Well, in case you haven't noticed - this was a very hard and strange week. (As indicated on this blog's Facebook page) my family came through Sandy just fine, with minor dings and scratches and minus a few trees - small issues by comparison to what thousands are still experiencing. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, homes and businesses flooded, and a few even burned to the ground during the storm. I can't even imagine losing everything - just like that.
We have been without power since Monday afternoon. It's just plain miserable not for lack of light or internet or television (who cares), but simply because of the cold. It cannot come back soon enough - they're saying Tuesday at the earliest. So once again, no blogging until then. Not that I'm really in the mood to shower you in product posts anyway. It all seems so frivolous given the state of things...
As soon as Metro North was able to start running trains again yesterday, I was on one to Manhattan to finally start at Ralph Lauren (I mean, when's the last time a hurricane hit on what was supposed to be your first day of work?) I'm enjoying it so far, and this has also given me a chance to catch up on the news now that I have access to a computer and internet.
It's heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time to recount the past week. Families lost loved ones, homes were devastated if they survived at all, and the entire Northeast feels pushed to the limit in terms of turning it all around. But Tri-Staters (New Yorkers especially) are unique. With all their grit, toughness, and attitude, they are willing to dispense with it all in a time of true crisis. To the neighbors and businesses running extension cords to the curb for cell phone charging stations, to the power line repair trucks that drove all the way up here from Alabama, Missouri, North Carolina, etc. to lend a hand, I know we all say thank you. And New York, I love you. I'm so glad I get to live here again. We'll be okay.