John Derbyshire Alive And Well On Long Island
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We've been a little worried about John Derbyshire, on storm-tossed Long Island, but he's still afloat:

"Many thanks to all who inquired. We came through unharmed, and with no property damage.

Others in our area — New York City and suburbs — were not so lucky. In the city alone the death toll stands at 41 as I write (midday on Sunday, November 4th).

Homes have been lost too: most sensationally in the Queens neighborhood of Breezy Point, where my wife and I spent a happy summer's day back in 1987. Breezy Point was first flooded by the ocean surge, then caught fire. More than 110 homes were burned to the ground.

So please direct your thoughts and your charitable impulses to where there's been real damage and suffering. For us here in the outer suburbs on Long Island's North Shore, it's mainly been just a week of inconvenience, though some neighbors made unfortunate parking choices."

He's got a whole page on "The East Coast Storm of October-November, 2012"—go there for more details. If you're wondering about the famous Derbyshire treehouse, it too has survived the storm.

Derb writes What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

"Of course it did! I build for the ages — nothing ephemeral. Closeup here. Cue "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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