As you’ve seen from our past several posts, Hurricane Sandy hit the area hard resulting in long-lasting blackouts and an impossible commute. This whole experience is nothing anyone in the area could’ve imagined. Hoboken, New Jersey, the city where I live, was devastated with flooding, fallen trees and absolutely no power. There hasn’t been power in my Hoboken apartment or New York City office for 5 days and counting! Luckily a few towns nearby have power so I’m staying there instead.
Though living without power can be extremely frustrating, I did get some sort of pleasure in living the simple life for a few days and doing some things I hadn’t done in a while. This included…
- Lighting every candle in the apartment
- Making valid excuses for eating plenty of junk food
- Unable to check email, not using my computer
- Actually reading those long articles in magazines I never get through
- Reading a book from the book shelf
- Playing monopoly
- Cleaning my closets
- Bonding with neighbors I’d never talked to
- Not using my phone to reserve power
- Really appreciating everything I have and how lucky I am the apartment didn’t flood
How do you cope in a blackout?