Dave Alexander submitted this (delayed) report on the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Welcome back!
I finally got to read the last two issues of The E-Sylum, delayed by our
visitor Sandy here in Putnam County, N.Y., until yesterday (Nov.
17). The storm arrived literally with a bang, actually three blasts, on
the evening of that Monday. Transformers blew but it sounded more like
a visit from Al-Qaida. We were without electricity, meaning heat,
light, Email, COFFEE until late Friday of hurricane week.
When Irene visited last year we had summer weather, not this year... Train
service was suspended Sunday before the storm, massive tree damage
blocked roads all through the area though we only lost one evergreen.
Irene took most of the likely candidates 14 months earlier.
No telephones but cell phones, making finding a place to plug in the
chargers a top priority. Miracle: no water in the basement! Last year
four feet. No way to reach my offices at Heritage or the American
Numismatic Society. Though troubled by power outage, ANS literally
"towered above the tide."
Friday was the regular meeting of the New
York Numismatic Club with scheduled speaker Greg Rohan, President of
Heritage. Our regular restaurant was now an indoor pool, but
miraculously a replacement was found and 30 attended the meeting, glad
to be out, in light, and with COFFEE!!! In times of disaster coffee
becomes one of the most desperately need basic food groups!
My railroad chose Friday afternoon to resume service from the end of the
line at Southeast to Grand Central. When I got to the restaurant
(having continued recharging my phone on the Metro North train), the
phone went off with a joyful screech from my wife Pat, "Who left the
lights on!!!" Click, dead again, but we obviously had power! Crews of
linemen and trucks the size of the Titanic had come up the hill in the
afternoon, the truck announcing TORONTO! Lots of great help from all
over the U.S. and Canada. Life resumed more or less normally on Monday
the following week.
Remember the old slogan, "May you live in interesting times!"
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
U.S. NUMISMATISTS WEATHER SUPERSTORM SANDY
Wayne Homren, Editor
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