This Week in Instagram: Hurricane Sandy

by Janice

Right in front of my building, yesterday night: blackness and flares. No street lights.

(Btw my instagram username is “jnce”. You can find more posts here.)

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As some of you might know, there was a hurricane that hit NYC a few days ago. I thought at first it wouldn’t be anything, since Hurricane Irene didn’t bring us anything but wind and rain, but I was surprisingly wrong. I lost power on Monday night and lost water on Tues night at home, and am writing this from work 10+ blocks north where they actually do have power and water. It’s not so bad though. I have food, water, candles, blankets and once you get used to going up and down the stairs with your flashlight, it isn’t so bad.

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Night 1: No supplies except for water. The only candle I had was a black candle, half-lit. No matches though, so it didn’t do me any good when the power went out.

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Night 2: Bought matches and flashlights. Eating chicken with orzo and salad, reading Neil Gaiman. Replenished supplies at my parents’ house. Notice no traffic lights, no street lights, and no ambient lights from buildings. NYC never gets this dark.

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Night #3, no power + water: Carved a proper jack-o-lantern for Halloween by candlelight. Dinner was macaroni with homemade spaghetti sauce, cheese and dates.

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Night #4, no power/water: Walked home really late to try to conserve supplies. Mooncakes, tea + Anne Rice.

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Power is supposed to return to my area by Saturday, so that leaves about two more nights of darkness.