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We're patiently waiting for the hurricane to roll in.  All the subways have shut down since last night, schools are closed and NYorkers are hankering down for the storm.  Some people don't take it too seriously cause they are New Yorkers and hurricanes are rarely seen up here.... until the past couple of years that is.

 

I cringed when hubby brought home several cans of "soup" but I understand the precaution.  He was scared for his life at costco when he got ahold of the last bit of bottled water left.  He was followed around by a mob and feared to let the cart out of his sight.  The grocery store was scary as well, there were lines forming outside the store to get in. 

 

We made a lovely autumnal chicken roast with colorful carrots, shallots, shrooms and celery root and sat down to watch a scary movie.  We're still bracing for the storm but on the food front I think we'll be ok.

 

This is a minute-by-minute view of Sandy rolling into NY taken from the 51st floor of the Nytimes building.  Very interesting to watch :)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/nyt-webcam.html?smid=fb-nytimes

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post #2 of 34

KK,

 

I am thinking of you . I have never heard of a storm this large in size before.  The red cross has put an advisory that we should have 3 days of food , water and light sources.

Montreal is suppose to feel the effects starting sometime tonight.

 

Who knows what that storm will do ? 

 

Petals.


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post #3 of 34

Ok people.

Believe what you hear and follow all instructions to the "T".

Manhattan is an island and will have rising water (slow) from the west and a huge wall of water (surge) that will dump who knows how much water, ALL AT ONCE, as the storm crosses land.

If you were not smart enough to leave, walk the stairs up as high as you can go (sure would hate to be stuck in an elevator between the 2-4 floors and the electricity fails, unless I brought my scuba gear).

Don't feel embarrassed (or uncool) just take measures to protect your families.

If Sandy ends up being a "fizzle" and nothing really bad happens, don't let the memory of her stop you from taking the same measures if you are faced with another killer storm in the future.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ike

The above was our last big blow.

There are still almost 2000 souls unaccounted for (homeless, beach bums living in huts ,assorted others that didn't keep up with relatives for whatever reason, oh and the party people that were sending vid from within the Balinese http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balinese_Room when a huge wave crashed into it, leaving nothing but some planking)

The western end of Galveston Island was a "no fly- no go zone" , and the local government directed a few hundred Marines (with body bags) to that area.

Funny, we saw the bags go in, but they never came out?

I guess dead people are not sexy when you are talkin' 'bout future tourism, eh?

 

Anything to add, chefed?

 

mimi

post #4 of 34

Having been through multiple hurricanes

(and Earth quakes and Tsunamis) living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, take it from me, don’t take anything for granted. 

Have a week’s worth of water and food stock piled, loads of batteries and a transistor radio, cell phones well charged and kept off don’t leave them on, converse their battery life, a good flash light, some sort of cooking fuel (ie propane gas or charcoal grill).

Like Mimi said, follow to the letter what the Red Cross says, and

PLEASE keep in touch!!

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post #5 of 34

In addition to keeping a store of bottled water, don't forget to fill your bathtub with water...  just in case.  Recharge everything, now!  That means all your cell phone batteries.  Take pictures of everything; it's not just the insurance it's the memories.  

 

Got sardines?

 

Good luck and stay safe,

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post #6 of 34
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We're ok!  I hardly felt the storm which is weird.  Lots of devastation going on in lower Manhattan and Queens.  Lots of friends without power.  But we are ok.  Yes, plenty of sardines now I don't know what I will do with them!

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post #7 of 34
::sigh::
Miss KK thank you so much for posting!
So glad to hear you and yours are safe and well, please still take great care is this all sorts it's self out!
AND keep in touch

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post #8 of 34
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  Yes, plenty of sardines now I don't know what I will do with them!

better too many than not enough eh? got a dog or a cat?  they will paint your house for those!   i'm sure anyone would be appreciative for sure.

appreciate you keeping us posted kk and glad to hear you and yours are safe and sound.....yes the devastation must be horrific and sad...

gotta tell ya, i love your mayor!

