Luckily my town wasn't really hit too badly- I "suffered" super minor inconveniences, like only losing power for about one day. My internet was down for about 5 days and continues to be a little spotty, along with my cell phone service, but I really don't feel the need to complain much when I compare it to what other people have lost. In my area the rain was less a factor than the wind, and checking out the aftermath the next day was full of uprooted trees, power lines and branches thrown all over the place.
Monday night was when the hurricane touched down and started wreaking havoc. I decided to hunker down at Ryan's for the weekend with his roommates Jim and Joe rather than spend any time alone in my apartment with the power out, because that shit is scary. W were pretty well stocked with non-perishable junk food and non-perishable beer, so we got to work on that while we played cards...
Then an impressive game of Jenga (After Dark) (that's not a thing, it was just dark)...
And capped off the night by watching Back to the Future on Ryan's laptop until it died about 3/4 of the way through. I died about halfway through, falling asleep on Ryan's lap either by natural causes or because the stink of the million scented candles we were using for light finally suffocated me.
The next day the storm had blown over and we decided to go on a hunt for warm food and warm coffee. Luckily we were more curious about what was going on out there than we were actually optimistic about finding anything, so it wasn't a huge disappointment that hardly anywhere was open. A convenience store in town was open but without power, and it felt surreal and a little apocalyptic to be wandering around picking up bags of chips in the dark with a bunch of other quiet, kinda freaked out people. The liquor store across the street had the same situation going on so we got some warm beer for later. We were thrilled when we saw that a bagel place in town had set up a little station on the sidewalk with some of the salvaged items from their fridge and COFFEE they were making pot-by-pot by boiling water on the gas stove and pouring it over the grounds in their machine, and jumped right in line.
I thought it was awesome that they were doing what they could for people and I think most everyone else felt the same way, but I would occasionally hear someone in line go "Ugh, you only have Hazelnut??" all pissy or groan when they ran out of coffee and had to wait a few minutes for the next pot to be brewed. Are you kidding? It made me a little homicidal, which was probably a combination of blind rage at home ungrateful and rude people can sometimes be, plus I needed caffeine. Coffee :: Kristen as Chocolate :: Cathy.
I headed home while it was still light out to take a shower, change, and have a little alone time reading in bed with Chloe. The water was freezing so I took a 10 second shower like a psychotic. It was not refreshing. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but Sarah and her boyfriend Dan live upstairs from me in our apartment building, which is directly behind a big river and next to a park, so we decided to take a walk to survey the damage there along with Mike.
I was surprised at how little the river had flooded because I think I was comparing it to Irene last year. Now there was a shitshow, water-wise.
These were all over the place. Johnson Park is pretty big and runs along the length of the river, it's really nice and I feel lucky to live right next to it. It also has a small...I don't know if you would call it a petting zoo, but a small area with animals in it? Whatever. A section with pigs, chickens, a peacock, goats, horses and llamas. We didn't walk far down enough to see what was up there but I'm kind of glad we didn't, because I'm not sure what they do with the animals in these situations and I'm not sure I want to.
I was going to head back over to Ryan's after our walk but I needed to pick up a couple things from the apartment first. It had started to get dark and this is what I was confronted with when I walked into my hallway:
FUCK THAT. I decided I could live without my chapstick or whatever it was I was stopping in for and hightailed it out of there. By the way I was half hoping that when I blew this up I'd see a ghost or something, but no dice.
I had put the word out to Sarah, Dan and Mike that at Ryan's the stove was working and he'd be doing some cooking so if they wanted to come over and hang out to feel free. I also texted Will and Allie, and Sarah got in touch with her brother Tommy, so we ended up having an impromptu hurricane party. Ryan whipped up some candlelight mac and cheese, vegetables, mashed potatoes with parsnips and salad.
We ate and then decided to hit the games back up. What else are you going to do? We played some more Jenga and then some game I don't remember the name of. Too many games! But it was fun. It was really nice to have a lot of people all together, a good deterrent from the antsiness of everything going on.
About one minute after everyone left for the night, the power came back on. I couldn't believe how easy we got off! Sarah and I texted each other at the same time to tell each other, meaning it was on in my apartment too. So awesome. I still stayed over and the next morning Will, Allie and Mike came back to have some hot coffee and to charge up their phones. They didn't end up getting power back until a few days later- it's so strange that even though the town we live in is so small, the power returning was so staggered. But there are people in Princeton, where I work, who are on day 9 without power so it really goes to show you how little control there is over those things- I would think the town is bougie enough to bounce back pretty quickly.
There's my Sandy story, I really got out unscathed but there are plenty of people who haven't...it's worth looking into donating to the Red Cross to help out people who aren't as lucky. I'm off to Rock the Vote MTV style, hope you guys are doing the same! But only if you're voting for Obama. If not then I hope you're just not feeling it today, I mean what's the big deal, right??!! In which case I also hope you don't have a lot invested in the maintenance and care of your junk (ladies.)