No Power/Heat/Hot Water, But A Marathon!

marathon sandy

A view from the inside…

 

Yes, we’ve been hit by Sandy. No power, no heat and no hot water for close to a week. Con Ed whose slogan should be” Con Ed… we’ll con you till you’re dead” says power should be back on Saturday but who knows?

 

I had to throw out all my food at home. Of course I had a freezer full of stuff before the blackout. The last of it is on the fire escape and I’m afraid to even open it, it’s probably garbage anyway. I haven’t shaved so I look like the Geico caveman and had one shower in the past few days, but hey, we’ve having a marathon Sunday. That will really make me feel cleaner, less hungry, less cold, sure!

 

The funny thing is I, and my neighbors, thousands of them can’t get a hotel room because of all the runners in town for the marathon. Taking it a step further, image how great it would be if we could house all the newly homeless people in those hotel rooms!

 

In NYC, the dividing line  is around 30th street. Everything above are the haves. They have everything we don’t, so we all have to go uptown to warm up, get any food, or to charge electrical devices. Below are the have-nots. No food, no heat, no hot water and of course, darkness and candlelight. Laundry has to wait. Business is non-existent. You have to go uptown to get anything done. People are setting up makeshift offices in hotel lobbies who have wifi. That’s where I am now, typing this, dreading having to go home to darkness. But I am one of the lucky ones.

 

People downtown are beginning to go through dumpsters of food thrown out by local supermarkets, trying t find something edible. No restaurants, delis or supermarkets are open and if you can find one, all they have are canned goods. It’s like a nuclear disaster here.

 

But above 30th street, everything continues as normal. Very surreal.

 

Regardless though, I am grateful. People in Staten Island, New Jersey, Queens, The Rockaways and other areas have lost their homes. At least I still have one.

 

Speaking of haves and have-nots, power generators are set up for the marathon.

 

“The three diesel-powered generators crank out 800 kilowatts — enough to power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan…In addition to the generators, a food services truck dropped off hundreds of cases of water, sparking angered responses from hurricane victims.”

 

Hilarious and outrageous when many working class people have little to hang on to, that we should be giving precious resources to the upper middle class/upper class.

 

OH WAIT!

 

This is a microcosm of what’s going on everywhere in the nation. Maybe you don’t have hurricane Sandy in your area, but you have another type of hurricane. Reverse Robin Hoods taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

 

But thankfully, not all people are selfish. Some runners are actually making a difference volunteering instead of running.

 

There’s always a silver lining.

 

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