Monthly Archives: September 2010

It Blocked Out The Sun 98


When my feet touched mud, it didn’t register with me that we’d landed.  My feet and legs were numb, and my mind was even number.  My legs went out from under me and I slid off of the back of … Continue reading

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It Blocked Out The Sun 97


We all struggled around on the mattress to follow Sadad’s little finger as it pointed behind us, toward the shore of Manhattan.  She was right.  The giant, giant bird, the mother of all the giant birds, the giant bird that … Continue reading

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It Blocked Out The Sun 96


Mike grinned again and grabbed the rope netting on the mattress.  He waded into the river, tugging the mattress behind him until it, miraculously, floated.  Moira was right behind Mike, carrying the futon paddles.  Both of them threw themselves onto … Continue reading

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It Blocked Out The Sun 95


“Damnit.  Wake up.  We overslept.”  Mike was rummaging around in our luggage, hauling out the mattress and the rope net, obviously looking for the foot pump.  The rest of us jumped to our feet.  Well, we creakily jumped to our … Continue reading

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It Blocked Out The Sun 94


The Little Red Lighthouse had once prevented boats traveling at night along the Hudson from running aground on Jeffrey’s Hook.  Looking at it, it was hard to believe it had once been a working lighthouse.  Its diminutive appearance made it … Continue reading

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It Blocked Out The Sun 93


My elderly Cuban super and his wife were sitting on folding chairs on the sidewalk outside of the building.  They had their dog, Mochie, with them.  Mochie was a lively little scamp of a Shih-tzu.  He was actually the only … Continue reading

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It Blocked Out The Sun 92


We spent the rest of the night playing MacGyver.  Mike and I whittled paddles from the futon slats and padded the handles with sliced up strips of rubber non-slip bathtub mat. Moira and Jill completed life preservers for everyone.  I … Continue reading

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