Power Restored following Hurricane Sandy
On Saturday Nov 3, power was restored to the house and things are slowly getting back to normal around here following Hurricane Sandy (or Super Storm Sandy, or whatever the hell they’re calling it) and the CreativeJamie.com family was lucky to not have sustained damage or injury, so regular postings will resume here on CreativeJamie.com soon. The area certainly is not where we need it to be yet, but my little corner of New Jersey is on the mend as most of the trees have been cleared and as of this weekend, it looks like a lot of people got power back. Still, there is a long way to go and so many have lost so much. As you probably heard on the news, the town of Little Ferry was hit very hard by flood waters after the levees that protect them were breached. I don’t pretend to understand exactly what that means, but what I can tell you is that Little Ferry is hurting. FEMA arrived there on Friday Nov 2, but there is still a lot of work to do. I would guess volunteering or donating via FEMA is the best way to help out, so if you have the means, I hope you’ll do so.
We’re now one year out from Hurricane Sandy and I can’t help but hope we don’t get our collective ass kicked again by yet another storm. (After Sandy, snow in October and other storms, I’ve become paranoid about any weather event falling between October 1 and April 30.) Most things are back to normal, but there are still so many people waiting on insurance claims, grants, permits and what have you.
My family and I were lucky. A tree branch hit the house, but it didn’t do any damage. We lost power on later Monday afternoon and it was restored on the following Saturday, which was a great relief because the rumor was if your power wasn’t fixed by the end of the weekend, you were in for a long haul, and that rumor proved to be true. Some people waited weeks, maybe even months longer than we did. That, as I have been saying lately, is bonkers.
What I remember the most about the storm and it’s aftermath:
Many people still don’t have power, but the recovery from Hurricane Sandy is underway… except now here comes Winter Storm Athena. That’s just great.
As if it wasn’t already cold enough, now it’s snowing. Frankly, this is bullshit. People without heat and power were struggling enough, and now they get this? This is not cool. Well, I guess it’s cold, is what it is, but it sucks. Sucks ass.
(Yeah, I know the profanity level has been going up in recent weeks, but it’s stressful around here. It’s not an excuse, but it is the reason.)
What I’d really like to know is:
1. Why do we name storms after people? That seems like it’s just begging for trouble… like little Sandy getting the crap kicked out of her at school…
2. We’ve had two storms in the last two weeks – why name them both after women?
I don’t know the answer to these questions I’ve posed any more than I know the answers to why some people are still waiting on power and heat or how bad Athena will be.
Everybody stay safe, and if you see Mother Nature, give her the finger for me.
(Oh, is that why they name the storms after women? Mother Nature? What about Hurricane Floyd? Or "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair? Holy shit, my website is stupid.)
We are still rationing gas here in New Jersey in the wake of hurricane sandy. You know it’s your day to get gas based on your license plate number. But then comes the challenge: you have to find a gas station that has power, has gas and doesn’t have a line that’s so long you run out of gas long before you get to the pump. Oh and if you want an octane higher than 87, you can forget it.
I’m no lover of gas, but this situation is fucked and hopefully, it gets unfucked soon.
I had planned an entire series of “I’m voting for Obama” posts, but Hurricane Sandy screwed that up. Anyway, here is the penultimate post on why I’m voting for Obama.
(Unfortunately, I don’t have time to unleash the humongous essays on various issues I had planned, so I’m only providing the Cliff Notes version on limited topics.) Read the rest of this entry
Given that I missed actual Halloween due to Hurricane Sandy, I’m doing some Halloween posts today as many towns in New Jersey postponed trick or treating until today.
This Headless Pirate Halloween decoration was made by CreativeJamie.com contributors Nurse Becky and T-Roar, and I must say, it’s most impressive AND serves as a good reminder that pirates are something you should be afraid of and NOT something you should let your kids watch on the Disney Channel.
Because of Hurricane Sandy, we’re running a little behind here in my part of Jersey and we’ll celebrate Halloween today. Be safe and have fun!
Power Restored following Hurricane Sandy