Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sandy's Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Jersey Shore and New York, New England. We, being inland, survived in one piece but the power is out and nobody seems to know when it will come back. In our area, not only power but gasoline is important. It is five miles from our house to a grocery store and you can use up a lot of gas just getting around. Few stations are open and those that are have long lines of both cars and people with cans - looking to refill their generators. After the first night without heat, temperatures dropped and we had to take advantage of our daughter's offer and stay with her. (Without power we have no heat, no water, no light, no internet service). She already has three small children and one teenager, a cat and a dog and now she has two grandparents camping out with her. The gas crisis will pass, so they say, and power will be restored eventually, but it is hard not to know when. We are thinking days and I'm afraid "they" are thinking longer. Usually storm outages last hours, not days or weeks. Of course our problems are nothing when you see that people with homes close to the shore now have no homes at all or severe damage. And New York has terrible problems of transportation. Watching it on TV reminded me of the old subway strikes in the 1960's. I remember having to carpool with a group of people into the Wall Street area. That didn't last too long but it was somewhat traumatic to know that you couldn't get anywhere by the usual mass transit. This is much worse

The hurricane itself sounded to me much like a long freight train passing - for hours it roared in the darkness. But I grew up in the middle of World War II, listening for air raid sirens that told us German planes were on the way to kill us if they could, and eating dried eggs (I even liked them!) People adapt and make the best of things when they get used to the idea of disaster. You go on because that is your only choice and count your blessings. We are seeing that now, ordinary people helping others as best they can. I suppose it will bring out the best and the worst in us because there are always some who will take advantage to get something more for themselves. And the heroes who will forget themselves to help others.

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