*Hurricane Sandy knocked out our electrical and cellular services for a few days. I drove around taking photos and wrote in my journal. This is a partial dump from that journal.*

#Day One#
It’s the morning after the storm. The air is cold. I’ve never heard such quiet inside and outside the house. We are still without power. It seems the AT&T cell tower has gone offline. My phone has a no service sign. It’s still dark in the house but I’m well rested and can’t sleep anymore. Shaan is up as well. Time to make the coffee. Are we in the eye of the storm or is it really over?

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Power is still out. I drove around the neighborhood to assess the situation. There are a lot of trees down in Rocky Hill. I had a chat with one of the emergency crews members working on cutting up a tree on Crescent Avenue. I told him about the large tree that had fallen across River Road ( near Blue Spring Road ). The tree had brought down the power lines. I’m not sure if these are the lines supplying power to our neighborhood. His priority was clearing the trees that had no power lines.

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I tried accessing Rocky Hill via 206 and Washington Avenue. There was another crew cutting branches off another tree. No access via that route. There were a few more large trees down on Washington Avenue. I could see the stumps of trees that were cut down during Irene. Sad. Some of these trees have been around since colonial times.

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Rocky Hill was like an island. No way in or out by car. Montgomery Road was impassable. A tree had come down on a power line. I did not feel safe driving through.

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518 was closed at 206 so I drove up to Orchard Road. I was hoping to get to my sister-in-laws home. They live on Sunset Avenue. The traffic lights were out but crossing 206 was easy. The road was mostly empty. Orchard Road was closed. Another tree, another power line. I continued up 206 to Sunset Avenue. The traffic lights are working but badly damaged. I dodged under a few power lines but made it to their home. They have power but cable is out. A large tree came down but luckily missed the house. The Verizon cell tower is working so they loaned me a cell phone. We still have no cell signal.

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After updating them on our status and the situation in the rest of the town I headed home. I noticed that the traffic lights are still out south of Orchard Road but the Shoprite has power. Time to go check on the in-laws.

#Day Two#

We are still without power. I woke up to a much cooler home. Our thermostat says the temperature is around 62 F. It feels a lot cooler. Thankfully we have a gas fireplace. I’m hoping it can warm up the first floor a bit and that the electricity will come back soon.

The interior of the fridge is warming up and the ice in the freezer has melted. Most likely we will return to my sister-in-laws and spend some more time there. We were there last night to recharge our phones and battery systems. Kiran stayed over some have to pick her up anyway.

We took most of our cooked food there yesterday and had a feast. They have power but Comcast is down. No entertainment or information options except for cellphones. My other sister-in-law has no power either.

The AT&T cell tower is still not operating correctly. I get one or two signal bars but neither calls nor texts will go through. I’m not getting a 4G or 3G or even EDGE data signal. We are in an information island.

I can deal with the loss of electricity but being disconnected from my world – from the network – is really bothering me.

I’m using my iPad to journal and edit photos. The iPad and a few good apps have kept me company. I’m using the [Day One](http://dayoneapp.com) app to write my thoughts over the last few days. It’s a simple markdown text editor but I can attach a photo and location information. It works.

I can’t use my iMac and Adobe Lightroom but [Snapseed](http://www.snapseed.com) has become my goto photo editing app this week. The limited functionality of Snapseed is just what I want now. I’m using the auto correct, tune and crop functions the most. The results are good enough for posting later. I also have iPhoto, photoforge2 and Photoshop apps installed but I haven’t felt the need to use those. I’ve got time so maybe I’ll play around with those later.

I’ve read all but two of the forty or so articles I had saved in [Pocket](http://getpocket.com). All the articles were download into the app cache before power went out. I’ve also read all the articles in Marco Arment’s new project , [the Magazine](http://the-magazine.org). Reading at night before going to bed has been a pleasurable experience.

We have been going to bed each night around 9PM. We have no late night TV to seduce us away from sleep. The night is dark and quiet; no street lights here or in the distance and no HVAC to produce white noise. We get up when our bodies and minds are rested which for me is between 6:45 and 7:15 AM.

