Thanks for your kind thoughts and concern. As I mentioned, we were extremely fortunate and sustained almost no damage at all - certainly no more than one would expect from a standard nor'easter. We had what one would call a "normal" rainfall, with some higher-than-usual winds, resulting in some downed branches (no trees or power lines), a few shingles blown off the roof (but no leaks or real structural damage) and lots of leaves - which took me two days to rake, sweep and put into bags.
As far as the Marathon is concerned, I think it was the absolute right decision to cancel it.
I'm not sure how old you are - but I was twelve years old on Friday November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated. Two days later, Sunday November 24th - while the entire country was frozen and in the midst of an extended 72-hour, non-stop moment of shock, horror, panic and grief - Pete Rozelle, the Commissioner of the National Football League (American football), made the decision to go ahead with the full Sunday schedule of NFL games - even though none of them were televised due to the news coverage. The AFL (before the merger) suspended all their games.
Years later, Pete Rozelle would say that going ahead with games was the biggest mistake, and biggest regret of his career.
Similarly - in my opinion - had they gone ahead with the Marathon, the result would have been a political and public relations nightmare - which would have left a stain on some "VIPs" (both in and out of government) that would have taken years to wash away - if ever.
Yes there are people who may be bitterly disappointed.
But there are also tens of thousands of people - like my landlord - who's house was flooded with sewage and now sits under a four-foot layer of sand and mud; his cars destroyed and his life - along with those of his wife, two children and pets, may never be the same - and it will be months, if not years, before he will be able to return to his home and community.
Yes, life must go on. But you don't go on with a sporting event which basically consists of 25,000 individuals who are only interested in their own results - which runs through an area where the bodies of two young boys were found two days after they were swept from their mother's arms in the rushing waters as she desperately tried to save them.
Finally - I hope you, your family, friends and loved ones have fared well and are in good health and spirits.