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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Merc, Sep 16, 2020.
All the best in everyone's recovery down there. You've been having some tough luck that's for sure.
Stay well Merc, hope all is well for you and the community down there..
Praying for you and yours, and wishing you all the best through this crisis. We are still under a huge smoke blanket here in Oregon, but staying safe and well.
Keep well Merc!
Glad you made it through ok down there in Pcola Merc...
We were supposed to get some of the rain bands here in Tuscaloosa, Al but thankfully that forecast fizzled out.
We're catching remnants of it now in North Carolina. Be safe
Thanks all for the prayers and well wishes. Finally just got full power back today. Will update thread tomorrow with the events of the week for anyone interested. It’s been a long week. I’m really tuckered out and hitting the bed in AC after this hot shower I’m about to take.
Sending prayers that storm missed us and moved toward you. Sorry you got hit with it
Eglin’s a bit East. Hopefully any damage was minor to the house was more minor.
I’ve been on the base multiple times. There’s lots to do up and down the emerald coast. I’m wishing your coworker a smooth move.
It definitely would’ve been hard hit on Louisiana. Some of you all should still be recovering from Laura if my memories correct. I don’t want to say it’s a good thing it came this way instead, but in a some ways it is.
Again, thank you for everyone who posted with support earlier. I’d like to reply to all but I’ve got some home schooling to manage with my son after this post.
What a truly tiring week. It’s semi- summarized as:
- Monday: Installed Hurricane shutters in the dark and rain before it hit on Tuesday. It was an overlooked on my part my ladder is not tall enough for the second story windows. I need at least a 28’ ladder.
- Tuesday: Looked out the window and saw my 69 year old neighbor struggling to put on his shutters in poring rain and wind. Went out and gave him a hand. We all lost power at approximately 9:40 pm.
- Wednesday: Sandy seemed to linger forever in the dark of the morning. Moving at 2-4 mph and winds over 100 mph. I know at one point before landing Sandy was over 500 miles wide. Being on the right side of the storm it hits harder. All kinds of bangs and cracks from fences and trees falling and losing limbs for hours. Braving the window I saw huge tree limbs moving like a tumble weed in a western movie. It really felt like the roof would blow off. Another neighbor has a generator and was kind enough to let us move some food into her refrigerator. We used her stove to cook food for us and a different neighbor.
Wednesday afternoon, went out to help a family friend and and wife’s boss clear two big trees from his pharmacy parking lot. Took a bit to get there avoiding hazards along the way. Still a slight rain and wind. Not expecting it to hit hard here most people were probably not stocked up on meds.
Thursday: Cleaned and moved debris from our front and side yard. We’re really lucky we cut over 26 trees down two years ago. Helped a neighbor get his generator going. Went to another and tightened up some siding on his house. Also picked up debri around his house. His wife has Alzheimer’s that’s pretty serious so I knew he would be unable to. I also helped tie up a tarp on someone’s leaky roof. My in-law was able to get power back. So I was able to borrow his generator at night. Powered fridge, lights, and a fan. Moved food back into our fridge. Still 79 degrees indoors. Not bad for this old man. Surprisingly my 5 year old handled it well without much complaint. Cooked food for neighbor throughout day too.
- Friday: Battled a two hour line to get fuel for the generator. Crazies out there trying to cut in line. Times like this can bring the best and worst out of people. My wife was back at work so I was doing full time dad duty all day no cleanup. I needed a day of resting anyway. Not much sleep worrying about generator fuel. Did cook some warm food for neighbors again.
Saturday: Lucked out and found a shorter line for generator fuel. Wife working and dad duty again. Cooking for neighbors. Luckily my son is doing homeschool. So I was able to distract him and continue with the school DVDs throughout the day. A sense of normalcy is a good thing. Took down some shutters once she returned home.
Sunday: Typical fuel run. Power came back on while out A nice treat as we were being told it the outage would be until Tuesday. Took down the last of my shutters. Picked up some oil. Showed my in-law how to replace the oil in the generator, drain fuel, and prepared for storage. Lots of laundry and washing dishes. Putting away extension cords, etc. A nice hot shower to end the day. I’ve taken many a cold ones on deployments, but it doesn’t mean I enjoy them. I now see the benefits of a gas water heater.
- After thoughts. We were blessed overall. Some people not so much. People have trees on houses and still have houses flooded. My wife and I have previously talked about moving out of state at some point. Just for various reasons and a fresh start. Regardless if it’s global warming or not, these storms really seem to be getting more frequent. It just adds incentive if it could continue and gets worse in the coming decades. Lots of research on states to make in the coming months for sure. Going to be a tricky one as we have our sons schooling, employment, and retirement about two decades away. It’ll all work out I’m sure though. We’re really excited and looking forward to the future.
It will be brighter , I'm sure of it
All the best.
Take care, stay safe..
Great to hear you were not hit hard.
(And what a nice dad and neighbourg you are)
All the best.
Sending good thoughts to you, friend.
Laura was in lake Charles and that’s on the opposite side of the state so it didn’t affect us at all
Thank you. I really do believe that aside from a few crazies... in hard times most of us come together to help each other out. At least it happens here in the US so I assume it does in the majority of the world.