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The rantings and ravings of a mom of three wonderful girls as she finds new love while working like a dog and shaking her fist at the system. You know. Pretty much like everybody else.

Monday, September 15, 2008

I DON'T Like Ike!

Just a brief note to let those who drop by here from time to time...and consider themselves friends...know that me and mine are well. This despite 85 MPH winds yesterday that took out power to about 300,000 homes (ours included) here in River City. Even though Hurricane Ike made landfall more than 1000 miles from our house, he was still full of wind when he got here.

Our neighborhood, for those who haven't visited, has lots of lovely well-established (read that large) trees and older homes. After roughly 6 hours of high winds starting yesterday at about 11AM, the damage was as follows around here. At our house, there are cable lines down in the backyard and a variety of smaller limbs in both the front and back (though nothing creating more than the nuissance of having to clean them up), a few shingles blew off the roof, our Obama yard sign was a complete casualty and we have no power and no phone. Three doors to either side of our house a large limb had blown down, nearly completely blocking traffic on our street. One of those across a car parked where our pal Nate (who is also without power) often parks himself. Luckily, his truck was parked elsewhere due to an unexpected out of town trip on Saturday that had him arriving home very late.

The city at large is hurting. Power is out in so many areas that schools have been closed due to the number of them without electricity. Still NUMEROUS areas (especially in our neighborhood) blocked by fallen debris, though clean-up is well underway today. And the problems that normally go with hurricanes...a rookie would assume...shortages on ice and batteries.

And the one this rookie didn't foresee...a lack of gasoline. Well, around here they're saying it's no so much a lack of gasoline, as it is an abundance of business at those stations who have power to run their pumps. With so many stations out of commission, those who are open are seeing a HUGE bump in business and keeping the pumps flowing is the only problem they have. I stopped at three different stations at lunch today and only the second one, did I have even a chance to succeed in my quest. Unfortunately the last pump with any fuel left ran out on the guy directly in front of me in line. This, of course, after a 20 minute wait.

So, we're hoping to be back in the grid soon. As you may imagine, since the mayor announced this morning we may be 10-14 days without power, some folks at my house are pretty antzy. A lot of folks around here feeling the same, I guess. As we don't know many people who have power right now, and we're certainly not in a position to check into a motel (and I gotta imagine that's a pipedream even if we had the money) for two weeks, we're roughing it like the rest and are grateful we didn't get the voluminous water that normally accompanies these events. Luckily the temperatures are a help, with low humidity and highs in the mid-70's, we're dealing.

We can't say, with any certainty, how far inland you have to go to avoid a hurricane. But we hope the rest of you, out there, are faring better.

Here in "The Other" Windy City, that's all the news that's fit to print!


Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Glad you were spared super drastic results, but I can't imagine how crazy I'd be after going without power for as long as you're facing. Good thoughts your way!

9/15/2008 5:56 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I guess now you know what Tina felt like. ;)

9/16/2008 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope all is back to normal soon. Usually, we hog the hurricane effects more than we did with Ike. Mom's going to be without power down south for probably a few more days.

I guy at church grew up on Crystal Beach and the idea that nothing there remains is mind-blowing for him.

This one was a baddie, for sure.

9/17/2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

OMG! I didn't realize we were "Hurrican Ike" sisters! We got some damage too, lost power for over a week....trying to get back to normal now. Anyway, just wanted to say hi!

9/28/2008 1:22 PM  
Blogger SuperWife said...

Marci??? Did that say 'Marci'????

I thought you'd finished school, got some amazing job, found some great guy who loved kids and treated you like a queen and disappeared forever! Glad to see you back!! Sorry, though, that you have 'Ike' woes, too. Thanks for stopping in!

FH, never having been through a hurricane, I have a whole new respect...seriously.

Mark, I'd always heard that Ike Turner was pretty rough, but I never heard that he was all wind...

fadkog, there are still bundled up tree debris everywhere (as pick up of this stuff has created a controversy) and house draped with blue tarps (near some suspicious-looking stumps) all over the place. Hard to be glad for a two month lack of rain, but I guess it would certainly complicate a lot of folks' lives.

Thanks all for the good thoughts!

9/29/2008 9:18 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

Ah! That's sweet of you to say! Yes, all that has happened but I still love tp write and read blogs. Started a new one. A bit risque though. Hope things are going well with you!! Miss ya babe!

10/02/2008 8:46 PM  

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