mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Apex Blog: Time Traveling With Hurricane Irene

Earlier this week, I posted a new Apex Blog post called "Time Traveling With Hurricane Irene" in which I pondered how the loss of power threw us back to an earlier era. (If you haven't read it yet, by all means click the link.)

Today's Boston Globe has an article, Outages force a trip to the past, which is on a related subject. Folks who still don't have power are struggling to deal with it in ways that our forebears probably would find odd. But I think even they would agree that once you have the benefits of electricity, you really don't want to be forced to do without it.

This part resonated with me:

Michelle Marderosian is the mother of a 2-year-old, Cheyanne, who, like any self-respecting toddler, believes it’s her inalienable right to explore with gusto, light or no light. And that can impose hardships for mother and daughter alike.

“I wouldn’t be so upset if I didn’t have a 2-year-old,’’ Marderosian said last night.

When we lost power on Sunday, our biggest issue was concern over how to deal with Muffin and Squeaker. I'll probably go into details on that in a few weeks in our The Brookline Parent column.

The other line I found interesting came from an article in today's New York Times, Days After the Storm, Many Are Still in the Dark:

For many of those without power, the main complaint was a lack of solid information about how long their plight would last. Some said they would rather hear that the electricity would be off for a week than to be left wondering.

That was our position on Sunday. Having no power was frustrating, but what was more frustrating was being told that some customers would be without power for days and not being told if we fell into that category. Consequently, we had to make plans for that contingency, which fortunately for us ended up being moot.

In the end, though, our inconvenience pales compared to the suffering felt by those who lost family or friends in the storm. My heart goes out to them, and I am grateful that we got through it safely.
Tags: apex-blog, family, personal

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