A Note From &Amp;Quot;Bigshotsmom&Amp;Quot; !! - Life ... It's Why We Cook. Blog at Allrecipes.com - 292743

Life ... It's Why We Cook.

A Note From "BigShotsMom" !! 
Dec. 21, 2012 7:04 pm 
Updated: Dec. 24, 2012 4:43 am
We've been missing the common sense comments from BigShotsMom. She is one of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. She had to spend a few weeks in a shelter until her building was deemed safe. She and her pets are reunited back at their home but communication is scanty.

Here's her latest email. If you elect to comment, please address it to BigShotsMom and I will copy it into an email for her. I-t may be days before she is able to read it so be patient, please, if you are expecting an answer.

"...  I would have been in touch sooner but my phone and Internet were only restored yesterday. Even cell service has been spotty here in Long Beach because several of the towers were either damaged or floated away.

As you can imagine, it will take a long time for life to return to its former state. Actually, it will never be the same but we will find a new form of normal.

I was so incredibly lucky! Other than a very few minor things I didn't suffer any damage to my apartment and the company that manages this building worked 24/7 to get it repaired and they are still at it. With the exception of one elevator, the living and common areas will all be finished by the first of the year. There is still debate about the pool deck and garage below it. We have another meeting with the city engineer and our architect and maintenance staff and I was just informed there will someone there from the Army Corp of Engineers.

This is a Co-Op building so everything is done by committee and second guessed by all the other owners. Naturally, money is a big issue. We haven't seen any meaningful help from FEMA
and our insurance coverage, (which was a huge issue because the board upped our coverage after Irene and there were many complaints because it added so much to our monthly fees) is not going to cover everything. Taxes will have to go up even more than projected too. I get sort of ill when I think about the big picture because I may not be able to afford to keep living here. But that is all for later.

There are still about 250 families from Long Beach either living in shelters still or living in severely damaged homes, powered by generators and minimally heated at best. The response from across the country has been astonishing! I have met people from just about each state, the Mexican Red Cross sent 3 teams, the Canadians have sent folks. Tree trimmers from OK,WA,MN, construction crews from CA, TX and many other places. Verizon had people from Fl and Mass. There is an organization called Team Rubicon, all vets some with disabilities, who just swarmed neighborhoods and knocked on doors asking what needed to be done first. When I first came home I noticed American flags all over the place, usually stuck in the ground near a pile of damaged belongings and construction debris. I finally found they were put there by the team to show us they had been here. These people have been living in their cars, trucks, campers, tents, etc."...

