Tropical Storm Isaias Slams Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
August 5, 2020

My neighborhood hasn’t had power since early yesterday afternoon, shortly after Tropical Storm Isaias crashed into Long Island, so I used my iPhone 11 Pro to create and publish this post.

My daughters – one in Seaford, one in Merrick – lost power very briefly or not at all, so my family’s experience was typical, since one in three L.I. electricity customers lost power.

A tree in my backyard snapped in two several feet from the ground, with the top toppling over the fence behind it:

North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

At dusk, I captured the above photo of the tree most severely damaged in my backyard. Just the bottom few feet of the trunk were still on my side of the white fence; the rest of the tree had fallen on the other side.  (You can see my shadow on the left side of image.)

When my daughter Sue’s power returned, I drove to her home a mile away. On my way, I passed a huge tree near the curb toppled down across the front yard onto the roof of the house, which had to be evacuated.

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North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

That night, while returning to Sue’s home to drop off some cheese and eggs to store in her refrigerator, I slowly navigated a dark maze blocked by trees felled by wind gusts up to 70 mph. All was dark until I reached her street.

Cars and pedestrians made their way by moonlight – and headlights & flashlight – on Camp Avenue in North Merrick, as seen in the below short VIDEO:

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Tom Clavin are among the officials calling for an investigation into PSEG power company’s poor to non-existent communication with customers experiencing power outages, downed power lines….


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Freeport, New York, U.S. August 14, 2018. Trio with same birthday take selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Public Library, on Long Island.

Heard it’s your & your birthday…

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
June 26, 2020

…It’s my birthday, too, yeah

I waited almost two years to post this blog.

While playing a game on my iPhone in the Freeport Memorial Library lobby during a scorching mid-August afternoon in 2018, I overheard several teens – two girls and a boy – sitting on a bench near me.

Ages must have come up, and the girls, surprised to find out they had the same birthday, laughed and repeated the June day they shared. When one girl said she was eighteen and the other said she was a couple of years younger, the boy said something along the lines of “No way!”

What caught my attention was the date the girls called out – it was MY birthday.

No way!

Freeport, New York, U.S. August 14, 2018. Trio with same birthday take selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Library, on Long Island. (2018 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com

Freeport, New York, U.S. August 14, 2018. Trio with same birthday take selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Library, on Long Island. (2018 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

I regularly find myself talking with strangers – to ask for info to use in a caption for a news photo I just captured, to chat at a museum or during a Pokemon raid at Eisenhower Park….

But I paused as I imagined the teens’ likely reaction if I simply said, “Talk about coincidences – that’s my birthday, too!” 

So I dug through my bag, took out my driver license, and said something along the lines of, “This is so weird, but…” as I walked over and showed the girls the DOB on my license – well, I covered the mid-twentieth century year with my thumb.

After enthusiastically admiring the stratospheric odds of the three of us not only having the same birthday but realizing it, we took selfies.

They liked my idea of writing a blog post about our coincidence, and I gave them the name of my blog. Because one was a minor, I didn’t ask for names. Unfortunately, it didn’t click until later that day that I shouldn’t post the photo for the same reason, and I felt so bad there would be no post about the birthday trio if they did visit my blog.

So I decided to wait, and wait, until after our June 2020 birthday, and the younger teen turned 18, to share this:

Happy Birthday to you & you!


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post:  Freeport, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018. Birthday trio pose for selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Library. Teen closest to camera captured selfie. (Photographer: Name Unknown)


Site:  Freeport Memorial Library

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Videos of Beatles song:  “Birthday”  •  “Birthday

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