Monday, April 29, 2013

Halfway Around The Sun

Six months ago, a young woman named Sandy made a most unwelcome visit to those of us who live here in New Jersey - as well as our neighbors in Connecticut and New York.   For folks like the Missus and me - who live a comfortable distance from what represented Ground Zero here in the State of Concrete Gardens - the Sandy-related inconvenience was relatively short-lived and decidedly inconvenient with a lower-case "i". 

For countless residents of this - the only state I have called home (save for four years matriculating my way through CU-Boulder) - Sandy wrought considerably more havoc.  And the effects of what she did have continued to be felt by many, many folks.  In typical Jersey fashion, a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll published today reveals that far more of those than not who live in the parts of the state that bore Sandy's wrath directly consider themselves back to normal - or damn close to it.

For some - too many in fact - she delivered a blow from which they cannot recover.  For many others the road to recovery - in spite of its incalculable length - is one that they are navigating every day.  And it is one that they shall continue to navigate tomorrow.  And the next day.  And the day after that as well. 

The Summer of 2013 shall arrive in the State of Concrete Gardens in less than thirty days.  Memorial Day Weekend begins on May 24th.  It promises to be one not like anything we have seen in these parts for some time.  And we hope that its kind never has to come this way again.  


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