In our neck of the woods the election took a back seat to the all-important questions: Did you get electricity back yet? Do you have a generator? Is it supposed to get cold tonight?
Here are just a few scenes from around our neighborhood:
Yes, we did get to vote in the election. But it seemed rather anticlimactic. So Obama won. Just like everyone's been predicting for the last year. What was all the sturm and drang about?
The important news for us was that, after seven days, we finally got our electricity back. We still have no TV, no internet, no phone. (Right now I'm sitting in a coffee house with wi fi.) But our house is warm again; we have water; we have light.
Please, I'm not asking you to feel sorry for us. First of all, after three days of suffering at home in the dark and cold, we ended up here:
Yes, we managed to book a reservation at a nearby Hilton Garden Inn -- the place was packed, and they didn't even charge us an extortionary rate. We were grateful.
More importantly, we know we didn't get hit nearly as bad as some other places -- Staten Island, coastal New Jersey, downtown New York City. The rest of the world goes on. But many people in these areas still don't have power; many lost their homes. And get this: Now the weather people are predicting a nor'easter coming in later today, bringing rain, high winds and possibly snow. Just what we need.
Last night, B and I still couldn't watch TV, but our DVD player was working. We searched our DVD library and found The Perfect Storm with George Clooney. Seemed fitting.