Not so recently — in 2004 to be exact — P&J were involved in the aftermath of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that inflicted its most damage on the coasts of Indonesia and Thailand. P. helped to manage some of the reconstruction and re-preparedness in places like Banda Aceh and Sumatra in Indonesia, and Phuket in Thailand.
This week’s typhoon/tsunami horror show from Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines is far away from Americans’ reality or comprehension. But Superstorm Sandy is just a starter kit compared to how this storm destroyed the islands that were the worst hit, such as Leyte.
In the aftermath of the 2004 disaster, colleagues of P&J brought back homemade videos that were being sold on the streets of Thailand that never made it to our national news. One of the most impressive and frightening was by an Aussie tourist who saw the tsunami’s wall of storm surge water building up offshore even as people remained on the beach. Despite the man screaming in Thai and English at the beachgoers to run, the wall of water hit. The Aussie was on the first floor of his
hotel’s outdoor restaurant when he began filming, and the handheld video follows him up the stairs, camera rolling, as the storm surge engulfed the resort. The filmmaker ended up standing on a tabletop on the third floor of the restaurant, up to his knees in water and, may we say, scared shitless.
All of this is to say: give your thoughts to those Filipinos who took a shot to the gut with this typhoon and tsunami. Since Little Rhody’s famed Hurricane of 1938 is now being considered by some scientists as an unidentified storm surge worthy of the “tsunami” distinction don’t think it can’t happen here.
“This is not a boat accident!”
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
Anyone who remembers (and loves) those lines by Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider, respectively, in the epic fish-kill movie, Jaws, will be pleased by the following news.
Organizers of the Monster Shark Tournament in New England, which has been hosted by Martha’s Vineyard for the past 20 years, have reportedly announced that they’re switching the marine extravaganza’s home base to Newport in 2014. This is good news for P&J who, while we love fishing, are perhaps the most inept anglers in the world. This, despite being able to hook up green crabs and eels as bait — a task which usually requires us to retire to a stiff Pernod and grapefruit cocktail before launching that bait into the water.
They call Monster the largest offshore fishing tournament in the region, and it attracts not the drunken yahoos portrayed in Jaws, but serious deepwater anglers who have already been featured on national TV. (P&J suspect they could have just renamed any of the TV “reality” shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians or any of the Real Housewives of. . . Atlanta/Beverly Hills/Hell as Monster Moron Silicon Sharks.)