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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sandy hit hard ...but it's frustrating when ...once again only the same four structures in a complex of 12 buildings loses power because the condo management fails to take adequate steps to prune trees over power lines. And the same management offered little information or support to the 48 families affected, because when a business doesn't suffer any monetary loss... what do they care.
So with no power, no internet, no heat, no light, and no warm food...
when the temperature dropped, a lot of the older residents suffered.
The condo management posted a notice on available shelter from the police dept. on day 7 of the outage. Two days ago, the ambulance came for a cat lady who refused to go to a shelter and abandon her pets. Today the transformer and internet cable are still hanging down at ground level where everyone just ignores any precaution and walk over and under it , because there are no warning barriers.
The condo management comes by and mows the lawn and just keeps going.

Anyone see a problem here.

As for internet...before the storm I had almost all my bills posted to my email.
When you can access the internet and can't transfer funds to cover online billing...
emoticon you get STRESS.
and by the way... a little concept like GOING to the BANK and cancelling some online bill paying...isn't possible. You can't do that from the BANK.
emoticon STRESS.
And you begin to realize that MURPHY'S LAW
{Anything that can go wrong will go wrong...}
is very much the truth

Meanwhile...I didn't get much exercise when I was freezing, because I was too cold to move. I ate lots of sandwiches...
which totally undid my staying away from wheat ruined my low carb progress.

But ... I'm getting back on track
I got out the sewing machine today and altered 3 pants and 4 shirts to 2 sizes smaller. Now I'm strutting around in my new skinny jeans, feeling great and ready to pick up the pace again.
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    Hi Sheryl,

    My name is Leslie. I've sort of been following you for a little while, and I think we have a lot in common. I think we are about the same age, I am also tall (5'10"), and I grew up in Bergen County. I live in Essex County now but I spend a lot of time in Bergen because my mother still lives there.

    I lost power for 5 days (from Mon. night - Saturday night) after the hurricane. I can totally relate to being too cold to exercise. That described me perfectly. Even now, with the power failure long behind us, I am having a hard time with it.
    1937 days ago
    Glad that you are back - missed your wit!
    1939 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    I'm so glad you are back! I know this is a little late, but I've been gone and wasn't able to check on your page, but I've missed you. So happy you are well and happy.
    1940 days ago
    You are an amazingly strong, powerful woman! S coo you took your clothes in! Congrats!

    1940 days ago
    Yikes I think you set a record. I can remember when we were without power (and internet, kinda sorta) for 8 days due to ice storm. We have our own home and it has gas heat so the heater heated on (even though the blower could not kick on.)... and we had gas stove, so we could cook hot meals on the stove. The Pietro (sp?) automatic lighter had long ago ceased to work so we've been using Bic flame lighters (the long kind for starting charcoal fires etc.) for years, so it was no problem to get the stove lit. I remember our son was only like 7 or 8 at the time and he was worried that the microwave oven would not work and we wouldn't have a way to eat... so I told him about how gas worked fine and we could cook meals "the old fashioned way." We had our cell phones back then so I would go to the Library or McDonald's or other places to a) thaw out b) plug in for a recharge and c) check email!

    And man, that bit of info about the online banking makes me think - maybe I should go back to writing checks and mailing them!? We truly are vulnerable!!


    1945 days ago
    The storm has left so many people in bad shape. What a nightmare!

    It sounds like your personal shape, though, is better - given that you are taking in those jeans!

    BR> emoticon
    1947 days ago
    Glad you are ok, what an ordeal. Missed you on sp. Hope everything settles down for you. emoticon
    1947 days ago
    Wow that sounds awful. I'm impressed that you are so positive in the face of those challenges. I hope your life gets back to normal soon,
    1949 days ago
    want a photo of the new you emoticon
    1950 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    You are amazing to have endured so much & come out a winner! So glad you are back with us. emoticon
    1951 days ago
    Welcome back! And very sorry for all of the hardship. Very sad.
    1951 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is terrible mismanagement for your apts. I assume that the city, state, and federal agencies are of no help. Can you complain to the renters' association and try for more help.

    I would be eating sandwiches also in the cold and dark.
    What a Murphy's law about the online payments. Surely they should cut the late charges because of the lack of power.

    Hugs to you for holding on and staying strong. I am sorry you are undergoing such an awful fall out from the storm and from bureaucratic neglect.

    Take care..glad you are feeling more on track.

    1951 days ago
  • HI-NRG
    It's good you could see the light at the end of the tunnel. That always helps me when going through tough times that it is only temporary. Welcome back!
    1951 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    So glad you are pretty much back to normal after such a devastating storm!! Big Congrats on having to take in your clothes - woohoo to be two sizes smaller - well done!!!
    1951 days ago
    Wow! Incredible struggles from Sandy. I hope all of you are doing better now. Inexcusable how little help you got.
    1951 days ago
    I think that actually the power company is responsible for the trees near the power line... and of course for the repairs. BUT.. it seems like the managment could have done SOMETHING to be helpful..

    And to all of us, a lesson... keep a hard copy of what you need to get into your accounts if you have to go somewhere else to use the internet. Keep it in a locked file drawer if you have one, or somewhere not near your computer, but have it available!

    Also, there is a free but annoying service called mail to web that allows you to log into your email when you are not at your own computer and check it on the web. I have used it when our server at the office was down to get my mail directly from the web.

