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1. The Glimmer Glass Half Full The Glimmer Glass Half Full August 2013 - Manasquan, NJ (Picture: Rita Gurry in front of her demolished home. As of today it is rebuilt…
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  • 1. The Glimmer Glass Half Full The Glimmer Glass Half Full August 2013 - Manasquan, NJ (Picture: Rita Gurry in front of her demolished home. As of today it is rebuilt thanks to Rita's determination.)
  • 2. You never know how someone is going to react when they lose everything, but an educated guess suggests that most would find the experience traumatic. But people surprise you, like Rita Gurry did. Rita is one of three homeowners we are working with on the Jersey Shore, and I've written about her before (see my earlier post below). After Super Storm Sandy hit the Jersey coast her house was a total loss; we took it down with an excavator this past April. Don't get me wrong, Rita was pretty devastated when she saw what Sandy did to her house. "It was as if somebody just came in and blew my life apart," she recalled calmly sitting next to me on the Glimmer Glass, a tidal inlet near her home. It was a somber conversation. But the remarkable thing about Rita is what she did next. About ten minutes after seeing her devastated, flooded house she decided to rebuild. "Higher, newer, better...with a big front porch" she told me with a
  • 3. smile. That's what you do when you're a half-glass-full kind of gal. We'll feature a video showing Rita's story--and more like hers--in the weeks to come, before the premiere of the new season of This Old House. If you have any comments or questions, you can find Kevin on Twitter or Facebook Posted by Kevin O'Connor | Categories: Jersey Shore Rebuilds 2013 | Permalink | Comments (5) http://oldhousemyhouse.thisoldhouse.com/2013/09/the-glimmer-glass-half-full.html
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