I presume Phillip Schewe can explain The Grid, but I’ll be darned if many others can. The electrical power throughout the New York & New Jersey areas is incredibly spotty. Take our apartment for example. Lights on to the right, lights on to the left, and lights on across the street. But our “luxury apartment building” that charges $2800/month rent? Nothing. No power, no heat. The only thing running as normal, now a week after Hurricane Sandy is the cold water. Nor is there a single hotel room available anywhere in Northern New Jersey among those hotels that have power.
Equally mysterious to me is the flip side of this that exists in our office on a positive note. All last week we maintained power, but all the stores across the street were without power, and the hum of generators could be heard loudly from residences around our office. Evidently PSE&G has some sort of power restoration plan in mind.
Hurricane Sandy has tested more than the new geographic location of an eroded NJ/NY coastline. It has tested the patience of people desparate for gas to feed cars and generators. It has tested the resourcefulness of people who siphon gas from cars destroyed by floods in a noble gesture giving it to others in need. It has also spawned the pscyhopaths who siphon gas from perfectly good cars out of sheer opportunism and disregard for others. It seems like every day of the week now presents new tests for those of us for whom spending time at the Jersey Shore in homes irrevocably altered or destroyed was more than a temporary incovenience. How will these tests collectively change us?