At our house in Eldersburg, we spent the night on the first floor last Saturday evening as Hurricane Irene struck, for fear of falling trees. Our ancient and huge maple tree shed more than its quota of dead branches, but remained upright.
On Sunday at around 5 a.m., the cable went out and remained out until the wee hours of Monday morning.
Now, a Sunday without political talk shows is like cold turkey withdrawal for both residents of this household. So, we were a bit grumpy.
But cable, including Internet, was restored fairly quickly, along with our good temper.
The school system was up and running on time with just two schools (Century High and Hampstead Elementary) delayed from Tuesday's opening day — unlike some other systems that suffered greater damage and stayed closed until Wednesday.
I should note that President Barack Obama made sure he didn't repeat the President George W. Bush mistake of lack of preparation in advance of an impending hurricane.
You will remember that when Hurricane Katrina struck, Bush and leaders in Louisiana wound up pointing fingers at one another. Both should have taken greater preemptive action.
For Hurricane Irene, the necessary preparations were made, evacuations accomplished and the death toll was minimal.
Even Maryland's left-leaning Gov. Martin O'Malley and far-right Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey, found something to agree on: Both had pointed comments about the cretins who refused to evacuate on schedule.