Onophotopoeia

Some times even the most mundane of scenes, the most commonplace of faces or the most trivial of objects prove to be a cradle of beauty...unleashing new meanings when looked at again and again. The true magic of photography lies in the fact that we can capture the fleeting moments to revisit them...to listen to the music that the image resounds... Onophotopoeia...

Sunday, October 15, 2006

When all hell broke loose...

The incident:
The residents of Buffalo and surrounding places woke up to nasty surprises on the morning of October 13, 2006. The night before, the worst October snowstorm in the last 137 years lashed the area killing three people and leaving 260,000 homes without heat and electricity.

The musings:
In the age of utmost technological advancements, times like this make one stop and contemplate our sheer vulnerability to the forces of nature. The major cause of the disaster is that there were too many leaves on the trees to endure such heavy snowfall at this time of the year. The wet snow that fell in the wee hours of 13th lodged on the tree-tops making them top heavy and causing them to break down on the powerlines all around the city. The devastation all around seems to underscore the fact that everything in nature happens for a reason.

The after effect:
Thousands of people are stranded without power and more importantly heat...the lifeline of Western NY residents at this time of the year. Personally, my friends and I are currently camping in my lab at the University at Buffalo where the power and heat continues to protect and warm us. At the beginning, there was a driving ban all around the place as the emergency workers toiled to clear the fallen tree limbs and repair the traffic lights many of which are still non-operational. Thankfully, the driving ban was temporary and we managed to get to the school in our survival efforts! The power supply company has indicated that power restoration in our homes may not happen until the next weekend. So here we are, living a nomadic life, sleeping in bags and eating microwaveable food that we could salvage from the depleting stocks of the local stores.

The silver lining:
Its just snow. At the end of it all, we are still thankful that it is just snow and lack of heat rather than flood waters coming into our homes as it happened with the hapless Katrina and Tsunami victims. And yes...the other lifeline of graduate students...the internet is still working on campus! We are trying to make the most of it by enjoying the sudden respite from daily classes and chores. Movies watched on desktops and the camaraderie between the fellow nomads are helping us through the seemingly never-ending wait for the power restoration.
And you know what....its nice and sunny in Buffalo now! :)

Here's to surviving the fury of another Friday the 13th! :)

9 Comments:

Blogger celerman said...

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Sunday, 15 October, 2006  
Blogger celerman said...

Microwave food, movies on desktops, the Internet? It must be tough for you all without any power

Sunday, 15 October, 2006  
Blogger Lucy said...

Wow, what an incredible experience!
I've never experienced anything like that and I'm glad you made it through alright...
The picture is fantastic, by the way.
And thanks for swinging by my blog!

Sunday, 15 October, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

@Celerman: Yes it was real tough...but thankfully power has been restored in my house. So all's well for the time being.

@Luce: Thanks. Will be back to visit your blog again.

Monday, 16 October, 2006  
Blogger Moi said...

i did hear abt the snowstorm and completely forgot that u guys are in buffalo......
reminds me of last year when we had no power for 3 days in the hurricane season and we too got around to living as nomads.......hope it gets restored soon and u guys get back to living normally...and i so envy the "no classes" fun u guys r having there :)
the pic is one-of-its-kind......that i ve seen of snow before.....

Monday, 16 October, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

Thanks Moi...the power has been restored at last and we are back in our houses. It was indeed quite an experience

Tuesday, 17 October, 2006  
Blogger Carmel said...

wow the show sure caused alot of caos. Great shot

Wednesday, 18 October, 2006  
Blogger kundalini said...

cd, some lovely photos, as always.

btw, you're tagged, if you feel up to it!

Thursday, 19 October, 2006  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Incredible! Interesting to hear the news from the local angle...
Actually, I've got an old highschool buddy who lives in Buffalo, but luckily left on vacation a week before the storm hit... --Almost luckily, because his destination was Oaxaca, Mexico, which has just been going through some really bad civil rioting... Haven't heard from my buddy yet, but am sure he will have a few stories to tell...

Thursday, 02 November, 2006  

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