OK so it’s been a long time.
I don’t even know where to start, so much has happened. First it was the earthquake. That was interesting, by the way, I live in New Jersey. That was freaky, at first I thought I was suffering from my medication. So I’m sitting here and all of a sudden my chair started to move . Then I notice that the house was rocking . So I’m like what the fuck is going on? I totally get it when people say it lasted longer than it appeared to, because it seemed like it lasted for at least 3 minutes But in reality it only lasted a few seconds .
Initially it took a few seconds for me to realize what was going on. The thought process that you go through is amazing when you’re in a disaster situation. The first stage is awareness, the second is a acceptance, the third is reaction. It’s the first two stages that usually get in trouble when you’re in an earthquake. By the time you figure out what’s happening and what to do about it you’re probably going to be buried. unless you’re in a crowd and everyone panics and starts running. Actually, being in a crowd or with a group of people can be the difference between life and death. I actually saw footage of a meeting that was being held when the earthquake struck on the news, and the people on the stage were looking at each other in disbelief trying to figure out what to do. Being by yourself you would react, but when you’re in a group, you get your cues from other people and it takes your mind a few seconds to sort out who to follow. Those seconds can mean life or death. So my recommendation to you is if you’re in that situation don’t look around, figure out what to do and bust a move.
OK, so the next thing that happened was the hurricane. That in itself was not too unusual, but the weather forecasters make such a big deal that I kind of got worried. The first thing I want to say is, never take any of this shit lightly. Don’t try and be a hero. If they tell your ass to leave, leave. The next time you feel like being a hero, just watch the weather channel and see what happens to people who are heroes. So that evening when the hurricane did finally get here, I was watching television, CNN specifically, they were focusing on New York because New York is the bigger story. But I live in New Jersey which is south of New York and was expected to get hit more directly. So I said screw this and I turned to the weather channel. Just as I turned, they were flashing tornado warnings for my area. So I’m like holy shit now. A few seconds later, my power went out so I was completely freaked out. I spent a few minutes fumbling in the dark trying to find my flashlight. And then panic set in.. All of my rooms have windows and I was concerned about broken glass. I had just seen on television that taping your windows, which is what you see most of the time in the news clips, doesn’t do shit. So I’m really concerned about the glass. The only place in my house where there are no windows is at the top of my stairs. So I realize that I need a better plan in case something like that should happen again. I didn’t feel safe or prepared.
I spent the next 5 hours in the dark. I did manage to find an old mp3 player that had a radio. So I’m listening to a local radio station that was taking calls from people in the area and they were describing what was going on. That kept me sane for a few hours and then I was able to fall asleep until 5:00 am, at which point the lights came on. The only damage that I suffered was a fallen tree in the backyard, a small one at that. I consider myself fortunate.
Also, I’ve been working on my music pratically every day now. Once I got the courage to record my singing, at the encouragement of my gf, I have been on a tear. If you’re curious, by all means check out my tracks HERE (it will open a new window)