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Day 307: The City Has Been Canceled Due to Rain

April 21st · No Comments

Photo Credit: www.channel4.com I looked out the window this morning. Still raining after yesterday’s deluge. I got my things together to spend the day at Paragraph, the writing space where I work, and attend an evening workshop on WordPress, the software that runs this site.

Before leaving, I opened my computer and got this email:

“We’re closing Paragraph because of the heavy rain and the many leaks happening in the writing space. We will notify everyone as soon as we open the space again. Please do not come to the space until we send out an email.”

And nine emails later, this one:

“The Anatomy of a WordPress Theme, scheduled to occur on April 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM has been canceled. Unfortunately, we have a situation with the roof and leaking.”

This reminded me of a chapter from Alan Weisman’s excellent book “The World Without Us” and the chapter on how nature, left to its own devices, would dismantle New York City. First the subways would flood. The system engineers estimate that, absent the city’s 753 pumps, the tunnels would fill with water in 36 hours during a rainstorm.

I peer nervously at the ceiling.

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