Hey everyone!I'm sorry I've been AWOL, and thanks to everyone for thinking of us during Sandy.Long Island, as you already know was hit hard by Sandy. It was the worst ever in history in this area, and compared to the hurricane of 1938 (which killed so many more people because there was no warning system available at that time).We were extremely fortunate as we had no structural damage, and only suffered some landscaping casualties. We consider ourselves so lucky. While our home was spared, walking just around the block, there were massive trees all over like toothpicks, with some that had crashed right through homes.Less than a mile away, near the water, homes were devastated. Flooding though homes that literally caused total destruction. Where I teach, just 15 miles away, entire neighborhoods were washed away, and countless families found themselves homeless. Our school district was closed for a week. Other districts were closed for more than 2 weeks.We only lost power for 27 hours, but others lost power for weeks, and as I type this, there are still tens of thousands still without power. But with all the devastation, disasters like this bring out the best in people. Neighbors helping neighbors, total strangers showing up to help those in need. In Staten Island, which was and is still in desperate shape, even volunteers from New Orleans have arrived there to donate help in every way imaginable. They say that it gives them the opportunity to help others the way they were helped by strangers when Katrina hit.The say a storm like this hits every 100 years or so. I'm hoping that it'll be at least another 100 years before it happens again. Thank you again to everyone for your thoughts!Tony...but I still am...Off2Aruba
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