So, unless you lived last week in a cave on Mars, you probably know that the mideast coast of the US was hit by Cat 1 hurricane Sandy on Monday. What you may not know if you weren't paying really close attention is that Sandy was augmented by a Nor'Easter that had been building near Nova Scotia and a Pacific front that had been crossing the US (and causing minor havoc on the Great Lakes, forcing multiple local bands to learn and cover "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" when they heard of high waves on the big three).
So, anyway, Sandy and her two friends hit the Jersey Shore (yeah, who didn't see that coming) and dragged their asses across New Jersey (as opposed to the island just off the English Channel), Pennsylvania and New York, causing sideband damage in Maryland Delaware Virginia, and New England. An entire town on Long Island burned to the ground because that's what happens when hundred-year-old wood ignites in a high wind. Most of the towns on the Jersey shore are partially buried under tons of sand (they used sand dunes for a sea wall...don't ask).
So the upshot, and the reasons for this post are this:
- We have a number of members here who live on or near the major affected areas, and I was hoping they ould check inand let us know they're okay (especially Darc Sowers, who was in the middles of a move wheni Sandy hit). Because we're a dysfunctional family here at TWCL but we're still a family and we worry. Also,
- As with any disaster, there are a number of douchebags who will try to cash in on the disaster, establishing "charitable organizations" in an effort to separate the generous from their money. I strongly advise, if you want to help, that you donate to The Red Cross or the ASPCA (especially the last one--you would be amazed at how many animals are abandoned or lost during disasters, and the ASPCA does an amazing job of reuniting them with their owners or finding themnew homes).
Anyway...I've said enough.
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