Brian's a "Jersey Boy" and for some reason never seem to get the worst of these storms as LI takes the brunt for them.
Many years ago hurricane Gloria hit us hard in Sept, and we had a 40 ft tree on our front lawn. Well, I procrastinated in having it cut down as it was Termite invested, so Gloria took it down free of charge. It went right through the garage taking a good section of that roof as well.
13 years ago our house burnt down, so we lost literally everything except the cloths on our backs,luckily my fishing gear is kept in the garage and survived, but nothing else did. We lived in a 40 ft trailer on our front lawn for almost a year so that our son could go to his school. Like you, we upgraded just about everything, so the new house is so much better then the old house. But that year was a killer for sure.
Joel sorry for my days long silence... your share of bad happenings took me a little by surprise and switched me on "mute"
There's a said going around here: "Bad things happen to good people" and very rarely applies better than for you
As for myself, I chose to paraphrase Nietzsche: "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger"
I'm fully sympathetic and empathetic towards your past hardship. I'm glad you get over it and you're again engaged in the modelling community as one of the stalwarts.