Dammit, Sandy. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Hurricane Sandy, Part 2.

Sandy has come through town and my boyfriend and I…and Sammy the Cat, as those of us who saw yesterday’s post are aware…came through it fine.  Our house is safe and dry, no water in the basement, no flooding from Buffalo Creek.  Yay!

But I am from New Jersey.  Most of my family is still in New Jersey.  And New Jersey took a beating.

There are all sorts of photos out there of of boats in the middle of the road and houses lifted off their foundations and water, water everywhere.

Seaside Heights got pounded.  I was in Seaside about a month ago–it was a beautiful day, I wanted pictures–and in retrospect, I’m even more nostalgically glad I went.  Because the devastation there is extraordinary, and parts of the boardwalk have been ripped apart.

You can go to the links and look at the pictures yourself.  This is a significant and happy portion of my misspent youth, torn apart.  I can’t bear to post them.  So instead, I’ll post a pre-Sandy retrospective.  All photos taken by me, September 8, 2012.

From what I’ve heard, part of the log flume and most of the haunted house are gone.

Along the midway. Both piers at either end suffered crazy damage.

And we thought the waves were big that day.

From the balcony at Spicy’s, Seaside Heights.

Big, empty, pristine beach. The roller coaster you can just barely see to the left of the ferris wheel is gone.

Pretty sure this small coaster is destroyed and the Tornado is on its side.

Who’d’a thunk this could come to pieces?


Love and well wishes to everyone out there.

10 responses to Dammit, Sandy. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  1. So glad that you posted and that you and yours are safe. Good news. And glad you have those photos to capture the moment – the places in our hearts defy destruction. – Nikki


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Thank you. I’ll be even happier when my mother gets her power restored, but at least she’s got supplies and is in good spirits. 🙂 I’m so glad I went to Seaside that day and took those pictures. For several reasons, it seems that weekend was a bit of a turning point for me. XOXO


  2. hazeldazel

    I’m so sorry that the places you loved were destroyed but so glad that you and your loved ones are safe and sound. Things can be rebuilt, memories can be cherished, people unfortunately cannot be brought back. In the meantime, hug your sweetie and scritch Sammy’s cheeks.

    I saw the photos – http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/nj_nurses_black_eyes_across_st.html#incart_river

    It sucks with mucho harshness but before you know it they’ll have everything rebuilt and you’ll be making new memories.

    Who knows? Maybe you’ll get Mitt to grace you guys with his presence with a campaign “storm relief event!” *snicker*


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Re: Mitt and the storm relief…are you Hurricane STFU or something? 😉

      Yeah, the photos of the shore are mind-blowing. They just got beat down. Of course they’ll rebuild–I never doubted that–but that doesn’t mean it makes it easy to see. This sort of thing never fails to remind me that, despite all our posturing, we are just fragile creatures barely holding on.

      And don’t worry. Sammy’s getting his scritching. So is George, now that you mention it. LOL



  3. Your sense of humor is intact I see – the title of your post cracked me up!
    Sorry for the loss of things you held dear, and glad to know your family is doing well. XO


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