Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On the Other Side of Sandy

Wow.  What a weekend.

First and foremost, I am happy to say that Claire, Amanda, and I made it through "Super Storm Sandy" just fine and dandy as we sat warm and comfy in Walt & Juli's living room in their Salem home which was built in 1795 and has survived more than its fair share of storms over the years.  As the wind whipped around outside and whistled down the chimney, we were dry and warm, well-fed and quite happy to be sitting where we were.

Watching the news this morning and seeing the devastation along the New Jersey shore, the Connecticut coastline, and the streets of New York City, I am thankful that everyone I know is safe and sound  and suffered no catastrophic losses but I know that there are a lot of folks out there whose lives will probably never be the same as they assess the damage that this super storm wreaked.

Personally I feel somewhat like we've all dodged yet another bullet and I am very grateful for that as the news reports certainly made it feel like the end of the world was coming and even though I was hoping that once again the news media would be wrong and just whipping everyone up into needless fear and frenzy, there was always the underlying fear that maybe this time they were going to be right and the sky really would be falling.

Even though forewarned is certainly forearmed, all of this "Boy Who Cried Wolf" weather-forecasting is a bit much.  Yes - we all need to be prepared; no - we all don't need to be in sheer, bloody panic. And honestly, I don't need to see some news person and camera crew standing on the coast where the waves are furiously breaking over a seawall to grasp the fact that yes, we are having a storm and yes, the tide is higher than usual and things are getting dangerous.

Watching the news yesterday until I decided I'd quite had enough, I kept wondering whatever happened to responsible journalism and why we all have to see to believe rather than be able to use common sense to understand that it's not fit outside for either man nor beast. How do we get regular folks to stay home and away from dangerous areas when news stations are telling viewers to "send us your photos of the storm" and they're seeing news reporters standing out in the weather so why can't they?

I don't know.

Nor do I know where I'm going with this particular post as it was certainly never my intention to go from saying, "Hey, we're all fine here and heading home to Connecticut shortly" to grumbling about the media's coverage of Sandy but obviously I did!  I guess I'll chalk it up to the surrealistic feelings of the last few days and the slight twinge of guilt that I feel at not having been at work to help out there though I have no doubt that my co-workers did a marvelous job in keeping the City of Norwich and surrounding areas safe.

For now I'm going to pack up the car and we're going to head home - thankful that we have an intact home to head back to, thankful that we had wonderful friends who shared their home with us during the storm, and more grateful than grumbeful no matter which direction this post took! 

9 comments:

  1. Good to know that you all stayed safe. So much destruction and sadness. I'm with you that I don't need to see some rain soaked newstwit. Pictures and safety bulletins are fine, but the "in person" commentary is just so much aggravating noise.

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  2. Good to hear you're all safe and sound. Take care on the journey home. x

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  3. I didn't watch a single second of it on TV. As usual, I sat in front of my computer, occasionally checking in with weather.com, particularly when it was time for the next hurricane hunter reports. Having lived in Florida for 31 years and experiencing too many hurricanes, I know the drill all too well. And whether they hype it up or not, the sad facts are that many WILL die, much WILL be destroyed and havoc will be wreaked. We just don't know WHO or exactly WHERE and WHEN. And it will cost billions to repair, recover and rebuild. You really can't downplay that. But like all news nowadays, as you say, it is less about simply presenting facts and more about spinning it into something entertaining. And one thing an emergency will uncover yet again... there is never a shortage of idiots.

    I'm so glad you're all safe and sound. I I know darn well how well-fed you were! :)

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  4. glad y'all fared well

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  5. I'm glad you are safe. I hope things are okay when you get home too. That's one nasty gal and Sandy Bell and I don't care for her name one bit.

    Have a safe trip home. :)

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  6. Gee, I must be abnormal. I was up all night watching the news.
    I am very glad you guys stayed safe!!!

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  7. And yet, even with all those newspeople out in the wind and rain reporting from the thick of it, some people still didn't heed the warnings and mandatory evacuations.

    I didn't find the coverage over the top at all. I found it informative. I watched The Weather Channel. There was a bit of hyperbole, but in general I felt like I understood what was happening, why it was happening, and what was likely to happen next, as well as possible without being close to it. And most of what they said actually took place. Some of the results were worse than estimates.

    Glad to hear everyone in your circle made it through OK.

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  8. I am a tad embarrassed to admit that we bought into the hype and we over prepared... spent too much money on a generator Monday morning when I happened to be at the store when an emergency shipment arrived. Murphy's law.. when you own a generator, the lights will not go out. But we were lucky, because had it gone out and we didn't have a generator our basement surely would have flooded. I feel blessed to have dodged the power bullet. Our only damage besides a few broken tree limbs in the yard... one piece of siding off the house. Of course its the piece at the very top, unreachable by regular ladder. We shall have to ponder this one... hardly seems worth erecting scaffold for one piece. Sigh.

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  9. So glad to hear that you are all safe and sound!! I so agree with you, responsible journalism seems to have flown out the window and I couldn't believe it when these journalists were warning people about the storm while standing right at the water's edge where the waves were practically pulling them in! I think the bright lights of the cameras have fried their brains!!!

    Anyway, since today is Halloween, here's a little poem for you...

    This is Halloween

    Goblins on the doorstep,
    Phantoms in the air,
    Owls on witches' gate posts,
    Giving stare for stare.

    Cats on flying broomsticks,
    Bats against the moon,
    Stirring round of fate-cakes,
    With a solemn spoon.

    Whirling apple parings,
    Figures draped in sheets,
    Dodging, disappearing,
    Up and down the streets.

    Jack-o'-lanterns grinning,
    Shadows on a screen,
    Shrieks and starts and laughter--
    This is Halloween!

    Happy Halloween, dear Linda, and make sure you come by my blog today for my Halloween Bash and see what costume I dressed you up in! hehe xoxo

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