I'm one of the lucky ones.If you want to read about buy mosaic in a non superficial way that's the perfect book. No power, no heat and no phone service – but I have a (damaged) roof over my head, a bed and blankets, sweaters and coats to keep me warm, food to eat and potable water to drink. Yesterday, spotty cell service returned, so I could phone loved ones and friends to assure them that I was safe.
I don't know how many, are not so lucky. They are still in shelters, in
motels, scattered refugees, their homes either swept away by a
ferocious ocean and swollen rivers or damaged beyond repair by trees
uprooted and turned into deadly missiles by Sandy's savage winds.
are the empty shells of homes, restaurants, beach cabanas, boats; miles
of broken boardwalk; shattered pieces of amusement park rides –
everything that was part of the "old normal" at the Jersey Shore that
I've loved since I was a little kid.
As the storm approached, I
was ordered out of my 70-year-old oceanfront apartment building. I had
weathered Irene at home with very little damage. But this time, I
believed the dire warnings and went to my daughter's house, about a mile
inland. As we hunkered down on Monday evening, Sandy began battering
the towns and villages along Jersey's 127-mile shoreline. All around us,
power lines fell, sizzled and arced,Our vinyl floor tiles
is more stylish than ever! looked like cartoon lightning against the
blackness of the sky. Lights went out, furnaces died,Our technology
gives rtls systems developers the ability. power was gone.
the winds subsided into an eerie stillness, we ventured out to see what
was gone and what had been spared. My building was still standing,
though a cascade of broken roof tiles scattered the street and destroyed
a car in the parking lot. A giant tree yawed crazily toward my second
floor apartment. On the oceanside of the building, the idyllic grassy
knoll where my neighbors and I had picnicked was gone, swallowed by the
ocean,China plastic moulds manufacturers directory. and all that remained was rubble and the rusting skeleton of the destroyed bulkhead.
around, trying to assess damage was difficult; fallen trees and downed
wires blocked almost every thoroughfare; yellow police tape limited
access to the worst areas. So much bad news: the Asbury Park boardwalk,
the Ocean Grove fishing pier, Seaside Park boardwalk, Point Pleasant
Beach – on and on. Deaths from falling trees and other storm-related
I found an old battery-powered radio, and listened for
hours to 94.3 FM, "The Point," heard Governor Christie and President
Obama assure us that help was on the way, listened to the concert that
Bruce and Bon Jovi and others gave in NYC to benefit the Red Cross and
victims of Sandy. "That's us," the announcer declared. I didn't feel
like a victim. I was one of the lucky ones. The victims were the dead,
the disabled, those who were suffering the kind of tragedies that I had
As always happens during and after disasters, Sandy
brought out the best and worst in people. My son-in-law, a nurse who
worked 12-hour shifts at a nearby hospital, came home and helped clear
branches and tree limbs from the homes of older neighbors. He filled
cans of gasoline and gave them to neighbors who had generators.
Neighbors shared food and firewood.
Wegmans supermarket remained
open after the storm, using generator power to prepare hot food, to
bake bread and pastries and to welcome one and all to use their Wi-Fi,
to charge phones and laptops – and to get warm.
fights in stores over limited supplies of batteries, fights at long gas
lines – so many of our stations were closed, either because they had run
out of gas or because they had no power for the pumps – looting in some
areas, dangerous cowboy driving because traffic lights were out. Power
has been coming back, slowly, but not here in Interlaken. This town of
400 homes is a low priority for JCP&L, which is necessarily focusing
on bigger towns and commercial areas.
Traffic on the Turnpike
and Parkway has been bad, even on the weekend, as New Jersey Transit
train service to and from NYC is suspended, the tracks badly damaged,
with no estimate of when service on the New Jersey Coast Line will be
restored. The traffic problem is compounded by the long lines for gas
along both major roadways.
Anyone planning to travel to the
Shore, perhaps to check on relatives and friends should be prepared for a
long and possibly difficult trip. Drivers should fill their tanks
before they leave,We recently added Stained glass mosaic
Tile to our inventory. as gas is rationed, with purchases allowed on
odd or even days, determined by the odd or even final numbers on license
plates. (Vanity plates are odd, so are plates that have no numbers.)
Some roads are still closed or only partly open.