Today was all about Hermine, and it was a beautiful day. The TV news scared people off the island and like rats deserting a sinking ship, the 7:30 a.m. ferry was full. I decided to stay and got all the candles and flashlights ready, just in case.

Schatzie and I walked down to the ocean and it was quite beautiful. A helicopter circled over the water for hours for someone who’d decided it was a good time to go swimming. Warning flags were up all over and though there were many surfers in wet suits going in to catch some of the waves, they went with buddies. But there was this one guy who went in and no one saw him come out. The Coast Guard was called and after a long search, the found the swimmer atop his boogie-board, a bit peeved that anyone had come looking for him. Go figure.

They’re forecasting heavy winds and pounding surf for the island and some people are cutting their long holiday weekend short. I can only say the day was lovely and though it may very well be the calm before the storm, my feeling is that everyone is over reacting.

I can, however, hear the ocean a full block and a half away.