Sorry To Have Been Out Of The Loop


Well, instead of worrying about David Wright’s and R.A. Dickey’s contracts and how the Mets would put a contending team on the field for 2013, me and every other person in the NY Metro area’s lives has been side tracked by the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought upon us.

As you see in the picture up top, I lost the roof over the extension of my house. Underneath that roof is my living room that had rain coming through it on Monday night during the height of the storm. After grabbing some tarps from my basement and running to the yard to grab garbage cans, hoping the tree in my yard did snap while I was out there, we staved off a disaster.

Thankfully my contractor that I’ve used for renovations on my house, sent his guys over Tuesday to fix my roof and tear down the ceiling in my living room and as I type this they are re-sheet rocking the ceiling they just put in a year ago. But I am a very lucky guy.

The Atlantic Ocean is a mile and a half from my house. In the summer it’s a nice walk straight down from my door to the fishing pier and boardwalk on Father Capadano Blvd. My daughter plays soccer on a beautiful Field Turf pitch by the pier and I’ve used the baseball fields next to it for many baseball practices, from t-ball through high school. It’s one of the best spots in Staten Island. Today it is a Federal disaster area.

Never ever in my wildest imagination did I think the Atlantic Ocean would ever land on my doorstep. The ocean water came within two blocks of my house, just think, the ocean is a mile and half from my house and the surge just miss my front door.

Television doesn’t do justice to the devastation in the area of South Beach or the whole south coast of Staten Island. The death toll from this disaster has been under reported. Many cops and firemen have told us they are finding bodies under the ruins where homes used to stand. Yes, the area is in Zone A and yes folks were given ample warning to leave but you have to remember the folks who live down there are veterans of hurricanes and severe Nor’easters and have toughed out many a storm. But there has never been a storm that hit like Hurricane Sandy.

Like I say myself and my family were spared in fact I never lost electricity so friends and family who needed to charge phones, computers or needed a hot shower or a cup of coffee came over. In the wake of such a hearting breaking tragedy, it was amazing having friends over for pot luck dinners and hearing kids laughing in my basement as they played games or watched TV.

It’ll get better here on Staten Island and in Breezy Point where my aunt and uncle had a home  for years when as a kid my father would tell us we were headed to visit relations on the “Irish Rivera” to have lots of food, lots of drink and watch lots of Mets baseball. What is stunning is the two hardest hit areas of NYC, Staten Island and Breezy Point, are home to the largest concentration of the city’s first responders.

Give me a couple of more days and I’ll be back worrying about David Wright’s contract and whether it’s better to keep R.A. Dickey or trade him and which outfielders the Mets should be in hot pursuit of it’s just right now I got a few other things on  my mind.

and that’s the ceiling or what used to be the ceiling

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  1. I’m glad my favourite blogger and his family are safe and still have a house!
    …I’m glad you’re ok too! Hahahaa oh I couldn’t resist!
    In all seriousness, really pleased you are all ok. We were up late here watching it unfold on Sky and CNN, just dreadful! I have friends in New Jersey too, they are ok, the house is ok but they say they lost there vacation place in NJ, gone, wiped out completely! So very sad. Sorry about your roof too! I hope you can get fixed up good and money and resources quickly become available to all that need it. Much love to you from over the pond, xxx
    Looking forward to your next Mets post when you are good and able!

  2. Steve, sorry for what you went through but I’m relieved to hear it wasn’t worse.

    Stay dry.

  3. Hang in there it will be over soon.

  4. Steve, that is a frightening story. I’m about half a mile from LI Sound, and we missed the mandatory evacuation by about 100 feet. While I never lost power, the damage in this beach town is amazing. Like Breezy Point, houses just bowled over by LI Sound. Roads and businesses under water…I’m just thankful to be so lucky and feeling for those who were not.

  5. Great post. It’s always the human story that brings it big events like this home. Glad you seem to have made it out okay — you were fortunate that the contractors were able to get on the job so quickly.

  6. Wow – a mile and half buffer from the ocean reduced to 2 blocks! I have 6 siblings in the NY & NJ area all without power – thankfully all alive. Glad to hear you and your family are okay.
    Love the way you talked about people coming together – that’s the bright light in a terribly dark story.

  7. Krane,
    From Jersey side, to all our brothers and sisters in Staten Island and NY, hang in there, we feel for all those suffering.

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