This has certainly been a strange week for this native New Yorker! First tremors from an earthquake and now sitting nervously waiting for a direct hit from Hurricane Irene. Though I appreciate the information, I have to say that the news coverage can be a bit overwhelming. I totally understand better safe than sorry and that big stories are what news channels live for, but maybe toning down the dramatics of the newscasters would help those of us who are living through it! Guys, some of us are really nervous, anxious -- however you want to describe it -- how about not talking about body bags being brought in -- do we really need to know this? Talk about being an alarmist -- as my kids might say, "TMI"!