Alright folks, I can’t talk too long.
In brief, I made it through the storm okay.
No power–not for a while, anyway–so I’m pirating my friend’s internets and power.
I gotta bust a move and start cleaning up the debris. Luckily, Casa De KingShamus came through relatively unscathed. Seeing some of the destruction in the neighborhood makes me very very grateful for my good fortune.
Keep me updated on how ya’all are doing. I’ll be back tomorrow to check on everybody. Stay safe, amigos.
Update: Still no power, so posts might be a little spotty.
Some information you might be able to use–I invested in a kerosene heater before the storm hit.
Best decision I’ve made in a while.
I remember back when I was a kid, my dad would occasionally use a kerosene heater to augment the other heat sources in the house. I forgot just how powerful these things are. The heat is amazing. My home is for the most part very comfortable. Some rooms are a little chilled, but that’s me being really stupid and nit-picky. Heat is not an issue, even as temperatures have dipped into the 30’s.
Also, I had the heater going at the lowest setting since Monday. I’ve run it for maybe 10 hours off and on and it’s still not out of fuel. So on top of being really warm, it’s really efficient.
It’s probably a little over-cautious, but I don’t let the heater run when I’m out or during the overnights when I’m asleep. But If I give my place a good hour or so blast, the heat lasts long enough that I can doze off with a few blankets and be fine. It’s not like flicking a thermostat up or down and getting comfortable, but with a little bit of care and planning, you can probably heat a decent-sized house with one or two kerosene heaters and be just fine.
Alright, I gotta go. I have another post in the pipeline for the day, but I’ll try to get back tomorrow. I’m still Kool and the Gang.
Pray for Manhattan, for Long Island and for the Jersey Shore. They got roughed the hell up.
In fact, here’s the Salvation Army’s Donation Page. If you have some money to spare, I’m sure they’ll do some folks a lot of good with your donation.
Peace out, homies.
UPDATE NUMERO DOS: It only took me a day to keep a flashlight on my person at all times. Tripping over crap in the dark gets really old very quick. Also, buying a gajillion candles was a fairly smart move in retrospect. Matches and lighters are a godsend too.
Allegedly, the power might come back in my neck of the woods this weekend. In other news, Ayman al-Zawahiri has just been baptized as a Southern Baptist minister and will lead his choir in a rousing version of “Onward Christian Soldiers” after he delivers his first sermon ‘Jesus Is So Much Cooler Than Any Other Prophet Ever’ this Sunday.
I’ll believe the power is back when I can fire up my TV and run that 10 hour “Patton” marathon I’ve been planning for a week.
Fingers crossed, ya’all.
Not to bring up a sore subject again, but there are those in my area that have really been devastated. I piss and moan about not having power, but my predicament is nothing compared to those less fortunate. Some people will never get back to normal. Some people have lost everything they own. Some people won’t be coming home. The Salvation Army could use some donations.
If you have any loose change, it would be appreciated.
Keep it real, ya’all.