140 Characters

I think I am too ADD to write more than 140 character posts with any regularity.  Twitter didn’t ruin me, it just met me where I was.

Sandy slowed down our NYC adventure, postponed some visits with old friends who were more impacted by the storm than I and leaving us in a cold, dark apartment for a week. Roland had to move out of his house in Jersey for a while and Karen has been without power for over two weeks. Melinda and I are two of the lucky ones.

Last Monday, election eve, we saw Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, at the Gramercy Theater. She did a show called “Bang the Dumb Slowly” and it was exactly the laugh I needed to alleviate the pre-election stress that was creeping in. We had planned on watching the election results from “Democracy Plaza” in Rockefeller Center, but temperatures had dropped into the 30’s and we were  content to watch MSNBC from the comfort of the couch.

We did brave the N’oreaster on Wednesday night to see “Grace” at the Cort Theater. Dark and compelling. A kick seeing Ed Asner on stage.

Melinda actually took off a second day this week and we hopped a subway up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spent the afternoon browsing European Paintings.

This weekend Patty & Larry are arriving from Indiana for a couple of days and next week James flies in for Thanksgiving. Can’t wait!

Sandy… NY won’t set herself on fire for me anymore

Sandy

Subways shut, trains empty

storm surge, river rise

streets flood, subways flood.

homes flood.

Winds whip, facades fall

cranes break.

surge recedes, damage remains.

power out, lights out, heat out.

dark. alone. quiet. eerie quiet.

Sandy sounds like sirens.

wind howls, Izaak howls.

sirens wail. incessantly.

no trains. no people. no business.

power out.

day one. no light.

day two.no coffee.

day three. no heat.

day four. no shower.

New York is two cities,

power

and no power.

dark and empty,

alive, functioning and not missing a beat

uptown.

everybody walks

north

searching,

for food,

for water,

for connections.

people cluster at Starbucks

closed.

free wifi.

Priorities.