First and foremost, I hope this note finds you and your family well and safe in the aftermath of Sandy. I think we all knew it was going to bad, just not to the extent of it's loss of life and destruction. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of you that were affected by this disaster.
I'd also like to thank all the folks in the tri-state area that put their ass, and in many ways, life on the line during and after the hurricane. From the various Police and Fire departments, individual town workers, EMS, Sanitation, and the line men and women who got the power back on...Thank You. As for the heads at various power companies who clearly dropped the ball in preparation for a storm of this magnitude, and this after repeated warnings in anticipation of Sandy itself (not to mention Irene last year)....Well, Karma is a bitch.
Deb and I's end result from the storm fell somewhere in between best and worse case scenario. We are indeed lucky to be alive (Beckett slept through the whole thing), and the house remarkably is still standing considering what went on around it. The authorities seem to think that our property most likely got hit with a micoburst tornado with the massive downed tree damage we had (plus absolutely everything that got in the tree's way). Along with everything else the fury of Sandy threw at us, it almost sounded like planes were crashing around the house when the strorm was at it's peak. With it being pitch dark outside, it was truly scary, and I don't scare easily. We were literally a prisoner of our property for 4 1/2 days because of the amount of trees down covering both entrances of our driveway. Then not only was our street blocked by huge fallen trees and electric poles, but both exits of our connector street. It was, and is something out of a movie. The cleanup and fixup of our property will be a very long process, and I've included a very small sample of pictures below. The pics don't begin to show the wreckage we had when you actually see it in person....
That said, we were very lucky and I consider me and the family absolutely blessed considering what so many went through. Though it may take months, and is truly depressing to wake to and see daily, the destruction at my property is a walk in the park compared to what some others have gone through. My situation is made up of things things that can be fixed over time. All you have to do is watch the news or read the paper to quickly see countless folks have gone through an experience that can't be fixed, and only healed to the best of their ability to where life does indeed go on. And to each of you, words cannot express our sympathy, and willingness to help. Hang in there...
I so appreciate the kind words and well wishes from you my loyal Q listening audience. Going through something like this can be depressing to say the least, and your emails and inquiries brightened my day on many an occasion. As always, you've proved that when it comes to a radio family, you are truly second to none. Especially when it matters most.