Sure, the weather was good, the people nice and the scenery stunning, but Rebecca Pacheco reports she was chafing under an Irene-imposed extended stay in Seattle:
I'm a native of Cape Cod and a Boston resident. And in both circles, inclement weather is a point of hearty New England pride. I felt like I was missing out. I recalled Hurricanes Gloria and Bob and the Halloween Nor’easter of 1991, which inspired local author Sebastian Junger's Perfect Storm and, later, became a film starring Mark Wahlberg. What if I missed the meteorological inspiration of another Mark Wahlberg movie? I liked Seattle well enough, but I found a few things unsettling.