 

joey

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post #9 of 34

Canned sardines are one of my guilty pleasures.

Always keep a few cans in the dry hole (storage area) on the boat.

Along with the vienna sausages and (don't laugh) potted meat, lolol!

Don't know why I crave all those salty canned mystery meats.

The waters we fish are located in and around shoals and barrier islands (Texas coast) of the Gulf of Mexico and ya can't get much saltier that that!

 

mimi

post #10 of 34

Give them to trick or treaters! Or give them to the Red Cross or a relief organization because I am sure lots of people didn't prepare and will not have enough food to last until power is back on and stores reopen. I believe in being prepared, years worth of staples in the pantry plus my freezer is always full of meat.

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funny you should mention that mimi...i have such fond fond memories of sitting with my grandfather eating sardines on saltines with slices of fresh garlic on top...to this day that's how i like to eat them best...when i think of it, we must have stunk like a bunch of alley cats though!  oh well.....geez, what i wouldn't do to get back one minute of that time...grandpa's are just so special.....

hope i didn't go too OT...

 

joey

 

kk, 

not to change horses, but what will happen with early voting or any voting for that matter? has anyone said?...one thing i know about old new yorkers is that they like to put the ballot in the box...to see it go in the box themselves....anything else is under suspicion!


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post #12 of 34

Hope all the folks up there are OK. Here I have been through many hurricanes and man it is scary. You feel a helplessness that can't be explained. When I lived in NY I lived in Breezy Point which from what I see on TV 50 homes were burned down from overhead power line explosions.

       Breezy Point is about 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean on one side and 1/2 a mile from Great Jamaica Bay on the other. No doubt they met. My old house is most likely gone as I was 2nd row from Bay. I have been trying to call some friends but no answer from any of them. I pray they are ok.

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post #13 of 34

My Dad, from the Big Island of Hawaii, taught DH, from PA,

not long after we first started to date, how to eat canned sardines. 

(anything canned is okay by people from HI)

1) Put a nice bed of HOT steaming rice on to the plate

2) Pop open the can

3) Drain well

4) Place on the rice

5) Cover all with a large handful of diced Maui Onions

6) Pour Shoyu (soy sauce) all over the top

Once my Dad passed, the torch was given to me, DH is a danger to himself with anything sharp! 

So I added my own twist to the dish with Furikake (roasted nori or sea weed with sesame seeds) as the final flourish.

DH goes wild for it, maybe he’s part cat of some sort … lion tiger panther cougar leopard ?

WHOA!  Sorry, so far OT …

Stay well

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post #14 of 34

Just got a text from our Niece in NYC, they just got their power restored, WAHOO!!!

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post #15 of 34
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gotta tell ya, i love your mayor!

 

 

 

Funny, I was just thinking how much I hate him after one of his press conferences yesterday.  He was so flippant when a reporter asked him to share information about the reported deaths.  In a very annoyed voice he said "oh I don't know, some guy was laying in his bed and a tree fell on him.  Someone else stepped into a puddle with a live wire in it... you know... the usual things you'd expect from a storm like this."  No sympathy, no condolences, just annoyance at the question.

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post #16 of 34
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kk, 

not to change horses, but what will happen with early voting or any voting for that matter? has anyone said?...one thing i know about old new yorkers is that they like to put the ballot in the box...to see it go in the box themselves....anything else is under suspicion!

 

Don't know anything about it.  There is no old fashioned ballot anymore as far as I know.  Hopefully the schools (where the voting booths are) will be free as right now they are all serving as shelters.

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post #17 of 34
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Ed, Breezy Point seems to be one of the hardest hit.

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post #18 of 34

funny kk,

i saw the same press conference and didn't take that away at all.   tired,understandably and frustrated by being delayed in getting back to the major focus and immense task at hand of returning function to the city safely.   it's reporters asking stupid questions from a guy who has a lot on his plate. i think the last thing he would be is flippant in times like these...he is a good man and a good mayor. (well, except for the big soda ban thing maybe!)

