Thursday, November 1, 2012

LIZ SMITH: Worried about my Denis!

Flood waters in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S., on Oct. 30, 2012 (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)
Worried about my Denis!
by Liz Smith
Thursday, November 1, 2012

"ONE man's catastrophe is another man's opportunity!"'

Surely somebody said this or something approximating it, but I am separated from my collection of quotes.

It is fascinating in a huge country like ours to be one of the lucky ones in New York with limited power (but lights and television as well) observing how much the rest of the nation is reacting to Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. Millions in the Nor'east are fighting downed trees ... little food ... ruined homes and businesses ... not enough water to drink ... no flushing toilets ... no electricity ... and much worse devastation, which you have seen on TV and online.

There are probably hundreds who are mourning their dead and injured.

Cars sit submerged in water on a flooded street in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg
Hoboken, flooded. Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger
Taxis sit in a flooded lot in Hoboken, N.J. (Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images).
It's "fun" to be fortunate enough then to get a call from a California press agent who is irritated at no returned phone call regarding their celebrity client. I suppose it's not surprising since I see that the plethora of entertainment news hasn't abated a bit! I felt kind of sorry for my friends on "The View," discussing "Dancing with the Stars" when
these New Yorkers' and New Jerseyan's minds must have been elsewhere.

I am thinking now about the two people who still help me out with this column, Mary Jo McDonough and Denis Ferrara. Mary Jo went home across the Hudson River last week to Saddle River, and Denis to Hoboken. Mary Jo is okay, although she has no electricity and many downed trees. I haven't been able to "find" Denis since I last spoke with him late Sunday when he still had phone service. The pictures of Hoboken, largely neglected until yesterday — with narrow streets full of water, first, now piles of sand, and streets too narrow for large moving equipment to get into them — have horrified me. The last the brave Denis said to any of us was that he feared his windows would break. We just don't know.

Even if Denis got out of his very nice little street in the heart of Hoboken, he would have had no way to get back to Manhattan, and my apartment-office on 38th street is still dark. But I am betting on him.

When will we go back to normal?

I like to think I was sympathetic to California's horrible fires and I enjoyed being in the last earthquake and having many adventures to talk about. I am heartbroken at the droughts in Texas and the Midwest, floods from the Mississippi, hurricanes in Florida and Louisiana.

But, I am too personally involved and worried about my Denis. Let us pray! — Oh yes, it is encouraging to hear the President ... the governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut ... the Mayor, including the greatest of them all, Mike Bloomberg ... and all the others as they talk of redrawing the shorelines of the Nor'east and fixing infrastructure. GLOBAL WARMING ANYONE?!
Liz and Denis.

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