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    Well, barring problems from this storm, looks like I'm back to commuting. We got an e-mail today stating that we would be opening at Noon tomorrow. It sounds like they got another generator or something temporary - they didn't promise heat. So, we've got to dress in layers because the temperature will be uneven in the buliding.

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    Good luck and hope the new storm passes fast. I dont think I still have heard even an approximate number of how many homes are destroyed or seriously damaged.....I think everyone is open to some disaster...here in Spokane County its wildfire.
    The midwest has its tornados....the east coast , storms. The west coast has tsunamis and volcanos and earthquakes. You cant prepare for everything, but it amazes me how many people dont even know if they have air in their spare tires, let alone food, water, heat, and light for two weeks.....

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    I couldn't tell you anything about my car, but I have an emergency kit for it, and I always check to make sure it's stocked (I've never used it but I'm OCD like that)... as for my spare tire, they tell me there's one attached underneath....

    but I have emergency food, etc for an earthquake... though I don't know if we have enough water... my oh so intelligent sibling keeps eating the emergency food and water so... *facepalm*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    Sometimes I feel like I'm from another country... A tree WARDEN????????
    Well, you Alaskans are from another century, if not another country. Here in New England we're from the 18th century or earlier in terms of many things. In Florida, a Tree Warden is called your town's Urban Forester. In New England (at least in rural New England), he is the Tree Warden. In Groton, the Tree Warden is my cousin Phil. We also have a town office called Fence Viewer. And some towns have Burgesses or Aldermen.

    Up until about 20 years ago, the City of Groton was The Borough of Groton, and its head was not the Mayor, he was the Warden, and the City Council was collectively called The Burgesses. (Properly, a borough official is a burgess from Ye Olde England)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    I couldn't tell you anything about my car, but I have an emergency kit for it, and I always check to make sure it's stocked (I've never used it but I'm OCD like that)... as for my spare tire, they tell me there's one attached underneath....

    but I have emergency food, etc for an earthquake... though I don't know if we have enough water... my oh so intelligent sibling keeps eating the emergency food and water so... *facepalm*
    lol, really funny-whats in it that tastes so good? mac and cheese toni? id disown them-lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Well, you Alaskans are from another century, if not another country. Here in New England we're from the 18th century or earlier in terms of many things. In Florida, a Tree Warden is called your town's Urban Forester. In New England (at least in rural New England), he is the Tree Warden. In Groton, the Tree Warden is my cousin Phil. We also have a town office called Fence Viewer. And some towns have Burgesses or Aldermen.

    Up until about 20 years ago, the City of Groton was The Borough of Groton, and its head was not the Mayor, he was the Warden, and the City Council was collectively called The Burgesses. (Properly, a borough official is a burgess from Ye Olde England)
    Man, I've studied Old and Middle English, and I never made the connection between borough (burg, a fortified city) and burgess. I guess I should have thought of the German burghers, which must be a cognate word. Bourgeois is certainly related to them. The bourgeoisie were originally just the merchant class, people who earned their money in trade rather than being landowners who inherited their wealth and title--no criticism or scorn implied in the word.

    Tree warden sounds wonderful. And fence viewer!

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    Didnt got to work today... another work at home day.....they had hoped that the utility company would work on the power in time for the afternoon and/or to hook up an additional generator to the building. They had to go with the generator option.

    As far as last night's storm, I only experienced 2 momentary brown outs. However, people south of me (Howel/Lakewood), lost power again as well as getting 8-12" of snow. My SIL said power went out at 11:30pm and it ended up coming back late this afternoon - if it hadn't come back on, I'd likely have my brother's family with me tonight and my almost 6 yr old niece would've insisted on sleeping with me again. For such a little person, she takes up 2/3 of the bed - love her to pieces, but it's not very restful for me LOL. School was cancelled for my brother's kids again - so, they've had 6 'snow' days already and winter hasn't even started - it would've been 9 'snow' days except for Tuesday being election day and originally Thurs/Fri were intended to be school closed for Teacher's conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    lol, really funny-whats in it that tastes so good? mac and cheese toni? id disown them-lol
    I have no idea.. it's all canned goods and stuff that won't spoil... he says it's "easier to get to" than the rest of the food in teh pantry.

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    Toni...maybe store it under your bed, unbeknownst to him?

    heyang,I hope you get your power back soon.

    This article says 60,000 additional homes without power in NY & NJ after Winter Storm Athena
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/5...ersey.html.csp

    "I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. "We may take a setback in the next 24 hours."