Dec. 21, 2012 7:20 pm
Mike, thank you for sharing. It's good to hear from BigShotsMom. Best wishes to her and a very thankful Christmas. Hopefully AR can see that this is a very pertinent blog to fellow AR members and will make it to the top 5 so everyone can wish BSM well.
Dec. 21, 2012 7:33 pm
To my fellow New Jersey resident, I'm glad you weathered the storm! We hope things get to that new normal fast for all of you on the coast.
Dec. 21, 2012 7:50 pm
thank mike for the update. i live on a river and alabama sent some alamba power folks up to help out. they were turned back because our local guys were not in a union. i hope she knows we are used to hurricanes down here and certainly would have helped. our georgia boys did help. i think it's BS. that insurance won't kick in and maintence fees are going up...should be a local law! glad you're ok bigshot!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:05 pm
Thanks for letting us know how things are going. My friend grew up in Long Beach and her dad lost his apartment and everything in it. She has been crushed that the place she grew up in is gone. I'm glad your apartment itself is o.k. Sounds like a mess trying to get life back to some sort of normal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dec. 21, 2012 8:18 pm
Thanks Mike for bringing us communication from BSM. Long after events leave the media, folks who were affected are still picking up the pieces. Especially in light of the fact the new tragedies take their place. Please share my well wishes for BSM for a complete restoration of her apartment building.
Dec. 21, 2012 9:27 pm
Mike, thanks so much for sharing... I'd been wondering myself, but it took a while for thoughts to trickle thru my brain and form common sense assumptions... Crazy isn't always that good a thing! Be well! My thoughts are with BigShotsMom!
Dec. 21, 2012 9:56 pm
Our Dear Dear Mike, you have no idea how much your invitation meant to BSM! ! I KNOW, cuz while you were typing this, I was talking to her on the Phone!! She could not get over your generosity. I told yer how Wonderful I had heard those Harvey's were and now she knows it too:):) Lol I was Soo very happy and relieved to hear from her! Thanks Mike for spreading the good news about our NY Lady!!
Dec. 22, 2012 4:22 am
Dear BigShotsMom, we are saving your place at the "kitchen table" (the Buzz), but we miss you! We look forward to the day when things are right in your world again, and we send you our best wishes for peace and stability to return quickly! {{{{Hugs}}}}
Dec. 22, 2012 4:34 am
BigShotsMom! You are in our hearts and thoughts and glad to hear you are safe and sound! We miss you and hope there is some peace in your life soon. Wishing you a kinder 2013! Thanks, Mike, for your communication and compassion!!
Dec. 22, 2012 4:39 am
Mike thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I'm glad to hear that BigShotsMom is OK and things are getting repaired, slowly but repaired nonetheless. Please do pass on to her that she and all of her neighbors are in my thoughts.
Dec. 22, 2012 4:58 am
Thanks Mike for passing this along,good to hear BSM is ok.Hopefylly all her troubles will soon be gone.I wish her well,Merry Christmas,and a much better 2013.Also will keep her in my prayers.Thanks again Mike.
Dec. 22, 2012 5:51 am
BSM, so glad you got back into your home with your pets and everyone is ok!! Thanks Mike!
Dec. 22, 2012 5:53 am
Big Shot's Mom-You are in our hearts and prayers. No one knows what it is like to go through such an ordeal unless it happens to them. Thanks for posting, Mike.
Dec. 22, 2012 7:01 am
BigShotMom, you have been missed! I'm so glad you pulled thru the storm. It's sad that you will have to weather another to get things back to a new norm. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you, Mike, for posting this!!
Dec. 22, 2012 8:26 am
BigshotMom, glad things are looking up...it does take time but isn't it amazing how people come from all over to give help when it is needed...we live in a great country. Except for insurance companies...I won't even go there...a whole different experience. I will keep you and all those still trying to get back to normality again in my thoughts. Thanks Mike for relaying the messages.
Dec. 22, 2012 9:41 am
BigShotsMom, have been praying for you!! I remember as the storm was coming in you posted that it looked like you would be ok, and when I didn't see you, I knew "something" had happened. I'm so grateful to hear you are ok! I imagine you have experiences to relay. So happy you are home with your fur babies. Blessing to all those who traveled and worked to help our friends besieged by the storm. Thank you Mike for this wonderful update and forwarding our messages! Merry Christmas Everyone~!~ (PS. For the record, I do like fruitcake and your recipe looks stellar, Mike)
Dec. 22, 2012 1:24 pm
BSM, our friend Mr. Harvey da PITA PRO, stirred up much controversy over the Holiday Fruitcake. When you are able to surf again, you may enjoy it! :) http://allrecipes.com/cook/13101603/blogentry.aspx?postid=292136
Dec. 23, 2012 3:39 am
Thank you Mike for passing along this information. BSM, I'm glad you and your fur babies are ok and back at home. I'm glad the repairs are being made. Isn't it amazing how people from all across the country come to help. After hurricane Ike, we saw utility trucks from what seems like every state in the nation. Insurance companies are a different story. Sending prayers for you and your fur babies from Texas.
Dec. 23, 2012 3:53 am
Thanks, Mike! So good to hear that she is okay! Very heart warming that so many people showed up to help yet I see the frustration of the government red tape has affected me too. Dear BSM: So happy you are keeping your chin up attitude, you are a strong gal and I pray you will gets some sense of normal here shortly! XOXO Cindy and Marley
Dec. 23, 2012 3:54 am
I see the frustration of the government red tape has affected ***HER too. OOps!
Deb C 
Dec. 23, 2012 4:49 am
Thank you Mike for letting us know about BSM. I’m so glad she is fine, and hope her concern about the future is soon alleviated. After the tragedy we’ve experience with disasters and shootings, it’s comforting to know there are so many good and kind people in this country and neighboring countries that care for their neighbors.
Dec. 23, 2012 6:02 am
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Mike. It is so easy to let us West Coasters fall back into complacency with our thoughts while others still ache from the ravaging storm. Our hearts go out to BSM, someone we miss a lot on the Buzz. Hope she wrangles the government into helpful shape!
Dec. 23, 2012 6:03 am
BSM - Thanks for checking in, you have been missed. It is so good to hear that you are OK. I am reminded that although we don't hear much through the media these days, that help is still needed. Let' hope that FEMA and your insurance company steps up to the plate. Keep in touch, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dec. 23, 2012 2:06 pm
Well Mike has made me cry yet again with his generosity of spirit and all of you have had a hand in it. The prayers and good wishes mean so much. I have missed you all too. I can't tell you how many times I have thought to myself, I'll just check on the Buzz - they'll know the best way to peel 25 lbs of pearl onions or something like that. I'm still cooking in a soup kitchen but our clientele increased tremendously, although it is getting better. I am just so grateful for all the wonderful people who live here and who have put aside their losses to help others and for those who came from amazing distances to help. This Christmas is especially meaningful, with all the turmoil in world. I hope you all celebrate the joy there is in life as well as the sorrow. I love you all - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Dec. 23, 2012 3:10 pm
BigShotsMom, it seems you are doing your part to help salve some hurt in your neighborhood, too. I wasn't aware you were cooking in a soup kitchen. (Why am I thinking that the kitchen is serving gourmet soups?)You have provided much support and quality information to hundreds of folks here on AR. If I did anything to help you it was because of the strong bonds that you built just because you were being you.
Dec. 24, 2012 3:07 am
Hi there, BigShotsMom - welcome back. What an ordeal for so many people. It's hard to imagine that devastation and all the loss. I am glad things are improving for you. Our hearts go out to all. Hugs from Michigan.
Dec. 24, 2012 4:43 am
Glad you're ok, BSM, and those kitties too!
Click to Change your Profile Picture
Mike Harvey, daPITA

Living In
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

Member Since
Dec. 2008

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet

Gardening, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Cool As A Cucumber Salad
Cool As A Cucumber Salad

We have over 100 cucumber salads to help you keep your cool.

Classic Meatloaf
Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is the hearty, family-pleasing meal that makes the greatest leftovers ever.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

About Me
At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=204609
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States