While Some Questions Are Answered, Others Remain

As the clown portends mystery when entering the “fun house”, we had impressions of our Jersey Shore place from reports and pictures through friends and media, but uncertainty as to the range of fright over damage to our surround mixed with delight at having property spared.  Seeing the devastation firsthand is, well, devestating. From an online dictionary comes this definition:  Devastation is severe destruction or a state of severe grief or sadness … along with this primary example of usage: When a hurricane leaves a city in ruins, this is an example of devastation.

The sidewalk in front of our condo speaks to the flood waters’ devastation of the interior of the ground level units.

A walk to the end of the block reveals the boardwalk blocked.

Nature detours the boardwalk …

Miniature Golf, Macro Destruction …

Sightsee-ers find it hard to believe what they are seeing, tears over what has been lost co-mingling with hope of what might be salvaged …

From some angles Martell’s Tiki Bar appears to be merely hibernating …

But views from the beach reveal how its midsection and extremities were severed …

Passersby note that the plastic orange palm trees are gone, though there are reports that the Sinatra House is playing Frank’s CDs in tribute …

Amidst the debris there is new hope for discovery by The Beachcomber …

Jenkinson’s appears to be largely spared, save for its side yard as a minor casualty.

Visualizing the serenity of summer’s view helps to keep the dream alive that by Memorial Day the Shore can be rebuilt and lives that have been shattered will be restored …

… while in the interim the seafaring mermaid remains vigilant.


About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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