Hey, remember me? My two week blogcation somehow morphed into a couple months. Hope you haven't given up on me.
First, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year.
I'd love to say I got a ton of writing done while I was offline but I have to be honest and admit it didn't quite work out that way. Now I'm hoping the wonderful energy from everyone's blogs will get my creative juices flowing again.
In the meantime, I'll share a few moments from my disaster relief assignment in New Jersey.
Our first day we arrived too late for in-processing so we were referred to our lodging for the night - The Regency Plaza Hotel. Wow! Not the usual accommodations, believe me (in fact, I spent the following night on a floor on my little air mattress). We entered the address into our little GPS and headed that way. The nice lady in the GPS got a little irritated when we kept leaving our designated route because of closed roads and detours but she finally got us there. At least, she said we were there. But there was no hotel. Just a bunch of darkened office buildings. Then it struck us. Why would Red Cross workers get to stay at the Regency Plaza? Because the Regency Plaza had no power.
We figured out which of the darkened buildings was our hotel and parked the car. A bellhop, manually pulling back the "automated" doors, greeted us warmly as he ushered us into the dimly lit lobby. The ridiculously cheerful young lady at the desk explained that the hotel's generator provided just enough power for emergency hallway lighting and the hotel's security system (door locks).
Then she said, "Welcome to the Regency Plaza. Here's your key card and your glowstick."
And off I went, down the deserted hallway, clutching my little glowstick.
Hmmm. Dark hotel. No power. Deserted hallway. Pale light of a glowstick. Why did it all seem so right?
Oh, of course. It was October 31. Halloween.
I'll have more on disaster relief in New Jersey on Friday. Watch for some Hump Day funnies on Wednesday.
I'm looking forward to visiting everyone and seeing what you've been up to. Please forgive me if it takes a few days. And if you stop by here, please say hi. I've missed you.
Thought for the day: When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.