Leban said the older he gets, the less he can handle the stress of a storm.
"The ducks are happy," he said. "I'm not."
Sandy has accelerated the arrival of winter at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in North Carolina.
Sugar Mountain spokeswoman Kim Jochl said Monday that the ski resort had already received a couple of inches of natural snow and that snow makers had been running since Sunday night.
The resort, in the North Carolina high country and located in the Pisgah National Forest, plans to open Wednesday for Halloween, the earliest opening in 43 years of operation. Jochl said the earliest opening date previously was Nov. 6, 1976.
"It's unprecedented," she said.
Fishing boat owner Carlos Rafael, who owns 48 scalloping and groundfish vessels, was soaking wet Monday after he and his crews worked to secure his fleet in New Bedford, Mass.
Raphael said preparations for the strong storm surge began over the weekend. He bought extra lines to tie down the vessels as tightly as possible and hoped the boats would stay moored to the dock, not end up on top it, during high tide Monday night into Tuesday morning.
"That's all I can do; there's nothing I can do," Raphael said. "After that, just keep praying that it doesn't get too crazy. . . . I'm going to have to be on standby on this one, just in case we get some nightmare."
Ticket agents seemingly outnumbered customers Monday at Terminal A at Boston's Logan International Airport, where passengers glued to cellphones pulled roller suitcases and checked out video screens displaying a grim list of cancellations.
David Kimball, a 50-year-old engineer, was feeling lucky, though, after moving his flight to Irvine, Calif., up a day to Monday to try to avoid the storm. His flight was still on, even as the red "cancelled" designation dominated the list of departures. If his luck held out, it would be good to get home, he said.
"Yeah, it's 82 degrees there and sunny," he said.
But Shawn Hartman, of San Antonio, already knew Monday he had a few more days in the stormy Northeast. The truck driver dropped off a load of new trucks at a local dealership, then hopped a bus and train to get to Logan, only to find out his flight was cancelled.
Wednesday is the earliest the 41-year-old Hartman can get a flight. In the meantime, he was calling a local friend to see if they could hang out for a few days.
"I'm just resigned (to the wait)," he said. "They've got to do what they've got to do to keep everybody safe. I'd rather be here on the ground than, going down, you know?"
He added, "I'll get some good seafood in me."