On Friday I received several emails about a possible need for volunteers if Irene turned out to be a bad storm. It wasn't. I never got a call. It would have been exciting to get called up, but it is better for millions of my neighbors that there was no reason to call up additional National Guard soldiers.
Irene stopped trains along most of the Northeast Corridor so I will be working at home today. We had no damage at all. If you were in Irene's path, I hope you were just as fortunate.