We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There's not much power in New England, and NYC is a mess too. I'll try to post some photos but DSL isn't broadband. Trees and power lines down everywhere, and even NYC isn't functioning very much. Downtown still without power, and the Bird Dog family is being heated by fireplace, working, cooking, and reading by oil lamp.
Almost like camping. Not too cold, fortunately. Only down to 43 F last night.
We finally got out of the Seppofarm this morning, thanks to the chainsaws and the electric utility restoring power. That was some hurricane, we are more than 225 miles inland. Lots of trees down, blocked the lane with some live wires as well, but we were spared the worst of the flooding, and power back in just two days. Beginning to regret the choice of clean, all-electric heat at the house, but we had to take out the woodstove a few years ago. House temps in the low fifties, and hard to keep the dogs warm when it was raining and in the high thirties outside.
Glad you're safe.
Been watching Maggie's Farm to see when you turned up.
The internet is strange. You feel like you know someone you have never met or talked to.
Anyway, good luck getting it all cleaned up.
I live about 1 mile from the Raritan Bay in NJ. No major damage to my place. I lost power around 8:00 pm the night Sandy hit.
However, the damage done to my town is terrible: boats swept away (one marina alone lost 67 boats!), boats sitting on top of the railway draw bridge down the road from me. Parts of the rail line have been washed away.
Several streets flooded (lucky me , I live on top of a hill – makes for rough winds, but keeps me dry) making my section of town more like an island, a couple of house fires due to gas leaks; trees were down on almost every street (hence the reason it took me a couple of days to bug out – I could not get beyond a couple of miles, and certainly could not make it to the interstate). Many of the condos by the water front (both bayside and riverside) are flooded quite seriously. The list of damages goes on and on.
My freezer and ‘frig were stocked with as much ice as I could make and fit in before the storm, so food, even some fresh food, was not a problem. But, I couldn’t use my backpacking sterno stove as I didn’t want to burn it indoors and the wind was still too strong outside. That sucked. Also, since I rent I don't have a wood stove or fireplace. That sucked too.
Given how bad things are further south on the barrier islands in NJ I feel quite lucky. I was well-prepared and “weathered” this storm okay. However, despite my careful preparations, after sleeping in a 55 degree bedroom for a couple of nights I decided to bug out and am now safely in a neighboring state 2 hours away. (oh, the blessings of a nice warm shower!)
Not too cold, fortunately. Only down to 43 F last night.
Damn I love New Englanders!
My wife was half Japanese, relatives on Hawaii. We visited in February once. Her Aunt and Uncle were very concerned about the weather forecast, record cold was on the way and they just didn't know how they would survive the night.
Alarmed, I asked what type of temperatures they expected, 55 degrees is possible they responded. ???
That same trip I suggested a excursion to the beach, they couldn't believe I'd suggested that. It's winter, it's to cold! How cold I asked? Eighty degrees and the water is the same!
Did you know that in February the humpback whales come to the Hawaiian Islands to spawn? The next day I got to heard whale song, underwater, with my own ears!
I was in Massachusetts when Carol came by and knocked out the power for two weeks. It wasn't bad, we had a well in the basement that could be hand pumped for drinking water, a lake out back for toilet water, and the kitchen stove was a propane/kerosene combo. I expect few modern homes are built and located where they can be that independent of the utilities.