Not to minimize the danger and disruption that Hurricane Irene is about to spread up the East Coast, but I’ve gotten a bit fixated on one recurring detail in the reporting.
Every time a meteorologist stands in front of a weather map and points out the “cone of probability” for Irene’s path, I can’t help thinking of Maxwell Smart’s “cone of silence” in the old TV comedy series “Get Smart.”
Of course, you have to be of a certain age to even remember that 1960s show, but I am and I do. It’s annoying, really, because Irene is no laughing matter.
Stay safe, all you East Coasters.