Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Suggested Non-Electrical Activities

Storm prep complete, the very last electrical thing I did before Sandy Frankenstorm knocked the power went out Monday afternoon was do a sub-frequency kick drum transducer test at a friend's cottage in the eastern Long Island woods. The winds really hit hard from about 1pm to 7pm. A creepy yellow full moon came out at about 10pm. Tuesday morning, enter chainsaw. Ten to twelve oak trees either snapped at the lower trunk or shedded major limbs on the property, three blocking the driveway exit. Finally getting back home to the studio apartment (further west) late Tuesday, I was happy to see the only thing to deal with was one large oak tree limb that had just missed the apartment, taking out the porch railing and a (already-cracked from stem-to-stern) ceramic chiminea, but not much else. Easy work. I have propane gas heat, flowing (cold) water, and a little bit of hot water left.

There's no stopping an Oak Tree determined to take out a Chiminea
After seeing newspaper accounts of what happened further west on LI, in NYC and NJ, it's obvious that the further east on LI we are, the less we have to complain about this time around. We barely got any rain, and anyone who whines about not having power for X amount of days (or weeks) should go have a peek at the images coming out of Breezy Point, Queens, or Staten Island, or anywhere, it seems, in New Jersey.

UPDATE: Benefit for family of local Montauk woman washed away by storm.

Saw bucket-truck repair crews from North Houston, TX working on downed power lines around here today. Beep and wave at an-out-town crew near you.

Suggested Non-Electrical Activities

1. Meet and help neighbors. Check on friends. Offer water if needed.
2. Repair (missing springs) and tune (using a wrench) an Auto-harp. Scary.
3. Read. Don't lose reading glasses.
4. Early to bed, early to rise.
5. Drive around town, listen to radio, look at damage. Say "wow" often.
6. Cut wood. Lots of it. Stack it. Keep the chain oil flowing.
7. Go look at the boats, beaches, woods. Watch for downed wires.
8. Play an acoustic instrument. Write about the hurricane, but not obviously.
9. Find repair crew that traveled from far away. Thank them.
10. Get hand-cranked radio you where always thinking of buying.
11. Eat all the food. Then clean the 'fridge.
12. Cook up ideas for local disaster relief benefits. Attend existing ones.

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