In the aftermath of post-tropical storm cyclone Sandy, I'm at the Verizon store to post this. In Central New Jersey, we were told to prepare for being out of power for over a week. So, pictured above are some produce that stores well without refrigeration - oranges, potatoes, daikon radish, acorn squash, cabbage and avocados.
And above, some other shelf-stable food that I bought. Not pictured: batteries, candles, water, crackers, onions, garlic, first aid supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, food and litter for the four-legged kids.
At home, I have no power, no phone, and no Internet. Our cell phone service is unreliable. Trees and power lines are down all over and many roads are impassable. I heard on my battery-powered radio that 25% of the cell towers from Virginia up to New Englad were knocked out in this storm, and it's going to get worse before it gets better because the generator-powered cell towers are going to stop working when they run out of fuel.
Thank you, Verizon, for letting the public use your generator-powered store to charge their phones and laptops, and access the internet on your tablets! You've made this terrible situation a little more bearable.
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