Yesterday UPS delivered to Ocracoke for the first time in 5 days. Unfortunately, I missed the big event. Apparently there were so many packages, and Grant (that's our wonderful UPS driver) had to come on the Swan Quarter ferry...so he didn't have time to make deliveries at our doors.
Word was spread around the village (somehow I missed the information) that all of the packages would be distributed at the docks. It must have been quite the sight -- neighbors and friends gathering to receive their boxes. People chatted and exchanged news about how they fared with hurricane Irene...and neighbors and family picked up packages and delivered them to those who were not at the docks.
From all reports it sounded much like the 1940s & 1950s when villagers met at the mailboat dock in the late afternoon to share news of the day, see who was arriving on the island, and to pick up their mail.
(Click on photo [courtesy Dave Frum] to view a larger image.)
Not everything about a hurricane is distressing!