It seems that a hurricane may hit New York in the next few days. I'm trying to remain calm, but a buzz is in the air, so I went out in search of reinforcements: water, canned food, flashlights, and so on. I also bought a variety of candles, as I think a power outage is the most likely outcome. My proudest purchase was this 8-inch column candle from a 99-cent store down the street: "Lucky lottery," it reads. "Alleged money drawing candle. Crystal ball. Write your numbers in the squares!"