Sandy’s Aftermath

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Scenes like this all over the area, with some huge trees scattered like kindling. Of course, this is nothing compared to the Jersey shore and Staten Island.

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. So how are things for you, then? I know you said you were fine, but can you get around or are roads generally as impassable as this one? Is business back to normal at grocery stores and such, or are they still poorly stocked? Are there still long lines at gas stations?

    I guess what I mean is, do you feel like things are back to normal, or does that seem a ways off yet?

    And has Nick gotten any reports from his sister?

  2. Yikes! That looks awful, but thankfully the cone is there to warn you not to go any further. In all seriousness, though, I’m glad you’re OK but I have the same questions as Brian.

    Also I believe there was a conversation between Kockums on Facebook yesterday about The Hobbit, so I think she’s OK but doesn’t answer the same questions as above…

  3. Things are pretty normal. The stores are just getting up and running as far as meat and dairy (I’m dying for milk). Gas is a problem, but I got some yesterday with only about a ten minute wait. These rich suburban guys are taking it all for their generators.

    The roads are about 90% passable, but some key closures make it a game to try to figure out alternate routes. In the dark you can go down a road and come upon a closed road suddenly. On Wednesday night I drove down a road and there was a car across it (not a police car, I think it was from a utility). The driver was waving a flashlight in a “shoo, shoo” motion, signalling me to turn around. While traffic lights were up some intersections were blocked for left turns, which only made things more dangerous because people (including me) were making U-turns.

    It’s nice to have my Internet back. The past few days have been an adventure trying to find it. The library was a madhouse, and the WiFi was overloaded. I found an open McDonald’s, but the WiFi was so overloaded it took several minutes for a page to load. I finally got it at a waiting room at Pep Boys, where there was no one making use of it. I did get my oil changed so I wasn’t a complete freeloader.

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