BALTIMORE — It’s been kind of a crazy week on the East Coast. And in the world, for that matter. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Mineral, VA, on Tuesday, August 23rd and was felt in D.C., Maryland, New York, and probably even further than that. I felt it in Baltimore; I was at work when it happened, and although it was a little scary, it was brief and ended up being kind of awesome. It’s not that I want another one to happen, and I don’t think it was necessarily fun. But it was awesome nonetheless, a demonstration of the power of Mother Nature, and there is something to be said for that.
Wednesday, August 24th, Steve Jobs publicly announced that he was resigning as CEO of Apple, Inc., after having taken a leave of absence for most of this year due to his health, following a similar leave in 2009. The big question on everyone’s lips Wednesday evening was, What does this mean for Apple? The AAPL stock did its usual slight drop following an announcement from the company, but nothing out of the ordinary happened. AAPL will rebound, and so will Apple. Tim Cook, the new CEO, who has actually been acting CEO for much of the last two years, has been doing a fine job and will likely continue to do so. Jobs himself was clear on this.
And it’s not like Jobs is leaving the company entirely. The second question on everyone’s lips was, more or less, Does this mean Steve Jobs is dying? I think that is a bit premature and dramatic, and okay, so I sensationalized the response a smidge, but it’s tiring watching the Apple community fall apart every time the wind blows Jobs in an unexpected direction—and every time he makes an appearance and doesn’t look in perfect health. Jobs is well enough to continue as Chairman of the Board and will have some input into the company’s future, so it’s definitely not over for the Mac man. Jobs anticipates a bright future for Apple, even brighter than its present, and he looks forward to Cook’s reign at the helm.
Now we arrive at Saturday, August 27th, when Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the Baltimore area. This ruins not only Silopanna, a local musical festival that my co-worker Julie Cymek was going to play, but also production weekend for my first-ever issue as Production Manager of the U.B. Post. The University of Baltimore will shut down at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at which time my production assistants and I will head home and take shelter before the storm hits, locking everyone inside for most or all of Sunday. Monday, there won’t be a cloud in the sky, and it will be a beautiful, 81-degree day in Baltimore. The U.B. Post will most likely arrive on Friday, September 2nd, instead of Tuesday, August 30th.
But seriously, how many natural disasters must we have in one week? I would love to know. My roommate went to California last Saturday and was supposed to fly back in tomorrow night, but I doubt her flight will happen. It’s quite ridiculous that, during her absence, we will have had one major announcement from one of the most lucrative companies in the world, as well as two natural disasters on the East Coast.
I don’t think it’s official yet, but I heard it through the grapevine that some famous horsemen will be riding up and down Baltimore’s Charles Street a week from next Thursday. Pencil me in. Is it too late, or can I get tickets to the apocalypse?
“The whirlwind is in the thorntrees…when the man comes around…and hell followed with him.” ~ Johnny Cash