As Hurricane Sandy “bears” down on much of the East Coast, I am reminded of my roots. I am a New Englander. And, there is nothing we New Englander’s do better than prepare for a storm. We were made for this stuff. We store water, stock batteries, tape windows, batten down hatches with glee. We prepare for a storm with more fervor and skill than we prepare for most holidays. And we are frugal while we do it, if we can fashion our gas cooking stove out of decade old Coleman remnants saved in the barn, we will. And, we are efficient, if we can melt our water from snow from the yard while heating the house with the wood stove, we do it! And we are experts, we discuss fallen electrical lines with knowledge second only to the actual Light and Power crew (and sometimes that’s debatable). And, we are self reliant, if we could fix those electrical lines with duck tape, well then we would get out there and fix them.
In New England, you know what’s going to hit you long before it comes. Usually you are prepared for the most worst case scenario that never comes to fruition. Then, we New Englanders bash the weather people and the news people and anyone in between as we discuss how they over hyped again. Maybe the West Coasters know how to stock up for an earthquake but there’s not much else you can do to prepare when there’s little warning (unfortunately).
I miss New England.