The Honorable sas148 wrote:
The apartment I'm moving into next month is $1700 U.S. Most expensive thing I've ever had to do but that's college for ya.
Yup. Mine was like 1345 or something, which was an amazing price for New Brunswick, and my "room" was just this tiny area partitioned off with a false wall, and we didn't have a living room.
His Excellency Aethien wrote:
I'm not particularly worried. The tree that fell wasn't big enough to have done too much damage to my house and the worst of the storm is over. It mostly just means everything is covered in a thick layer of fallen leaves and dead branches.
I do live in the place in the country where it was the least severe though and the news is saying this is the worst storm in the Netherlands since 1990. With one death, a few injured, lots of delayed trains and some destroyed cars (and a ~$4.5 million inflatable training center) the damages don't seem all that bad. Nature isn't all that scary if you live in the Netherlands.
Not typically that scary here. Every so often we get some bad storms. We have plenty of sharks, but there hasn't been an attack on a person since the 1950s or something. Occasional tornadoes that almost never even cause injuries.
We have some predatory animals, but I can't tell you the last time I heard of someone being hurt by one. Bobcats are small and shy. Foxes are even less impressive (though on rare occasion they wander close enough to grade schools that they need to have recess inside). Black Widows probably won't kill you (at least if you only get one bite), though it'll hurt like hell.
We have black bears, but I can't tell you the last time someone was attacked by a bear in NJ, let alone killed. Our biggest issue with bears is that people feed them (which is illegal), or they get into dumpsters, which puts local pets and small children at risk if they live too close to the edges of town.
Then there's the low chance of getting Lyme's disease from ticks.
That's pretty much the extent of the scary stuff nature throws at us. By far the leading cause of death in NJ is being American (heart disease), being human (cancer), or being from NJ ("unintentional injury").