By Emily McLaughlin
All is quiet in Watertown, MA post-Sandy. I went for a little exploratory jog around the neighborhood this afternoon (taking my normal route) and am pleased to report that I did not run into any crazy road blocks. The banks of the Charles seemed to have crept up closer to the Healthy Heart Trail, the sidewalk was covered with a blanket of leaves and I almost tripped over a few twigs — but there was no major damage. We were very lucky to have such a small amount of damage in my neighborhood.
Back on the South Shore, there were quite a number of trees down — enough to give my younger sisters two days off from school in Pembroke. In NYC, the damage of the hurricane was absolutely devastating. My co-worker send me a link to a few crazy photos out of Manhattan: http://elitedaily.com/elite/2012/breaking-news-manhattan-water-photos/
Count your blessings, Massachusetts.
If you are going stir-crazy from being stuck inside the past couple days, definitely get a quick walk or jog in if your neighborhood is safe. I’m sure you’ve heard this from the news, your grandmother and your mother, but take all necessary precautions when heading outside. Here are three quick tips:
Try to avoid puddles, especially if any wires when down around you — you could get electrocuted or risk ruining your sneakers. (oh my!) There is no telling how deep some puddles are especially with a blanket of leaves on the ground so do your best to jump over or mosey around pools of water.
Be careful not to slip or trip as you go on your way. This might seem kind of ’duh,’ but if you start to get in the zone, you might forget where you are or what’s below you. If you are running outside, odds are there are leaves and twigs everywhere… just be careful!
Look out for neighbors in need as you explore your neighborhood in the next few days. In other words, be a good Samaritan and help a sista’ out. If you are out sweeping your front steps or sidewalk, do the same for your neighbor. If you are walking down the sidewalk and there is a big branch obstructing a driveway, hanging off a fence or blocking a staircase, use those muscles you work so hard for and move it. You never know how much this small deed might mean for someone else. Do good to feel good — it’s healthy.