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Life on the edge of a hurricane zone: Nantasket, 2 p.m.

At the beach

Nantasket Beach wasn't exactly crowded around 2 p.m., but there were quite a few people there, from wetsuit-clad surfers to more casual body surfers and bathers to one guy with a metal detector. It was kind of windy, but not overwhelmingly so, and the waves for the most part were small to minuscule. Looking north toward the rest of Hull, you could see this cloud hugging the topography:

Clouds

Here's something you don't see every day: A guy walking on water (OK, he was actually standing on a surfboard and was getting around by paddling):

Walking on water

As I was driving to the beach, it started raining a bit around 1:45 between the Fore and Back rivers. Afterwards, at a Panera in Hingham, I had just sat down when this little girl at the table next to me blurted out: "What if the hurricane started early and we were driving on the road and we DIED?!?"

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...but isn't it time to bring down the French Toast warning to reflect that Earl is now a Category 1 and may not even be that by the time it gets here? Are the local weather forecasters pressuring you to keep it high to goose ratings? I smell conspiracy!

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OK, actually, it's one of the perils of leaving the UHub Newsroom and jumping into the UHub Mobile News Unit (if you ever see a red Prius coming up behind you, get out of the way - I'm rushing to a story, or, well, er, Star Market). One of these days maybe I'll get one of them there newfangled smartphones so I can update the site remotely without having to engage in a desperate search for a Panera, like the one I'm in now.

In any case, I've downgraded it to Yellow.

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True confession: I haven't watched a single local newscast this week. But based on their online postings, I know a bunch of the local forecasters seemed really conservative in their approaches, if by "conservative" you mean "Not wanting to go on air and scare 3 million people half to death." Of course, they're not in charge of Voice of God, computer-generated flying-plexiglass promos for KILLER WEATHER (or whatever it is the stations did; hmm, my TV viewing this week seemed to be pretty much limited to Sox games, where the main questions are why that lady in the new Southwest commercials keeps smacking Bobby and why on earth Pedroia consented to do that stupid Dunkin' Donuts commercial where Papelbon has to get his glove for him).

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That second shot looks like a huge tidal wave. (Remember that kooky Tsunami thing? Thank god we've been able to move on to other disasters.)

This Earl thing looks like it might be another case of meteorologist wishful thinking, at least for the Boston area.

Now what in the hell do I do with ALL THIS CANNED PUDDING AND FRENCH TOAST????

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The poor little girl. Already conditioned to believe all media hype.

This whole hurricane weakening thing must be a real bummer for the msm. It could have meant reporting on drownings, destroyed homes, etc. - the holy grail for what would otherwise be one of the slowest news weeks of the year. Don Henley was exactly right.

As the earlier post from the editorial page of the Cape Cod Times pointed out, all the msm has done is cost coastal business owners thousands of dollars apiece.

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Thanks for the updates, Adam. In the 3-4 pm hour, NECN is showing "Style Boston" featuring some guy apparently learning the flying trapeeze, and CEO Corner. Evidently the hurricane is weak enough to allow for regular taped programming on our "all news" channel.

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This is the second time I've seen someone badmouth NECN here recently, so I did a search - yep, same poster.

http://www.universalhub.com/2010/alleged-craigslis...

I'd love to see where that post came from - if it was from the competition it would certainly be news. Any chance you could take a peek Adam?

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I don't really know who O-FISH-L is, but based on his/her past postings on Dan Kennedy's site, he (or she, natch) has some pretty strong opinions on all sorts of things and isn't afraid to let you know what they are. I guess not everybody likes NECN.

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@anon 6:02 pm: Nobody's badmouthing NECN, I'm merely observing that Hurricane Earl has been leading the news all week, it's a few hours away from the NECN viewing area, and yet in the 3-4 om slot, NECN chooses to air Style Boston and CEO Corner episodes taped long ago? If that's badmouthing, much like David Banner, "you wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

ps--I've never been in the business (retired cop), just a diehard news junkie who would run NECN a bit differently. By the way, strong kudos to NECN's current coverage (7:20 pm) with all of the a-list staff working and even Mish Michaels brought in. I want that 24/7 from an all news station, 'tis all.

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*3-4 pm slot.
ps adam - O-FISH-L is a he.

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Thanks, will be more gender specific next time :-).

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Ch 7's Byron Barnett, looking dry on the shore in Marshfield with a crowd of kids waving and making faces behind him, nary a breeze in sight, reports Marshfield has opened a hurricane shelter for pets. Classic!

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Did you bring your bathing suit? Those waves look like they'd be fun to body surf. It's not often Nantasket offers that.

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Not only did I feel kind of out of place in pants and a shirt, but, ugh, the 150% humidity made it really oppressive (it was like walking through a steambath). Thank goodness for AC, eventually I'll learn to dress appropriately for the conditions.

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Make sure you don't pick up any sea clams that get washed up on the beach at Nantasket - the Environmental Police will write you a citation for collecting shellfish without a license.

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Why didn't you say hi? Oh, yeah - because you didn't want to paddle out to the break. I understand :-)

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If only I'd known ...

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I was too busy finding my next ride and paddling back out again to consider the possibilities. It wasn't exactly planned - we were en route to the South Shore and I insisted on a surf while Dave found a little place to feed the boys (I'd had lunch).

If you are headed back out tomorrow, I'm planning on either Humarock or back to Nantasket in the early morning.

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This one of yours?

Surfer kid

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Mine don't surf. Too bad - I think they should. I know that it ain't no good ...

They are a bit older, too. But I saw that kid, too!

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I'll wear a big Universal Hub press pass in the brim of my fedora to be more recognizable.

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Bearded man photographing at the beach? Yeah, conspicuous press credentials might come in handy. ;)

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