Hi All! Thanks for your concern!
We lost power a little before 4pm Thursday. Soon after met up with some friends & ended up spending much of Thursday night & Friday morning in their apartment on the 10th floor of my building (mine's on the 3rd) where the view of the storm was better. Our building's emergency generator kept dying, so we had no lights in the hallways or stairwells for most of Thursday night. The roof over the main stairwell started to leak, & quite a few people took spills while trying to navigate the stairs in the dark, (I smell lawsuits) including several of my friends & my former roommate. I pretty much ran out of candles & such, as my friends on the 10th floor (you remember my Buddhist friend, don't worry, nothing's happening on that front) didn't have any (they'd never gone through a hurricane before) and as there was only me in my apartment, & 5 people in theirs, i gave them all my good candles. To entertain ourselves after many hours in the semi-darkness, (after we got sick of playing cards & the laptop's battery died so we couldn't listen to music anymore) we drove our neighbors nuts by taking several trips downstairs (10 stories down dark hallways & even darker staircases) to check on how the generator was coming along, as well as to get a closer look at the storm, and played hide-and-seek in the hallways, stairwells, & downstairs lobby & gym by flashlight & candle-light..
On Friday we still had no power & no water, & building management informed us 2-7 days. We started going a little stur-crazy, as our phones were running out of battery charge, & we didn't know what was going on the DC area, much less the world.
TG the power was restored to our neighborhood Saturday morning.
Saturday night we sang vigil by candle-light at St. John's, and on Sunday morning liturgy was by candle-light as well. Good thing the church luncheon had been a planned bbq & we got some good chebachichis (Serbian kabbobs).
Anyway, to make a long meandering story quite a bit shorter than it could be, (trust me, I can go on & on about this past weekend), 100s of thousands still remain without electricy, but TG we are some of the lucky ones that got it back on quickly. Also, it's amazing how many neighbors you meet & how much you find out about friends you thought you knew everything about when the tv, stereo, & cell phone is out of commision. Even more amazing is how much people are willing to help you out, people who you never even would have thought to ask.
Thanks for your prayers, etc.
On a side note, I've been out of Medori, Peach Shnapps, Sour Mix & Vodka since early Friday morning.