Not much to say this week, readers. I’m sitting here in my room, using electricity for the first time since Monday night, when Hurricane Sandy barreled across the east coast.
Compared to other people in the neighborhood, and my friends and family across the tri-state area, I got off easy. Walking through the rest of downtown Jersey City, I saw some serious devastation. Almost anyone living south of Columbus Boulevard and east of Jersey Avenue was flooded out. Entire rooms were put out on the sidewalks for garbage pick-up. I even saw one poor guy bailing out his car. I’ve tried to help where I can, but now that the power’s back in my building, we have to assess our own damages. Hot water and heat are spotty, so keep your fingers crossed that we don’t have to replace our machinery for the second time in a year.
I’m very proud of my neighborhood, though. This has been a very scary, stressful week, but everyone is conducting themselves just as good-naturedly as they always do. I had friends helping me, and was eager to pay it forward to others. It gives me hope for what will likely be a difficult few months ahead for the neighborhood.
As the utilities return, so does a sense of normalcy; hence me updating the blog. And since Halloween did just pass, and since power has now been restored, I am going to be sure to spend tonight engaging in one of my most favorite acts of normalcy. It’s a hallowed Halloween tradition. I think you know what I’m referring to…
I can’t think of a better way to shake off the post-storm gloom, can you?