#Day Three#

We are still without power. I woke up to a much cooler home. Our thermostat says the temperature is around 62 F. It feels a lot cooler. Thankfully we have a gas fireplace. I’m hoping it can warm up the first floor a bit and that the electricity will come back soon.

The interior of the fridge is warming up and the ice in the freezer has melted. Most likely we will return to my sister-in-laws and spend some more time there. We were there last night to recharge our phones and battery systems. Kiran stayed over some have to pick her up anyway.

We took most of our cooked food there yesterday and had a feast. They have power but Comcast is down. No entertainment or information options except for cellphones. My other sister-in-law has no power either.

The AT&T cell tower is still not operating correctly. I get one or two signal bars but neither calls nor texts will go through. I’m not getting a 4G or 3G or even EDGE data signal. We are in an information island.

I can deal with the loss of electricity but being disconnected from my world – from the network – is really bothering me.

I’m using my iPad to journal and edit photos. The iPad and a few good apps have kept me company. I’m using the Day One app to write my thoughts over the last few days. It’s a simple markdown text editor but I can attach a photo and location information. It works.

I can’t use my iMac and Adobe Lightroom but Snapseed has been goto photo editing app this week. The limited functionality of Snapseed is just what I want right now. I’m using the auto correct, tune and crop functions the most. The results are good enough for posting later. I also have iPhoto, photoforge2 and Photoshop apps installed but I haven’t felt the need to use those. I’ve got time so maybe I’ll play around with those later.

I’ve read all but two of the 30 or so articles I had saved in Pocket. All the articles were download into the app cache before power went out. I’ve also read all the articles in Marco Arment’s new project , the Magazine. Reading at night before going to bed has been a pleasurable experience.

We have been going to be each night around 9PM. We have no late night TV to seduce us away from sleep. The night is dark and quiet; no street lights here or in the distance and no HVAC to produce white noise. We get up when our bodies and minds are rested which for me is between 6:45 and 7:15 AM.

We drove into Princeton this morning just before noon. We had had some success receiving a cellular signal from the highest point in our neighborhood but we were only able to chat for a few minutes. I drove down Mount Lucas thinking about how lucky we were. Large trees had fallen on homes and lawns and I could see the remains of trees that had been cut to clear the road. I encountered very little traffic and even found parking on the street.

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Walking through Princeton was a bit surreal. Although I could see that a storm had blown through the town, busy shoppers and pedestrians made it seem like it was any other day in Princeton. There was a line waiting to get into [PJ’s Pancake House](http://www.pancakes.com) and students crisscrossed Washington Road.

We headed down Nassau Street toward Witherspoon Street. Vanderventer was partly closed. A small tree had fallen across the roadway. All the shops appeared to have electricity but some were closed for business. [Triumph Brewery](http://www.triumphbrewing.com/princeton/) was closed. A shame. I wanted a good brew.

We continued down Nassau Street toward Palmer Square. The Kiosk was closed and so was [Winberie’s](http://www.selectrestaurants.com/cafew/princeton.php). Thomas Sweet was open and so was [Olsson’s](http://olssonsfinefoods.com). We chatted with the owner for a bit. Some of the stores had electricity and others did not. He didn’t seem to know why. We bought a small wedge of a very delicious Swiss cheese and headed around toward Spring Street to the Princeton Public Library.

Albert Hines Plaza was packed and people were coming and going from the library. Before the power went out I remembered seeing a post that the library would provide charging stations if they had power.

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When we turned to look up Witherspoon Street toward Paul Robeson I noticed a police car and yellow tape. Of course we had to investigate. Wow!. A large tree — few trees — had fallen onto a utility pole which fell onto a home. The tree had been ripped right out of the ground along with a chunk of sidewalk.

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The wind had snapped another utility pole on Green Street which also pulled down part of the street light. I don’t think these residents will have power back soon. Shaan wanted bread so we stopped at the Terra Momo Bread Company. We also stopped at Small World for a latte and coffee. We had cheese, fresh bread and coffee.

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