People laugh at me for having a land line. I also get a certain amount of ribbing for not having an answering machine, and not giving out my cell phone number, but that’s another story. One thing I learned growing up was that during a blackout your land line will still work. I don’t want to belittle the difficulties that people are having due to this week’s hurricane. There are people who are truly in need; people who’ve lost all that they own, and others who’ve lost their lives. There are people who are trapped in apartments without power, phone, or water. There are places in which even land lines are not working. I would, however, like to point out that my friends without a land line who live in communities in which the phone lines are still working, have not been able to get in touch with me. their power is out; the cell towers are not working; there is not e-mail without power. Sadly, even if they had land lines and didn’t have analogue land lines they would have the same difficulties.
Perhaps there’s some older technology that we should Keep.
Growing up in southern California we had many blackouts in the 70s. In my parent’s house we had gas cooking so we could always heat a can of something; plenty of candles and oil lamps so we could see in the dark; and a land line (there were no others) and we could always get in touch with Blondie.
I noticed another odd thing in the “aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.” It seems that those in civil authority feel that they can cancel holy days. Governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg, and even President Obama claimed to cancel Hallowe’en.
I’m sorry, but those in civil authority cannot cancel a feast of the Church. It’s not like Armistice Day that can be forgotten, have its name changed, and get moved to the closest Monday. It’s not Columbus Day that can be moved from October 12th to the Second Monday in October. It’s not Washington’s Birthday, or Lincoln’s Birthday that can be boiled down to some strange amalgam called President’s Day. All Hallows Eve, Hallowe’en, is the Start of All Saints Day. Like Christmas it is a fixed feast, and a religious celebration. All Saints Day is November 1st, and despite what those in civil authority may say Hallowe’en is October 31st.
In honor of All Saints Day here’s a hymn:
Many saints are remembered for charitable works inspired by the grace of God. If you’re looking for a place to help in New York City, here are some resources: http://www.nyc.gov and http://www.nycservice.org