 

joey

i just saw that some of the subway stations in lower manhattan had/has 80 ft of water in them......geez

also, that extra chlorine has been added to city water....

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post #19 of 34
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Well, it's best to leave the discussion to food than politics but I can tell you first hand that I am no fan of Bloomberg.  I think the reporter asked for information on the victims and he was annoyed by the question, he has never offered any sympathy or made me feel "safe" in any way.  And it doesn't help that he is a union buster which would be catastrophic for my family.  Anyway, we're all safe whether he has a heart or not.

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post #20 of 34

What wasn't destroyed by flooding was destroyed by fire. My heart aches for the people there.

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post #21 of 34

kk,

ok, fair enough...didn't mean to hit a nerve, so i'll just be zippin' it up on the political front...

politics aside..what's the street scene like? are there any neighborhood stores(grocery), restaurants or deli's open? i know people are being told to stay home, but most often after a disaster it seems that people have an overwhelming need to get out. not necessarily to gawk at the devastation, but to somehow reconnect again with others. so perhaps in this super sonic, fast paced, internet driven, i want it yesterday, i want it today, texting, i pod, ear bud wearing, cell phone addicted society something good has come out of this storm. that we as a species still want and need to be connected to one another...and to help

perhaps the need for human contact, human touch and the need to help others is more powerful than all the gadgets and gizmos we surround ourselves with.....hopeful, yes?

how's that for OT folks?...sorry, it all just has me a little sappier, mushy headed and hearted than usual.......just brings it all home how fleeting life is

 

joey

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post #22 of 34

KK, glad to hear you're safe and have power restored.  My folks live in NEPA and are still without power.  I've been keeping in contact with all my friends and family back there, and am glad that things have not been worse.  I'm sure the Red Cross is crazy busy right now.  I'm usually a RC volunteer...I really need to get back down to the office here and make myself available to them again.  All ya'll are in my prayers (eekk...my burgeoning Texas accent is coming out!)

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My neighborhood was pretty darn lucky.  No flooding, no major damage.  The day after the storm we did go out, as you say we had an irrational need to get out of the house.  We walked around the neighborhood to assess the damage.  Lots of leaves and branches everywhere.  There were a few fallen trees on cars and houses, their roots leaving gaping craters in the sidewalks but all the home owners miraculously unscathed.  I was worried that the strong winds would have left all the trees bare but was happy to see that there are plenty of colorful leaves left thus autumn continues with its bright beauty.  Lots of people walking, everyone was very friendly, mass congregations at the fall tree sites.  Lots of people with cameras out.

 

Most of the businesses were closed however supermarkets and restaurants were open.  We went for dinner at a local organic burger joint and it was packed.  Everyone was in good spirits but then again the people of this neighborhood were very lucky.  Even the home owners with trees leaning on their houses were chipper.

 

Halloween has seen better days.  It's a big deal here in NY and we always enjoy going to a lovely neighborhood in the Bronx that goes all out in decorations for trick or treating.  Sadly the storm affected the area too much to safely enjoy Halloween there.  So we stayed closed to home, most homes were closed for trick or treating but managed to get the little one out there to a few houses.  The famous parade has been postponed and I can't wait to go once it is rescheduled.

 

Some trains are running but lots of the subway is totally flooded.  The rats are out from their creepy crawly places.  It's still very dangerous out there.  All the parks are closed and I'm running out of ideas on how to entertain my kid.  Living in the city we don't have back yards and we really depend on the city parks for outdoor time.  I hope they are reopened soon.

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Glad some of you have power now!

Due (in no doubt) to the caravans of power crews that left from Texas several days before Sandy's landfall!

They are (by necessity) old pros with hurricane disasters and wanted to be staged and ready to start work as soon as it was safe to do so.

If you should come across some of our guys (Reliant Energy)  be sure to offer them something cold to drink (and if you have nothing to drink, just ask as they always carry extras).

