Month: October 2018

October 31, 2018: Between the Worlds

Halloween is usually the best holiday, since it’s an amazing time to dress up as a different personality, and be at one with the paranormal. It’s said that Halloween is the time where the veil between the living and dead is thinnest. While I don’t run my life by following superstitions and paranormal activity, I feel that there’s a lot of validity to ghost stories and hauntings. It’s helpful to be aware of your surroundings, wherever you go.

I’m hopeful that today will be a quick day at work, and I can leave a little early. I can find the time to watch Halloween specials. And watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’! It’s a tradition to view the special on this holiday.

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2018: New Reads and Special Shows

Now that I began a new book, I’m searching online for a book community in the area. It’s surprising how there’s not that many groups here in Hunterdon County! I discovered one group that I may express interest in.

I began the story ‘After thr Quake’ by Haruki Murakami. It’s a short story compilation, the content centered on the Great Hanshin earthquake in the mid-90s. I’m only a few pages in for the first story.

Tonight is the night before Halloween. I need to watch ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’ before Halloween is over! ‘Life and Death of a Pumpkin’ on Youtube is also entertaining!

October 29, 2018: Six Years After Sandy

Six years ago, Superstorm Sandy ripped through the NY/NJ area. I was living in NYC at the time, and we didn’t think it was going to make a huge impact. Especially after Irene came through the year before, and minimal damage took place. During the day, it was just rain, and we all commented that it was just another storm passing through the area.

And then, Monday night came, followed by a powerful high tide along the coastline. Many areas of the Jersey Shore were battered. Parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island were crippled (There may have been damage in the Bronx as well, but it wasn’t reported widely). Lower Manhattan flooded, and suffered a terrible blackout that lasted for days. The subway system was shut down for at least two days.

I lived in uptown Manhattan at the time, and chose to stay during the storm while my roommate went to Long Island to be with family. I felt that since we weren’t asked to evacuate, we would be fine. That night, as the wind howled and lights flickered, I stayed by my laptop and talked to my college friends online, thankful that I had people to reach out to. The following morning, I was relieved that my power was still on.

Since most of NYC suffered blackouts and severe flooding, many of us were home for the rest of that week. I spent that time maintaining contact with my friends living in NJ, who were also handling blackouts and gas rationing in their neighborhoods. It was such a crazy time for everyone living in Sandy’s aftermath.

I would like to think that it brought people closer. Friends were reaching out to others, offering shelter while their home was out of power. Unfortunately, the situation caused tension with some of my friendships as well. It was truly a learning experience for me, and I saw how people can grow apart and come together through harrowing circumstances. I surely will never forget it.

October 27, 2018: Halloween Weekend Excursions

It’s the weekend before Halloween, but I’m not in the mood to go out anywhere, for once. As much as I enjoy this time of year, there are some things I need to attend to first. So it’s a night of watching the World Series. There’s always Halloween weekend 2019 to look forward to!

There are fun photos on my Timehop app looking back on past Halloween weekend excursions. The 2012 memories were exciting to look back on. That was the year when I shared an apartment in Manhattan, and I went downtown to party with good friends. I came home after 3am that night. It was very memorable.

That was also the weekend before Sandy hit the area. The weeks that followed carries its own special memories.

October 26, 2018: Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is just around the corner! As I mentioned before, I enjoy decorating and getting in costume for gatherings. It’s also exciting to see young children go around in their costumes. The only discouraging thing to watch is the act of Trick-or-Treating disappearing. Less and less families come by year after year. It’s truly a sad time when children lose out of this simple joy of collecting treats in costume. Granted, there are Trunk or Treat gatherings that are popping up, but it’s not the same thing. Children need to recapture the joy of exploration on Halloween night. They need to be free to embrace the Halloween spirit.

October 25, 2018: Rest

It’s almost that time when I need to begin preparing for next month’s theme, but I just value resting when I’m home! It’s how it’s supposed to be, but a teacher’s life is always consumed with creating curriculum. Every single moment. All the time. Or at least for a couple days to make sure the room looks presentable. I just want to enjoy my book a bit longer.

Just a couple more days, then I can truly sleep. After I come home and exercise, all I want to do is sleep. I do get some tasks in before I crash for the night. It’s truly an effort though, because sleep is valuable.