Last week’s Hurricane Isaias was probably worse in many ways than hurricane Sandy nearly 12 years ago with more downed trees but longer-lasting power outages. And for so many Fairfield residents, still reeling from the long quarantine of COVID-19, that loss of electricity was just about the last straw. No electricity in one of the more brutal summers of the past few years, not only raised temperatures in homes, it probably contributed to more temper flare ups as well.
But the electrical outages had a silver lining for the Fairfield University Bookstore where I work. As with our re-opening in June, this storm made us a major discover for many new customers and, as always, the port in the storm for our existing customers. While we had to close on the day of the storm, on the following day the store had electricity and reasonably-working Wi-Fi and opened to one its busiest days since the recent sidewalk sale in July. That steady flow of people continued into the weekend.