Wow, what a week! As Sandy's wind battered the walls of my brick apartment complex, all I could think of was "Little piggie, little piggie let me come in!" And then Sandy huffed and puffed and I remembered that it was the brick house that she could not blow down.
Turns out I was right. My roommate and I were very lucky and didn't lose power. (Which is good, because I somehow managed to eat all the beef jerky supply I bought before the storm even started.) It flickered out three times, but never for more than three minutes.
Going a little stir crazy, my roommate and I ventured into town on Tuesday afternoon. I was so happy to find that the town, resilient as ever, was bustling with life - Couples, families, cyclists - everyone was out and about! And restaurants like Greenwood's Grille and The Spot opened their doors with free Wi-Fi and charging stations for the whole town.
People always say that disaster brings people together, but I think that even without disaster, the people of Bethel will always be there for each other. (Just another one of my many pleasant suprises living here.)
I hope that all of you made it through the storm with minimal damage, and if not, I trust that all will be well soon. Now we're back to work and our daily lives and are only stuck with the question - what do we do with all this bottled water?
Also - Huge thanks to Jaimie of Bethel's Patch for staying up late through the night keeping us all informed and up to date. Buy her a drink next time you see her.