Kinda strange...saw a news report that the ConEd people would not be working round the clock to get the power back on.

What's with that?

 

mimi

post #25 of 34

jo...I developed my love of sardines from my Gpa Van!

No garlic cloves and (being Dutch) we ate them with dark bread and mustard.

OBTW...if you have eaten your share of those little canned fishies and the big fishies are not biting, just dump a few cans in the water (yes! Canned chum ;-)

Warning...don't do this if you are wade fishing, as the sharks can smell the stink from a mile away!

Stay in the boat!

 

mimi

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  All the parks are closed and I'm running out of ideas on how to entertain my kid.  Living in the city we don't have back yards and we really depend on the city parks for outdoor time.  I hope they are reopened soon.

maybe it's time to make patty cakes in the kitchen......i know your son is young, but it's never too soon to get them in the kitchen.....just playing with food is fun...marzipan animal shapes, macaroni paintings, popsicle houses(painted of course)...or maybe your own twist on a gingerbread house.......since it's halloween, a haunted house, maybe all black food? arethere any of his little friends near by...the more the merrier in the kitchen, right?  glad to know that things are slowy improving for everyone everyday...i don't know if you watch jon stewart or not...he had a funny piece about the subway rats last night....

still waiting to hear word of my husband's family who are all along long island...smithtown to montauck...it's unnerving...

joey

@mimi,

 i fly fish...no boat, or ocean fish for big fish....will keep that in mind though as you never know

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maybe it's time to make patty cakes in the kitchen......i know your son is young, but it's never too soon to get them in the kitchen.....just playing with food is fun...marzipan animal shapes, macaroni paintings, popsicle houses(painted of course)...or maybe your own twist on a gingerbread house.......since it's halloween, a haunted house, maybe all black food? arethere any of his little friends near by...the more the merrier in the kitchen, right?  glad to know that things are slowy improving for everyone everyday...i don't know if you watch jon stewart or not...he had a funny piece about the subway rats last night....

still waiting to hear word of my husband's family who are all along long island...smithtown to montauck...it's unnerving...

joey

@mimi,

 i fly fish...no boat, or ocean fish for big fish....will keep that in mind though as you never know

 

Thanks, he is a bit young, he does yet understand art making.  We don't have a shortage of indoor things to do but being the little ball of energy he is he needs "running around time" to expend all that energy.  Otherwise getting him down for naps and bedtime is a nightmare!  I drove by the park today, lots of fallen tree debris but there were people in the park and kids in the playground so I might get him out there tomorrow.

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post #28 of 34

I'm in middle of NJ (N to S) but fairly close to the PA border near Philly.  Lost power for over 24 hours (Monday night to Tuesday night).  Luckily didn't get NEARLY the amount of rain that was predicted, so no water in basement.  No school M-W.  Several roads blocked by fallen/hanging trees.  No serious damage in immediate area, but sure wish homeowners insurance had a "preventative" clause... would have loved to be able to REMOTELY afford having a tall maple trimmed WAY back.  Luckily it didn't split.

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oh my gosh T- lady!  I hadn't remember that you are near philly! 

do you have food and water stock piled?

is anything open near you, ie grocery stores, restaurants, etc? 

I saw that some the businesses like restaurants are practically giving food away, just so that they can cook what's about to go bad... I was thinking along those lines this morning, if I were in that situation and I owned or store/restaurant I'd just give it away to neighbors and first repsonders, take it to shelters and so on..

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Since we didn't have damage to our home and our neighborhood didn't suffer much damage I feel far removed from the tragedy except that I know a lot of my friends are without power and can't get into their homes yet.  There are a few trains running but they are slow and over crowded, and it's a pain to get into Manhattan.  Cars can't drive into Manhattan unless there is a 3 person minimum in the car.  All gas stations are EMPTY of gas and I'm a little worried as I didn't bother fueling up before the storm and I'm at a little less than half a tank and I have to drive to work upstate on Monday.

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