Short Sandy post

(I made a few corrections below based on your comments!)

I know this blog isn’t a place to go for Sandy updates, but needless to say, I’ve been following the news.  And I just thought that I’d post that I’ve heard at least indirectly from some friends who comment here, like Julia and Barbara, and know that they are okay for now. Barbara, though, lives downtown where there’s no power, there was flooding on the lower floors of their building, and when I last heard from her directly, seven of them were home together.* MacBeth is without power, I suspect, in Long Island. Silvana seems to be fine in upstate New York Connecticut. My guess is that Monica, because of her husband’s job, is way out of town. (Actually, she wasn’t!) And our neighborhood and apartment, so far as I can tell, got off relatively light.

*Update: I had an e-mail from Barbara on Friday night.  She told an incredible story, elaborating on the one-sentence version above.  But it’s her family’s story, so I won’t share it unless she wants to later, and naturally she has other priorities at the moment.  I’m hoping they’ll get power back today, but that’s just from reading the papers.  They ask for prayers for their neighbors.

Among other friends who aren’t necessarily blog readers, everyone I’ve heard about so far is okay.  This doesn’t mean they’re back to normal, but just that they’re coping with things as they are. Bob’s former colleague and now family friend Rachel, an Upper West Sider quoted in this story, says she didn’t really yell at the cab.

This photo, from the Do-Something page on Facebook, is one of my favorites from the storm.  It’s a guy who set up a hub on the street to charge people’s cellphones

Most updates and news I see are rather typically New York-under-duress: stoic, generous, creative, exhibiting a clever gallows humor, but I’m aware that for some people, things are much worse or may become so.  I feel somewhat the same way I did after September 11, which was the event that took us from being temporary New Yorkers (we arrived in early 1998) to long-term ones.  Only I don’t live there now.

I’m reading the NY Times, which is free right now, but I find that NY1 and Gothamist also have useful news.  And I’m following a couple of Twitter feeds, but I’m new to Twitter, so don’t really have any idea what I’m doing. If anyone else finds another good news source or has first-hand news, feel free to post it here.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, New Yorkers and metro New Yorkers.  I know you’ve got other things to worry about right now, but check in if you get a chance!


8 thoughts on “Short Sandy post

  1. Hey there, thanks for the well wishes. We did not leave town this time as there was really no where to go that was close enough but not affected by the crazy size of this storm. We are also on high ground and stood a reasonable chance of keeping our power (which we did) so sitting in a hotel in western Pennsylvania that might lose power and get a ton of rain seemed counterproductive. I’ve almost felt guilty about how un-scathed we’ve been up here. Except for the fact that we’ve loaned out our man full time for the greater good and my oldest is home from school, not much seems different. We’ve seen Mr. OEM approx. 20 minutes in the past week, and he’s been home to sleep the past two nights – he says it’s pretty hairy, and sorting through the recovery is going to take a very long time. But I do share all the messages we get from friends near and far, as I will do with yours. Take care!

    1. Well, hello! I was just sure that if there was ever a situation that fit our “Look upstairs and see if Monica is packing,” plan for determining the extent of an emergency, this was it! Though, yes, I do see your point.

      Poor Kelly! Give him our love and tell him that he’s working for a great city, no matter how hairy it gets! We’ll be thinking about him and praying for his wisdom, sanity, and whatever else he needs–extra coffee?

  2. I’ll add to your post that my thoughts and prayers have been/are definitely with those who were hit by the storm, too. I enjoyed this, Laura. And I really liked that I could read a love/appreciation for New York and New Yorkers in this.

    1. Yes, I know it’s a big city with a lot of people in it, but an awful lot of them are both ingenious and public-spirited. I’m not playing down the extent of the challenge, only playing up those who come to the rescue!

  3. I was watching some footage on this morning and my eyes were opened to the sheer devastation that many have experienced. It must be overwhelming to many. Like Monica, I feel a tad guilty that we too made out so well. Laura, I hope you don’t mind me making a slight correction with the realization that I’ve probably never stated explicitly my location. 🙂 We actually live in northeastern CT where there were scattered power outages and downed trees, but nothing like parts of NYC and New Jersey. It is heartening to see people helping one another. I’ll have to check out Do-Something. Thanks for the link.

    1. Yes, I agree. It does seem hard that the damage is so uneven, and that the Rockaways got hit so hard–again. But I’m also hearing all kinds of stories about uptowners hosting downtowners in their own apartments. This is even more amazing when you consider the size of the average apartment in NYC!

      And thanks for the location correction, Silvana. I’m not quite sure where I got the idea you lived in NY, but then, my upstate/NE corridor geography is embarrassingly shaky. And I’m glad things were okay in CT!

  4. Crazy here, and getting crazier. Just updated my blog with details…neighbors are great, but the edgier folks are coming out of the woodwork. No hope for getting power anytime soon…

    1. MacBeth, I’ve been reading about Long Island today, including your blog. Just awful!–especially since no one knows when the power will come back. Praying for your family and community.

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