Built after the devastating hurricane of 1938, which wiped out the entire town (and nearly the whole state of Rhode Island), it has stood all these years, withstanding the battery of countless storms and surf. But Hurricane Sandy, with the perfect-storm combination of a record-breaking storm surge, high tide, and a full moon, broke that sea wall. Giant chunks of concrete were blown back in huge geometric rectangles, like a cracked monolith. It’s amazing to see the little beach houses on stilts that did survive (although many of them are gone, too) – and imagine the strength and power of that surf to break thick concrete. There were men out there in the cold brisk day, working to fix our sea wall. I thank them.