“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to.”
It’s been much too long, and for that I apologize. I had a few perfect storms and I’m glad to say that I’ve weathered through them and all is well.
Now, my friend describes the “perfect storm” as a time in your life when you your work and personal life collide together in a busy fest of mayhem. I had a few of those PLUS a real Super Storm named Sandy that rocked New York City.
The past couple of weeks were nutty but they have calmed down and I am glad that there is a lull as we head into the holiday madness. I had a 40th anniversary gala for work, LATISM conference, and Election season. Glad to report that they all went off without any problems. The only major fiasco was my new mullet hair cut courtesy of my stylist and trying to beat Sandy on my way back from LATISM.
Stupid super storm Sandy. I hated that name. Every time they talked about it in the news, I would hear this song in my head.
The hurricane took out most of the power grid in lower Manhattan. We prepped for it by shopping for non-perishable foods, freezing water and filling up our bathtub with water. I wasn’t able to get my hurricane donuts this time because of the train system shutting down the day before the storm hit. Durn it. (But I did give it a serious thought, even considered taking a cab.)
We had a full house too. Our friend Angel was visiting from Denver and got stranded here after LaGuardia closed and my sister in law stayed with us because she’s a starving law student. She had no idea a storm was coming. Glad I reminded her. She mostly slept and ate most of the food.
The wind was intense but it didn’t rain as much as Hurricane Irene. We actually thought that it wasn’t a bad storm until we saw the flooding on TV of the Lower East Side and the Far Rockaways. After 4 days of being indoors, we ventured out on the 4th day and went to see what the rest of the city looked like. It was the craziest thing I have ever seen. Historic sites and monuments in NYC were in total darkness. I felt like I was in an apocalyptic move like “I am Legend.” I kept thinking that some messed up looking zombie was going to break the car window and gnaw at my face! It was cold, dark and scary.
Police cars patrolled the ritzy areas around SoHo and blocked major intersections because of traffic concerns. The worst part was knowing that there were people in those areas without water, food, or power. It was a cold night and I knew it would still be a couple days before they were able to get back to normal. Right now, there are still people in Staten Island and Far Rockaway who have no power and their homes have been looted. We were hit with another storm this past week, but it included snow and it was freezing.
The people in New York have pulled together to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy and they are stepping in because the RedCross and FEMA is taking their sweet ass time. The Occupy Wall Street group has been incredible at helping and supporting the community and are faster to respond than any government service. They now have a group called Occupy Sandy. They have set up an Amazon registry site where you can buy things they need like flashlights, batteries, toilet paper, etc. They are the ones that are delivering this aid to the community. Not Fema. Not Redcross.
All is well for us. This is my last day in my 20’s and I start a whole new adventure on Tuesday. We’ll see how that goes. I like to say that I am 20 years old with 10 years of experience. That makes sense right?
Wishing you a great week! xo