Singrorge

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Singrorge
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Sun, 11-04-2012 - 6:45pm

Are you guys ok post-Sandy?  I hope your family is safe and that you have not suffered any serious damage.

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Registered: 09-30-2011
In reply to: weedosmom
Mon, 11-05-2012 - 12:27pm

Please check in and let us know when you can! (As well as anyone else who was in the storm's path).

After going through Hurricane Katrina, I know how stressful the whole situation can be for days,weeks/months to come. Frown

Lisa 

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Registered: 04-16-2001
In reply to: weedosmom
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 10:54am

Thanks so much!  We are a bit inland, so the major issue was power outage due to trees taking down power lines.  We had no power  (and thus no heat) for 7 days.  No power at work.  No school until today, when the HS and middle schools had a delayed opening. Plus a snow storm!  Earlier this week I was also still having problems with the new message boards so could not get in (not to mention trying to catch up on work).

I work closer to the shore area, and others that work with me live near the ocean or bay.  Several flooded and a couple are out of their homes, their kids displaced from their schools.  Several others at the office and in my town are still without power (and heat). Others have trees come through their homes or other damage. And, of course, many I don't know had homes destroyed by the hurricane or fire.   So even though it was a bit uncomfortable, we always kept in mind that once the power was restored we would be back to normal, while others were facing much bigger and costlier headaches.

As a Jersey girl, the shore is close to my heart.  It is incredibly sad to see the damage to those places where I, and so many others, spent magical childhood times as well as great memories with our own kids.  Even though we don't have a beach house or spend our vacations there, many day trips.  I was with friends the other night that live in Jersey, but did not grow up here and it is really hard for them to comprehend the meaning the Jersey shore has for so many (including Gov Christie and Brian Williams of NBC). 

The positive was getting to hang out with neighbors we hardly see and the "we're all in this together" attitude.  Of course as the weather got colder and power returned to many, there was less of that (although of course those with offered refuge to those without). 

The track of news and the reaction of those affected and unaffected is also interesting (at least to me). At first, I had my battery-powered radio on 24/7 to NPR and the local news stations to get information.  People were thankful that it wasn't woarse.  As time went on, the rest of the world (understandably) got back to normal, the SF Giants had their World Series parade, the election got top biling on the news shows and the frustration level of those without power or in long gas lines grew.  It certainly makes you think about how dependent we are on power not just for our homes, but to obtain the basics including food.  Several local grocery stores retained their power, but many did not and the food was gone very quickly.

Anyway, thanks so much for thinking of us, and send out some prayers and positive thoughts for those who have lost so much. 

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In reply to: weedosmom
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 12:43pm

Thanks for checking in. I'm glad to hear that you have power again and didn't experience too much damage.  I'm a native New Yorker and have a special feeling for the Jersey shore too so I know what you mean about the sadness at the destruction.  The photos show such devastation that it's hard to take in.  My family is dispersed throughout Long Island, New York city, and coastal Connecticut.  Long Island was completely unprepared for this storm.  My parents are still waiting for power to be restored to their home and everyone tells me of multiple hour waits for gasoline.   My cousin's business was flooded and the computer system destroyed.  The CT folks have been through this several times over the past year already and were more prepared.  (Of course it's hard to be prepared for a tree falling on your house :(  )Friends told me that they could hear the hum of generators up and down the streets but then all started to worry as days went by, power didn't return, and propane availability was at issue.  Thankfully,  most had their power before Election Day.

My thoughts and prayers are very much with those who have lost so much.  I hope this latest storm isn't wreaking more havoc.