A Not So Happy Halloween For The East Coast

Hoboken Taxi Terminal. Photo Courtesy of nj.com.

Happy Halloween everyone! (And Happy Samhain to anyone who calls it such). This post is not so much about RA as it is about what’s going on around here. I’m trying to be positive, but considering that my home is one of the few with electricity, I’m sure not many others around here share my sentiments. I may not have mentioned it in the past, but I live in NJ, and Hurricane Sandy did some real damage around here. The towns surrounding mine are 100% without power, and my block is pretty much the only one in this town with electricity. PSE&G is saying that power won’t be restored in some areas until Monday. Relatives have been trekking to my house to charge cell phones and flashlights. Path Trains and the NY Subway system are down completely, with no estimate as to when they’ll be up and running again. Path says it will most likely be 7-10 days! Guess I won’t be going to work/school for awhile. New York got hit bad too. I haven’t heard from Anthony in two days. He was without power the last time I talked to him, so I’m guessing his phone died. He lives right near the beach, so I’m guessing that things in his neighborhood aren’t too great. Even if his phone is still charged, no one in this area has cell phone service.

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even want to watch the news anymore. So many people have lost everything. My one aunt who lives down the shore had 7ft of water in her house. The retaining wall on her house collapsed, her pool collapsed, and everything in her basement/garage washed away. I’m probably going to go down there this weekend to help her with the mess. She’s a complete wreck, and rightly so. My other aunt pretty much lost all of the

Destruction at Seaside Heights. Image Courtesy of abc.com

beach property she owns and rents out.

I guess I’m telling you this because a lot of people are going to need prayers and Reiki to get through this. If you live outside of an area that was affected, maybe consider donating to the Red Cross. So many businesses were destroyed, and people aren’t able to get their paychecks (Mom’s building is flooded out, so who knows when she’ll get back to work or get paid). The few stores that are open are pretty much empty. There are no gas stations open.

And now that I’ve depressed you all, I’m going to go catch up on all the reading I’ve been neglecting, since there’s really nothing else to do. I’ll keep you posted.




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