Just saw an AP report wherein the residents of Staten Island are really starting to get upset. They say they're being treated like step children even though they were the hardest hit by the storm and surge of the five Boros. Although I'm sure they must be there, the people interviewed said they have seen no sign of the Red Cross, they have no gasoline and little if any public transit in a Boro that heavily relies upon the automobile more so than the other four. There is also major flooding all around the island. I think these feelings are being expressed even by those knowing that of course Manhattan must take precedence because after all, it is the center of commerce in this country.
Even one of the senior reporters on the Weather Channel alluded to the fact that people everywhere are running out of patience. Among other things, they don't have nearly the number of police officers that they need to prevent looting so relative to the importance or lack thereof vis-a-vis the thread on the Marathon, I don't think I'd mention that to a Staten Islander because that event alone requires a phenomenal number of police officers. To make matters even worse, it's supposed to turn much colder around the first part of next week. Thankfully, the Air Force is flying in a constant stream of power equipment and linemen in huge C-5-A Galaxies and C-17's from all over the country. I know our little county has sent linemen and trucks to impacted out of state areas so help is definitely growing. It boils down to can they beat the cold weather because if they don't, especially seniors I'm afraid will be freezing to death in their apartments and homes.
I think if any hero is going to arise out of all of this it will be Gov. Christie of New Jersey. When asked about the election he quite angrily responded that Tuesday is non existent on his "to do" list. Having talked with several friends in New Jersey, they are really proud and consider themselves very lucky to have such a committed leader who could care less about politics at this time. He makes it a point to truly be an advocate for all of the citizens of New Jersey and backs up those comments with direct action, always complimenting those who are trying their hardest to overcome this tragedy. His sincerety is obvious. He also is very good at "kicking butt" when people or a department don't live up to his standards.
I still haven't heard anything about cruises in and out of either New York or New Jersey and how the lines are addressing those problems. If anyone does, please share what you've heard, especially if you have an impending cruise originating and terminating from the Northeast.
Here's wishing everyone a marvelous TGIF and remember, at five o'clock this evening Mike M, it's party time!