    Sheryl, I am glad you have weathered all of this, and hope that you will have power and internet and HEAT!!! Hugs!
    1951 days ago

    Wow, so glad you are ok! Sounds like a really rough time. I agree with everyone about the managers of your property! I also agree that shivering has to burn off some calories! emoticon Hang in there, you are a survivor! emoticon
    1951 days ago
    Hi Sheryl........
    I am very happy to see you back and still on track.
    What can I say about your Condo Management?!?!? They didn't help with your NFH or during the other storm..........and you didn't get any satisfaction from the BBB last time either. It is hard to believe that they can get away with what they are when there are lives at stake. Maybe they need a lawsuit to wake them up. It seems the only thing that affects people like them!!!
    Anyway...........take care.
    1951 days ago
    Missed you! Sorry you're still having so many problems, and hope there are many much better days ahead. By the way, I think shivering uses more calories than just a sweater or jacket! LOL! Good luck to you! Hugs, Jeannie
    1951 days ago
    Good to see you back!
    1952 days ago
    I am glad you are back online and warm once again. Sorry you are having so much problem with the Management company!
    1952 days ago
    Welcome back! Missed you, Skinny Butt! Obviously those icky sandwiches didn't do you any real harm. I wished I lived closer and could help you beat the stuffing out of the condo management. They need their butts kicked. I hope the old lady's pets are okay. I'm worried now. Darn these creeps!! Why don't they fix these problems. Its time to start an uprising, a protest against BIG BROTHER! Get your tie-dyed t-shirts, bell-bottoms, and peace jewelry out. It's been years but I still know the drill. LOL.
    1952 days ago
  • LMH1223
    Welcome back!! I'm glad to hear your ok!! I can't imagine having to deal with all that!!
    1952 days ago
    Sounds so bad. Welcome back and God bless you.

    Also sounds like your condo is not putting the HELP signs out there, what's with that?

    I hope your area gets back to normal real soon.

    Hugs Mary
    1952 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Wow, quite the ordeal! There should be some recourse for what the condo company did (or did not) do. Sounds like you've be practicing accidental cold thermogenesis! Glad you made it through!
    1952 days ago
    Welcome back emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Good for you Sheryl! Welcome back! I certainly hope your credit doesn't suffer!

    Way to go on having to alter your clothes!! Many people would just wear them big--but that defeats the purpose and can keep a great girl down!

    Have a wonderful week.

    Stay strong!

    Chris emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Welcome back! I'm glad to learn that you are safe and with electrical power!
    1952 days ago
    emoticon Thank God you are safe! It must've been hell. So many lost so much. Glad you are bouncing back, Sher, and a big CONGRATULATIONS on your saying goodbye to two sizes! YAY! *hugs* BB~ emoticon
    1952 days ago
    emoticon Thank God you are safe! It must've been hell. So many lost so much. Glad you are bouncing back, Sher, and a big CONGRATULATIONS on your saying goodbye to two sizes! YAY! *hugs* BB~ emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Welcome back. You were missed!

    I thought about you early (about 5 o'clock a.m.) on Sunday a week ago when we had a wind storm come through and blew some limbs down and hit our electric wires and took out our electricity. We called the power company and they were here in about 3 hours.
    All I thought about was the people who were STILL suffering from Sandy.
    1952 days ago
    Sounds like your condo management need a swift and hard kick up the butt- so sorry you've had to endure this insanity!

    emoticon on the skinny jeans! Keep positive Sheryl!

    Welcome back to sparks emoticon have a great Thursday
    1952 days ago
    Sory you had to go through that and the condo
    management need to get theit act together. Fancy
    ignoring people at a time like that. I hope you had
    nice sandwiches emoticon Glad to see you are
    in your skinny jeans and sounding so positive.
    Welc ome back. emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Welcome back. emoticon on the skinny jeans, and alterations on your clothes. Way to go!! Sorry that you were so impacted by Sandy. The Condo Assn.
    should be more responsible. I'm glad that your okay. You were missed!!
    1952 days ago
    Congrats on the skinny jeans!! woohoo!! Glad to hear you are safe though.
    Sounds like a mess with the condo management though, sorry to hear of the stress. I hope things get better!!!
    1952 days ago
    Good to have you back and to know that you are safe and sound. Congrats on the SKINNY jeans!!!!
    1952 days ago
    1952 days ago
    Both good and bad news. My thoughts go with you.
    1952 days ago
    Both good and bad news. My thoughts go with you.
    1952 days ago
  • MIRFA71
    emoticon Glad that you are safe.
    1952 days ago
    So glad you are safe. I'm sorry about what you had to endure! Congrats on the smaller size! Way to go!
    1952 days ago
  • DALID414
    Sounds awful, idk what I would have done in the cold.
    You'll be back on track in no time.
    1952 days ago
    Glad you are back! Sorry to hear about the condo management. I hope all will be made whole very soon!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1952 days ago
    No one should have to go through that, not once, not several times. Very frustrating I'm sure. Glad you're back and getting back on track!
    1952 days ago
    I'm so emoticon you had to go through that but it is emoticon that you are okay and back with us!!! emoticon back!!! emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Curse that Murphy, and blast his stupid law to smithereenies.
    1952 days ago
  • TERRI289
    emoticon I was so happy to see your blog that I almost cried.....glad that you are ok. Sorry for all the stress that Sandy has caused...I really hope the nonsense in the complex gets straightened out.

    Big HUG!!! emoticon
    1952 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Glad you're okay and wearing your skinny jeans. As for the other stuff--yikes! I never thought about what happens when you can't pay your bills online. Something to consider. Here the electric company prunes the trees near the electric line, although you really need to prune them before they butcher them. It's so frustrating that the condo management company isn't more responsible!
    1952 days ago
    I'm glad you're ok and still have a positive attitude. Congrats on your new skinny jeans!
    1952 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    You've got great attitude despite all these trials, congrats! I hope things will improve soon and that you'll be able to get rid of some of that unhealthy stress. Take care and best wishes!
    1952 days ago
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