According to local news reports, Biltrix could be sans électricité for another 7 to 10 days. That’s not so bad, all things considered. This is why we have iPads and Starbucks (I know, I really ought to avoid Starbucks, but they have wifi and working power outlets… But they are not doing so well as far as open seating goes these days).
Seriously, I can’t complain. So many people have it a lot worse right now. One glance at the New York Times’ cover, or the font page of any newspaper for that matter, will wake you up to the stark reality. And for many people, they don’t need the Times to tell them that — it’s already the reality they woke up to and are having to deal with.
The entrance to the ‘PATH’ subway terminal from the World Trade Center to New Jersey looks like a swimming pool. The ruins of a burned out neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens looks like firebombed Dresden — 80 homes were burned to the ground there.
Here in Westchester County, we’re without power; in Breezy point, people are without homes. The last I read, it has not been confirmed yet whether anyone was killed there. Let’s continue to pray that every one is safe and accounted for, and offer up our small sufferings for those who have suffered tragic losses on account of the storm.