Beaut of a run this morning! Temperatures in the low 40's, light breeze, big old moon to light my way. It seemed odd knowing that such a large portion of the country is under nature's onslaught, while we're just going about our business.
Yesterday afternoon, I took China for a beauty walk, and when we returned, something. was. different.
I couldn't put my finger on it. China sensed it too. Instead of bounding up the stairs to commence her potato time, she hung by my side, all, "Yeah, somethings different, but what?"
A few minutes of wandering around the house revealed that we had no electricity. I think it was the lack of hummin' and bubblin' from the fish tank that initially alerted us. Even the fish were all, "Hey!".
Okay, so this was a minor setback. Since I wasn't able to get through to the utilities company, I deduced that it was a widespread outage and not just us. We were back up hummin' and bubblin' in about 40 minutes, so it was all just a minor bump in the road. Transmission line malfunction.
A few minutes later, I was out at the crosswalk. A couple of moms asked me what I do if the traffic light isn't operating.
"I just have to get aggressive with my sign", I explained.
"OH! We'd help ya!", they replied. I almost think they're hoping for it now. Don't mess with school crossing moms!
In the evening, I went to meet a student at the community college. The parking lot was pretty sparse, but there were a few students milling around. The doors were locked, and the few of us connected in our confusion. A security guard confirmed that classes had been canceled because of the earlier power outage, and all the buildings were locked. My student and I stood with our faces pressed against the windows of the locked doors, looking in to the well-lit facilities inside, longing to be in there hitting the books.
Okay, not really. We just decided to go to a nearby Starbucks.
So I'm sitting here in relative comfort as updates on Sandy continue, thinking about how dependent we get on the whole "infrastructure" continuing to operate as usual and the lasting impacts this storm will leave. We all have our own perspectives and comfort levels. Mother Nature, geez.
This morning, one of my 4th grade regulars approached. He always has some current event to discuss with me.
"Did you hear about the hurricane in New York?", he asked.
"Yeah, it's really bad up there", I acknowledged.
"Sucks they don't get Halloween"
Yeah. That too.