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Hurricane Sandy

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I have been without power for 75 hours now (since Monday around 5:30), with NO clue as to when it will be restored. I guess things could be worse. Some gutters fell off the house but no real damage otherwise.

I have been living in internet cafes, in large part because they are warm and well-lit. I am now in a public library in a nearby town (my own library does not have power). These wonderful people are staying open until 10:00 just so those of us without power can hang out. The internet connection at Panera was not good, but the one here is fantastic.

Gas lines are unreal - does anyone remember 1973? I think this is a lot worse.

One thing I have learned. If you are going to use an internet cafe in a power failure, bring a power strip with you. If you want to power up more than one item, it is sort of piggish to assume that there will be plenty of outlets for you. Also, if you have a power strip and you can let others share it, your chances of getting a seat near a plug increase dramatically.

I will be around as I can, and now that I know where I can get good internet (I found another source closer to home, but they close at 5:30), hopefully I can get on a little more often. I know that others have it worse, and my thoughts go out to all of them.

It really does teach you not to take anything for granted.

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    Glad that you faired okay. How many days were you without power?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. How was your Thanksgiving?
    2002 days ago
    I've been thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. I hope you have power at your own house by the time you read this. It's amazing how much we rely on electricity for so many things.
    2023 days ago
    glad you are okay, praying you have power very soon
    2023 days ago
  • LUVS2BIKE101
    Thinking of you and praying your power gets restored soon. I'm 60 miles north of NYC and wish I could do something to get the light switch and heat thermostat on for you and my student who is devastated on Long Island. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    2024 days ago
    So happy to hear you are ok! I am so sorry that you are still without power! We lost power for 5 days a few years back and it was awful! I hope yours comes back on soon. Hugs to you! Kathy
    2024 days ago
    Glad to hear that you are okay and didn't have much damage to your house. From what I have seen on tv, this was an awful storm and it was devastating in so many ways. I hope that you get your power back on soon. I do remember the gas thing in 1973. If I remember correctly, in Virginia we had to go by even and odd numbers on our license plates. Take good care and God bless you!
    2024 days ago
    Just got my power back this morning, so here's hoping yours isn't too far behind. I saw a few stores charging $3.00/hr for internet and the library and panera are being super cool about it.
    2024 days ago
    Glad you made it through in relatively good shape. The power strip is a great idea. I hope you get power soon.
    2024 days ago
    Keep up your positive attitude! Things will improve soon. emoticon
    2025 days ago
  • MARTY19
    I am so sorry to hear that. The pictures I have seen are horrific. Last year I was without power for 6 days. It was rotten. You are in my prayers.

    2025 days ago
    I had a house burn right down to the ground and another one totally torn in half by an earthquake in 1989. I know what you mean by making do with what you can. The biggest sign things weren't "right" was when I wanted to brush my teeth, and no toothbrush. We learned new endurance tools, took things one hour at a time and eventually got through it all. My heart goes out to you and all the others suffering from Hurricane Sandy. Stay well, and stay safe, my friend. emoticon emoticon
    2025 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    WOW! Glad you made it through in good shape!
    2025 days ago
    Glad you are doing OK. I know not having power is awful especially with the cold weather you are having right now. Hopefully you will get your power back soon.
    2025 days ago
    The power strip is a great idea. I'm glad to hear you made it thru and not much damage to your house. Be safe and hang in there!

    2025 days ago
    glad to hear you are OK. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you get your power back soon.
    2025 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    Our power came back on and I hope yours does very soon!
    Our Target has wifi and it's CRAZY to see ppl sitting all through the aisles with their laptops and charging phones! I'm happy to see that they are allowing ppl to do that though.
    Sending you hugs and prayers,
    2025 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    I feel for you - it's only when the power disappears that we realise how much we rely on it. But this difficult time will pass (hopefully quickly) and you'll be left with plenty of tales to tell the grandkids.

    Stay warm and keep smiling.

    2025 days ago
    Your power will come back -- hang in there! The most important thing is that you weathered the storm safe and sound! :)
    2025 days ago
    So glad you are ok ..
    emoticon We from OZ are all thinking and praying for you all ..
    Hugs Susie emoticon
    2026 days ago
    So glad you are okay.
    2026 days ago
    Earlier this year my neighborhood lost power for several days so I know all to well what you're going through. Was able to jerry rig wires from the car into the house into a 1000 watt inverter I was glad I hung on to. It was enough to keep a few lamps on and the computer running but saving up for a proper diesel generator. Like the power strip idea 'cause I can only imagine what that must be like. Hope some normality returns soon to you and everyone affected by Sandy. I'm thinking the name's too sweet for all the damage she left in her wake. emoticon
    2026 days ago
    Holding the good thought for you. It's rough living without the things we take for granted. Glad you're staying connected!
    2026 days ago
    Good to hear you are okay and that the damage is not too much. Sounds like you are making the best of a rather difficult situation and being quite flexible. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    2026 days ago
    Glad you're doing okay. At least as okay as you can be without any power.
    2026 days ago
    Best of luck to you. I have been thinking of you and hoping all is well. Keep us posted when you can.
    2026 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Glad you are safe and warm and are making new friends.
    2026 days ago
    emoticon I am so sorry for what you are going through...but i am glad and thankful that you are safe and not too much damage has happened to your home.
    I am not sure what to say to comfort you...but i hope you know i am thinking of you. Hopefully your power will be restored real soon. emoticon emoticon
    2026 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    So glad you are ok and that you can get connected to the outside world :)

    Hang in there, it will all be over and just a memory in time.

    Praying for all that have so much loss.

    2026 days ago
    I'm glad to hear that you didn't suffer too much damage. I will pass on your tip about power strips to my husband, who seems to spend some time each day roaming mid-town Manhattan looking for a charge. As a marathoner, he doesn't seem to mind the long run/walk north and south.

    I feel terribly guilty about riding out the storm from the comfort of a very nice hotel in San Francisco. I'm looking forward to (but also a bit apprehensive about) heading home to NYC this weekend.
    2026 days ago
    Power has been restored for me in NJ today. Stay positive. It will come back sooner than you expert. Stay warm and safe.
    2026 days ago
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