    The Long Island Power Authority said by evening that the number of customers in the dark had risen from 150,000 to more than 198,000.
    Meanwhile, some help is coming:
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT


    Conn. utility sends crews to New York, New Jersey

    BERLIN, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's biggest utility is sending crews to help restore power in New York and New Jersey.

    Connecticut Light & Power says it can spare the workers now that local restoration work has been completed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

    The workers are leaving Thursday afternoon. A utility spokesman said the number of departing workers was not available.

    More than 625,000 homes and businesses in Connecticut lost power from Sandy between customers of CL&P and United Illuminating, but both utilities hit their restoration targets early this week.

    Outages spiked slightly from a nor'easter that hit Connecticut late Wednesday, but less than 500 CL&P customers were without power by midday Thursday.
    While I am not a fan of Connecticut Light and Power (they have been notoriously slow at repairs compared to the municpal power companies here in CT), I'm glad they are headed off to help folks in NY & NJ.
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    Here's something a lot of people don't think about in this electronic era: a can opener that works manually. Canned goods don't work if you can't get them open.

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    Went back to work today - building is being powered by a 1.5 megawatt generator. No cafeteria service and only 1 of 4 elevators turned on. I've been using the elevator because of my injured knee. A few of my co-workers still haven't had power restored since Sandy. One had power restored after Sandy and lost it to Athena on Wednesday night - he's supposed to be restored by Sunday - at least, the weather will be warming up over the next few days.

    The building was pretty cold. My group was fortunate because we're on the east side of the building and the morning sun warmed up the area - by lunch, I didn't have to wear my sweater in my cubicle. However, other parts without windows required wearing an outside coat. They'll run the generator until power is fully restored by the utility company.

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    Thank goodness you have some elevators, Heyang! When our apt. bldg.'s power was out, climbing the stairs with groceries and bottled water was the hardest part, except for figuring out how to stay warm. Our office opened this past Monday, with the full complement of everything. The only problem was that I sit in a drafty office, but I bundled up and used a space heater. By this time I still didn't have heat or Internet at home, so it was a splendid luxury to have these amenities for part of my day. I'm glad you're in a building that has a generator, and that you're in an area where you don't have to sit there in coat and hat. I hope that by Monday everything is restored, but obviously you're strong enough to thrive if the adversity is extended.

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    glad to see life returning to normal-would say what is next-just pray-it is so hard in Jersey on the elderly/homebound-lives lost....what can we do to save the climate?

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    Nova just had an hour special about Sandy. It is sad the reasons for Sandy are not being relaized by those who suffered most there. Atlatntic City is destroyed and thenNJ Coast should not let people rebuild. Some say this storm was directed to two places where much unholy stuff goes-me-global warming. Nova is funded, like much of PBS with corporate money as well as ours, and apparenyly borrowed China money. The news is not following this disaster better than Katrina. There are many more homeless and many still without basics, power etc. So I pray Gov Christie realizes everywhere nature is reclaiming coastal areas as the ocean is 1 foot higher than 100 years ago. It is likely this will happen again-if not the gulf, then the east coast. I pray people realize the coastal areas should not be rebuilt as the polar caps are melting fast and scientists are just realizing how much more Oceans will rise. Cities as sea level need to realize this will not take 100 years to happen. Late October is not even hurricane system time.

    I see a population shift to further Inland.

    The sun and wind are there. Why must we see the Earth die as a result of oil, coal, greenhouse gasses. Yet another BP fire in the gulf. Billions in lawsuits. It is so obvious we must kick our addiction to oil and not drill into the core or in the ocean. God gives native intelligence that does not require 100 blue ribbon panel studies in the majority of journals.

    I look on line and am sickened and sad for Jersey Shore people and New Yorkers in many spots. If global warming is political ?wth ? please move comment. When tropical weather and humidity and 95 degree weather began in New England and I saw Maple leaves all blighted by 1994, I knew we were heading into deep seas.

    I wonder RD what is left of the venue in AC where the Disson event was originally slated? What is left of the Casino business? These should be lead stories for weeks, not the private lives of generals who didn't divulge top secret info.

    Besides the cute babies, the best part of this show was a reminder that the Red Cross needs money. We are not hearing this nearly eough. Sso many distasters, fires, earrthquakes make people numb then de-sensiztized so I was glad to see MW and KY ask for help. Shoulda been at least as many pleas for people as animals(and I love animals-but people should come first.)
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