Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. I woke up this morning gratified to find my electricity still works. I checked with my children, who live in Brooklyn, and they were well and high and dry from the floods.
Then I noticed I had no heat or hot water. My cell phone could not find a signal. Eventually I realized most of my apartment building is dark. For some reason, my apartment is a little oasis of lights and working appliances in a desert of electrical dysfunction.
Considering that people have lost their homes to flood and fire, I can't complain. This afternoon President Obama asked people to donate to the American Red Cross, and I think right now that's about as much as most of us can do.