up, people are being asked to avoid all unnecessary travel. And, truthfully, so much raw sewage (about 100 million gallons of combined sewage/rainwater...and fuck knows what else) has reached Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound during the flooding, it'll be some time before the water's clean again. There's a ban in effect on shellfishing from Long Tree Point in North Kingstown, across Narragansett Bay past the southern tip of South Prudence Island to Carr Point in Portsmouth, until further notice.

So...yeah, we're okay. Most of Providence proper is okay. We went out late yesterday, to the market, and could see little sign of the flooding, except for the elevated level of the Providence River. We're lucky. The city is lucky. Much of Rhode Island has not been so fortunate. In a state where the unemployment rate was already at 13%, the economic impact of the flooding will be...well, it won't be good.

I did sleep almost eight hours last night, without Ambien.

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And here we are, a quarter of the way through 2010. Time moves so fast I can watch it speeding by me.

Sirenia Digest #52 will be going out to subscribers this afternoon. Vince sent me the illustration for "Houndwife" yesterday (it's gorgeous), and I sent everything away to Gordon to be PDF'd, and I had the PDF in hand around 9:30 last night. But then I began obsessing about a bit of formatting, and a new PDF is being generated. So, apologies for the delay, and I thank you for your patience. Here's the cover for #52 (featuring Carlos Schwabe's Spleen and Ideal, 1907-1908):

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iterum
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I have friends and acquaintances here in RI who are farmers -- I worry about their fields. Even if they're high enough not to be flooded, the Biblical rain-pounding can't have helped if they planted anything a week or two ago when it was starting to warm up.
sovay
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Part of I-95 has been closed indefinitely, and, at least as of yesterday, the Amtrak line to Boston wasn't running.

That doesn't surprise me. I'm not sure of the state of the subways, either; some of the access roads to Alewife had been flooded, for example, and the station at Fenway was closed.

Here's the cover for #52 (featuring Carlos Schwabe's Spleen and Ideal, 1907-1908)

Nice.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)

Fear I must be Spleen.
sovay
Apr. 1st, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Fear I must be Spleen.

I think that gives you the fishtails, though, so I'm jealous.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)

I think that gives you the fishtails, though, so I'm jealous.

The serpentine fish tail, at that. Anguilliform !
sovay
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Anguilliform!

See? You totally come out, er, on top.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)

See? You totally come out, er, on top.

Sort of round and round, actually.
sovay
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Sort of round and round, actually.

Yeah, I just feel inadequate.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just feel inadequate.

I'll be gentle.

Okay...that's a lie.

Edited at 2010-04-02 02:00 am (UTC)
nykolus
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
OT
the content of the piece is quite fascinating, really. the piece itself, not so much...

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93524?fp=1
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: OT

I actually "tweeted" this yesterday....
nykolus
Apr. 1st, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: OT
ah... there you go; i don't "tweet". cheers!
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: OT

i don't "tweet".

I am weak.
nykolus
Apr. 1st, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: OT
as it is, i just this past month finally broke down and joined facebook. umm... still not impressed.

is it june yet???
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: OT

umm... still not impressed.

What's to be impressed by? I've been on Twitter the better part of a year (though hardly used it the last few months), and I don't get the appeal.
nykolus
Apr. 1st, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: OT
oh, to this day i cannot understand the point of twitter for the life of me.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: OT

Well, it does allow the world to revel in sound bytes.
thehousesparrow
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Glad to read that you're well.
fornikate
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are safe.
martianmooncrab
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
We had pretty torrential downpours (complete with snow and hail) yesterday, and then because the ground was so oversaturated, minor landslides, mostly over busy streets. "The hillside just gave way" ... then I wonder what is burrowing..
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)

I'm surprised we've not seen much in the way of slumping from all the rain. Then again, most of Rhode Island is so flat there's not much to slump.
alvyarin
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the cover. Thanks for introducing me to another artist.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)

You're very welcome. I adore Schwabe.
seph_ski
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
That illustration is breath-taking. I keep coming back here to look at it. I look forward to the arrival of the Digest. It's such a luxurious treat in my inbox every month!
thehousesparrow
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Also.. reading this entry, the song "Backwater Blues" by Bessie Smith popped into my head.
spank_an_elf
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Carlos Schwabe! Wow, you really know how to twang my Symbolist heart strings.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)

Wow, you really know how to twang my Symbolist heart strings.

I really do like the sound of that.
bleedingtom
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
to the comfort of rain in Providence
Glad you're sleeping without that off switch known as Ambien. Is it the rain, or the seas getting fat and lapping nearby? Lack of sleep does more than what Herr or Frau Doktors say. Since we can't just cut open a living brain, and make messes, well probably never know.
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