Woo hoo! After five days of waiting patiently and two days of waiting impatiently, we now have regular internet again! We personally were very lucky. Our house had only minor damages, but our area continues to have a LOT of down wires, down trees, power outages, and folks who are cold and frustrated.
Although we like to be prepared for the apocalypse, our section of the grid is so small, we rarely experience power outages, including the last two hurricanes. We also lucked out that the town removed a very wobbly tree about a month ago, which previously stood right next to our power lines…
Unfortunately, other people were not so lucky, and many are still without power and/or dealing with flooding and damages. Some schools resumed today, but not everywhere, and Halloween was not super festive. Our kids only went to about ten houses, and it seems like most people did the same. (We would have had TONS of leftover candy, except that someone came along and basically stole the whole box.)
However, every time you pass a working gas station you realize you’re living in some sort of weird alternate reality.
Almost everyone we know commutes, and gas is in very short supply. So, when people find a working gas station, the lines get very long very quickly, and at the back of the line people wait for hours, many without ever getting gas. Meanwhile people are cutting each other off, cursing each other out, and cops and/or army are supervising the whole process. (Since many are without power and have limited access to TV and internet, rumors have circulated that are worse than the reality.) It’s an odd thing, especially when you go on the internet, because you realize that life is basically normal everywhere else, and here things are still very off. And it seems to be situations like gas shortages that bring out both the very best in some people… and the very worst in others.
Meanwhile, union some members are screaming about “scabs” coming up from Florida to help restore power. Seriously. Because that’s what’s most important, and not the fact that people are cold, hungry, and can really use the help. Here the biggest problem is definitely the cold, but we are mid-island where the flooding is least severe.
Oh, and one other thing… NaNoWriMo. I’m doing it, and I suspect blogs will be sporadic this month. (In truth, my blogging is usually pretty sporadic.) I decided to put the word Bad in front of the word Novel to make it seem more attainable. If you’re doing it too, please say so in the comments. And although I’ve clicked on the writing friends link, I can’t seem to figure out how it actually works, or how you find people…
Also, when you write, do you do everything in order? Normally, I write only when I’m dying to write. Mandated writing is not my usual, but if I’m dying to write a scene, I do write it out of order. I wonder if I’ll be kicking myself for this later.
I’m going to end this on a happy note. As you can see, the munchkins didn’t even notice that their trick-or-treating was abbreviated.