Some of my neighbors became irrational after Hurricane Sandy. They were overwhelmed by the
odd instinct to leave their homes for whatever reasons. These are upland folks. So there were not any
evacuation orders for their location. The Hurricane caused such massive downed trees and wires
that we were all trapped on our road. Never the less, the herd mentality kicked in, and these people were
convinced that they had to get "somewhere". Some went so far as attempting creating alternative routes
through the woodlands which only resulted in stuck vehicals. In other words, these people were only
adding more problems to the equation, and seemed to have no clue as to the conditions of their enviroment.
After much begging and pleading , I agreed to clear the roads and woodlands for them after I was done
removing a large tree that had fallen and punctured a hole in a roof and caused substantial structural
damage. I witnessed no arterial red spraying fountains to justify their requests, but began the process
of heavy duty chainsaw work to clear the way.Actually, I had no issues about it at all at the time, as I
felt I was contributing to my local neighbors and community.
That generous state of mind quickly changed however as I experienced people flying past me in their
vehicals as soon as I had cut a pathway. All the same, I continued clearing trunks of large Ash, Oak,
and Maple Trees obstructing the road. Then within 10 to 15 minutes a parade of the same vehicals
returned up the road and back to their origins. The whole Town was blocked off at one point or another.
So their frantic escape was futile.
I was pretty tired after all of this, but it dawned on me how clueless and programmed some people
are. They pay no attention to their surroundings or weather warnings whatsoever.
Then there were the Gas and Grocery shortages. After only 48 hours, some people were becoming
violent. Police blockades were assigned to Every Gas Station in my area. Lines of traffic followed.
Needless to say more and more people were behaving stupidly.
At any rate, after 8 days without heat,electricity,or running water, the electrical power was finally
restored to my part of our area. Currently there are still thousands in the dark. Then after 10 days
Cable TV / Internet started working. After attending to the most critical of the hundreds of emails
I needed to respond to, and catching up on current events, I felt the need to write and share some of my
I will tell you all that Candles, Full Gas Cans, Batteries,Firewood, and Non-Perishable foods are Critical
to have. A Coleman Type Campstove with lots of extra fuel is paramount. Instant Coffee/Tea
is essential. Books/Playing cards are a must have as well. If you do not have a charger, Kindle,IPOD,
Cell Phones, and the like are useless. About 3 days ago, I would have gladly traded any of those things
for a cold case of beer. In order to flush toilets, 5 gallon buckets were need to collect water.
I would advise having have a dozen of them with lids.
There is much more that I could detail, however, I would like to let you know about spiders.
Spiders like to hang out in a variety of places, including firewood.
As it happens, when I sat down to write this to you all, I came across a really nasty specimen.
Instead of the knee-jerk smashing method, I grabbed a glass from the cabinet, ripped a postcard
off of one of the fridge magnets,captured it , and released it on the accumulating snow outside
(We are having Another freak Nor'Easter as I type)
of the back door. In case you dont know, you place the glass over the target, and
slide the postcard underneath. Then you take it outside and release it. This works for any manner
of insects as well. Be careful though, because if you tangle with the wrong species
you can really have a bad night.
Sorry to say, there is no IPOD "APP" for this. Nor will there ever be.
MODS -Feel free to relocate to a more conducive forum if need be. Best,,,Wildmanimal
edit on 8-11-2012 by Wildmanimal