Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Oh, Sandy!


I do believe that this may very well be the longest I have ever gone without putting up a post.

And for once, I have an excuse besides just pure ‘laziness’.

No, I wasn’t lazy….. I was just living back in the stone ages for a while.

And once you can get past not having ANYTHING to do, going to bed at 8PM since you are sitting in darkness and bored shitless, and wearing 2 sweaters and gloves to bed because you are colder than a fucking ice cube, it really wasn’t all that bad….

Yes, of course I’m talking about hurricane Sandy.  That cold-hearted bitch did a real number on me and my neighbors here on Long Island.

We lost power about 7:30pm Monday. 

The first day or two without power is kind of an adventure.  You can sit around by candlelight, tell stories, and play boardgames.  It’s kinda like going camping and taking your house with you.

Then, it all starts to get to you.  By day 4 I felt like I wanted to kill anyone who asked me “So, is your power back on yet?”

The WORST was Tuesday night, a mere 24 hours after the storm, when our power came back on at 10:30PM.  We were already in bed (because, what the hell ELSE could I be doing in the dark at that time?), when all the house lights suddenly came back on.  We couldn’t believe our good fortune.  We all ran out in the street where all our neighbors had already flocked, whooping it up and banging pots in celebration.

4 minutes later the lights went back off.  That was probably the cruelest joke that’s ever been set upon me.

I tried about 100 times to buy a generator, but you’d have a better chance on getting a fucking unicorn last week than one of those machines.  I tried everything.  I was getting up at 4AM to sit on a line already 100 people long at Home Depot, only to be told that there was no delivery that day, and to try again tomorrow.

The worst part of it was that Mini-Me turned 10 last week, and although he didn’t carry on about it, the look on his face as he spent his first day in double-digits in the dark, disappointed and shivering with nothing to do, just about broke me down.

Anyway, whatever the hell doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, and all that shit.

Honestly, I consider myself very lucky.  No major house damage, and we still have all our fingers and toes.  I know many, MANY people who lost everything last week.  My heart breaks when I take a walk just a few blocks away and see the devastation people are dealing with.

Hell, you guys probably know more about the wreckage of New York and New Jersey than I do right now.  I haven’t seen a TV in 8 days…….

Fucking Aliens could have invaded and it would be news to me……

25 comments:

Heff said...

Aliens DID invade. run for your lives !!!

Seriously - glad to hear you're ok, and shit.

Slyde said...

thx man

Annabelle Archer said...

I am glad we are facie friends, otherwise I would have been terribly worried for you and yours.

As it is, you're right. You have to count your blessings and learn from the experience.

Glad you're back.

Annabelle Archer said...

I am glad we are facie friends, otherwise I would have been terribly worried for you and yours.

As it is, you're right. You have to count your blessings and learn from the experience.

Glad you're back.

2abes said...

i can't comment, i don't have internet......

Slyde said...

anna: i'm glad we're connected, too.

Just not in the way i want us to be (yet!)

abes: i see what you did there.....

MarkD60 said...

I'll never forget Ivan, we were a couple of months without power, and weeks without water.
People who have been through a hurricane know that it's not over when the wind stops blowing, a lot of times it's just starting...
I bought a generator after Ivan, with the hopes of never needing it. Best money I ever wasted!

Chris H said...

Very happy to hear you suffered no damage... and yeah, living like a caveman can't have been fun.
A sweater eh? Like hell man, I don't freakin knit! I may be a Grandma, but I ain't one of those in spirit!
You have a lovely day now Dude.

Milex said...

yyaaay!

Slyde said...

mark: way ahead of you. just bought a genny.... its being delivered tomorrow

chrish: knit, sew, whatever.. u do it all, i know!

milex: yay!

Shelly said...

Glad you guys made through relatively unscathed. Been through many a hurricane down here. They always suck.

Happy Mommy said...

I don't have time to read your post right now, but I'm so so so happy to know you and yours survived!

BamaTrav said...

Prepare for doctors visits to become like the lines at Home Depot and then get turned away. Gotta love hurricanes. Been through many when I was in Florida.

Slyde said...

shelly: they sure do!

happy: thanks hon!

Bama: that would be a scary thought.... i hope that doesnt happen...

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Hurricanes suck. We have our fair share down here in southeastern North Cackalacky but you guys sure got pounded hard. Glad to hear you are safe.

Choleesa said...

Im glad to hear you and yours are ok, Im also glad to hear you still have a roof over your head.

The aliens are here in California by the way.....

Yvonne said...

I'm glad you and yours are ok and that you bought a generator. Heh. Hurricanes suck and the aftermaths are a pain in the ass. Our last one down here, was Ike. Ugh. TWO WEEKS without electricity, without my warm bed,my car turned into a moving closet... It was really bad. As soon as I was able to, I purchased a generator. Best purchase I've ever made! Anyway, sorry for your little one and his birthday taking a back seat to the storm. But I'm sure you will make it up to him. :)

Glad you're back!

Vapid Vixen said...

You'll be happy to know aliens have not invaded.

Although, I've looked into buying unicorns and it's not as easy as you've made it out to be. So thanks for nothing.

Chantel said...

Damn, so glad it's all good for you and yours! We lost power a few years back during the "Snowpocalypse" for five days in Jauary here in the 'Burgh. (4 ft of snow) My 96 yr old gram was living with us at the time. I walked a mile to the drugstore and bought every damn hot waterbottle they had. (we have gas so we still had hot water) and packed her in bed surrounded by them. Freaky time. Have huge generator now. Amen.

Elle Sees said...

Thanks for your comment about my Halloween!! So sorry to hear things weren't as great for you. I hope you're ok since I heard about the snow. Yeesh!

blondie1 said...

We did get horrid news coverage and the devastation unfolded before our eyes. I am sorry mini me missed a milestone double digit birthday, but WHAT a story to be retold when he is 90!!! Our thoughts are with you and your family,friends,neighbours I am glad no major damage how did the animals hold out?

Kia Kaha (key-a Car-ha) Stand strong

Blondie

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Radioactive Tori said...

My parents just got their power back a few days ago. What a nightmare!

Mrs. Hall said...

like camping with your house eh?

glad everything worked out.

happy day!!!

:)