I've been incredibly lucky - no problems at all. But people are getting their ass kicked all around me. Every morning when I drive to work I see a couple hundred people standing on line to get gas for their generators. And another 80 or 90 cars waiting to get gas. I drove by that same gas station last night at about 10:30pm and there were 3 cops guarding it - kind of a creepy sight.
I work about a mile from my house - so I don't have to worry about gas so much. If I run out, I'll just walk it. I'm not going to take someone else's gas who has an hour drive to work. My son's school is also within walking distance but we haven't even heard if they're going to have school on monday. My guess is no.
People are definitely starting to get on edge a little bit. You can start to sense it. A couple of guys that I work with that I've never seen pissed off are clearly pissed now. If things aren't back up and running by early next week, I can definitely see something ugly happening somewhere.
How does this work?
If I'm a single driver that wants into NYC through those routes are there a bunch of random people waiting that I just could scoop up to comply? Go to a Home Depot and load up on immigrants? Use a rideshare website?City and state officials announced Wednesday that drivers must have at least three people in their vehicle to cross into Manhattan using any of the East River bridges and the Lincoln Tunnel from 6 am- Midnight on Thursday and Friday.
So while so many people are struggling to get clean water and power the city officials have decided that it's a necessity to carry on with a stupid Marathon?
Stupid is as stupid does...
Couldn't agree more. Just wait a week or two. I'm sure Marathon runners will still come. Priorities priorities...
Despite the ravaging wind and water Sandy brought to New York City this week, Mayor Bloomberg and race organizers have decided to hold the annual New York Marathon.
The hubris of holding the New York Marathon this weekend is staggering even by New York standards. What is the point of holding an event like this, one that needs a great deal of manpower and hundreds of generators that could be used to help those still without power? What about all that bottled water that could go to families who are forced to drink potentially tainted tap water as they wait for help?
Wrong. Marathon now cancelled.
The trains are still down to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I can take a bus from the middle of the borough over the bridge to 59th Street, which is probably seven miles. During that bus ride, I will be standing the whole time with my face in someone's cornrows and some fat lady's ass touching mine. I'm not complaining. But the gas stations, because they are few in number, are in such high demand (as Candrew said). There are lines down Washington Ave in BK of parked cars, with their drivers waiting to get to the pumps. **** is getting cray.
Turn off all the circuit breakers in your home's breaker box (especially the main ones that shut down power to the whole house).
Then connect your generator to your dryer's electrical outlet (assuming you have an electric dryer, and your generator has that type of outlet, and you have the cord).
Then power the generator up, and turn on the circuits in your breaker box that you need to use. Keep the main one that shuts down power to the whole house in the off position though.
If your generator is strong enough, that could power your whole house. Hopefully it's at least enough to get your furnace and water heater working, with your tv, microwave, and fridge.
You'll want to ground your generator too (assuming it has a connection to ground). You can use a car jumper cable for this. Just connect it to a rod in the ground (usually 8 feet or so).
Good luck man.
The mere fact that the marathon was even considered tells how asinine some people are. Don't have a damn marathon while people have no gas, electricity, or clean water. Get the damn subways back before you run a stupid marathon. Put it off a week or two. No one cares about marathons anyway. It's not like it's the superbowl or something.
Also, I unexpectedly got power last night around 9pm. A great, great feeling.