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.
Your editor remains off the intertunnels except via the public library, the FedEx office, or my pal with a DSL line. Cannot download fresh photos effectively with any of those.
Difficult to run a business this way, but many obstacles can be overcome in time.
Do not feel sorry for us in the Northeast - except for those whose homes were washed away. We can cope with things, and challenge builds character. Or so we believe. Storms must be expected, like all of the other bad things in life.
In early November around here, you don't really need central heating if you have a wife and a dog to sleep with. Plus friends with generators like to feed you and provide nice adult beverages.
Yesterday, down our road we saw utility truck convoys from Missouri, Quebec, Iowa, and Minnesota. Guy on one of the Minnesota trucks said he just arrived last night (that was yesterday). Mind you, government doesn't do that - only private industry can do that.
One has to appreciate the logistics involved. The local utility calls their sister utlilities for a hand, and designs a plan of attack based on priorities. It would be insane for a local utility to own enough resources to cope with major storms.
On Saturday, most of the downed trees on our stretch of road were finally removed by town tree guys. Down our road yesterday, a utility crane from Missouri was carefully lowering destroyed transformers from broken poles. This afternoon, a pole truck from God-knows where was delivering new poles. Wonderful to see. This week, we'll expect to see those pole-installing trucks, after which cross pieces, insulators, cables,and new transformers will be attached before the final linemen can string new lines.
I expect home electric power (and heat) sometime next week. However, I do not expect our internet service (plus TV and home phone which is all via cable) to be restrung any time next week. Cable has to wait its turn.
All of our neighbors without big home generators are recharging their cells in the car. I'll say it again: We don't have it bad at all (except for no doggone internet service other than stupid iPhone which must be designed for women's or children's fingers because mu tjumba akwys hor tah wring vuttom.). We have it very easy compared with much of the world, and with our recent ancestors.
Are there major elections coming up? That might be interesting. I will vote, despite my vote being meaningless in Blue New England.
"or children's fingers because mu tjumba akwys hor tah wring vuttom."
Now that was funny. That's one of the reasons I won't give up my dumbphone for a smartphone -- it has nice big vuttoms.
"being meaningless in Blue New England."
Now here's an optimistic thought: Maybe in four years we'll be talking about the New England states the same way we've been talking about Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota this time around.
BTW, everybody's checked in but Barrie. Got an update on our favorite lawyer-type dude?
And don't worry about the site in your absence. Bruce and I are already making plans to change the name to "The Jewish Hippie Retreat", putting both of our strong suits on display. There are still a few details to work out, though, like the way "Far out, man!" doesn't translate well to Hebrew.
Otherwise, you sound in good head space. One thing New Englanders have, is spine.
Princeton is slowly coming to electrical life. My heat came on late last night, which was very welcome and much appreciated. As power returns, gas stations are resuming operation and lines are diminishing.
The folks in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island seem to be much worse off, and we pray for them as the cold is coming. More problamatic than the cold are all the reports of violence, looting and home invasion. Can it really be true the mayor would allow violence for ideological reasons instead of permitting the National Guard to keep the peace?
Regarding small buttons on a smart phone, my Android has a feature called Swype which works by tracing over the buttons rather than touching each. I couldn't use this phone without it. I'm much faster with it than I ever was with my black berry. I just used it to type this.
Take heart, BD, your vote may not sway the course of an election, but the powers of darkness, who now control what's left of the land, are seeing their once unassailable command dissolve. Maybe a ride on the Emperor's new $850 million Magic Bus from New Britain to Hartford, CT will cheer you up.
I am baking up batches of cookies to send to friends in your area. Can any of you tell me how well UPS is doing in getting packages delivered to the World Trade Center? How about Cambridge MA?
Cookies is cookies and they will last awhile, but would like them to get there in time to be fresh and truly a pleasureable relief. All suggestions welcome!